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In 2020 and 2021, we saw unprecedented times economically, socially and almost every market was impacted. In the fabrication world, the welding labor shortage was impacted in combination with continued market growth.

In 2022 it won’t take a Clara Voyant and her magic crystal ball to predict where the robotic welding market is heading. In fact, you can attend the International Conference on Robotic Welding, Intelligence and Automation Applications on November 29-30, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel to get in touch with the global market. What is happening globally is an indicator of what is coming in North America.

We will see increased adoption of industry 4.0 principles. It is about making your business smarter and more efficient. Industry 4.0 fully automates manufacturing processes with very little human involvement.

In North America, there will be a push to change the story around the notion that welding automation results in losing jobs and the use of welding robots displaces low-skilled workers. However, this is not reality as a collaborative welding robot creates more jobs in the long run through re-purposing of low-skilled workers and allows for higher skilled welders to be used more efficiently in a fabricators business process.

2022 will hold substantial market growth and opportunity for fabrication shops that support businesses in energy, oil & gas, shipbuilding, offshore and heavy industrial contracting…and that are ready for the quickly evolving marketplace.

It’s time to connect and start the conversation and allow your fabrication shop to be future proof and ready.