Orbital welding, the popular method to quickly and efficiently provide automatic welds for piping and tubes, has had an interesting history.
The first orbital welder was developed around a single process to produce repeatable, accurate results for a specific application. Now, orbital welding machines like Tri Tool’s AdaptARC® are available with modular guide tracks that can mount on up to three pipe sizes, decreasing the time needed to change tracks and reducing the cost of buying individual tracks for each pipe size.
Orbital Welding Applications
The applications that take advantage of an orbital welder’s strengths have continued to expand, as well. The process is often used for welding:
- High purity tubing and process piping systems for the food and beverage, petrochemical, semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries
- Municipal and commercial piping infrastructure maintenance and construction projects
- Oil and gas midstream projects
- Land-based and offshore pipelines
- Primary structures used in oil exploration and production
Orbital welding has also found use where the need for increased productivity exceeds the abilities of existing welding equipment.
Welding Made More Efficient, Safe and Precise
Even in the most demanding applications, orbital welding’s advantages of performance and reliability were obvious and quickly led to the system’s popularity. Specific AdaptARC welding machine benefits include:
Versatility – in conjunction with the OrbitMaster® Digital Weld Controller, AdaptARC can automatically switch from GTAW to GMAW-S, GMAW-P or FCAW with the same weld head and power supply.
Digital control – The OrbitMaster provides quick, easy control of torch to work-piece distance, oscillation, travel, wire feed, coolant recirculation, gas flow, weld power – all intuitively managed for consistent accuracy.
Improved workplace and operator safety – The AdaptARC orbital welder produces less smoke and spatter and reduces hazards from hexavalent chrome.
Less downtime and lower costs – Featuring rapid and easy process change-over in minutes, AdaptARC offers:
- Nonstop welding from root to cap
- Program chaining and linking
- Reduced E-tech support
- QC compliance monitoring
- Modification reference screens
Improved speed – AdaptARC offers head speeds up to 100 inches/minute and wire feeds up to 700 inches/minute, making the process well suited for applications requiring high deposition.
Better use of staffing – With experienced welders few and far between, orbital welding equipment allows less experienced staff to perform complicated welds in less time than an expert could accomplish the weld using non-mechanized processes.
Improved repeatability and continuity – Easy-to-learn programming allows the same weld to be executed multiple times and allows the operator to develop proprietary welding process instructions that can be stored, retrieved and distributed as needed.
Flexibility – The AdaptARC orbital welding machine offers maximum operator flexibility by providing degree, time, or distance programming. Whether you are doing linear track applications or circumferential welds, this feature allows you greater flexibility using advanced programming schedules.
Easy part availability – AdaptARC uses “off-the-shelf” parts that can be changed in place with common tools, alleviating the need to purchase or wait for specialized parts and tools.
AdaptARC also features rugged construction for precision and repeatable accuracy, which are critical for tight tolerances. It is designed to perform as programmed time and time again, no matter how demanding the application.
Learn more about orbital welding:
- Mechanized orbital welding with the AdaptARC welding machine
- OrbitMASTER orbital welder multi-process controller demo
- Improvements in weld precision and control with automatic welding machines
- Multi-process weld head designed for precision orbital and linear welding
- Partnering in Precision: Pipe Fabrication & Mission Critical Orbital Welding