Mixing IT skills with technical skills
by Nicolas Kohout
Reading previous issues of welder destiny achieved to convince me about what I've been thinking of for quite a long time; we really need to establish synergies between fields of expertise.
LASER ultrasonic example is a pretty good one, as you say we still need some miniaturization of the technology to integrate it efficiently "in a welder's hand".
However, we can start working on it from now (even without those electronic skills) using some IT skills, especially works on AI and industrial vision.
In this case at least one kind of AI would be necessary: an AI recognizing and interpreting datas returned by all the sensor in use (LASER ultrasonic equipment, cameras, thermometers, ...) in order to provide welder with "sorted" information he can make use of.
However, if you plan to use it with robots, then you will need at least "a second kind of AI": the one replacing welder brain, which will be able to interpret datas sorted by the first and decide how to adapt paramaters such as speed, intensity and so on...
Those skills are clearly related to IT field which is at the moment not really teached along with other fields such as welding, what is the solution to learn it efficiently without quitting a job? In my opinion, that's one of the upcoming challenges of my generation.
Perhaps it's a great idea for a startup which should be founded by at least a welding engineer, IT engineers (AI specialists, data scientists) and robotics engineer. That list of course is in my opinion a very -very- short list of the essential "basic" competencies required for such a project.
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