November 1, 2011

Plant Tour

  • Social hour 5:30 to 6:30 at the ARC Engineering conference room.
  • BBQ dinner 6:30 till 7:00
  • Introduction of ARC 7:00 to 7:15
  • Demonstrations to follow introduction
    • Weld lab (robots, sub arc, plasma, MIAB)
    • Robot Demo
    • Production (machine shop, weld shop, electrical shop)
    • Sub merged arc of BOP demo
    • Pipe Cladding
    • Valve Cladding

Speaker: Dan Alford

Location: ARC Specialties
1730 Stebbins Dr.
Houston TX 77043
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ARC Specialties, Inc.

In 1983 ARC Specialties was founded by Dan Allford to provide welding services and weld automation to industry. One of their first projects was to build the control system for a hot tap welding system for use on radioactive pipe. This foreshadowed their future. For the next 21 years ARC Specialties has specialized in unusual projects. In 1990 ARC Specialties went from a part time job in Dan’s garage to a full time endeavor. Since then they have grown to a 50 person company occupying a 40,000 sq foot manufacturing facility. They have built machines for companies in 18 countries and many different industries. The staff includes project managers, mechanical and electrical designers as well as welders, electricians and assembly technicians. This team does what it takes to take a project from concept to reality. A typical project for ARC Specialties starts when a customer brings us a manufacturing problem. Working with the customer, the staff will propose a solution. In some cases, they need to prototype the system before a complete proposal is possible. In the ARC lab they have set up and developed everything from stereo lithography welding systems to racecar camshaft welds. Frequently this ability to develop a process before a full-blown manufacturing system is built will allow us to improve on final machine and shorten the delivery time.

ARC builds on three basic platforms, programmable logic controllers (PLC), machine tool controller (CNC) and 6 axis robots. No one technology solves all manufacturing problems. Generally ARC will choose a PLC if given a process problem. PLCs are fast and reliable. When the motion requirements exceed that of a PLC they select a CNC controller. When ARC is presented with a problem that requires 6 axes of motion, they use an articulated arm.