For Consistency and Quality, Swagelok Orbital Welding Wins
by Katie Reid, on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
We'll rent or sell the machines, and we'll teach you how to use them
Swagelok's Welding System M200 is available for rental purposes or for purchase. And if you're not sure how to use the machine, we can help you out with a training session to get you comfortable with the system. Just contact us and we will gladly help you out with your needs.
There are times when you want to connect two pieces of tubing permanently rather than with a removable fitting. You could manually weld them together, but you'll get even better results with an orbital welder. That's because the computer-controlled machine precisely guides the welding electrode in a circle around the joint. The machine doesn't get tired either, so the last weld of the day will be just as good as the first.
The process is also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, or GTAW. Lightweight, portable equipment makes it easy to do the work right at the job site.
Edmonton Valve & Fitting has a welder waiting for you, and we'll teach you how to use it.
The Swagelok Welding System M200 power supply offers an easy-to-use touch-screen for trouble-free data entry and uncomplicated viewing of information. The screen layouts are simple to follow. You can program variables such as weld current and electrode speed, then track each weld. The Windows-based system monitors the welding, captures and compiles data in real time, and electronically transfers it from the welder to a computer. That makes documentation easy too.
Watch and learn
Just because a machine is automatic doesn’t mean it automatically does the job correctly. The quality of the work still depends on the skill of the operator. Even the fanciest orbital welding machine can't tell you if you need ordinary stainless steel tubing or more specialized material.
We offer a four-hour training course to get you up to speed.
The course is a mix of lecture and hands-on practice. We'll explain all the parts — the power supply, the fixture block, the welding head and more. We'll show you what a good smooth weld looks like (flat, not concave or convex). You'll learn how the machine reacts to different inputs. The level of the arc current, for example, controls weld penetrations. Travel speed affects both the width and the penetration of the weld.
Then you'll get a chance to hook up the power supply yourself, prepare some tubing for welding, and put the machine through its paces.
We don't rush you, because we know that proper setup is the key to good welding.
Rent or buy
You have two options: renting or buying the equipment.
If you're renting and have some experience operating an orbital welder, we may still ask a few questions such as when you last used a welder, and whether you've rented from us in the past. We'll also probably want to know what size of material you are welding, as that determines which of several heads to use. Then we might ask about wall thickness, which could determine which electrode is best.
As with any rental agreement, you assume responsibility for any damage, but we want to reduce the chances of you having any problems. If we aren't sure about your level of expertise, we'll insist that you take the training class.
Usually we can have a welder ready for you with only a couple of weeks notice. If you want to buy, it may take a little longer. But that extra time means you have more flexibility on scheduling the training class.
We'll be glad to tell you more. Send us a note through our website or call us at 780-437-0640
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