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Connected Digital Ecosystems, Automated Welding and Plasma Cutting



ESAB Welding & Cutting products will demonstrate innovative solutions for online data management, cutting automation and beveling, robotic welding, hard automation and filler metals in the Fabrication & Lasers Pavilion.

Digital Solutions

ESAB Digital Solutions, including ESAB WeldCloud and ESAB CutCloud, connect digital ecosystems for welding and mechanized cutting, respectively. ESAB will showcase a new architecture, powered by Microsoft Azure IoT and utilizing the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC, that allows for on-premise, hybrid and cloud based architectures. ESAB provides digital methods of documentation (required by regulation in some critical applications), better views into productivity and a much richer ability to manage physical assets. For instance, customers can subscribe to diagnostic analytic messages about the health of their welding power source. ESAB will provide demonstrations of these and other benefits via its automated SAW demonstration. 

Robotic Automation

To improve automated welding productivity, ESAB will showcase its AristoMig U5000iw welding power source with AristoFeed 3004hw wire feeder, ESAB robotic torches, an ESAB robotic tool changer and a JetStream RT particle jet torch cleaning station that cleans consumables with a high velocity blast of granulate. Particle jets clean all torch components (nozzle, tip, gas baffle) and do so without mechanically gripping the torch. The advanced cleaning process extends consumables life, preserves the tool center point (TCP) and maximizes uptime.

The AristoMig power source integrates with the ESAB WeldCloud online data management platform via Wi-Fi, mobile cellular or hard-wired Ethernet communication. For automated GMAW, the AristoMig can provide basic and advanced processes such SuperPulse modified spray transfer GMAW and Swift Arc Transfer (SAT). SAT uses typical wire feed speeds of 16 to 25 m/min and yields welding travel speeds that range from 20 to 100% faster than conventional solutions, which can increase deposition rates by up to 44%.

Welding Automation

In a live arc demonstration of pressure vessel welding, ESAB will demonstrate its three-wire process, the Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) SAW process, which can double productivity over twin or tandem without increasing heat input, on a CaB 600M column-and-boom system. The ICE process uses and follows the same principle as twin-wire SAW but it utilizes the excess heat generated by the welding process to melt an additional non-powered welding electrode - the Integrated Cold Electrode. This demonstration will also feature a WeldCloud connected power source, as well as ESAB fluxes to improve SAW productivity. Fluxes with good slag detachability and smooth sidewall blending, such as ESAB OK 10.72, are especially suited for narrow gap welding, which is commonly found in wind tower fabrication. The narrow running slag allows higher currents in narrow gap joints, which means increased deposition rate and consequently higher productivity.

Cutting Automation

ESAB's DMX Automated Plasma Beveller is a next-generation beveling system that delivers enhanced performance improvement through a simple, compact design. The DMX Beveller provides high reliability, enhanced safety and ease-of-use. It cuts the full range of weld preparations, including V, Y, X and K bevels, with cut angles up to 45° on materials up to 50 mm.

The DMX Beveller is complemented by the release of ESAB's new SmartBevel Technology, which enables easier programming and accurate bevel cutting with minimal operator intervention. SmartBevel includes beveling data and geometric compensations necessary to cut V, X, Y and K bevels on mild steel from 6- to 50-mm thick. "Unlike competitive systems, SmartBevel integrates all bevel compensations into the CNC, so bevel programming is simplified, and any fine tuning of the cut is done quickly and easily at the machine," said a company spokesperson.

For more information contact:

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products

256 Midway Drive

Union, SC 29379

800-ESAB-123 / 864-466-0921

www.esabna.com

IMTS 2018 Level 3, Booth N-236111

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