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Welding pipeline with a pipe welding robo

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Pipe Welding Robot

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Modern engineering and infrastructure projects may rely on pipelines and piping systems to transport fluids, with applications occurring across industries ranging from food and beverage to semiconductor, chemical processing, and oil and gas. Unfortunately, the long history of pipelines includes a parallel history of annual pipeline incidents. In 2021 alone,…

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Technology for automating manufacturing plants

Automating Manufacturing Plants: The Human Element

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Automating manufacturing plants provides many advantages, from speed and productivity to efficiency and quality. While some may argue the necessity of this innovation, there is no question regarding the significant benefits compared to a purely manual process. However, transforming manual actions into automated ones often invites concerns regarding the role…

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Welding Cobots: How Orbital Welding Paved the Way

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The introduction of automation and robotic technology has brought unimaginable benefits to manufacturing—from ergonomic safety for operators to heightened productivity. However, current automation are either completely independent or, alternatively, rely heavily on human intervention. However, if humans and robots could collaborate more effectively, manufacturers could further enhance performance and quality….

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Tube to tubesheet welding with an automatic tube welder

Are Automatic Tube Welders Fully Automatic?

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Manufacturers utilize metal tubing across many applications—from food and beverage processing that follows strict sanitary requirements to heat exchangers in a nuclear plant that demands performance under high temperature and pressure conditions. These roles necessitate a precise and consistent tube fabrication process to ensure quality and adherence to specifications. Automatic…

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Titanium pipe and tube used in aerospace engineering

How Titanium Welding Machines Reveal New Possibilities

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Titanium is a corrosion-resistant metal with a polished appearance used in industries ranging from aerospace to petrochemical. Although the metal is less dense than other widely-used steels, it can provide equal or greater strength. When working with titanium, though, there are specific considerations for welders.   Applying conventional welding processes to…

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Steam turbine industrial condenser

Why Industrial Condensers Are for More Than Air Conditioning

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Industrial condensers generally are considered a small part of the air conditioning system that condenses the coolant back into the liquid state. However, in industrial applications—such as power generation, food and beverage, and refrigeration for functions from water treatment to chemical processing—these condensers perform a critical role.   While condensers may…

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semiconductor following SEMI standards

The Basics of SEMI Standards

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Semiconductors are essential for today’s electronics and manufacturing. However, fabrication can prove challenging. As semiconductor demand increases and chip size decreases, precision has become a critical concern in semiconductor production.  The industry has responded with diverse specifications, establishing standards to ensure high-quality semiconductor manufacturing. SEMI is one such standard program…

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hardfacing

Can GTAW Be Used in Hardfacing?

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Cladding can enhance a metal’s corrosion-resistant properties. The process involves the deposition of a corrosion-resistant alloy (CRA) layer over a base metal with weaker properties. The most common CRA is stainless steel. Along with its corrosion-resistant properties, stainless steel also offers the benefits of increased strength, temperature resistance, and cost-efficiency.  …

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Pipeline with stainless steel cladding

Understanding the Basics of the Stainless Steel Cladding Process

By Orbital Welding, Pipe Welding No Comments

Cladding can enhance a metal’s corrosion-resistant properties. The process involves the deposition of a corrosion-resistant alloy (CRA) layer over a base metal with weaker properties. The most common CRA is stainless steel. Along with its corrosion-resistant properties, stainless steel also offers the benefits of increased strength, temperature resistance, and cost-efficiency.  …

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