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Knowledge is Power: Weld Data Monitoring

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Nick Peterson, a welding engineer and curriculum developer with Miller, contributes a quarterly column to Fabricating and Metalworking magazine. In the most recent column, Nick discusses weld data monitoring and the benefits it provides manufacturing and fabrication applications, including improved quality, productivity, cost analysis, consumable savings and training.

Read the whole story by clicking here!

Weld data monitoring gives manufacturers and fabricators greater insights into the day-to-day activities in the weld cell.

Miller Reinvents Bobcat™ Engine-Driven Welder Generators

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Miller has re-engineered its class-leading Bobcat line of engine-driven welder/generators to reduce sound, reduce weight, offer a smaller footprint, reduce fuel use and simplify daily maintenance. Sound on the newly designed Bobcat models is reduced by as much as 33 percent, and the machine is up to 5 inches shorter and 55 pounds lighter (depending on the model). The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) option with the Bobcat 250 also reduces fuel use by as much as 27 percent compared to carbureted models.

Engine-driven welder/generators are ideal machines for service trucks and/or emergency power situations on farms and ranches, and are also often found in construction, MRO, and fabrication applications.

The EFI option (Bobcat 250 only) optimizes the air/fuel ratio for less emissions, longer runtimes and superior performance compared to carbureted models. It provides more reliable starting performance in cold climates, requires no choke, and is less prone to fuel deterioration due to infrequent use. Payback can be achieved in a matter of months with up to 27 percent fuel savings.

Each Bobcat engine-driven welder/generator has also been fully optimized for truck integration. The shorter and lighter design allows more room for other tools and equipment, and reduces the wear and strain of a heavier machine on the truck’s chassis. Daily maintenance has also been made easier with front panel displays to help users keep track of service intervals, as well as the intuitive placement of service points. Oil and air filter checks are performed from the top by the front panel, and fuel fill and oil drain/filter are easily accessible on the side. Tool-less panels allow for quick access.

The three new models are:

Bobcat 250

Bobcat 225

Bobcat 3 Phase

Bobcat 250 EFI

K-zell Metals Drives Productivity with Pre-engineered Robotic Weld Cells

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

At a time when manufacturers are looking for new ways to diversify and compete against global competition, K-zell Metals, Inc. of Phoenix has been proactive in anticipating changes in the market through process improvement. Through the addition of two Miller PerformArc™ pre-engineered robotic weld cells, K-zell was able to substantially increase productivity (by more than 20 percent), reduce set-up time and find new efficiencies in its welding processes — even on relatively short production runs. A modular design allowed each system to be quickly dropped into the flow of the shop floor, and features such as offline programming have helped the company quickly take on new work with minimal start-up time.

You can read the whole story by clicking here!

Check out this series of videos from our time at K-zell, including an exclusive video not included in this case study on the benefits of the AlumaFeed™ Synergic Aluminum Welding System from Miller:

EXTRA: Aluminum Welding with the AlumaFeed System

About K-zell and Robotic Welding

The Case for Robotics

Offline Programming

EPA Tier 4 Final Changes Provide an Opportunity for Welders to Examine Equipment Outlay, Processes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tier 4 Final, or T4F, emissions regulations go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 for machines used in the United States and Canada with diesel engines in the 25 to 75 horsepower range, including engine-driven welder/generators. While that’s still months away, there is much for you to know about the changes that diesel engine-driven welder/generators will undergo and what manufacturers are doing to prepare for these regulations and anticipated price increases. In the article linked below we look at how this equipment is being redesigned, buying considerations based on output demands (can you get by with an engine-driven welder/generator lower than 25 horsepower?), and possible ways to improve your processes to offset price increases on new T4F equipment.

Read the whole story by clicking here!


Miller diesel engine-driven welder/generators. Machines with more than 25 HP will fall under new T4F regulations

Top 10 Mistakes in Running a Welding Operation and Simple Ways to Solve Them

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Running a welding business/department isn’t easy – we’ve compiled 10 of the most common pitfalls people make and easy ways to avoid them in this article.

