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By Jimmy Myers, senior editor


For the last 30 years, robotic welding has been a cost effective and productive solution for the automotive industry where high-volume and low-mix production is the norm. However, when the work is low volume and high mix, such as with welding pipes, the traditional robot is not an option in most cases.

This is something Reza Abdollahi sought to remedy several years ago, and the solutions he and his team developed have given rise to what they bill as the “world’s first collaborative welding robot”, or “cobot”.

Abdollahi, co-founder and CTO of Novarc Technologies, had more than 30 years of experience in robotics and machine design. He was a chief engineer for a robotic systems integrator before founding Novarc with fellow co-founder and CEO Soroush Karimzadeh.

Today, the two lead a team of welders, robotic enthusiasts, software developers and engineers who are beginning a push into new markets…Read more.