Orbital Welding: What Is It and When Should You Use It?

Are you tired of making imprecise welds that don’t hold up in the long-term? Do the large quantities of materials to be welded that are ahead of you on your schedule bog you down?

If so, then you need to consider incorporate orbital welding into your construction process. Orbital welding has many benefits that you could soon realize in your construction work.

In this article, we’ll explain how orbital welding works and give you a few reasons why you should leverage this technology in your work, starting today.

What is Orbital Welding?

Orbital welding is exactly what it sounds like: welding that occurs when the electrode that fuses the metal together rotates around a 360 degree arc. Orbital welding is an extremely precise process that is done using an Orbital Welding Machine and not human inputs.

Thus, the primary differences between orbital welding and all other types are the automation and the ability to face the material being welded from all angles.

Increased Production

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, automated technology has been taking over human manufacturing jobs in order to increase production. The same story is true with orbital welding.

Because orbital welding is automated, the machine can produce welds at rates much faster than a human can. The machine doesn’t need to sleep or eat or take lunch breaks. Instead, it can keep working on producing welds and repeating its process for as long as it has power.

Increased Safety

Because the human operator of an orbital welding machine doesn’t have to be anywhere close to the actual weld while they give the machine inputs, this means that your construction operation is now significantly safer.

Welding is an inherently dangerous process. After all, think about what you’re doing: you’re using incredibly high levels of heat to fuse together two different metals. Anything that you can do to make this process a little more safe is well worth it.

Consistent Welds

Another reason to choose orbital welding for your projects is the consistency of it. Because it is automated, the welding machine will follow a pre-programmed route every time it welds two pieces of metal together. As long as you program the route correctly, you can count on getting a high-quality weld exactly how you wanted it, every single time the machine operates.

Compare this to the results seen from a human worker. Even the best human workers simply can’t achieve the same level of precision and repetition that machines can. At the end of the day, an orbital welding system will simply provide you with a better weld every time.

How Will You Use Orbital Welding in Your Projects?

Now that you know the benefits of orbital welding compared to conventional welding processes, you know that you should pick up an orbital welding machine and start using it to bolster your projects. How do you plan to incorporate orbital welding in your operations?

For more construction advice, be sure to check out the rest of the articles on the website!

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