Integrated welding solutions
Have you ever wondered if the equipment in your welding operation is really integrated?
A mixed and matched welding system can introduce variables that often require more troubleshooting since the pieces are not designed to work together optimally. This can result in operators spending more of their time on problems — and less time welding.
When implemented properly, an integrated, whole-solution approach to welding equipment, consumables and filler metals can deliver consistent performance, productivity, quality and cost savings in your operation.
How is the whole-solution approach different?
There are many variables in the welding operation and many choices when it comes to selecting equipment, consumables and processes. A whole-solution approach refers to a robust, harmonized system where all the components are optimized to work together. These include the power source, arc waveform, welding gun, filler metal and consumables.
This approach can deliver improved performance and efficiency and result in better support for service and dependable operation after purchase. In addition, whole welding solutions are often nearly turnkey. Operations can install them and be confident in their performance from the start. Also, manufacturing operations with several facilities can standardize and optimize equipment across facilities with a whole-solution approach.
In contrast, when components aren’t optimized to work together it can disrupt the process and keep the system from operating smoothly. In these cases, troubleshooting can add significant time and costs.
Consider how each of these components in the welding operation can benefit from a whole-solution approach:
- Contact tips: Excess spatter is a common weld quality issue for many manufacturers. Using cheap contact tips that aren’t optimized to work in quality welding systems or with a pulsed MIG waveform can increase spatter and weld defects and affect overall weld quality. Choose higher-quality contact tips optimized to work with other parts of your system. This enhances the characteristics of the waveform and the filler metal — helping improve your productivity.
- Welding gun: Low-quality guns can cause many weld issues, from wire feeding problems to poor weld bead appearance. An arc built for pulsed welding is optimized for high-quality welding guns and filler metals. Using a substandard, aftermarket gun can degrade performance and reduce consumable life. A high-quality gun optimized to work with other components of the system can deliver longer life and proper weld performance.
- Weld cable: Voltage drops in the weld circuit can cause arc length problems. Voltage drops can occur due to poor cable connections as well as weld cables that are undersized or too long. Voltage drops can also be caused by bad ground clamps; poorly maintained rotary grounds with inadequate continuity; and daisy chaining weld fixtures with steel rather than copper. Make sure weld cables are the right size for the job and the power needs. Also, always make sure cable connections are secure to get the best performance.