Orbital Tube Welding Ideal for Metals
Orbital tube welding is the ideal solution for many of your custom metal fabrication projects. Axenics’ remains an industry leader in metals manufacturing for more than 35 years. Our in-house orbital tube welding procedures advance regularly, as we currently use some automated orbital welding techniques combined with human expertise to perfect weldments.
Orbital tube welding with metal advantages
Stainless steel maintains its popularity across a wide range of industries, because of its highly corrosion-resistant properties, in addition to the ability to withstand long-term exposure to the environment. Many metals are extremely heat resistant, meaning they have a higher melting point than some thermoplastics and maintain their structural integrity under high temperatures for longer periods than plastics.
“When possible, we look to eliminate the human factor in welding as an orbital tube welding machine generally results in higher-quality welds,” said Tom Hammer, a journeyperson welder at Axenics.
The rotating, enclosed orbital welding machines Hammer uses Swagelok M200 and Arc Machines model 207A that can accommodate tube and pipe from 1/16th inch to 4 inches.
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Metals are tougher and more durable than many plastics making them the better option for structural purposes. Metal properties allow for easier fabrication, creating more opportunities for changing the structure and design of the material. Metals also offer a cost-effective solution for long-term projects or projects with a high volume of component fabrication.
We provide metal manufacturing and assembly services for customers in the medical device manufacturing as well as industries such as alternative energy, life sciences, chemical manufacturing and semiconductor manufacturing. Commonalities of all those industries include:
- The need for precision-welded components
- Time-saving techniques and efficiencies
- Flawless welds for assemblies and sub-assemblies
- Contamination-free results for OEM products
Orbital tube welding meets those criteria. It’s the best solution for our customers that produce large quantities of diagnostic equipment and medical instruments. Orbital welding results in unmatched identical, repeatable welds. The automated process we use guarantees your weldments are free from craters, sugaring or gaps.
Our clients demand components free from contaminants, therefore much of our orbital tube welding happens in a Class 100 cleanroom, keeping dirt, dust and other particles out of the environment and the components.
Technology dictates custom metal fabrication solutions
Technological advances often means smaller components for mini devices used in semiconductors or life-saving equipment. That means automated processes like orbital welding are not the best solution for producing these components with hard-to-reach spaces.
A human being performs the most-accurate, challenging and difficult-to-reach welds. We prefer gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) a.k.a. TIG welding for those situations. It’s a repeatable, refined welding process for precision fabrications with miniscule welds.
We’ll assist your decision whether metals or thermoplastics are best for your project in order to keep your product yield high while maintaining a competitive pricing structure.
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Precision welding, such as TIG welding, produces clean and exceptionally accurate welds. Precision welds are defined as the purest welds for joining tubes and fittings on both metals and plastics. A precision weld’s bead fully penetrates the inner wall of a tube,...