Automation, 3D printing becoming the new normal in oilfield manufacturing

By Alberta Oil Magazine

Nov 10, 2015

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The game-changing advantage of laser-cladding, manufacturers are finding, lies in the ability to automate a process to the point that almost no human intervention is required, something that dramatically reduces labor costs.

Mining equipment manufacturer Apollo-Clad, for example, now looks to hire software-inclined workers with a basic understanding of math and computer programming. “They don’t need to be a welder and they don’t have to have experience working with metal,” Doug Hamre, the company's head of research and development, says. “They need to be comfortable running a computer.”

Read the full story at albertaoilmagazine.com.

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