In our progressive world, every aspect of life is constantly improving, and the field of mechanics is no different. While we grow, so do the projects, and manual welding can become very tedious on a large scale. An automatic welding machine, on the other hand, can address all these concerns. By being either fully or semi-automatic, these machines significantly reduce the risk involved and the effort required to complete the project.
What is Automated Welding?
Welding machines are most necessary in the automotive or machinery industries. Automatic welding machines can either be fully or semi-automatic and reduce the need for a large workforce. Such welding machines are a lot faster than manual welding and best suited for large projects. Machinery manages most processes, and this promises consistent results for large product volume requirements.
Semi-Automated vs Fully-Automated Welding
Fully automated welding solutions typically refer to a welding robot. This alternative may be too expensive and unnecessary for most businesses.
On the other hand, semi-automatic solutions provide instant results. These machines include all primary processes, such as MIG, Sub Arc, and TIG. In such cases, the welding is managed by the equipment while an operator monitors the ongoing job.
Benefits of Automatic Welding
By utilising machines, one can eliminate space for human error. This welding style is perfect for large welding projects as the weld across the entire project remains consistent in strength and style.
Semi-automatic equipment is essential in industries where weld strength is crucial, like the automotive and aerospace industries. Machine regulated welds are often of better quality, and equipment like the column and boom can improve it further.
While having a large workforce can be counterproductive and risky, a fully automated system can be expensive. On the other hand, a semi-automatic welding system can strike the perfect balance. The welding machines cut down a significant workload and yet, requires operators to program the equipment.
Worker Safety with Automated Equipment
Shifting to an automatic welding machine does not eliminate the dangers of manual welding. As more businesses transform, there is a growing concern about the risks that automated equipment can pose to workers. Worker safety always has and should remain a priority, and these measures can serve as safety nets.
Safety devices for operators should include arc flash guards, fume shields, eye protection and laser light curtains.
One must allocate sufficient space for welding to occur. Demarcate dangerous zones clearly and place gates or barriers between dangerous equipment and an employee. Having a safe space allocated for refreshments and relaxing can help in avoiding accidents caused by human error.
Installing interlocking switches, which do not begin the next welding cycle unless the cycle switch is in the correct position, is an integral safety measure. This safety measure ensures that machines can be readily stopped or have a stop between long cycles for any alterations. They help in preventing equipment damage or spatter, which can also reduce expenditure on maintenance.
Using guard locks can keep people from taking off safety locks from dangerous equipment or a hazardous area.
Every potentially hazardous workspace needs multiple fire extinguishers, fume extraction shields, emergency shut-off controls and a first aid kit. While putting together a kit, consider the severity of potential injuries. In the welding business, high degree burns, lacerations and spread out burns are common. Having a medical professional available can also be a precautionary measure for treating life-threatening burns.