Orbital welding is an automated welding process in which the item remains stationary while the welding arm orbits around it. Generally, this technique is used for welding static cylindrical elements or pieces that will be fixed in a specific place (for example, tubes, conduits, or pipes that are not intended to change position).
This type of welding is used in very small spaces due to the ease with which it allows the pieces to be joined and applied in jobs that use materials with “unconventional” shapes, allowing safer and more efficient welding. Next, we will look at some advantages of this type of welding:
Higher Quality of the Final Product
Orbital welding allows a better “weld bead,” which allows the final product to have a smoother appearance and more reliable structure. Another advantage is that it is a programmable process, which means the same weld can be repeated consistently as many times as needed; this leads to more reliable results and a smoother quality control process, which results in better quality standards.
Flexibility in Welding Positions and Increased Security
One of the main problems of conventional welding by a human operator is the molten material that falls during the weld, because this slag is dangerous and restricts the positions from which the operator can perform the weld. Orbital welding is useful when working in confined spaces or when the shapes of the materials to be joined are complicated, because the automated machine welder has a much higher tolerance for any welding slag that might fall or be thrown from the weld, so does not put any human operator at risk. Therefore, orbital welding becomes a safer process, both for the structure and for the operator.
Reduced Operating Costs and Less Pollution
As orbital welding is a process that can be programmable, it allows consistent repetition of the same procedure; this means that production times and failures in the final product are both considerably reduced, which means a reduction in operational costs. Additionally, orbital welding allows less exposure to external elements and offers a cleaner work area. This means a lower degree of area contamination, which is a fundamental factor in meeting quality standards in some industries.
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