3 Tips To Improve Orbital Welding Efficiency

3 Tips To Improve Orbital Welding Efficiency

April 27, 2023

3 Tips To Improve Orbital Welding Efficiency

Orbital welding is one of the most challenging types of welding to perform. That’s because orbital welding involves welding around cylindrical objects, some of which may be quite big and unable to move. Though it can be a long and tedious process requiring multiple passes, there are ways to improve orbital welding efficiency. Check out these three tips.

1. Don’t Rush the Prep Stage

Prep is always essential in welding, but it’s even more crucial if you’re trying to improve your efficiency. It may seem like skipping or rushing this stage will save you time, but it could actually lead to you needing to redo the job. Prep includes steps like:

  • Cleaning the weld area of grease and paint
  • Beveling pipe edges
  • Grinding away misalignment issues
  • Testing out manual welding positions
  • Tack welding

If you skip these steps, you might end up with flaws, meaning you have to go back and do things again. Doing things right the first time is the most efficient way to complete a task.

2. Switch to Automation

If you do a lot of repetitive orbital welding on similar pipe diameters, you may find that using a welding machine is more efficient than manual welding. That’s because the machine can remember settings and replicate the process each time with computer precision. Machines also don’t get tired or bored with repetitive jobs.

3. Get a Remote Pendant

Even if you do switch to automation, there are still more ways to increase orbital welding efficiency. One of those ways is to invest in a remote welding pendant. Typically, you can only make changes to your orbital welding machine at the power source. However, a remote pendant allows you to make changes from anywhere within a certain distance. Investing in this piece of equipment will save you a lot of running around.

Professional Orbital Welding Equipment

SEC Industrial offers orbital TIG welding machines for professional use. We also carry remote pendants and cooling units to keep your machine running at peak efficiency. You can find more information on our website or reach out to us directly. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

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