Monday, March 28, 2016

Multi-Operator Welding Systems

Aftek Quad Arc
Multi-operator welding system (Aftek Quad Arc 1200)
There are many different welding processes utilized in the welding industry today. Welding processes include stick arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and air carbon arc gouging.

Most arc welding operations are performed using direct current from a DC power source an AC power source which has been rectified from AC to DC. Many industries use these welding processes in a wide variety of environments including factories, construction sites, power plant construction, boiler construction and repair, and shipyards.

Multiple operator welding equipment was developed to allow several welding modules to operate from a single common power supply. The power supply typically includes a transformer and rectifier to step down the supply voltage, and then convert the power from AC to DC.

Multi-station welding systems afford a number of advantages the principals of which are a lower initial capital cost, a much lower cost of installation, much lower maintenance cost and less power requirements as compared with single operator equipment. Multi-operator welding systems are practical and efficient as they provide a welding station where each welder has the ability to work. They provide for multiple simultaneous welding projects where workers can work efficiently and meet production deadlines.

The clear advantages of multi-operator welders:

  • Improved productivity
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Less equipment to transport
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Noise reduction