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Internet Sales Marketing Manager

Arc Solutions, Inc. is seeking an Internet Sales Marketing Manager to market our company’s business online
through various channels including our website, social media, Amazon, Ebay, email campaigns and advertising
campaigns. We are a family-owned, welding product supply and machine service company located in northwest
Duties Include:

  • Responsible for the marketing strategy, marketing plan, and marketing activities to achieve targets
  • Create and launch sales promotions and internet ads
  • Monitor our company’s online reputation
  • Solicit customer feedback and optimize campaigns accordingly
  • Highlight, respond to and encourage positive comments
  • Manage email list and create content for email campaigns
  • Monitor online competitors
  • Develop and maintain social media profile
  • Conduct regular business reviews and market analysis

Arc Solutions, Inc. is a rapidly growing company offering competitive wages, health insurance, profit sharing, &
401K with matching funds. We have a modern, clean, heated & air conditioned environment.
We are seeking a highly motivated reliable team player with good computer and organizational skills.

If you would like to be part of our professional team – email your resume with references to

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Are You Using Modular Welding Fixtures Yet?

Your weld needs are changing and so are your fixtures. In this ever-changing industry shouldn’t your weld fixtures be as adaptable as you? Modular fixturing allows you to do that.

A modular fixturing system is composed of a flat welding table with precise machined holes for the setup of clamps and components on the tabletop. This set up makes fixture components interchangeable and reusable, allowing for the quick accurate set up of new jobs saving time and not sacrificing quality.

Modular fixtures can bring a benefit to almost all work environments; from being able to be used in the smallest to largest factories they also maintain the same accuracy of permanent fixtures at a lower cost. You can also save on the floor space that standard fixtures consume when not being used.

Eliminate the high price of machining new fixtures and the lost value in dedicated fixtures. With the correct modular fixturing system, you can create fixtures on the fly without the worry of costly engineering changes making your permanent fixtures obsolete.

Ready to take the next step? Modular fixturing can come in many shapes and sizes and choosing the correct setup for your needs can be tricky. The experts at Arc Solutions are here to help match up the correct fixturing system that best suits your needs.

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Looking for a handheld plasma cutter for your garage or shop? Hypertherm has you covered. Let’s take a look at the Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air.

Don’t let its size fool you, the Powermax 30 Air delivers big performance. This small air plasma cutter — the smallest, lightest handheld plasma cutter in its class — includes its own built-in air compressor. That's right, it's a small plasma cutter with a built-in compressor so you can use the Powermax30 AIR anywhere there’s single-phase power. Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut. It's even dual-voltage. It comes with an adaptor so you can plug it into a 120 V or 240 V power source. Regardless of which power input (120 V or 240 V) you choose, We think you'll agree the Powermax30 AIR is the best plasma cutter with built-in compressor available today.

It’s easy to set up and operate.

The built in compressor eliminates the need for an external compressor and filter. It also plugs into 120 or 240 V power.

Superior performance in a compact package

  • Patent-pending consumable design enables consistent cutting by optimizing the airflow from the compact, internal compressor
  • Quickly cut metal grate or rusted metal without retriggering with the continuous pilot arc feature
  • Fast cutting speeds and superior cut quality let you finish jobs quicker, with fewer secondary operations

Exceptional versatility

  • Just one tool is all you need to cut a variety of metal types and thicknesses
  • Small size and light weight let you take the Powermax30 AIR to the work, rather than bringing the work to the system – an ideal solution for a wide range of cutting applications
  • Built to withstand heavy-duty use in the most demanding environments

What you get

  • Power supply, AIR T30 hand torch with 4,5 m (15') lead and work clamp with 4,5 m (15') lead
  • 240 V/20 A plug with adapters for 120 V/15 A and 240 V/20 A circuits (CSA model)
  • Operator and safety manuals
  • 1 nozzle and 1 electrode
  • Carrying strap

See it in action!

