ABIBLOG: ABICOR BINZEL's Welding Blog

Automated Welding: Getting Started and Next Steps

Posted by Jeff Henderson on Jan 6, 2021 9:54:16 AM

Making the switch from manual to automated welding can be an on-going pros and cons discussion for your facility. Giving control to a robot may be a daunting task for anyone new to this application process, but is a necessary step in getting the most out of your operation. Decreasing production times and taking the load off of your welders may be all you need to go full automation.

Let’s take a look at what it would take for your facility to incorporate automated technology and what you should be taking note of throughout this integration process.

Topics: Robotic Welding, Automation

EWR 2: Reduce shielding gas consumption and save money now

Posted by Florian Görlitz on Dec 23, 2020 4:59:29 AM

Why shielding gas offers a huge savings potential

The valve is opened and there it is: the shielding gas for welding. Depending on the requirements of the welding task, the gas pressure and gas quantity are still set with the manometer before starting. Pre-flow time? Rather a little longer. Better safe, than sorry. The same applies to the post-flow time. Whether this lasts a few seconds longer or not does not seem to make much difference. Or maybe it does? The fact is: the shielding gas consumption is usually much too high. With the gas management system EWR 2 you can save money in gas shielded arc welding.

Topics: Shielding Gas

What is 3D Inline Weld Inspection? Does My Business Need It?

Posted by Jason Jamiel on Dec 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM

One of the first questions that we get asked in regards to 3D weld inspection is...

  • How does it work?
  • What are the basic principles?
  • How does it understand the dynamics of what we're looking for and not looking for?

In this blog, we will discuss the characteristics of 3D weld inspection and provide the necessary information about this process to determine whether or not these systems fit your operation's needs. 

Topics: Automation, Weld Inspection, SmartRay

Practical tips for welding: sharpening tungsten electrodes

Posted by Richard Baumann on Dec 3, 2020 7:44:33 AM

5 essential tips how to sharpen TIG welding electrodes correctly

Excellent-looking weld seams can be conjured up with TIG welding. It is not only the choice of the right tungsten electrode that has an influence on the appearance and quality of the welding result. HOW the TIG welding electrode is sharpened also has an enormous influence on the weld seam. In this blog we would like to show you how to properly sharpen tungsten electrodes so that this essential welding accessory for the TIG torch can unfold its full effect.

Topics: TIG Torches

Fume Extraction Systems Basic Maintenance

Posted by Etienne Blouin on Nov 19, 2020 11:10:52 AM

Fume extraction systems are designed to help you, which also requires you take care of them. Maintenance is a simple, yet important part of keeping your fume extraction systems running at their optimal performance level. Whether you have a portable or large stationary fume system, the maintenance is manageable and necessary. These different systems require their own specific attention, but ultimately use the same maintenance checklist. 

Topics: Fume Extraction, health & safety

Practical tips for welding: 3 reasons for not using water as a coolant for welding

Posted by Florian Görlitz on Nov 3, 2020 2:32:04 AM

What do you actually use to cool your welding torch? Is water from the regular piping system running through the cooling system of your power source or have you filled in coolant? And do you often have to cope with torch failures? If this is the case, the choice of your coolant could provide information about the reason for the frequent torch failures. In fact, water is often used as a coolant during welding. Why this is not a good idea at all, and why it can even cause torch failures, is explained in this blog.

Troubleshooting Robotic Welding Arc Faults

Posted by Jason Jamiel on Nov 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Robotic welding is all about time and minimizing the loss of it. Everything from porosity, microarcing, and spattering contributes to an inefficient welding process that requires troubleshooting and problem solving.

Topics: Robotic Welding

Practical tips for welding: tungsten electrodes

Posted by Richard Baumann on Oct 22, 2020 1:39:21 PM

All about the welding accessories TIG welding electrodes

Finely crafted weld seams, clean welded joints, high-quality materials – welcome to the world of TIG welding and tungsten electrodes. Choosing the right tungsten electrode is just as important for TIG welding as the contact tip for MAG welding. The range of TIG welding electrodes on the market is just as colourful as the colour coding that characterizes each individual type of tungsten electrode. In this blog post we would like to give you a good overview of the essential tungsten electrodes to make it easier for you to choose if you want to buy them.

Differences in welding fume extraction torches: from the extraction nozzle to the cable assembly

Posted by André Faber on Oct 20, 2020 4:56:45 AM

The decision to purchase and use a fume extraction system and a fume extraction torch to capture the health-endangering welding fumes directly at the source is becoming increasingly easier for many people. The awareness of the potentially hazardous gases in welding fumes has cleary spread throughout the industry.

Topics: Fume Extraction

Comparing Weld Inspection Methods

Posted by Jeff Henderson on Oct 12, 2020 9:41:00 AM

No matter how good your welding process is, weld defects are inevitable. Inspection ensures those defects are caught and fixed before your product goes out the door. Leaving this unaddressed can lead to customer issues, premature product failure, and a lot of other avoidable mistakes. In my experience, I have seen a number of issues impact welding. One of my most memorable experiences was during my time at Tower. We would always run into inconsistency in parts which caused a frenzy in figuring out the reasoning why. We'd argue with our internal and external stamping supplies, have holes and trimmed edges that would move or change, and spend countless hours on the robot cells touching up welds here and there. This lead to many different quality issues and wasted time chasing down and troubleshooting these inconsistencies. 

Topics: Robotic Welding, Automation, Weld Inspection