Metals & Materials
Join securely – prevent corrosion Welding stainless steel is a special challenge. To create clean seams and permanently stable connections with minimal risk of corrosion it is important first of all to determine the stainless steel exactly. After this, the welding method and the welding process must be exactly aligned to this. Welding is usually carried out with TIG, MIG, MAG and manual metal arc welding methods.
Long-lasting connections – outstanding visual appearance Aluminum is a lightweight and at the same time solid material that is used wherever stable components must not weigh very much. The material is used in alloys in aerospace, as well as in the construction of railway vehicle, motor vehicles and ships. TIG, plasma, MIG or even laser welding methods are used, depending on the specification and the thickness of the workpiece.
Numerous types – infinite possibilities Structural steel is a generic term used for various steels that are processed in the steel and machine engineering industries. The steel is available as rods, profiles, pipes and sheet metal in a number of thicknesses and dimensions. Structural steel is usually easy to weld, durable when handled and suitable for all conventional welding procedures.
Special properties – special applications Special materials have special properties and are suitable for special applications. There are highly durable, strong, light or resistant special materials for various requirements. These may be particularly resistant to chemical, thermal or mechanical loads. When selecting the right welding procedure for these materials it is important to know the precise material properties.
Metal inert gas welding MIG welding is a metal shielding gas welding process (GMAW) with inert gas, in which the light arc burns between a continuously fed melting wire electrode and the material. The melting electrode supplies the additive material for forming the weld. MIG welding can be used simply and economically with nearly all materials that are suitable for welding. Different shielding gases are used, depending on the requirement and the material.
Metal active gas welding MAG welding is a metal shielding gas welding process (GMAW) with active gas, in which the arc burns between a continuously fed melting wire electrode and the material. The melting wire electrode supplies the additive filler metal for forming the weld. MAG welding can be used simply and economically with nearly all materials that are suitable for welding. Different shielding gases are used, depending on the requirement and the material.
Tungsten inert gas welding TIG welding is tungsten shielding gas welding process (GTAW) with inert gas, in which the arc burns between a non-melting tungsten electrode and the material. TIG welding can be used simply and economically on a variety of materials. Different shielding gases are used, depending on the requirement and the material.
Laser beam welding Laser beam welding - in brief: laser welding - is a beam welding process that is used to join metals. The heat required to connect the parts is generated by the laser beam which is focussed onto the weld. Laser welding is a very fast and efficient welding process that is highly suited for automated processes.
Plasma welding (PAW)
Tungsten plasma welding / Plasma metal inert gas welding Plasma welding is a shielding gas welding process with inert gas and a further development of the TIG welding procedure. Here, the arc burns between a non-melting electrode and the material. The plasma beam, which is used as a heat source, is created by a high supply of energy that makes the shielding gas electrically conductive. The arc is constricted and thereby reaches a higher energy density than during TIG welding. Plasma welding is suitable for all electrically conductive materials.
Plasma arc cutting Plasma cutting is a arc cutting process in which the arc burns between a non-melting electrode and the material. The heat source is a beam of very hot electrically conductive gas, the so-called plasma beam. Plasma cutting is suitable for all electrically conductive materials. Various cutting gases are used in plasma cutting depending on the requirement and material.
Manual metal arc welding (MMAW)
Arc electrode welding Manual metal arc welding is a metal arc welding process (MMAW) in which an electrical arc burns between a sheathed rod electrode and the material. No shielding gas is used in manual metal arc welding. The sheathed melting electrode forms a shielding gas to protect the smelt and supplies additives to create the required seam. Manual metal arc welding can be used on nearly all materials suitable for welding, simply and efficiently. Shielding gas is not supplied but is created – depending on the requirement and material – when the electrode sheath melts. The procedure is also used in small and medium-sized businesses and when building ships, pipelines as well as steel constructions and bridges outdoors.
Welding Solution Focus
Thin sheet welding
Ensuring stability – avoiding thermal distortion Welding thin plates up to 3 mm thick is one of the most complex joining tasks. The aim is to create a stable connection despite the thin material gauge. To prevent distortion of the metal plate and time-consuming reworking, as little heat as possible needs to be generated on the work surface. This requires lots of experience, finesse and welding equipment that is capable of working precisely in every situation.
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Thick plate welding
More efficient welding – improving quality Joining thick steel plates like those used to build ships and machines is one of the most complex and difficult welding tasks, and often large tolerance differences and gaps need to be compensated. All parts require careful preparation to ensure permanently stable connections. Also, the required result is often only achieved after several welding processes.
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Welding large parts
Wide welds – long distances Using optimised welding equipment is essential when welding large parts because the wide welds on the parts, which are usually subject to heavy loads, must remain permanently stable and securely attached. Also, large distances often need to be bridged between the power source and the welding point. The wire and gas supplies need to work reliably and all parameters and various welding programs must be retrievable, if possible by remote control.
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Reducing strain – preventing tension Welding can impact on health, which is why there is a series of statutory prevention regulations governing released gases and vapours, extreme light and high temperatures. These include the use of extractor systems, mobile extractor devices, fume extraction torches and personal protective equipment. As a leading welding equipment partner, ABICOR BINZEL wants to help welders to reduce the physical stress associated with welding.
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Research and development
Using the test laboratory – driving innovations ABICOR BINZEL is one of the quality and innovation leaders for welding torches and has made a decisive contribution to shaping the world of welding over many years. ABICOR BINZEL is particularly concerned with continuously improving products, relieving the strain on welders, researching into new processes and supporting automated welding with the objective of developing efficiency-enhancing joining technology solutions. For this reason, developers in the ARClab test laboratory work daily on optimising product solutions and testing new products thoroughly.
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Utilize competence – optimize processes ABICOR BINZEL has been a leading specialist for welding technology for over 60 years and works with very different companies, institutes and research institutes. In the Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) experts from ABICOR BINZEL are available with their whole experience to manufacturing companies across the whole spectrum of industry. They advise and support these companies in developing and optimising their joining technology processes and help them to make their production more economic, more efficient and better.
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