ABIBLOG: ABICOR BINZEL's Welding Blog

Automotive Weld Inspection: Technology Every Manufacturer Should Know

Posted by Jason Jamiel on Jan 29, 2021 11:54:00 AM

When looking at automotive weld inspections and the applications they can be used in, the realm of possibilities are wide open. From MIG and MAG to laser brazing and welding, all of these applications (1) require inspection to ensure they meet process specifications and (2) are often suitable for automation. This is becoming more and more important as companies are realizing that when you have welds on critical automotive parts, especially very expensive parts, you cannot afford to take a nonchalant approach to executing this critical task. 

Topics: Weld Inspection

Keys to Wire Feeding In Automated Robotic Welding Applications

Posted by Scott Huber on Jan 19, 2021 3:08:22 PM

Wire feeding is a critical part to your automated welding process. Without functioning wire, this multi-layered, complex process would not deliver optimal performance. This could lead to complete failure of your process. Challenges can arise due to wire feed speed, wire feed distance, and friction within the system causing a host of problems throughout your process. As you continue to understand your robotic welding cell, it is important to evaluate your wire feed practices.

Topics: Robotic Welding, Automation

What you should consider with welding fume filters

Posted by André Faber on Jan 19, 2021 9:22:59 AM

Purchasing a fume extraction unit is the first step in the right direction. To protect the welder and other endangered persons from the dangers of welding fumes for as long as possible, there are a few things to consider, especially when it comes to the fume filters. The fume filter ensures that the hazardous gases in the welding fumes are filtered out and that the working environment is safe for everyone. How exactly does that work?

Topics: Fume Extraction

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