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Arc Solutions, Inc. is your go-to expert for welding products. Shop now for your Hypertherm Powermax30 Air

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Lincoln Electric’s proprietary liquid crystal display (LCD) enhances the visible color spectrum of the display. Unlike traditional auto-darkening filters, 4C lens technology broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle, while reducing eye strain 4C technology is ideal for a range of industries such as general fabrication, power generation, shipbuilding, structural, offshore and pipeline that use multiple welding processes, including Stick, MIG and TIG. Whatever the task at hand, 4C technology gives you a clear view to productivity and quality.


4C™ Lens Technology


Color Broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle while reducing eye strain.


All VIKING® welding helmets feature the highest optical clarity in the industry. This rating is determined by measuring blurriness, distortion, shade consistency and angle uniformity of the auto-darkening welding lens.


The weight of the 4C® auto-darkening lenses were reduced which improves balance and reduces neck strain to provide all day comfort.


The propriety technology improves clarity and shade consistency in out of position welding applications

The 4C Lens Technology upgrade to Lincoln Electric’s VIKING® welding helmets – including the 1840 series, 2450 series and 3350 series – improves visibility and reduces eye strain by minimizing the traditional lime green coloring in the helmet view screen.

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The POWER MIG® 210 MP® power supply is a multi-process welder for the hobbyist, educator or small contractor who wants to do MIG welding and a lot more, including stick, TIG and flux-cored welding. The push-and-turn digital controls and color display screen make setup and operation intuitive and easy, while the all-metal wire drive and sturdy sheet-metal construction make it rugged and ready for any job in the home or small shop. The POWER MIG® 210 MP® power supply is the ideal MIG machine for the welding novice, with plenty of room to grow as you gain more experience.


Take it Everywhere, Plug in Anywhere.

  • Lightweight and portable - just 40 lbs.!
  • Dual Voltage Inputs (120V or 230V) means you can plug into any common power supply

Ready. Set. Weld®.

  • Intuitive push-and-turn digital controls make setup a breeze
  • Large color display guides you through the setup process
  • Advanced options and settings are simple to access

210 Amps: The power to tackle any job

  • MIG: Weld up to 5/16 in. mild or stainless steel or aluminum* up to 3/16 in.
  • Flux-Cored (Self- and Gas-shielded): Tackle the biggest jobs
  • DC Stick: Handles up to 5/32 in. stick electrodes
  • DC TIG: Enabled by Touch Start TIG® technology

*Spool gun required (sold separately).


  • Lightweight and portable just 40 lbs.
  • Dual Voltage Inputs (120V or 230V) means You can plug into any common power supply.
  • Intuitive push-and-turn digital controls make setup a breeze
  • Large color display guides you through the setup process
  • Advanced options and settings are simple to access

Here’s What You Get!

Power MIG 210MP is a multi-process, wire feeding welder. Flux Cored, MIG, TIG, Stick processes.
  • Magnum® PRO 175L Gun
  • 10 ft. (3.0 m) (K4076-1) 120V and 230V Input Cables
  • Work Cable and Clamp
  • Electrode Holder and Lead Assembly
  • Adjustable Gas Regulator and Hose
  •  Gas and Gasless Nozzles Gun Cable Liner (pre-installed in gun)
  • Spindle Adapter
  • Sample 1 lb (0.45 kg) Spool of SuperArc® L-56® Mild Steel MIG Wire
  • Sample 0.5 lb (0.22 kg) Spool Innershield® NR®-211-MP Flux-Cored Wire
  •  0.025 in. (0.6 mm) and 0.035 in. (0.9 mm) Contact Tips
  • 0.025 - 0.030 in. (0.6 - 0.8 mm) and 0.035 in. (0.9 mm) Drive Rolls
  • 0.030 - 0.045 in. (0.8 - 1.1 mm) Knurled Drive Rolls
  • 0.025 - 0.035 in. (0.6 - 0.9 mm) and 0.045 in. (1.1 mm) Wire Guides

Ready to Buy?

Arc Solutions, Inc. is your go-to expert for welding products.

Shop now for your LINCOLN ELECTRIC POWER MIG® 210

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The Square Wave® TIG 200 is a portable TIG and stick welding machine that lets hobbyists, makers, small fabricators and craftsmen explore their creativity.
It is designed to help expand your welding expertise. As your skills and confidence grow, you can take advantage of the Square Wave TIG 200’s additional functionality. No matter your skill level, you won’t be disappointed.

