Articles by tag: Dan Allford Podcast

Roboticist Chronicles: The Future of Robotics in a Post-Pandemic World

Because they deal primarily with physical products, anyone in manufacturing knows that the industry as a whole has taken a hit from the effects of the pandemic. “But COVID isn’t the only crisis that has occurred in the robotics industry,” revealed Robert Little, Founder and CEO of ATI. “What people are not familiar with […]

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The Roboticist Chronicles: How Arc Helps Engineering Students Get Hands-On Experience

Sitting in a classroom and learning about engineering is much different from actually being on the job. That’s why Dr. Peter Loos, Professor in the Practice of Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University, has such a critical role. He works with seniors on their capstone projects, taking their ideas and training from the […]

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Engineering & Construction
The Roboticist Chronicles: Chewing the Fat on Automation In the Meat Processing Industry

ARC Specialties President Dan Allford often refers to the “three Ds” of automation, looking into industries that are dirty, dull and dangerous and seeing if robotics can step in. Allford is exploring another area that fits the three Ds by looking into automation in meat processing. There are challenges, but Allford is confident it […]

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Engineering & Construction
The Roboticist Chronicles: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Collaborative Robots

We all can use a little help from our friends – but what if that friend is a robot? With collaborative robots, robots with safety features that allow more human interaction or for humans to work nearby, that’s possible. It’s not only safety where collaborative robots shine, however, with programming a task that can […]

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Engineering & Construction
The Roboticist Chronicles: The Difference Between Robots on Earth and Robots in Outer Space

Some things are challenging enough, but an extra element takes the degree of difficulty up several notches. That’s how it is for Josh Sooknanan, an aerospace engineer with NASA, who takes robots and puts them into space. In addition to the already steep curve of working with robotics, Sooknanan also has to face things […]

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Engineering & Construction
Roboticist Chronicles: A Beautiful Blend of Cutting and Motion Control Technologies

Dan Allford, President, Arc Specialties, and Brett Hubbard, OEM Sales Manager, Hypertherm joined the Roboticist chronicles to detail the long-standing partnership between Arc Specialties and Hypertherm. Hypertherm is an industry leader in utilizing plasma for cutting alloys. Arc Specialties uses Hypertherm’s power supply and technology to cut parts with Arc’s robots. “What we do […]

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Engineering & Construction
The Roboticist Chronicles: Getting Dirty and Dangerous with Abrasive Finishing

Robots are perfect for abrasive finishing, because they work well in situations that possess all three of the “Big Ds” – dull, dirty and dangerous. Even so, while more companies are embracing robotics, there are some areas, like abrasive processing, that are yet to see full integration even though they are “three-D situations.” “I […]

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Cybersecurity in an IT-first world
Cybersecurity in an IT-First World: Vigilance & Risk Mitigation with Ex-CIA Chief Christopher Burgess
April 24, 2024

With digital transformation occurring at breakneck speed, cybersecurity has become a critical concern for first-world IT environments. The shift towards IT-first technology has brought about new challenges in protecting sensitive data and ensuring enterprise security. The stakes are high, with reports of data breaches becoming a daily occurrence, impacting organizations across various sectors. In […]

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One-of-a-kind shopping experiences
The Resurgence of Brick-and-Mortar Stores: One-of-a-kind Shopping Experiences Are Turning Customers into Brand Ambassadors
April 24, 2024

In the convenient world of e-commerce, big box stores are seeing a resurgence. Chains like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Target are experimenting with one-of-a-kind shopping experiences that can turn casual shoppers into loyal fans. In a recent Experts Talk roundtable, Allen Adamson, Co-Founder at Metaforce, highlighted how one-of-a-kind shopping experiences make for exciting […]

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digital augmentations
Revolutionize Customer Engagement Through Digital Augmentations in Physical Retail
April 24, 2024

The digital transformation of retail experiences in physical stores has become crucial as big-box retailers strive to maintain their relevance and competitive edge in a digital era. These retailers are embedding interactive features and digital augmentations in their physical locations to offer unique, engaging customer experiences. This approach merges the tactile allure of in-store […]

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Enthusiastic and Trained Employees can Enhance Experiences and Drive Success in Physical Retail
April 24, 2024

In today’s retail landscape, big-box retailers are emphasizing the importance of their physical locations, even as the digital marketplace continues to expand. Stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart are not just maintaining their brick-and-mortar presence but are actively enhancing it with features like interactive elements and new store openings. This reassertion of the […]

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The Roboticist Chronicles: Robots Aren’t Stealing Your Jobs, They’re Creating Them
February 19, 2020

As technology advances at an exponential rate, a common fearful sentiment among Americans is that robots are stealing human jobs. But, this long standing rumor couldn’t be farther from the truth. Robots actually create jobs, save humans from harm, and open up opportunities for new industry growth. The Roboticist Chronicles unpacks how robots are […]

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The Roboticist Chronicles: Talking Tariffs, Subsidies, and Free Market Capitalism
October 22, 2019

Tariffs and subsidies are a hot topic at the moment, with global trade affecting the market each day. But who exactly are tariffs hurting and helping? Dan Allford, president and founder of ARC Specialties, delivers his perspective on this episode of The Roboticist Chronicles. Allford, a proponent of a global free market, described how […]

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The Roboticist Chronicles: Lockheed’s “Skunk Works” Business Philosophy in Practice
September 10, 2019

Every business approaches how they work in a unique way. Each has a philosophy and culture, and each unique approach has its wins; some successful than others. But why? On this episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, we spoke business philosophy with Dan Allford, president of ARC Specialties. ARC Specialties has sound technology, but they […]

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From a Small Garage to Big Success: The Story of Arc Specialties
August 12, 2019

From its inception in 1983 to now, ARC Specialties has become a case study in the growth of an American entrepreneurial endeavor. Company President Dan Allford took the business out of a garage and has since turned the automated manufacturing systems provider into an international enterprise. On the first episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, […]

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OTC Showed Automation in Energy is Enhancing Safety and Efficiency
May 14, 2019

Automation has become the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and this emphasis on efficiency is no where more apparent than in the world of energy, specifically the oil industry. Automation is evolving the industry, offering new opportunities and structurally changing how professionals approach their day-to-day work. Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties, joined […]

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Tech, Teamwork & Trade: Collaboration in Intelligent Manufacturing with Dan Allford of ARC Specialties
August 24, 2018

As integrated solutions like automation, robotics, and process development become more and more integrated in the manufacturing industry, we decided to sit down with Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties, to get some insight on his industry and break down just why “manufacturing became cool again.” “One thing that I see that proves my […]

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