Is your wire welding operation being challenged by poor feedability, birdnesting, burnback, or clogging of the gun liner? If so, you may be using the wrong type or size of drive rolls for the job, or using improper drive roll tension. Here are some tips to help you prevent downtime and its associated costs due to poor wire feeding.
Using the right wire feeder for the job is more important than many realize, because it ensures that welding operators spend more time welding with less downtime due to poor wire feeding. Here are some factors to consider to match the most appropriate wire feeder to the application.
Bob Bitzky of ESAB recommends that you examine these five areas of advancements before purchasing your next wire feeder.
Modern wire feeders remove the guesswork that leads to inconsistent welding results. They can simplify the welder’s job and improve productivity. If it has been some time since you last upgraded your welding equipment,
TM Welding System from Miller Electric, Shinn Mechanical has increased its pipe fabrication quality and productivity with flatter bead profiles, good sidewall tie-in for 30 percent less grinding, and superior weld puddle control – with no wire rejects in over a year.
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As business picks up for tube and pipe fabricators, they must reduce their setup times and become more versatile in the flow of work they are able to handle, all while increasing their productivity to remain competitive. Here is some of the latest tube and pipe fabrication and welding equipment that can help these shops smooth out jobs so that their work goes with the flow.
The APEX 30M mechanized controller from Lincoln Electric controls and monitors processes for consistency and logs data for reporting and archiving needs in a variety of structural, maritime, power generation, process piping and construction applications.
ESAB's Warrior Feed Dual 304 wire feeder has all the features that pipe shops require, including gas purge, wire inch, trigger lock (2T/4T control), burnback, slow run-in speed and the ability to preset wire feed speed and voltage.