Lincoln Electric (Cleveland, Ohio) expands the features and capabilities of the PIPEFAB pipe and vessel welding system with the launch of new software updates and a CE model. The free software update introduces process control options that further improve simplicity and machine performance for operators and managers. In addition, the release of a CE model that provides the necessary certification for European and Australian markets and 20 new language options meet the needs of pipe and vessel operations around the world.
Interface features enable operators to maximize arc time without having to worry about complicated machine settings. For supervisors and managers, new features for advanced process control enable a higher level of standardization across their shop floor.
Improved process restrictions. Users can set restrictions to critical weld process parameters such as wire feed speed (WFS), amps, volts, and start/end weld settings. Options include completely locking down settings for full process control or instituting range limits that allow operators to finetune settings within a set Min and Max range. Additional features include adding range limits to external remotes and restricting trigger interlock settings.
Enhanced memory functions. Memory-Only mode allows managers to limit machine capabilities to processes and parameters they’ve saved, providing additional ease of use and process control. Other enhancements include customizing memory names that appear on the screen when the memory is loaded and active.
New user access options. For improved security and quality control, operators can manage machine access through an optional PIN user authentication. Users can set up a supervisor-specific PIN that allows for access to system management options, including managing process restrictions, locking preset memories, and turning the PIN option on or off for operator access.
Expanded weld modes. Updates include the patented HyperFill twin-wire MIG process, which achieves deposition rates above 18 pounds/hour; optimized Smart Pulse performance for stainless steel gas mixtures; and new weld modes for stainless steel shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).
Remote interface. A remote pendant controls the system from up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) away from the power source. Perfect for mechanized applications, the remote duplicates the PIPEFAB interface displays and controls including WFS, volts/trim, process selection, memory selection, and feed head toggle.
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