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The 2016 National Robotic Arc Welding Conference is an annual conference featuring prominent welding professionals and manufacturers.


 APRIL 11-13, 2016


Josh WilliamsonRobotics Segment Manager/Fronius
Chris AndersonAssoc. Chief Engineer/Yaskawa Motoman
Jason StyronAccount Sales Engineer
David SchaeferProduct Specialist-Miller Welding Automation


Vern MangoldKay Safety
Jeffrey NorukPresident, Servo Robot Corp
Christopher SmithProject Manager, Wolf Robotics
Kyle AndersonProject Manager, Wolf Robotics


Larry BarleySenior Application Engineer, OTC Daihen

Topics Covered

Robotic Interfacing

Interfacing robotics with arc welding equipment has been done for many years. It started with only a few signals back and forth and now the possibilities are virtually endless.  Fronius creates new technologies and solutions from monitoring and controlling energy (battery charging systems, welding technology, and solar electronics). While others develop gradually, we innovate in leads and bounds by shifting the limits of what's possible.  For decades, Fronius has made significant contributions to advances in welding technology.

Robotic Spot Welding with Servo Guns and MFDC

The use of servo motors to control electrode clamping and inverters to provide DC weld current have led to improvements in productivity and quality for robotic

  • Advances in Resistance Welding
  • Robot Controllers, New functions
  • The use of MFDC power, leading to lighter weight robotic spot guns.

Intro to Machine Vision

An introduction to Machine Vision.

  • What is Machine Vision?
  • Machine Vision Architecture
  • Overview of Applications
  • Application Examples
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  • AlabamaRTP - The Robotic Maintenance Training Center

    The Robotic Maintenance Training center houses an industry training program where technicians are trained to work on robotic machinery. The 60,000 square foot facility is staffed by trainers supplied by top robot builders and is home to several major robotics and automation brands.

  • AlabamaRTP - The Advanced Technology, Research, and Development Center

    The Advanced Technology Research and Development Center is a 43,000 square foot facility used for the purpose of research, development and the testing of leading edge robotics used for defense projects, space exploration and manufacturing processes. The structure houses appropriate infrastructure to support these activities with substantial outdoor areas for testing in a variety of environments.

  • AlabamaRTP - The Integration, Entrepreneurial, and Paint/Dispense Training Center

    The Integration, Entrepreneurial and Paint/Dispense Training Center is currently in the construction phase and will allow companies to build and adapt automation for new and existing manufacturing process. The facility will allow companies to train in manual paint spraying techniques and robotic dispense training.

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Here you can gain pertinent information about our next annual conference and register here, online.  This year's conference is hosted by the Alabama Robotics Technology Park, located in Tanner Alabama.


Pricing Options

iStock 000031443802 SmallDAY 1: FREE for High School Students

The Alabama Robotic Technology Park will host the National Robotic Welding Conference  High School Day on Monday, April 11, 2016.  Normally $95/per student/per day, but thanks to the generosity of the D16 Board of the American Welding Society, they are waiving the fee and students will be invited to attend at no cost on April 11, 2016.

The event will be a great learning experience for students and will work to promote welding as an important and in-demand part of today's competitive job market.   Students will be able to:


  • Engage and discuss pertinent welding applications with the area's foremost welding professionals and factory reps.
  • Expand their knowledge of current welding procedures, applications, & practices
  • Find out the current state of industrial welding careers and requirements
  • Learn about student scholarship opportunities
  • Get practical answers to questions releated to welding processes and techniques.
  • See and try out welding machines based on the latest technology
  • Live demonstrations of various weld test procedures
  • Open discussion/question and answer - Talk with the Experts

Click here to register



Once tours are full, attendees can register for the conference without tours for a $100 discount. While we do our best to accommodate all attendees, our tour locations have the option to exclude competitors. If there is an issue with your attendance on a tour, you will be contacted.

Travel Information

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Alabama Robotic Technology Park
6505 U.S. Hwy 31
Tanner, AL 35671

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huntsville international airport terminal

Air Travel

Hunstville International Airport (HSV)
Servicing: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd
Hunstville, AL 35824
Hunstville International Airport


Getting Around

From Decatur to Hunstville, you can enjoy the sights while visiting our area. There are plenty of things to see and do.



DoubleTree by Hilton

1101 6th Avenue NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601

Hotel Room Pricing for Conference
$94.00 1 King Bed Room / 2 Queen Beds Room

Feel welcome the moment you arrive at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Decatur Riverfront in Decatur, AL with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie on arrival. Located at the edge of Historic Downtown Decatur, the hotel overlooks the beautiful Tennessee River and Steamboat Bill Memorial Bridge. Thirteen Fortune 500 companies are less than 10 miles from the hotel, along with many industries, corporations, restaurants and shopping opportunities. Point Mallard Park is less than 3 miles away and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is only 20 minutes from our modern hotel in Decatur, AL.

Unwind in an inviting guest room, equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and an MP3 alarm clock radio. Watch HD channels on the 42-inch LCD TV and stay connected with complimentary WiFi. Spoil yourself in an executive room or suite and enjoy additional space, superior river views, and upgraded amenities.

Whether you are planning a business meeting or a spectacular wedding, trust in our dedicated events team to help organize an unforgettable event. Our hotel in Decatur, AL features the largest meeting space in the city and a 24-hour business center. Grab a coffee from the Starbucks kiosk. The stylish Twist Grill & Bar serves modern Southern cuisine and local favorites. Energize in the 24-hour fitness center, and swim in the heated indoor/outdoor pool.

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