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Midwest

Acieta LLC

acieta continually looks
for new market niches
where it can automate and
add robotic welding.

their business and less time searching for skilled welders that are hard to
find and retain."
But the machines do not lead to the
elimination of jobs that already exist,
Rogers asserts. After adopting the
machines, companies often reassign
"welders to manage weld cells instead
of doing the actual welding."
Acieta's clients also make sure to
train them for these new positions.
"In the past, they may have been
welding, [but now] they're getting educated in running the robots becoming more valuable to their employers
and earning themselves more money,"
Rogers says.
Acieta's welding systems also help
with worker safety, he says. By letting
robots do the hazardous work, "We're
not putting welders or factory workers in those positions."
"We've actually had customers that
were a little skeptical about putting
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robots on their floor," Rogers recalls.
"But when the robots were up and
running the heavy parts, [the clients]
actually thanked us, because they
were happy they didn't have to move
those heavy parts around."

"if the weld joints
are not perfect, the
robot can adapt to
fit them. in the past,
those technologies
weren't as prevalent.
you wouldn't get a
perfect weld."
- Pete Rogers

est was when customers' parts fit up
was poor. This resulted in the machines struggling as they tried to weld
the items.
That technology has improved.
"There have been advancements in
vision systems for the robots so they
can adaptably weld," he describes. "If
the weld joints are not perfect, the robot can adapt to fit them. In the past,
those technologies weren't as prevalent. You wouldn't get a perfect weld."
Acieta works with its customers to
make sure they are knowledgeable
about the system they purchase. "We
provide training for the customers,"
he says. These sessions are often held
at Acieta's facilities. "We have a full
training and test lab that the customers can use."

Overcoming Obstacles
Acieta conquered challenges during
the development of the welding machines, Rogers says. One of the larg-

Engineering Solutions
Acieta, with locations in Pewaukee,
Wis., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, spe-


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