Welding

Material joining by the use of power sources, gases, nozzles, tips, wire, filler metals, manual and automated processes, robots, jigs, turntables, consumables and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Considerations for Consumables in Robotic Welding Applications

Did you realize a contact tip often serves as a barometer of the overall effectiveness of the welding process by indicating how optimized it is – or isn’t? To prevent time consuming and costly issues with joint access, here are some important reasons why consumables must be part of the planning process when working with an integrator to design a robotic welding system.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

Before You Automate That Welding Operation

No shop can benefit from welding automation if the operation simply consists of moving a bottleneck from one department into another. To avoid missing out on the overall productivity and efficiency a robotic weld cell can deliver, these four challenges must be addressed before automating the welding operation.
Engine Driven Welders

Next Generation Speed Governing Technology

Numerous benefits can be gained from improved fuel efficiency and reduced noise when using new welder/generators with speed-regulating technology.
Filler Metals/Electrodes

Welding Abrasion-Resistant Plate: Three Common Challenges and Their Solutions

Here are some tips that make it easier to avoid cracks and prevent lost time and money when welding these incredibly hard plates.
Fume Extraction Systems

The Right Filter Makes a Difference in Weld Fume Management

Removing the fumes from the area is only the beginning of the process. How you filter the fume is just as critical to achieve successful results.
Gases

Using Shielding Gas Efficiently

Gas handling equipment is one area shops sometimes overlook to keep costs down to stay competitive. Proper gas-saver flowmeter regulators can ensure saving on the amount of shielding gas that is used with each pull of the trigger of the welding gun.
Inverter Welders

Field of Dreams

Take a look at how this Wisconsin fabricator uses the portable all-in-one Multimatic 200 multiprocess power source from Miller Electric to gain versatility and increase their welding productivity by 25 to 30 percent on field repair and fabrication jobs.
Laser Welders

Three Common Questions Concerning Laser Welding in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Many sheet metal fabrication shops still hesitate to invest in laser welding. They are missing out on the numerous competitive advantages and opportunities that it offers over conventional welding processes. Here are some insights that they need to know.
Electron Beam Welders

How To Weld 3D Printed Parts

The 3D metal printing process is prone to capture microscopic inclusions and voids in the material. When these parts are welded, these micro voids coagulate into large bubbles of porosity that weaken the weld due to stress concentration in the area of the porosity. John DeLalio of EB Industries explains how electron beam welding can be used to address this issue.
MIG Welders

Using Metal-Cored Wire with Pulsed MIG to Weld Galvanized Steel

High strength galvanized steel is an excellent material to help automotive manufacturers build lighter-weight vehicles, but it can present some challenges that make it difficult to weld.
Plasma Cutters

Beware of Bad Bargains

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.
Power Sources

Power Management Technology Eliminates Problems Caused by Dirty Power

Dirty power can impact weld quality in many ways. Here is one way to help avoid the problems caused by dirty power and improve productivity, efficiency and weld quality.
Resistance Welders

Seamlessly Joined? Comparing Cast and Soldered Electrodes for Spot Welding

Cavities in the solder between the electrode and the shaft have a negative impact on the quality of the resistance weld. Plansee explains why anyone wishing to avoid cavities should use cast electrodes rather than soldered electrodes.
TIG Welders

The Passion Inside Out Back

A father-son boat repair and fabrication shop finds power, flexibility and quality with a TIG welder that can deal with the unique challenges of their business.
Welding Gloves

From Selection to Storage: The Basics of Common Aluminum Filler Metals

In order to gain the best results when welding aluminum, Tim Hensley of Hobart Brothershere are the reasons why and how it is critical to select the correct filler metal and carefully follow the proper storage and handling procedures for these products.
Welding Guns/Torches

Top Ten Things to Consider with Through-Arm Robotic MIG Guns

Through-arm robotic MIG guns don’t require a mounting arm like conventional robotic MIG guns do. They provide a smaller work envelope that is ideal for working in tight spaces. Here are the top factors in selecting, installing and maintaining a through-arm robotic MIG gun. 
Welding Helmets

Sight for Sore Eyes

Clearly, the right auto-darkening helmet boosts productivity and quality. Here's how optical clarity defines helmet performance by providing users with vital eye protection and the ability to fully see the work . . . and that’s when work is done best.
Welding: Products

Next Generation Safety Certified Robot Monitoring Software

With SafeMove2 software, the tools to facilitate collaboration between man and machine are a reality. If an operator needs to interact with the robot system, safety sensors can be incorporated into the robot cell to detect the person’s presence. After being detected, it will either supervise the robot’s speed or monitor it while it is standing still. Once the person clears the zone, the robot can resume operation. The end result is less down time and increased productivity.
SafeMove2 from ABB Robotics integrates safety features directly into the robot controller, such as cutting-edge safe speed limits, safe standstill monitoring, safe axis ranges and position, and orientation supervision.

Take Welding to the Next Level

The Continuum 350 features two new welding processes. Versa-Pulse is a fast, low-heat and low-spatter process that delivers faster travel speeds for semi-automatic and automated welding applications, also resulting in increased productivity. This process is ideal for welding on thin materials (up to 1/4 in), such as sheet metal and tube applications, and offers a greater wire feed speed range than short circuit or Regulated Metal Deposition processes. A High-Deposition MIG process offers higher deposition rates and lower heat input than standard spray transfer, resulting in faster welding, increased productivity and better quality. The process works well for welding thicker materials and on larger welds (6 mm to 8 mm).
The Continuum 350 from Miller Electric provides a competitive edge through exceptional arc performance, unique processes and programs, and standard weld data gathering.

Wire Feeder Delivers High Productivity in Heavy Fabrication Applications

The FlexFeed 84 Dual Semiautomatic Wire Feeder features digital meters with preset voltage and wire-feed speed. It displays actual voltage and current during welding and also offers four user memories to save repeated procedures. The system also allows the welding engineer to set passcode-secured limits and lockouts to control welding procedures.
The Flex Feed 84 industrial wire feeder from Lincoln Electric is ideal for heavy and general fabrication, construction, structural and heavy equipment applications and includes a built-in interface for hard automation.