The Square Wave TIG 200 provides smooth and stable AC TIG welding on aluminum and DC TIG welding on steel, stainless steel and chrome-moly.
A user-friendly interface enables the operators to set it, forget it and weld.


The user interface makes machine setup easy. Available features, such as Pulse, which provides a drumbeat-like rhythm for filler metal deposition, make you become a better TIG welder - faster.

  • A Great TIG Machine for Aluminum - For a wider or tighter welding bead, users can easily adjust AC Frequency Control. AC Balance can be adjusted to provide more cleaning action on dirty aluminum or to maximize penetration on thick materials.
  • TIG and Stick from One Power Source - The multi-process machine can TIG weld when precision and bead appearance are important. Users also have the advantage of stick welding capability for outdoor work or thicker materials.
  • Take it Everywhere, Plug in Anywhere.™ - Plug in the Square Wave TIG 200 where you need it - a standard 120V circuit or 230V for maximum output. Portable and convenient to use, only 46 lb (21 kg).

Here’s What You Get!

Square Wave TIG 200, Compact Inverter TIG Welder
  • Gas Regulator/Flowmeter and 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Gas Hose Kit 200A Stick Electrode Holder
  • Ground Clamp and Cable
  • 120 and 230V Input Cords
  • Foot Amptrol™ - 25 ft. (7.6m) (6 pin) | K870
  • PTA-17F TIG Torch Ready-Pak® (12.5 ft 1pc) | K1782-14

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Forgiving arc and simple tapped voltage control make dialing in your application easy. Smooth arc starts with minimal spatter. Wide 30-140 amp welding output range.


Precision full adjustment drive system reduces chance of wire tangling and crushing. Brass-to-Brass gun connections for enhanced conductivity.


Hassle-free wire spool mounting, wire drive service and polarity changes.


Add the economical Magnum® PRO 100SG spool gun for enhanced aluminum wire feeding performance.


Here’s What You Get!

  • Magnum® PRO 100L gun
  • 10 ft. (3.0 m)
  • Gas Nozzle
  • Gas Diffuser
  • Cable Liner
  • 035 in. (0.9 mm) Contact Tip
  • Work Cable and Clamp
  • Adjustable Gas Regulator and Hose
  • Spindle Adapter
  • 0.025 - 0.030 in. (0.6 - 0.7 mm) and 0.035 in.
  • (0.9 mm) Smooth Drive Roll for MIG & FCAW

Ready to Buy?

Arc Solutions, Inc. is your go-to expert for welding products. Shop Now for your LINCOLN ELECTRIC SP-140T® WIRE FEEDER WELDER

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Upgrading to New Welders

Is it time to upgrade that old faithful welder you bought at an auction over a decade ago? Every company has that piece of equipment they don’t want to get rid of for a multitude of reasons. These reasons could be sentimental, it is an employee’s favorite, fear of change, false belief of cost savings or almost anything else. Let’s take a dive in and see if it’s time to finally pull the trigger and upgrade your tools.

An often overlooked reason to upgrade is reflected in power savings. Let’s use a few Lincoln machines and calculate the power savings of a traditional transformer machine vs. a newer inverter machine. In the chart below, a calculation was done for one production shift of power savings with a new Lincoln Electric inverter style machine (Powerwave S500) and an older Lincoln Electric transformer style machine (CV-400).

When the $4.95 per shift is multiplied out to a full year (estimated 260 working days) this equates to $1,287 per year. When multiplied by 3 shifts that grows to $3,861 cost savings per year.

In addition, many electrical companies will provide discounted rates or rebates for companies who convert to equipment that requires less power draw. If you are switching to newer, more efficient machines this would be a great option to explore.

