The Latest in Steel Welding Technology
by Hans Diederichs
The TPS/i Steel Edition from Fronius is based on the current TPS/i power source platform. The welding systems have a modular design, can be adapted to individual requirements, and boast impressive networkability and comprehensive communication functions. Their powerful processors enable them to analyse and control welding processes with extreme precision. This ensures optimum results for a variety of welding tasks. The Steel Edition has been specially designed for manual steel welding. It has a variety of steel characteristics for both standard and pulsed arcs. Users are therefore able to carry out welding tasks on steel workpieces from a material thickness of one millimetre and above.
A highlight of the new Steel Edition is the PCS (Pulse Controlled Spray Arc) characteristic: This provides an advantage in the intermediate arc range – the smooth transition from a pulsed to a spray arc creates considerably less welding spatter, which in turn significantly reduces the amount of rework required. In addition, this characteristic features a focused arc that guarantees a deep penetration profile. It is particularly suited to small gaps, fillet welds, and root passes.
Welding Procedure Specifications for Standards-Compliant Work
The WPS package in the TPS/i Steel Edition contains welding procedure specifications for different steel grades, material thicknesses, and filler metals. The WPS package eliminates the time-consuming and costly process of creating welding procedure specifications. This is particularly beneficial for companies that are required to comply with the European standard DIN EN 1090. Manufacturers of load-bearing steel constructions, for example, are obliged to use the specifications contained in the WPS package by the European standard.
In order to document the process and prove that the weld seams have been created in accordance with the certified welding procedure specifications, the TPS/i Steel Edition is also equipped with the WeldCube Light data recording and analysis system. The TPS/i records a wealth of information for each weld seam, such as time and duration and average values for current, voltage, wire speed, and power, and saves them in the internal TPS/i data memory. Users can view the data using the TPS/i SmartManager and export it as a PDF. This makes it easy to document all weld seams. Users can upgrade to even more comprehensive data management functions at any time with WeldCube Basic or WeldCube Premium.
Source and photo: Fronius International