- April 6, 2018
- Posted by: SFI Australia
- Category: Innovation
World premiere: Intelligent welding power supply ORBIMAT 180 SW
ORBIMAT 180 SW with intuitive touch operation and online process communication
The new ORBIMAT 180 SW, with its Industry 4.0 technology, promises more quality, safety, and flexibility for orbital welding. This intelligent power supply is the first to allow digital networking of man and machine. The orbital welding process thus connects with state-of-the-art information and communication technology, and makes for the best welding results, high efficiency and sustainable quality management.
With the ORBIMAT 180 SW, ORBITALUM TOOLS – the specialist in highly efficient and reliable orbital welding systems – is launching an innovative welding power supply which sets new standards in welding results, operability and communication. The unbroken capture and back-up of data on the customer’s LAN provide the high level of transparency which Industry 4.0 demands.
Online access to projects and parameters
Thanks to the integrated LAN and WLAN interface, the ORBIMAT 180 SW can be integrated into the customer’s network: Users, planning engineers and quality assurance employees with different user levels have access to projects and data at all times, making it possible to keep track of the entire welding process. All welding data and programs for each individual welding process can be called up and documented in full, analyzed, used and optimized for future welding processes. This way, production sequences can be planned better and are also safer and less time-consuming. The ORBIMAT 180 SW is therefore an important element for establishing more sustainable quality management. 4 USB ports open up forward-looking connectivity.
Intuitive operation and a multilingual menu interface
The ORBIMAT 180 SW is operated using the 12.4″ color touch display screen, or alternatively with the multifunctional control dial, as is familiar from premium automobiles and the ORBIMAT CA series. The multilingual menu interface with graphic support makes operation and parametrization of the welding power supply simple and intuitive. Soft keys provide direct access to important commands. The new ORBIMAT runs with an operating system which reboots smoothly and without data loss, even after the types of abrupt system shut-downs and power failures which can occur on construction sites.
More quality and safety
The ORBIMAT 180 SW achieves more quality thanks to digital and precise welding gas control. It makes it possible to perform welding processes with the highest level of purity and a low gas requirement, reducing the costs for each welding process. The gas quantity values saved with the welding program, therefore, make easily reproducible welding results.
The automatic rotor stop function provides improved safety. The ORBIMAT 180 SW also features motor torque control: If the welding head rotor is prevented from rotating by sluggishness or obstruction during automatic rotation, the power supply stops the rotor movement of the welding head immediately. Man and machine are provided with better protection, and costly production downtimes, caused by rejected goods and repairs, are prevented. At the same time, the service life of the welding head is extended.
Shorter welding cycles and more productivity
In order to minimize the gas pre-flow and post-flow times, ORBITALUM has incorporated the unique Flow-Force function. It shortens the welding process considerably when using closed welding heads: The digital gas control supplies safety gas at a very high volumetric flow rate directly from the pressure regulator to the welding head – the unwanted residual oxygen is flushed out abruptly in the process. The resultant reduced pre-flow and post-flow times make for much shorter processing times and thus a higher level of productivity and an increased duty cycle. The high volumetric flow rate in the post-flow time and the optionally activatable cooling circuit delay reduce the temperature of the welding head – ideal for a high duty cycle. The benefits include a longer service life for the welding electrode. The optionally activatable permanent gas function prevents the penetration of oxygen in the welding head, even during secondary processing times. As a result, the ORBIMAT system achieves almost completely oxidation-free seams with simultaneously short processing times.
Elegant housing for good handling
The ORBIMAT 180 SW features an elegant and practical housing with carrier handles integrated at the side. The ports on the front of the device are set back for protection from mechanical damage. The hinged lid with display screen, when closed, protects the operating controls, the system printer and the control dial if the device is offline or is being transported.
The ORBIMAT 180 SW operates with a wide input voltage range of 110 V to 230 V AC 50/60 Hz, and offsets mains fluctuations of 90 V to 260 V AC. Voltage peaks of up to 500 V AC are offset. At 180 A, the output welding current is suitable for most applications. The ORBIMAT power supply automatically detects and includes the connected system components. The integrated liquid cooling system keeps connected welding heads constantly at the right temperature.
- Growth through innovation/creativity:
Future-oriented connectivity by IoT/Industry 4.0 technology
- Quality Management:
Sustainable quality management through web-based productivity monitoring
- Quality Control:
100% data recording – data available anywhere at anytime
- Safety First:
Increased safety and extended product lifetime through rotor torque control