After power savings comes weld quality. Welds that used to be difficult or even impossible may now be very feasible to do. Each manufacturer has their own terminology, but from a high level the general ideas are similar. The benefits of newer equipment include better gap filling, higher deposition rates, more aesthetically pleasing welds (prettier welds), decreased porosity, capabilities to weld exotic materials, different transfer modes to help when welding out of position, and constant penetration. These can be broken down even further. For instance, high deposition rates mean more weld metal gets put down in a given amount of time. It also means that less overall heat goes into the base metal and this helps to minimize distortion.

The advanced waveforms make the welding easier so less technical operators are required. All welding requires someone who understands the welding process to dial in the parameters. However, once the new machines are dialed in, they weld a wide range of thicknesses using the synergic setting. Now the operator is only turning one knob and the machine compensates for the rest. Existing programs can even be saved so that it takes the guesswork completely out of a parameter adjustment. If applicable, the welder can even record the real weld data to save and refer back to in the future.

The size and weight of welders have decreased significantly with technology. Older machines, like the CV-400 weigh in at 383 pounds. The inverter based Powerwave S500 is capable of 25% more output but only weighs 68 pounds. This creates less strain on operators who move their equipment around. It also saves valuable floor space because the footprint of the machine is significantly smaller.

A final tick against the older machines is repair parts. As product lines become older they are no longer supported by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). If and when the older equipment breaks down, being able to quickly get the machine repaired and back into production becomes difficult.

If you would like to learn more about new welding equipment, reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. We have technical sales employees who are happy to help educate you on the pros and cons of major industrial welding brands. We will also provide you with a quote to replace your equipment if desired. If you have a welder that needs service work, our team of authorized service technicians will get your machine fixed and back on your floor ASAP. We motor freight equipment around the United States and put a huge focus on customer service!

Feel free to reach out to us at any time! You can reach us by emailing or by phone at 419-542-9272.

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Increasing Existing Robot Efficiency


Manufacturing facilities spend enormous amounts of money on automation. The reason for investing in the equipment is typically to produce more goods with the same number of resources. Those resources include personnel/workers, time, floor space, etc. If a company can increase the amount of product they produce while still in the same building and with the same number of employees, they will generate more profit. For decades, robots have been implemented into manufacturing facilities to increase efficiencies. The next step is increasing the efficiencies of the robots. Companies who lower the cycle time per part push more parts out the door while maintaining the same overhead costs. This article begins with the physiological effects of robots on employees and ends with some ideas to increase robot speeds and decrease cycle times. Robotic cycle times are measured by timing how long it takes to load a part, have the work done to it (i.e. welded), and then get it unloaded. With factories who run tens of thousands of parts a year, a few tenths of a second per part add up to be significant. Let’s do a calculation to show just how significant a few tenths of a second can be. Imagine the cycle time for a part is 60 seconds (1min). If a factory works 8 hours a day with a 30-minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks, that leaves 7 hours left for work. Many robotic cells are installed with an assumed 85% uptime. This means 15% of the time the cell is down for maintenance, fixture change out, unplanned downtime, staffing shortages etc. Seven hours multiplied by .85 equals 5.95 hours of planned production time per day. 5.95 hours X 60 minutes per hour X 60 seconds per minute equates to 21,420 seconds. If the cycle time of a part is 60 seconds, then 21,420/60 means that 357 parts per day can be completed. There is no magical wand for saying how much efficiency your specific company could pick up. In some plants maybe all of this has already been done. In others maybe you can save 20% on cycle time with just the click of a few buttons. No matter the case, even a 2% decrease in cycle time saves 1.2 seconds on this part (60 seconds X .02) which allows the operator to produce 364 parts per shift (21,420/58.8). The increase from 357 to 364 parts per hour are essentially “free” parts because the labor and overhead were already going to be there anyway. If you’re not interested in numbers like those you wouldn’t have made it this far into the article. Let’s jump right in and make our automation work for us.

The physiology of automation

Before we can save cycle time we need to understand that automation can be demoralizing to workers. At the same time, it can make our jobs and lives much easier when used properly. The demoralizing side of automation is when the robot works faster than the operator can even dream of operating. In a perfect world, the operator should have 1-minute worth of work while the robot is doing 1-minute worth of work. Without even knowing it, an operator will make a game out of beating the robot and getting a “win” each time the cycle finishes. The opposite happens if the operator has 3 minutes’ worth of work to the robots 1 minute of work. In this case the operator has no incentive to work faster because no matter what they do the robot will still beat them. Factories have seen increased production rates by actually slowing their equipment down to match operator speeds. The remainder of this article is for the opposite problem and is focused on speeding up the robot so that the operator isn’t wasting time waiting for the robot.

