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Miller, Hobart Brothers to Showcase Aluminum Welding Solutions, Live Arc Demonstrations at WorkBoat Show

Exhibit at International WorkBoat Show, Booth #375, Hall A, includes live arc demonstrations of MIG and Pulsed MIG aluminum welding systems and new innovations to improve productivity, quality, safety and operator comfort in boat and ship welding.

The Millermatic 350P, shown here, is just one of many aluminum welding solutions that will be on display at the 2010 Internatinoal WorkBoat Show.

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APPLETON, Wis., October 12—Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and Hobart Brothers will showcase their boat and ship welding solutions and provide live MIG and Pulsed MIG aluminum welding demonstrations at the 2010 International WorkBoat Show at the LA Memorial Convention Center in New Orleans, December 1– 3. Their exhibit (Booth #375, Hall A) shows products and systems that help boat and ship fabricators, as well as associated maintenance personnel, improve welding productivity and quality while addressing operator training and welding safety issues.

Solutions on display include a live MIG and Pulsed MIG welding demonstration using AlumaFeed™ Synergic Aluminum Welding System paired with Hobart Brothers’ Smootharc™ 5356 aluminum wire. Additional MIG/Pulsed MIG systems include the Millermatic® 350P and the Invision™ 352 MPa Plus with the XR™-Aluma-Pro™ gun. Miller will also display its 45-lb. Dynasty® 200 DX TIG/Stick inverter with Auto-Lineä technology and employee safety and wellness products, including the FILTAIR™ 130 portable fume extractor and CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ underhood cooling systems.

AlumaFeed and XR Aluma-Pro

Miller’s AlumaFeed Synergic Aluminum Welding System is designed to reduce operator training time, decrease downtime and improve weld quality in high-volume, high arc-on time aluminum workboat applications requiring conventional MIG and Pulsed MIG welding outputs. With AlumaFeed there is no learning curve for experienced MIG welders to understand system controls, and novice welders can make production-quality Pulsed MIG welds within hours using the system’s synergic control and the Profile Pulse™ output, which creates a “stacked dime” weld bead appearance without torch manipulation. AlumaFeed offers a long reach and lightweight portability for large aluminum weldments, such as boats, ships, yachts, trucks/trailers and general aluminum fabrication.

The XR-Aluma-Pro gooseneck-style MIG gun optimizes feeding performance for 4000- and 5000-series aluminum through a two-position, series-specific tension control. Proper drive roll tension solves problems related to wire burn-back, erratic feeding and arc fluctuations, helping aluminum fabricators improve productivity.

The air-cooled XR-Aluma-Pro was the first push-pull gun rated for welding at 300 amps/100 percent duty cycle, 100 amps more than competitive guns. A higher duty cycle can eliminate the need for a water-cooled gun when welding aluminum up to 3/8-in. thick, thus reducing equipment acquisition costs by about $1,100.

Smootharc 5356

Hobart Brothers’ Smootharc 5356 spooled aluminum welding wire meets the requirements of AWS A5.10 and can be used in the welding of boats, ships and transportation equipment. Smootharc 5356 provides excellent feedability, good wetting action and has received excellent ratings in trials compared to the competition. Smootharc wires are available in .035-, 3/64- and 1/16-in. diameter and 1- or 15-lb. spools. Hobart Brothers will also be showcasing its 4000-series aluminum welding wire to complete its aluminum welding solutions.

Millermatic 350P

The Millermatic 350P provides Pulsed MIG welding capabilities on aluminum as thin as 19-gauge and shows exceptional performance in reducing weld spatter, increasing deposition rates and deposition efficiency and enhancing weld bead appearance compared to other machines in the all-in-one power source/wire feeder category. It also features an adjustable crater feature and aluminum pulse Hot Start™ for excellent beginning and end weld quality in many workboat applications.

Invision 352 MPa Plus

The Invision MPa Plus System with Alumination™ technology uses a benchtop feeder that provides both push-pull and standard push wire feeding capabilities and MIG/Pulsed MIG welding outputs for heavy industrial applications that use aluminum and a second wire type or wire diameter at a single welding station. Compared to welding stations that use multiple wire feeders or systems, the Invision MPa Plus System reduces downtime associated with process changeover, simplifies operation, uses less space, uses less primary power and improves welding performance when using aluminum, stainless steel and other wires. Tachometer feedback provides consistent aluminum wire feeding and positive arc starts, even with 1/16-in. diameter aluminum wires.

XMT WCC System

Built specifically for shipbuilding applications where the welder needs to work up to 100 feet or more from the power source, Miller’s XMT WCC (Weld Cable Control) System allows MIG and flux cored welders to adjust their voltage at the point-of-use, rather than walking back to the power source to make the adjustment.

The XMT WCC system matches an XMT 350 or XMT 456 multiprocess welding inverter with a voltage-sensing SuitCase® X-TREME™ wire feeder and WCC Control to allow welders to control voltage settings at the point of use. Eliminating trips back to the power source or the need for a separate control cable improves productivity and employee safety.

The XMT WCC system also reduces the potential for welders to try to compensate for less than ideal parameters by changing their welding technique, which often results in weld defects.

Wireless TIG Foot Control

Workboat companies using the TIG process can increase productivity, reduce welding costs, increase their work envelope and improve employee safety with the use of Miller’s exclusive new Wireless TIG Foot Control.

The Wireless Foot Control transmits directly from the control pedal to a receiver that plugs into the power source’s 14-pin connecter to provide instantaneous arc response and control.

Eliminating a corded foot control, companies are able to avoid potential tripping hazards, reduce their equipment costs and work up to 90 feet from the power source — compared to the typical 20-foot work envelope of a corded foot pedal.

Dynasty 200 DX

For workboat and ship fabricators that need to TIG weld in hard-to-reach places, the 45-lb. Dynasty 200 DX AC/DC TIG/Stick inverter provides portability and location flexibility. Miller’s exclusive Auto-Lineä Technology enables the Dynasty 200 to plug into any primary power in the world, from 120 through 460 volts, single- or three-phase, 50 or 60 Hz. Auto-Line works without any manual adjustments or linking mechanisms, which improves reliability.

CoolBand and CoolBelt Systems

Ideal for workboat companies operating in hot environments, Miller’s exclusive Arc Armor CoolBand and CoolBelt systems reduce heat stress around a welder’s head and neck using a belt- or head gear-mounted fan to provide underhood air circulation and lower the temperature under the welding helmet.

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Miller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in Appleton, Wis., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller brand arc welding equipment and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW).

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Editorial contact: Chris Mier, (262) 240-9790,