Axenics Leads in Orbital Welding Services
Orbital welding is, by far, the cleanest and most efficient way to join tubes, flanges, elbows, joints and more regardless of the application or industry. Axenics specializes in cleanroom orbital welding for high-purity stainless steel, Inconel and titanium. In order to achieve the cleanest environment possible, tubes and fittings are welded in a high-purity, contaminant-free environment.
Axenics specializes in performing cleanroom orbital welding services as well as vacuum manifolds in tubing ranging from ⅛-inch diameter to 4-inch diameter. Axenics uses argon for both external and internal purges to keep the welds exceptionally clean. Our orbital welds achieve 100% penetration to ensure meeting the customers’ specifications and standards.
Axenics uses computerized orbital welding technology, allowing us to set the welding schedule ahead of time. By specifying the particular metal to be welded, the orbital welding machine adjusts the process accordingly. This saves a considerable amount of lead time.
Orbital welding produces repeated high purity and quality, consistent welds and is used often by the technicians at Axenics. There are many reasons to utilize orbital welding for a project.
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Benefits of Orbital Welding
- It’s Clean: It’s important to keep contaminants away from metal tubing during the welding process since impurities trapped inside could ruin an entire process, resulting in a significant waste of time and money. Orbital welding is typically performed in a cleanroom setting where tubes and fittings can be welded in a high-purity, contaminant-free environment. The majority of our orbital welding is performed in a Class 100 Cleanroom environment.
- It’s Efficient: Because the welds created are consistent and clean, the entire welding process becomes more efficient. Computerized orbital welding can make the process even more efficient, as the whole process can be scheduled ahead of time and documented. This decreases production time and overall costs.
- It’s More Productive: Orbital welding is a much more productive use of labor, as the machinery is doing the majority of the work. Though there are upfront costs to acquire the appropriate equipment, it cuts down on labor requirements and lead time in the long run.
- It Produces Better-Quality Welds: While skilled manual welders can certainly create high-quality welds for specific purposes, an orbital weld performed using the right equipment and settings will always result in a better-quality weld. This is crucial in applications within the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries where there are strict requirements to be met.
- It Produces Consistent Welds: While manual welds performed by a skilled technician can be accurate, orbital welding will always produce more consistent welds. This is due to the ability to set the orbital welding equipment to a specific program, allowing the system to repeat the exact same welds over and over again without error or defects.
- It Doesn’t Require Certification: With a considerable shortage of certified welders in the field today, it can be difficult to find manual welders with the necessary certifications and expertise to perform manual welding operations. Orbital welding, however, doesn’t require certification since the equipment can be operated by a skilled technician trained in welding.
- It Solves Unique Problems: Orbital welding for components is great but for unique manufacturing situations, such as in cases where it is not feasible or practical to rotate a piece of tubing or pipe to be welded, orbital welding is the perfect solution. It may also be used in cases where welding must be performed in a tight space that wouldn’t be possible with manual welding.
- It Shortens Lead Time for Large Projects: When multiple identical welds are being performed via a machine, you can test a sample weld, rather than having to test every single weld. Since the machine is repeating the weld automatically, the integrity of the sample weld should hold true for all of the welds thereafter.
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High-Purity Welding in a Cleanroom
Axenics understands the importance of keeping damaging corrosives away from metal tubing. Impurities trapped inside the tube could collapse the project and cause a significant loss of time and money. Axenics has developed precise cleanroom orbital welding practices for tubing in high purity gas boxes, gas and fluid handling systems and more.
High-purity welding is crucial to maintaining clean parts during the manufacturing process. Why? Because certain contaminants can be extremely damaging to metal tubing over time. When corrosive or oxidizing contaminants and other impurities get trapped inside the metal tubing, you risk the integrity of the entire system of which the tubing is a part.
A dirty weld or a weld with high oxidation can cause contaminants to spread throughout the entire system and may cause a complete breakdown. The loss of time and money in such a case would be devastating.
High Purity Applications
Although orbital welding is ideal for any industry, there are certain industries which absolutely require pure orbital welding due to the applications for which the metal tubing is being fabricated. The semiconductor, medical device and aerospace industries are the most notable industries requiring high-purity welds.
Our orbital is done in a cleanroom setting where there is a controlled environment, preventing fewer contaminants from entering the weld area. This is important because the gases or fluids going through the tubing need to remain very clean.
With larger projects where multiple and identical welds are required, orbital welding can save you a significant amount of time in many aspects of the operation. The results are lower overhead costs, higher-quality welds and shorter lead times.
Orbital TIG welding
TIG welding a.ka. gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) is an extremely accurate and refined process developed by Russell Meredith of Northrop Aircraft Corporation during World War II. TIG welding played a huge role in military aircraft manufacturing, and while the process has advanced over the decades, it is often considered the ideal solution for projects with a need for top-quality, precision welds achieved in very tight spaces.
Due to its intricate nature, TIG welding is difficult to master. The process requires the use of all of the welder’s extremities, as the welder is typically standing on one foot while using a foot pedal remote with the other foot. The welder wields the welding torch in one hand, while the other holds the metal that will be used to produce a highly precise, clean weld.
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