ESAB to focus on Industry 4.0, mechanised welding and cutting technologies, live demonstrations at Euroblech 2018
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will showcase the industry's most complete portfolio of solutions for manual and automated welding and cutting products in Hall 13, Stand E16 at EuroBLECH, which is taking place in Hannover, Germany, from 23-26 October 2018.
"We encourage visitors to meet with our multi-lingual technical experts to discuss how we can improve productivity and reduce waste in their metal fabrication operations," says Marcel Stemvers, Regional Sales & Marketing Director Germanic Region, ESAB. "Our Industry 4.0 experts will provide demonstrations of ESAB's Digital Solutions, which include the ESAB WeldCloud and ESAB CutCloud platforms. Coupled with our broad filler metal portfolio, which now includes the welding wire operations of Sandvik Materials Technology, ESAB offers a complete system solution for welding and cutting challenges."
Stemvers invites visitors to personally experience welding and cutting products as part of ESAB's live demonstrations. Numerous systems and products will make their European and worldwide debut, including those for mechanised welding and cutting, MIG/MAG welding, PPE, carbon-arc gouging and more.
ESAB's Digital Solutions platform provides several capabilities (ESAB WeldCloud, ESAB CutCloud and more to come) that connect digital ecosystems for welding and mechanised cutting, respectively. At EuroBlech, ESAB will showcase its new architecture — powered by Microsoft Azure IoT and utilising the ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC — that allow for on-premise, hybrid and cloud based architectures.
"ESAB Digital Solutions help fabricators improve asset management, streamline documentation/traceability, increase quality and boost overall operation efficiency," says Mike Pantaleano, VP Data Driven Advantage, ESAB. "No matter where you are in your digital journey, ESAB is ready. We can connect your first machine or deliver at scale for an entire fleet. Once you harness the power of data, you can further increase uptime and lower operational costs by leveraging the process knowledge of our welding and cutting experts."
Plasma Cutting and Software
ESAB will demonstrate mechanised plasma cutting and beveling featuring its iSeries plasma cutters, Combirex cutting table and DMX Automated Plasma Beveller, a next-generation beveling system delivering significant performance improvement through a simple, compact design.
For mechanised cutting, ESAB will introduce its Columbus® III version 1.6 CAD/CAM software. The latest version simplifies programming various cutting processes, as well as marking and labeling processes. Intelligent wizards contribute to intuitive operation so users can perform simple and highly complex cuts, labeling and nesting jobs quickly and easily. The 1.6 version now includes ability to calculate offers and orders for customers.
ESAB will launch its new modularised system for SAW, GMAW and Gouging featuring the Versotrac EWT 1000 tractor, Versoarc EWH 1000 welding head and EAC 10 controller. This tractor system recognises the portability needs of ship, barge, offshore, wind tower and structural steel applications with a no-tools disassembly/assembly design for easy transportation into confined area and remote spaces.
The new Railtrac B42V is a universal rail-mounted tractor for welding and cutting that operates in the flat, horizontal or vertical positions. Powered by 42V from the welding system or an optional 18V battery, the Railtrac B42V features the new W8000 remote weaving unit for making weave welds up to 60mm wide and for weld path tracking. Stepper motors for both the drive and weave functions ensure smooth operation and high precision. Operators can program weave patterns, travel speeds and control voltage and wire feed speed for five standard programs.
ESAB will also feature its new Miggytrac™ B5001, a battery-operated compact, programmable tractor for MIG/MAG welding using a standard torch. A color TFT LCD display with an intuitive, modern interface separates the B5001 from the competition. It can be used with any wire feed system, but connecting it to an ESAB wire feeder enables adjustment of weld parameters and arc start and stop. Operators can adjust multiple functions to improve weld quality, program weld patterns and weaves and even program a faster intermittent travel speed between stitch welds (up to 170 cm/min).
ESAB will introduce two enhanced torches for manual MIG/MAG welding. The PSF™ series of premium torches now feature a more ergonomic handle with soft-grip areas and stronger water-cooled performance for high-heat applications. Knuckle joints and spring supports add improved flexibility to reduce wrist strain. ESAB boosted the duty cycle of its MXL industrial series and now offers a full range of gas- and water-cooled torches designed for industry-duty applications. A new handle offers better ergonomics, while the refreshed front-end design accepts the same standard ESAB consumables.
For heavy duty protection from welding fume and particulates when welding, gouging and grinding, combine an ESAB welding helmet with the new ESAB PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) system. The ESAB PAPR features the latest control technology, allowing the operator to adjust air flow between 170 and 220 L/min to suit the environment and application. As an extra measure of safety, ESAB added visual and audible alarms to alert the operator in the event of a blocked filter or low battery. Other features include a P3 filter and pre-filter, and Li-Ion battery pack with up to 8-hr. duration @ 220L/min and LED airflow indictor.
Arcair®, an ESAB brand, has introduced the AirPro X4000 torch and cable for manual carbon arc gouging. Where previous torch models required 27 lbs. of grip pressure to open the torch, the AirPro X4000 uses the compressed air already flowing through the torch. When the operator pushes a rocker switch, the AirPro X4000 torch pneumatically opens the torch jaws so operators can insert, adjust and remove carbons without effort. The rocker switch also controls the compressed air on/off function so that no air can flow through the torch or cable without the operator initiating flow through the rocker switch. A latch mechanism locks air flow on when in use to reduce hand fatigue.
ESAB Welding & Cutting is a recognised leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honored processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanised cutting and automation, ESAB's filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe.