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2024 Innovation Issue: Robotic welding system boosts Smoker Craft’s production

Posted on AllSides May 31st, 2024
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A welder’s flame fuses a pontoon tube at Smoker Craft Inc.’s manufacturing campus in Elkhart County, but no one is holding the torch. Rather, three computer-controlled robots are doing the work. It’s a major change from the way pontoon boats used to be made at the family-owned company that has been in operation for more than a century in New Paris, three hours north of Indianapolis. Smoker Craft, which specializes in the production of aluminum boats, adopted a robotic tube-welding system about two years ago to automate its entire pontoon...

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