There are many reasons for using orbital welding equipment over the traditional manual welding procedures. The most obvious reason is of course the ability to repeatedly make high quality, consistent welds, at a speed close to the maximum weld speed.
Why Orbital Welding?
An orbital welder drastically outperforms manual welding, running approximately 2-3 times the speed of a hand weld. These will often pay for their own cost in the duration of a single job.
Once a weld procedure has been selected, an orbital welding system can repeatedly perform the same weld hundreds of times, eradicating the normal inconsistencies and variability, errors and other defects associated with manual welding.
The quality achieved by orbital welding is second to none. Orbital welding is often a requirement where weld quality is paramount, for example in pharmaceutical applications. These machines also make it possible for inexperienced welders and apprentices to produce reliable and fine quality welds.
In the current generation, skilled certified welders are increasingly hard to find. With orbital welders, you don’t require a certified welding operator – a basic human being can operate these machines with ease.
Versatility Orbital welding can be used in many areas where it is not possible or practical to complete a full rotational manual weld. Weld heads are a very compact system and are able to be used in pipe racks, up to 17.5 meters away from the actual power source!
Below is a basic cost comparison based on a complete autogenous 1-4” Welding Setup.
A simple cost comparison to Orbital and manual welding makes it easy to see and justify the investment of Orbital Welding equipment.
Manual vs Orbital Welding
As can be seen on the following page, within a manual welder is calculated defects, time to have breaks and social activity etc. This reveals the effectiveness of completely controlled autogenous welding, especially with standard s/s Tube.
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