Welding Guns/Torches

Trends in Robotic Welding Guns

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.
Welding Guns/Torches: Articles

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. 

Robotic MIG Gun Options that Improve Quality and Reduce Downtime

The wire brake and air blast features shown on this robotic MIG gun are available as factory-installed options or they can be retrofitted. 
The wire brake and air blast can be used together or separately to help improve quality and performance in robotic MIG gun applications, leading to cost savings for welding operations. 

The Long and Winding Weld

The 2000 tractor can be programmed for intermittent welding. The length of the weld and the distance between the welds can be set to 1-99 cm. The travel between the welds are high speed 250 cm/min to increase efficiency. This tractor also uses a backfill function where it reverses at the end of the weld to fill a possible crater.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
Miggytrac automated tractors from ESAB are ideal for long welds and eliminating stressful welding positions for the welder. The tractor uses a magnet to hold the correct position on the workpiece, even if the workpiece is bent or angled, and its guide wheels adjust to drive the tractor against the workpiece.


Welding Guns/Torches: Industry News

New Victor Technologies Training Site

The open, web-based learning system provides extensive cutting and welding training resources. The site can be accessed without a log in, and it is easily searchable by brand, process or keyword.
The company has created an open, web-based learning system for end-users and distributor partners that is available without a log-in or registration.

Animation Illustrates Benefits of the Quick Load Liner AutoLength System 

A new 3D animation from Bernard and Tregaskiss explains the benefits of the QUICK LOAD Liner AutoLength System, a revolutionary combination that increases throughput and lowers operating costs for MIG welding operations
Bernard and Tregaskiss have created a new 3D Animation Illustrates Cost and Time Savings of the QUICK LOAD Liner AutoLength System.

ATW Companies Announces Expansion of Metalform Manufacturing Operations

The new welding equipment is expected to increase production by at least 10 percent.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
The new welding equipment is expected to increase production by at least 10 percent.


Welding Guns/Torches: Products

Centricut Consumables for ESAB PT-36 Torches

The patented SilverLine electrode features a hybrid copper / silver weld joint that delivers performance equal to a solid silver electrode for a fraction of the cost. Advanced cooling features reduce its operating temperature to maximize the hafnium pit depth and slow its wear rate to extend electrode life. CoolFlow technology improves cooling to help maintain the size and shape of the nozzle orifice for longer life. 
These new electrodes and nozzles from Hypertherm replace the original XR consumables in the torch and are guaranteed to perform as well as the original units.

Build Your Ultimate MIG Welding Gun

The BTB Platform MIG Gun consolidates three legacy industrial gun lines into a single MIG gun configuration, with options ranging from 200 amps to 600 amps, cable length between 8 ft and 25 ft, and wire sizes from 0.023 in (0.6 mm) to 1/8 in (3.2 mm).
The Best of the Best (BTB) Platform MIG Guns from Bernard can be configured with Centerfire, TOUGH LOCK or Quik Tip consumables.

Robot Welding Torches Remove Spatter and Heat

The Frontpull 8i lite torch offers unlimited rotation, even beyond 360 deg. It weighs less than 3 kg and features high-precision wire feeding. Limitless rotation is a real time saver, re-orientation movements of the robot are eliminated. 
The light-weight Frontpull 8 torch family from SKS provides unlimited rotation, perfect wire control, and program-controlled torch cleaning.