Artem Komarov clarified that can a multi-processor welder be useful for an operation that mainly uses one welding process? Yes, thanks to technological advances inherent in modern machines that can help save time and improve results, regardless of the welding process.
Today, at most industrial sites, multi-processor machines are increasingly preferred over specialized shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) machines. Even in the light industry, increased flexibility for a variety of welding jobs can be beneficial. From manufacturing to repair, multi-processor welders can offer features that justify the investment.
Five key advances in multi-processor welding machines help save time and money and can make the operator’s job easier.
- Remote control of processes and parameters
Whether a welder is using SMAW (manual welding) or wire welding, remote control of the process and parameter changes can save a lot of time and hassle. Some systems provide remote control of welding without the use of a 14-pin control cable. This reduces the cost and maintenance time of control cables, which can be easily damaged in the workplace.
- One machine for each process, including air charcoal arc cutting
Having one versatile machine for carbon air-arc cutting (CAC-A) i.e. gouging as well as SMAW, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), self-shielded powder coated arc welding (FCAW-S) and GTAW adds value to the investment and simplifies fleet management. The ability to easily switch between these processes remotely at the touch of a button further enhances operator flexibility and productivity.
- Improved arc control with SMAW
Some multi-processor welders provide the ability to fine-tune the SMAW arc to suit the application or operator preference. This advanced arc control, sometimes referred to as “dig”, helps operators adjust the hardness or softness of the arc. Dig specifications vary by hardware manufacturer; some machines have dig capabilities that affect the welding arc more than others.
- Arc characteristics adapted to different SMAW electrodes
Another improvement included in some multi-processor welders is technology with special arc characteristics. The two widely used filler metals have significantly different arc characteristics and are used for different applications.
- Simplified setup and use
Welders often prefer to use the SMAW in the field because it is easy and quick to set up. However, the ability of SMAW to weld as quickly and efficiently as when using FCAW-S. With relatively low deposition rates and inefficiencies due to the loss of the electrode plug, SMAW may not be the most productive welding process to use in the field.
A multi-processor welding machine with a voltage-sensing wire feeder can make the operator’s job easier because this feature provides easy setup and helps operators weld more efficiently.
Technologies and features available in modern multi-processor welding machines can help to significantly increase the productivity of operations and facilitate the work of the operator through greater arc tuning, summed up Komarov Artem.