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

The potential for burn-through and porosity that can occur due to the material’s thinness and zinc coating pose risks for quality and productivity in automotive manufacturing. Determining the internal porosity of a part is typically a two-step process: an initial X-ray of the weld, followed by image analysis using contrast analysis to quantify the amount of porosity as a percentage.
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.

Industry Standards Are Evolving Faster Than Ever

Fuel economy mandates are dictating significant design changes to new vehicles and trailers. To comply with these changes, shops must learn new techniques while training technicians to weld aluminum in addition to steel. To reduce the already expensive overhead costs auto body and repair facilities endure, it is critical that the welding machine provides versatility and timesaving features.
For auto body shops or tractor repair facilities to effectively keep up with the new demands being driven by fuel economy mandates and remain profitable, they must invest in easy to use equipment that is capable of welding both steel and aluminum.

Blueprint for the Future

Pulsed MIG welding is effective in welding higher-strength steels and galvanized steels. Synergic pulsed MIG welding systems that communicate completely between the power source, feeder and gun are popular in welding materials such as aluminum. With a standard Pulsed MIG system that is not synergic, a welding operator must manually change other settings when changing the wire feed speed. With a synergic system, changes in wire feed speed automatically adjust other settings for a constant welding arc, greater control and better weld quality. 
Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their operations to help them stay competitive, profitable, productive, and ahead of the curve so they are prepared for the demands of the future. 

How Multiprocess Welders Address Heavy Fabrication Challenges

For operations that have a need for multiple welding processes such as TIG, MIG and Stick in various applications, multiprocess machines offer versatility and can have significant benefits for quality, productivity and efficiency in industries that include construction, shipbuilding and heavy fabrication.
The combination of new engineering with improved and reliable current technology for single source TIG, MIG and/or Stick welding and carbon arc gouging can really increase the operating profitability of jobsites and fabrication shops.

The Pride of the Pipeline

Manual welding with a PipeWorx 400 multiprocess power source that does RMD and Pulsed MIG welding. Changeover is quick because there is no need to manually switch polarity or cables and hoses between processes. Welders can also trigger through pre-set programs while at the welding joint to eliminate walking back and resetting the machine.
By changing welding processes, this oil and gas production equipment manufacturer cut more than 200 man-hours out of each product to thrive during the shale gas boom.

 

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Miller Announces Sweepstakes

The grand prize in the "New Year – New Build" Sweepstakes includes a Millermatic 211 MIG welder (left) and Spectrum 375 X-TREME plasma cutter (right) with an XT30 torch and storage case.
Their "New Year – New Build" Sweepstakes will award new welding equipment and gear to 23 winners over a 90-day period.

 

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FABTECH 2016: Welding (Part Two)

Booth N-4329: Available with an integrated Inclinometer and Weld Revolution SpinArc Torch for high speed, vertical down applications in pipe welding, the Piper-Plus pipe welding system from Bug-O Systems makes automatic, pre-programmed changes to any and all welding parameters as determined by the position of the tractor as it travels around the pipe.
Take a closer look at some of the welding technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Advanced Welding and Safety Equipment That Increase Profits

Booths N-3329, N-3733: The ArcReach Stick/TIG Remote from Miller Electric allows welding operators to change stick/TIG weld settings at the weld joint to reduce downtime. No more unnecessary trips to the power source also improves safety.
New power sources, welding automation, and Welding Intelligence applications from Miller Electric improve shop productivity, quality and profits.

FABTECH 2016 Sneak Preview: Welding

Booth N-3904: The new Robacta Drive TPS/i push-pull robotic welding torch from Fronius features an unprecedentedly compact design, impressive cost effectiveness, and significantly enhanced mechanics that further improve component accessibility and TCP precision so that even more welding tasks can now be performed profitably by robots.
The 2016 edition of FABTECH is on track to be one of the largest metal fabrication events ever at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from November 16-18. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of some of the equipment, power sources, positioners, systems and accessories that will be exhibited in the Welding Pavilion to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.