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Full-Stack Robotic Company Novarc Technologies Specializes In The Design Of AI Systems For Robotic Welding Apps

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Below is our recent interview with Soroush Karimzadeh, CEO at Novarc Technologies:

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Novarc Technologies?

A: Novarc Technologies is a Vancouver-based full-stack robotics company specializing in the design and commercialization of robots and AI systems for robotic welding applications. Novarc’s Spool Welding Robot (SWR™) is the first-of-its-kind in pipe welding applications. As a proven pioneer in the field, Novarc has dedicated a team of engineers and scientists to solve challenging welding automation problems that improve customers’ bottom line.

Unlike other welding solutions, or pipe welding machines, Novarc‘s flexible technology is capable of welding a variety of joints, with fewer space restrictions, where operators interactively make adjustments during the weld without the need to pre-program.

Q: Who is your ideal client and why?

A: The competition for prefabrication is growing. Studies show that in the past 15 years, prefabrication has grown 15-20 per cent for pipe welding. This means that opportunities are being identified and shops are aggressively trying to capture the increasing market share. In order to keep up with the competition, shops are finding ways to improve lead times, capacity, and margins on projects.

Our ideal customers are companies within the oil & energy, mechanical contracting, EPCs, and shipbuilding/ship repair sectors looking to become more competitive and win more projects using automation.

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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?

A: The industry is currently experiencing a welder shortage crisis. The National Association of Manufacturers states that nearly 81 per cent of manufacturers are unable to hire the number of welders they need. In addition to this, the average age of a welder in the United States is 55 years old, indicating that the majority of skilled welders will retire in the next 5-10 years. The American Welding Society (AWS) also predicts that there will be a shortage of 314,000 welders in the United States by 2024. These data points give us significant insight into the trends facing the fabrication industry.

Being a collaborative robot (cobot), the SWR™ combats the shortage of highly qualified welders by working with a less experienced operator to significantly improve shop productivity, and produce high-quality welds every single time.

The SWR™ allows customers to deliver projects faster, at a lower cost, and with better quality. They are also able to go after those bigger projects and improve delivery timelines. This allows them to get ahead in an increasingly competitive market.

Q: What can we expect from Novarc Technologies in next 12 months? What are your plans?

A: Novarc’s next generation robotic welding is being developed for seamless integration with high-volume and high-mix manufacturing applications and the company’s clients are expanding into international markets.

In the next year, Novarc’s development of artificial intelligence software, essentially the “smartization of its collaborative welding robot”, will open up new markets as companies are looking at ways to enhance the performance of welding cobots through artificial intelligence. Novarc is providing a welding automation solution to help industry meet the demands required for the expansion/maintenance of the world’s infrastructure.

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Q: What is the best thing about Novarc Technologies that people might not know about?

A: We help build the world using applied robotics and AI.

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