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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

Demand Pulse MIG Welding

Demand Pulse MIG Welder
Demand Pulse MIG Welder
(courtesy of Aftek-EHS)

Demand Pulse is possible because of the MOSFET, an extremely fast electronic switch. Using constant current DC power, a wire is fed into the arc zone. As the wire approaches the work, the voltage drops as a function of the arc length. At a pre-selected arc voltage (usually 15 volts), the MOSFET fire a pulse of current to expel the tip of the wire across the arc gap. This current is supplied by means of a parallel resistor in the main current control circuit and is generally 100 amps. Switching time is measured in nanoseconds, and the total cycle time is very short, perhaps 15 nanoseconds. An inductor is not required, nor desired, since fast switching is essential. Perfectly tuned, the pulse cycles 200 times per second or slightly less.

The arc looks and sounds like “short-arc”, but a close look will show that there is no short-circuit. The arc length is from .020” to .090”, very short compared to GMAW-P done with conventional machines. This short arc length, combined with the short duration of the pulse, and the low current required to effect transfer gives a total arc “heat” far below that of either short-circuit transfer, or conventional GMAW-P. Fusion is excellent, because the arc never goes “out”.

Below is a demo video using this technology on 18 gauge stainless steel, without any burn through.

For more information contact:

2960 East State Street Ext.
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone # 609.588.0900
Fax # 609.588.8333
Email: dap@hotfoilehs.com

Welcome to Our Industrial Heating, Welding and Weld Pre-heating Blog

Hotfoil-EHS is committed to educating and training users of our products, namely electric hopper heating systems, electric pre and post weld heat treating, heat treating furnaces, and multi-operator welding stations.

In future posts, we hope to provide interesting information for a wide variety of applications, performance, and products for the markets we serve.

Here is a breakdown of those markets and products:

HOTFOIL
Coal and Fly Ash Hopper Heaters, Industrial Tank Heaters, Heating Cable, Silicone Heater Blankets, Control Systems.

EHS
Pre & Post Weld Heat Treating Power Consoles, Ceramic Mat Heaters, TAU Units, Temperature Recorders, Cable Sets, Brinell Testers.

AFTEK-EHS
Multi-Operator Power Supplies, Packaged Welding Systems, Single Operator Welders, GRID Systems, Custom Transformers.