Know your parts

Before changing anything in the program, first double check that the robot isn’t taught a weird path or a slower speed on purpose. Sometimes there are engineering reasons for certain programs, and it is important to understand these before modifying programs. Speak with the appropriate parties such as engineers or robotic programmers who originally wrote the program.

Speed up the air moves

The first and easiest thing to check for speeding up your robot is the air move speed. Robots typically measure this in a percentage with 100% being top speed for air moves.

Adjust the part clearance spacing

Robots go to the exact same spot and follow the exact path every time. With this in mind, move the air move points closer to the fixtures, clamps, etc. If the robot makes a weld, then moves over an obstacle, and makes another weld there is no reason to have the robot go higher than necessary. By dry running the program (running it with the weld turned off) watch and see where there is wasted movement. If the torch goes 8” up and over the fixture adjust it to 2” above. That saves 6 inches of air move time up and 6 additional inches of air move time back down. Small changes like this can make a big difference in the overall program.

Modify the Order of Welds

The quickest way to get somewhere is in a straight line. Use this theory for robotic programming as well. Have your program start on one side of the part and work towards the opposite side. A robot bouncing all around the part is wasted air move time. However, be careful with this one. Sometimes programs are written in special ways to help balance the heat input into the part. If you are working with a complex assembly, watch out when modifying the order of welds because it may affect the tolerances of the final part.

Knowing your move types

Robots typically have the option of linear moves, circular moves, or joint moves. A linear move goes in a straight line from point to point. These should be used when welding because it will make for a nice straight weld. Circular moves are used far less often but are implemented when welding an arc or circle. Joint moves are most common for air move applications. They do not necessarily move in a straight line but instead get the robot point to point in the fastest possible way. Joint moves should be used anytime the robot is moving in free space and its programmed path is not critical.

Path Smoothing

Path smoothing is a software setting that allows the robot to round off corners when applicable. The smoothing action has different names for different manufacturers, but it all accomplishes the same task. When smoothing is off or low the robot goes to the exact point that is programmed, stops for a split second, then to the next and the next. With smoothing turned on the robot rounds off the corners to save time and prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Path smoothing is commonly configured on a 1-5 scale. Welds should have the smoothing turned off because the robot needs to go to the exact point, whereas air moves are a great place to use path smoothing.

Adjust Pre and Post Flow

Preflow is the amount of time the shield gas flows before the weld begins. Post flow is the amount of time the gas is on after the weld is complete. Pre and post flows are both important for weld quality, but longer than necessary means wasted gas and wasted time. Remember that higher amperage welds require a longer postflow to protect the weld while it is still solidifying.

Change the weld position

Different weld positions have different benefits. For instance, welds made in the flat position have the best penetration whereas welds in the vertical down position have the quickest travel speeds. Sometimes a hybrid solution can be used as well. Even a 15-degree downslope will make a huge travel speed difference because gravity is helping to pull that weld down. Welds that are purely cosmetic or for sealing purposes are welded downhill all over the country to help speed up production rates. If the weld is considered structural make sure to do the proper weld verification testing after making any adjustments. Always refer to documentation like a WPS (Weld Procedure Specification) when applicable as well.

Invest in new technology

Cobots are new to the welding market. Cobot is a term that means collaborative robot. These machines work side by side with human operators. Customers of ours have found that even though the cobots have slower air move speeds, the overall production is increased compared to a traditional welding robot. The reason for this is that all the safety lockouts have been avoided via power force limiting and force sensors. Now the operator works directly with the robot and is no longer waiting for doors to open or avoiding light curtains. Some operators use a “loop” function as well. The loop function keeps the program running time after time so the operator is no longer even required to press the start button. When the operator needs the robot to stop, they just tap on the arm and the collaborative software brings everything to a stop until the program is restarted. Technology in welding power sources has improved travel speeds as well. New software technologies improve gap filling capabilities, offer improved travel speeds, decrease required rework, and have low spatter modes that decrease clean up time and save on consumable items like grinding wheels. If you’re running older equipment it may be time to discuss options for increased production and quality! 

