Welding (verb): to join pieces of metal together by heating the edges until they begin to melt and then pressing them together (merriam-webster.com).

Such a simple definition, yet a concept that is utterly important to your waterfront equipment. Take two pieces of aluminum and bring them together to create a masterpiece of strength and durability.  Quality welding lets you enjoy the waterfront to the fullest. At ShoreMaster, welding isn’t just a process with heat and meta -l it’s an art form.  It requires diligent practice. ShoreMaster welders – all 19 of them – take great care to ensure that the docks and boat lifts that leave their facility are built to last.  The product is built to enjoy and built beautifully. The welders have a passion for the waterfront and a pride in their craft that is unmatched.

Who does the dock welding at ShoreMaster? 

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ShoreMaster welding

Danny Kugler, the welding supervisor, has been with ShoreMaster since 1986 and a welder since 1987. “I got into welding because it was an opportunity to get to work with my hands but also to get to create something that I knew people would love to use. I got to be a part of this unique process of creation and manufacturing.” 

Kugler has seen many changes and advancements in welding technology and systems; like the introduction of the ShoreMaster robotic welder in 2001. Danny actually programed the current robot used on the ShoreMaster production floor. “It was a big change for us. It was exciting, but a big change. I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew that it had the potential to be something really great for us.”

The robotic welder (shown below) –  welds a variety of parts including Infinity RS 4 frames, foot pads, leg posts and more.  It automates the welding process and allows for consistent, efficient, repetitive welding. Consistency is very important. Kugler says, “It’s great for a lot of our team. It brings a lot of efficiency to some of the smaller parts and frames so that our guys can focus on the larger frames and materials.

On a truss frame there is no replacement for two sets of hands and a welders special touch.  For a lot of our stuff a robotic welder does just great.” 


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