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The Marriage of Mechanization and Application. A Guide to Greater Overall Efficiency

Jan. 14, 2014

Bug-O Systems has faithfully provided for over 65 years, the industry’s newest, best and most innovative products to enable you to be more successful.  This article will explore the Marriage of Mechanization to Applications so as to produce great overall efficiency to the end-user fabricator.


Industry is faced with a world where it is nearly impossible to find and hire skilled labor and in some cases, the task at hand is just too difficult for current applicants. When it comes to welding and cutting, this industry segment is no different and for many companies, this is an all too familiar reality.  Today many business owners are finding that mechanization can be a very valuable, cost effective solution to the challenges they face in this ever so demanding field.  This article is intended to help provide additional clarity to your decision process as you can determine if mechanization is a viable option for your welding and cutting requirements.

This article will attempt to take you through the steps so as to break the decision process into three parts.  These three parts
are identified as Application, Information/Data and Equipment.  Using these three guides you will clearly see if mechanization
is a viable solution for you.  We will now examine each of these three areas individually to provide you with the best possible
understanding of this decision process.

First, identify clearly what the Application is.  Are we going to be cutting, welding or both? Identify the material, size, shape, type of material, how I will access the material for the task at hand and what is the orientation of the material.  Understand if there are any particular specifications and criteria that must be met to pass visual or various other types of inspections need to be satisfied.  Once identifying those key technical points required, then we can understand the boundaries or limits of the application.  Remember it is important to represent the application in as much detail as possible.  "Lay it out; nail it down” and what I mean by that is don’t be afraid to take the extra time and effort to actual lay material down, orient that material in a manner that you would perform the task manually and see if by removing the torch or gun from the operators hand will be possible.  Anytime we can do that, we can easily create greater productivity with greater regularity and uniformity, thus increasing superior quality.  Basically, we are removing any chance for human error. 


Next, the Information is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.  The more information provided or gathered will help narrow down possible options up for consideration.  Fort example; are there any specs, drawings, pictures and communication between manufacture and end-user will also provide insight to the specific design the machine will require.  Who will perform the work and what is his or her skill level?  What are the goals and deadline?   Where will this project be taking place?  When will you start the project and what is the length of the project?  Why are you doing the work, in other words describe the needs of the project.  How will you reach your goal, or what actions will you employ?   How much money do you estimate you’ll need?  All of these questions will help to determine if the process can and should be mechanized.  The good thing about Bug-O Products is that they are so portable and modular that they often can and are taken to the work piece and into remote work environments.  Keep in mind not everything can be mechanized, however my personal experience tells me that most or at least many can be.


The final step is the Equipment which will be chosen based upon the outcomes of your decision making procedure above. 

After consulting with your Bug-O professional to select the proper product you will then will want to test, then demonstrate

the process.  Upon approval from the client, set-up on site and training will then be recommended.  Testing may be required

by the end-user to provide samples to their client for approval.  Be prepared for this.  Testing may raise questions or give

insight to possible modifications required to refine or dial in the equipment for better results or to meet specific needs of the

client.  Always remember during this stage, going back to review the information can only reiterate you have made the right

decision. Demonstrating the ability of the equipment and providing training to the end-user will solidify that the equipment will

perform all the duties set out to complete the job successfully.


Mechanized cutting and welding cannot be performed without a good or skilled operator, so training is necessary.  Our

products do not eliminate jobs, but actually enable operators to perform their work better, more efficiently and with greater

quality.  Training ensures the operator is well versed and fully capable of running the equipment effectively and safely.

Now with the application defined, the information gathered and equipment specified and tested, we are ready to work. 

At this point the client is now in the best position possible to make a clear and comfortable decision to purchase this

equipment and start being more productive and profitable.  In this global and highly competitive market place today, I

cannot point out more strongly how important it is to remain competitive, increase your quality and overall efficiency. 

Bug-O Products can help take you there!


For farther details on how your company can benefit from mechanization, contact your local Bug-O Manager, or call us direct.