Here’s the top 5 – check out the article for the rest:

1: Improper filler metal storage

2: Repurposing old equipment

3: Using the wrong sized MIG gun

4: Improper preheat or interpass temperature control

5: Ignoring preventative maintenance

Case Study: Bollinger Shipyards and the AlumaFeed System

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

You’ll be hearing a lot from us over the next few months on aluminum. One of the first things we’d like to share with you is this great snapshot of the aluminum welding needs at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La.

Read the whole story here. After the excerpt, see what the folks at Bollinger Shipyards had to say about Miller’s AlumaFeed™ System.

Aluminum is increasingly specified in marine applications because it’s lighter without sacrificing strength and functionality. This makes ships faster, saves on fuel, and provides them with excellent anti-corrosive properties. It does, however, present difficulties: distortion, cleanliness, aesthetics, burn through and difficult wire feeding, to name a few.

To best meet these challenges, Bollinger overhauled its entire aluminum welding facility to include a new bulk gas delivery system, wall-mounted booms for wire feeders, and new AlumaFeed™ synergic aluminum welding systems from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. The system is designed to simplify and improve MIG and Pulsed MIG aluminum welding applications and has proven a good fit at Bollinger.

Improvements include: Hours saved in productivity, thanks to the synergic controls; reduced distortion and burn through, thanks to the Pulsed MIG capabilities; the aesthetics of a TIG weld with the production speeds of MIG welding; less bird nesting, thanks to advanced wire feeding technology; switch to a larger diameter wire, which allows for faster travel speeds.

 

No Turning Back: Pipe Welding System Kicks it up a Notch

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Fabricating and MetalWorking recently ran an article on Shinn Mechanical of Kent, WA and its use of Miller’s PipeWorx welding system. An excerpt from the article:

Shop operators here complete joints three to four times faster than shops that rely solely on stick and TIG technology. How? They use a pipe-specific multi-process welding system from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. (Appleton, WI) called PipeWorx™ that was recommended by Jim Hedberg, a representative from Pacific Welding Supply (Tacoma, WA).

The PipeWorx system uses Pro-Pulse™ pulsed MIG and RMD™ (regulated metal deposition) processes, as well as stick, TIG and flux cored processes that have been optimized specifically for pipe fabrication. The system also provides traditional MIG processes. Switching between processes requires only the push of one button, with no need to manually switch polarity, cables or hoses, thus increasing productivity and eliminating a potential source of errors.

You can read the whole article here. You can also watch a video of the guys from Shinn discussing RMD and Pro-Pulse here.

 

 

Introducing Miller Welding Automation

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We kicked off FABTECH today with a major announcement that introduces a new strategic partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems and the creation of Miller Welding Automation, a new Miller business unit.

This strategic partnership makes Miller Welding Automation the distribution route for Panasonic robotic welding arms in North America. The welding arms will be combined with Miller products and delivered to the market as part of a complete automated welding system. As part of this transaction, Miller has purchased assets of the Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America (PFSA) welding automation business.

Watch a video of Miller Welding Automation leaders discussing the new strategic partnership or check out our new Welding Automation page for the press release and brochure.

Don’t Miss FABTECH 2010!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Once again, Miller will be showcasing some exciting new welding and safety products at the annual FABTECH show (formerly known as the AWS/FABTECH International Welding Show) in Atlanta, Ga. This year’s booth will feature industry-specific products and technologies that offer companies the potential to significantly improve productivity, reduce rework and increase employee safety.

Check out the News Release for a small sample of the exciting new products that will be on display.

If you can’t make it to the show, be sure to check our Youtube, Facebook and Twitter pages for live updates and videos from the show floor!

Spectrum 875 Auto-Line Unveiled!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

We’re excited to announce the introduction of the new Spectrum 875 Auto-Line plasma cutter to our product line up. Featuring the ability to connect the unit to any input voltage from 208 to 575 volts without the need for any physical linking mechanism, the Spectrum 875 Auto-Line provides convenience and versatility in field applications using either generator or “wall” power.

The Auto-Line feature also allows the unit to seamlessly recognize and respond to power fluctuations due to brownouts or the heavy loads from other machinery without any fluctuations in cutting performance.

And for those who want to take their cutting precision to the next level, an optional machine torch package is available that allows the unit to be hooked up to a variety of automated cutting systems.

Check out the news release and product page for complete details.