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Make the Most of Section 179 in 2018 When Investing in Welding Equipment and Robotics

Posted by OTC Daihen on March 23, 2018

The cap on Section 179 has gone up again for 2018, and your business may now deduct the full price of qualifying equipment, up to $1,000,000, when that equipment or software is financed from the company's gross income during a tax year. The raise (from $500,000 in 2016) is good news for businesses that were anxiously waiting to see if Congress was going to raise the deduction limit. This deduction can be used as long as the equipment is purchased and put to use between January 1 and December 31 of 2018. Now that you are able to write off the full price, you can get much more for your money and help make the most of your investment dollars.

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Topics: Welding, Robotics

Benefit of low-frequency pulse MIG welding

Posted by OTC Daihen on January 9, 2017

When you're running a production line's welding operations, there are any number of factors you need to take into consideration that can impact your overall profitability. By taking these factors into consideration, you can develop a welding process that maximizes profitability and quality. However, issues such as low weld deposition, high levels of spatter, poor weld penetration, welding out of position, poor bead appearance, distortion of thinner materials and low weld speed can all quickly impact your profitability in a negative way. One solution to consider is low-frequency pulse MIG welding.

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Topics: MIG Welding

When to use short-circuit/low spatter welder

Posted by OTC Daihen on January 2, 2017

When you're dealing with quality control issues in your production line, one common area of concern is your welding operation. But what kind of changes do you need to make to improve quality? Are there particular types of welders that can make a difference in your final quality? Absolutely! One common solution is to use a welder with ultra-low spatter features and benefits, but only if it works for your circumstances. Here's a quick look at what situations work well for ultra-low spatter welders.

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Topics: Spatter

Arc-welding economics exemplified

Posted by OTC Daihen on December 26, 2016

When you have arc welding operations as part of your production line, you want that operation to run in as smooth and efficient a manner as possible. But how do you reach the best possible quality without losing time and creating a production bottleneck? Previously thought to only be possible in TIG welding, we've developed ways for you to get the quality of TIG welding with the speed of MIG welding. Here's more about how arc welding exemplifies the economics of the production line.

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Topics: Spatter, Technology

What is Welbee? An Introduction to Automated Weld Quality Control

Posted by OTC Daihen on November 2, 2016

When welding operations are a vital part of your assembly line, being able to monitor and control the weld quality is important to your final product. But how do you keep track of what's happening across the line and ensure that welding operations remain within parameters during the process instead of catching mistakes after the fact? Whether your line is involved in manual or robotic welding, our Welbee power source can help. Here's a little more about our solution to your welding quality woes.

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Topics: Automation, Welbee

Take Welding Robotics to the Next Level with OTC Daihen Training

Posted by OTC Daihen on October 24, 2016

At OTC Daihen, we believe in offering our clients a one-stop shop for all their robotic welding needs. One option that many of our clients are still unaware of is our hands-on robotic training classes in our Tipp City, Ohio location. Can't get to Ohio? Though our clients typically get the best benefit from our well-equipped classroom, we can also bring our certified OTC Daihen technicians to you. Our training program is designed around real world manufacturing processes and can help you be more self-reliant for programming and maintenance issues. Here's a little more about the courses.

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Topics: Welding, Training, Maintenance, Programming

Yoda was Wrong, You Can Try Before You Do: Benefits of Simulation and Offline Programming

Posted by OTC Daihen on October 17, 2016

"Do or do not, there is no try." Yoda was wrong. When you work with OTC Daihen, you can try before you invest in expensive pre-engineered robotic welding cells. We offer a couple options that many of our clients find helpful when they want to change between welding robot systems to ensure they work or to drastically reduce changeover time on their welding production lines. Here's a quick look at how these programs help you make a successful transition quickly.

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Topics: Technology

Why should you consider a 7-axis robot for your welding application?

Posted by OTC Daihen on October 10, 2016

Are you having problems with weld access, torch position, interference or floor space issues? If you are, our 7-axis robot can provide you with superior weld quality and ease of use that outstrips the competition. But what advantages does it provide over the more common 6-axis welding robot? Here are some of the best benefits our customers have noticed.

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Topics: Welding, Robotics

Get your parts moving! How can auxiliary-axis positioners expand your welding robots quality and output?

Posted by OTC Daihen on October 3, 2016

When you're trying to improve your business' assembly line, many people overlook the possibility of adding welding positioners. By improving capability in your production line, you can improve your profitability and lower your overhead. But what is a welding positioner and how do you get the best possible configuration to meet your needs? Many of our customers have questions about these handy tools, so here are some details to help you get the most out of your welding operations.

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Topics: Welding Parameters, Productivity

Creating a healthy environment in a welding facility

Posted by OTC Daihen on September 26, 2016

Working in a welding facility can be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. There's high voltage electricity, serious heat and vaporized metal particulates. How do you keep your workers safe? Here are a few tips to help create a healthy work environment in your production facility.

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Topics: Welding, Health

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