Should you find yourself needing professional help with robotic programming, program modification, or consultation, reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. today! We are an authorized service center and distributor of many trusted industrial brands. We have an automation team and engineering staff at your service. Reach us at 419-542-9272 or

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Cost Justification for a Welding Cobot (or Robot)

When making an investment into automation, it is important to calculate your Return On Investment (ROI). The term ROI is a fancy way of saying how long it will take until this equipment makes me more money than it cost me. ROI can be calculated many ways and must meet different requirements for different companies, but below is a good start to cost justifying your purchase.

The first and easiest thing to calculate are direct cost savings. Direct costs are costs that can actually have a dollar value put on them. Purchasing agents love direct cost savings because they look great on paper. The most expensive direct cost in most welding jobs is labor: their hourly wage and the overhead associated with each worker. The overhead includes cost like bonuses, vacation time, holiday pay, sick days, insurance, HR cost, etc. The typical labor and overhead cost is three times the hourly wage of the employee meaning that a $20/hr employee actually cost the company $60/hr to have on staff. When robots are introduced, the very conservative numbers are that one welding robot will double the output of a manual welder, but in reality the production rate of a robot is typically triple that of a manual welder. The actual productivity of a robot can be calculated using a cycle time analysis formula. Contact Arc Solutions, Inc for a cycle time analysis on your parts if you are interested in working towards automation.

Consumables are another direct cost savings. Contact tips in robots will weld more parts than contact tips in manual applications. This is because the contact tip to work distance is more accurately maintained to create a smoother arc and less spatter. Weld cleanup and part rework is also reduced because the spatter is much more controlled and the robot is far more accurate than a human can be. As you well know, the cost of grinding wheels and labor associated with cleanup and rework is a number that adds up quickly and adds no value to the part. Over welding parts is a common human error also. Welders will error on the side of caution and create bigger welds than required when welding manually. With robotics the exact weld size is controlled so it speeds up travel speeds, lowers the amount of wire consumed, and uses less shielding gas all while increasing the quality of the weld.

Indirect cost savings are a little more difficult to put a number on. The biggest indirect savings from a robot is weld quality. Robots make perfectly consistent movements every time so you can be confident that the weld is the right size and in the right location. You can also be confident that welds didn’t get skipped over by human error. Weld spatter and wire stubs being cut off at the end of the torch are common when manual welding. However, with robotics this can be closely controlled and a higher percentage of the purchased wire actually becomes weld metal and not wasted material that needs swept up off of the floor.

In today’s market, no one is looking to get rid of employees, but instead the exact opposite is happening. Rather than hiring employees, the addition of cobots and robots allow you to free up and move existing employees to other jobs in the shop. On a similar topic, the employee training required as a robot operator is far less than that required as a welder. The pay scales of robot operators vs. manual welders reflect the necessary skills for the job as well with operators typically earning a lower hourly wage than welders. The one thing robots do require is someone with the proper training to program them. First time robot purchasers typically get free training for one person. The standard length of training is four (4) days. It is important that the robot programmer has some welding experience as well as being comfortable with computers. Cobots however are much less technical when it comes to programing. With the most recent programming methods being icon driven; a production welder who is comfortable with a smart phone can be programming the cobot on their own with only a few hours of training.

There are a few options for getting automation into your shop. The traditional way was a full purchase of the equipment from a number of integrators. Another option is rental or lease to own plans. These plans allow customers to get introduced to automation without having such a large upfront risk. Arc Solutions has rental plans available for both cobots and traditional robots. Our lease to own plan has a percentage of the lease price being applied towards the purchase price of the equipment if you choose to buy. We also offer financing options for customers who are looking to buy equipment.

Reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. today if you would like to explore your automation options. We can be contacted by phone at 419-542-9272 or via email at

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