Welding Guns/Torches

Small Issue, Big Impact

Though proper storage of MIG guns and consumables might seem like a small issue, especially in a large shop, it can greatly affect your costs, productivity and weld quality. Here’s why.
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Welding Guns/Torches: Articles

Insider Q&A: Questions Answered About Water-Cooled Robotic MIG Guns

A traditional water-cooled robotic MIG gun circulates a coolant from a radiator unit through cooling hoses inside the power cable, and into the gun neck and body. The coolant then returns to the radiator, where its baffling system releases the heat absorbed by the coolant. Water-cooled robotic MIG guns use much less copper in the power cables and thinner wall sections in the necks because their cooling systems carry away the resistive heat before it builds up.
Using either air or water to keep a robotic MIG gun cool is critical because it protects the components from damage due to radiant heat from the arc and resistive heat from the electrical components in the welding circuit. These insights will help you determine if a water-cooled gun is the best fit for your application.

Trends in Robotic Welding Guns

The through-arm style robot and through-arm robotic MIG gun make it easier to minimize downtime associated with cable management and reduce costs for cable replacement by dictating the length of the robotic MIG gun cable and accommodating increases in welding speed.
Robotic MIG guns may seem like a small part of the whole automated system, but the evolution of their design and functionality is having a significant impact on the cost, productivity and quality of an application.

Which is the Right MIG Gun?

Each MIG gun has its advantages and disadvantages. Water-cooled MIG guns are more expensive up-front and can require more maintenance and operational costs. However, water-cooled guns also are much smaller and lighter than air-cooled guns, so they can provide productivity advantages by reducing welding operator fatigue. Also, because water-cooled guns require more equipment, they can be impractical for applications that require portability.
Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros and cons when selecting between air- or water-cooled guns and light- or heavy-duty models.

Tips for Proper Liner Installation to Help Optimize MIG Gun Performance

Improper liner installation — which includes trimming the liner too short or having a liner that is too long — can lead to a number of problems, such as birdnesting, wire feeding issues and increased debris in the liner. These issues can result in costly rework and operator downtime for maintenance and repairs, which impacts productivity.
MIG gun consumables are often one of the most overlooked portions of the welding operation. However, choosing the right consumables, and using and maintaining them properly, can make a significant difference in gun performance and weld quality.

Fume Extraction Guns: What to Know for the Best Performance

Knowing some basic details about fume extraction guns, as well as good technique for using them, can help welding operators gain the best performance from this equipment. 
Knowing some basic details about fume extraction guns, as well as good technique for using them, can help welders gain the best performance from this equipment. 

 

Welding Guns/Torches: Industry News

Bug-O Appointed Master Distributor for Weld Revolution in U.S. and Mexico

Bug-O is now the exclusive OEM and distributor for SpinArc welding torches.

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.

Tregaskiss Sponsors Robotics Team

In the FIRST Robotics competition, the Vincent Massey Robotics Team students are tasked with designing and manufacturing a working robot to compete against teams from across the U.S. and Canada, all within a short timeframe and with a limited budget.
The Vincent Massey Secondary School is competing in the FIRST Robotics World Championship.

 

Welding Guns/Torches: Products

Versatile TIG and Stick Welding

The new Dynasty 210 welder from Miller Electric uses Auto-Line power management technology that allows the machine to connect to almost any type of available input power and produce a steady, high quality arc. Operators can work safer and faster in more places, up to 300 ft away from the power source with the hand control, while maintaining consistently high-quality welds. Eliminating cord tangles or failures increases time, saves money, and helps improve overall weld quality at the weld joint.
The new Dynasty 210 and Maxstar 210 welders from Miller Electric deliver up to 210 amps of output power, exceptional TIG and stick performance in easy-to-use, versatile, portable packages that allow for upgrade flexibility.

Welding Guns, Peripherals and Consumables

Rugged and flexible BTB MIG Guns from Bernard allow users to build their ultimate MIG gun by selecting their desired amperage, handle, neck, power cable and more through a convenient online configurator. They are ideal for helping create a clean, compliant and productive work environment when welding on medium- to heavy-duty solid or flux-cored wire applications.
Rugged, flexible BTB MIG Guns from Bernard are ideal for welding medium- to heavy-duty solid or flux-cored wire applications, while TOUGH GUN CA3 Robotic Air-Cooled MIG Guns from Tregaskiss reduce downtime and costs, and maintain TCP with minimal or no robotic programming touch ups.

Online Configurator for Clean Air Fume Extraction Guns

To allow welders to customize a Clean Air Fume Extraction Gun to fit their exact needs, Bernard now has an online configurator where users can choose the features that best suit their application.
Welders can use this tool to choose amperage, cable length, neck, contact tip, wire size, power pin and liner to customize a Clean Air Fume Extraction Gun to their exact needs.