ARC Specialties was founded in 1983 by Dan Allford to provide welding services and weld automation to industry. Since then, ARC Specialties has grown to a 60+ person company occupying a campus with over 75,000 sq ft. These buildings house all the components for a vertically integrated manufacturing solution provider: research, design, manufacturing, assembly and testing at a single location. ARC Specialties has built machines for companies in 21 countries and a variety of industries. The staff includes project managers, mechanical and electrical designers as well as welders, electricians and assembly technicians.
A typical project for ARC Specialties begins when a customer goes to the company with a manufacturing problem. In some cases, ARC needs to prototype the system before a complete proposal is possible. In the ARC research facility, a full testing and technical setup allows the technology services staff to work with tools from stereo lithography welding systems to racecar camshaft welds. Frequently, this ability to develop a process before a full-blown manufacturing system is built will allow ARC to improve the final machine and shorten the delivery time.