With the variety of welding services that are available, selecting the best process for every application can be confusing. Should the application utilize manual TIG welding due to the large welds that are required for the piping size? When should orbital welding services be considered? Let’s take a closer look at when manual TIG welding and orbital welding should be used, and why orbital welding from Axenics has become a reliable and professional method that manufacturers turn to for their piping work.
When to Use TIG Welding Services
Manual Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is an autogenous welding process where a high-purity argon gas is used with a filler material to make butt welds and fillet welds on the, corner and lap joints. An experienced Axenics’ welder uses a torch to manually perform the welding services. This technique is ideal when you are using large pipes or components that won’t fit in an automated welding process, and when the project needs butt welds performed. A manufacturer may also decide on manual TIG welding when working with very small welding jobs, such as those needed in the semiconductor industry.
Since TIG welding is a manual process, it is important to have an experienced welder doing the job. There are many common issues that inexperienced welders may encounter when performing TIG welding, including sugaring (oxidation), using the wrong arc length, dealing with dirty filler material, the lack of fusion, and craters. Thus, utilizing the component manufacturing services offered by Axenics can ensure you are working with technicians with extensive experience in this welding method.
When to Use Orbital Welding
Orbital welding services from Axenics employ computerized technology where the welding arc is fixed onto a rotating piece of equipment. The workpiece is mounted in place as the arc equipment makes a 360-degree rotation around the components, piping, joints and fittings to create a continuous weld. Axenics’ orbital welding services are performed in a cleanroom environment when clients require high purity components in their manufacturing operations. This ensures that the highest purity gas and welding techniques are performed for OEM’s in the semiconductor, chemical, life science and medical device industries, where components free of contaminants are necessary for successful operations.
Orbital welding is ideal for repetitive processes when a manufacturer needs a large number of components and piping welded in the same manner. The weld quality is superior as there is 100% penetration of the pipes. Since the work is regulated in an automated process, it provides a continuous weld without worrying about craters, sugaring or gaps. Orbital welding is also low maintenance and a safer procedure.
Why Orbital Welding is Desired
Orbital welding services are desired by manufacturers based on how productive the process is as well as the continual high quality output. The specifications for every weld are placed into the computerized machine, minimizing spec errors and allowing our company Axenics to set the welding schedule so the work can be performed to meet the project deadline. In addition, the orbital technology can make automated adjustments when we specify the type of material that is used to ensure safer and more secure connections.
We can perform orbital welding services on a range of pipe and tube sizes, from 4 inches to as small as 1/8 inches in diameter. Combined with Axenics’ cleanroom capabilities, manufacturers can obtain superior welding for their components and assemblies that meet quality requirements and always meet deadlines.