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Three ways to reduce weld porosity on your assembly line

Posted by OTC Daihen on July 5, 2016

When you're under a deadline to get production completed, the last thing you need is quality control issues. Unfortunately, weld porosity is a common problem in welding applications. Fortunately, it's also relatively easy to fix. How do you reduce porosity in your production line? We've taken a look at causes of porosity and found the easiest ways for reducing porosity in your facility.

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Topics: Welding, Porosity, Efficient Assembly Lines

When should I automate welding processes in my production line?

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 27, 2016

In production, we're seeing more automation as time goes by. What started as machinery seen only in the most high-end factories is becoming the standard. If you're planning on using automated welding machinery, you're in good company. But when is the best time to add welding robots to your automated production line? Should you close things down temporarily and try to get them in quickly or wait until a better time? How do you determine when that better time falls? Though these are tough questions that will depend on your company, we've got some easy answers to help you along the way.

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Topics: Welding, Automation

Why should I automate my welding process and how do I justify automation?

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 20, 2016

As our world becomes more digitized, connected and automated, what does that mean for the welding process in a factory? Many businesses are considering switching from manual welding processes to systems that automate welding. There are many reasons for switching, but some business owners aren't sure if they can justify the expense of robotic welding machines. Here's a quick look at the benefits of automating your welding process and how to justify the expense.

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Topics: Welding, Automation

Choosing the Right Wire Diameter for Welding

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 13, 2016

When welding is a vital part of your production line, every component in your machine can make a big difference in your efficiency and in the quality of the finished product. One of the areas where your choice can make a big difference is the welding wire diameter you decide to use. Is the wire you're using too small, too large or right where it should be? Today we'll help you learn how to decide by taking a good look at wire diameter and how to choose welding wire that will work best for your project.

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Topics: Welding, Welding Parameters

Comparing Aluminum Welding With Push-Pull Gun and a Push Gun

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 6, 2016

When your operation is dealing with aluminum welding, it can seem as though there's a whole new world of issues to troubleshoot. Porosity, oxidation, weld cracking, wire burn-backs and many more issues tend to plague production lines around the world. One common concern is whether a push-pull gun or a push gun works best when welding aluminum. In this piece, we'll take a solid look at what the advantages and disadvantages are of each type of gun and how to best incorporate them into your production line.

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Topics: Welding, Aluminum, Push/Push-Pull Guns

The Advantages of a Dual Wire Feeder vs a Single Wire Feeder

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 2, 2016

When you're involved in assembly line management, there are a wide range of inputs and processes that can affect your overhead and, by extension, your profitability. When your assembly line slows down, it costs labor and production. Processes that keep your line running efficiently directly impact your profitability. One area where many companies find room for improvement is in their welding processes. Fine tuning the process to reduce slag and spatter, improve welding times and provide better quality control results can come from a range of changes. One area where improvement can be found is in choosing to use a dual wire feeder or a single wire feeder. Here's a quick overview of each welding wire feed and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Topics: Wire Feeds

How To Select The Right Welding Process

Posted by OTC Daihen on May 23, 2016

One of the biggest problems we see from our clients is knowing how to build the proper welding process for their particular situation. There are many factors that can influence both your decision and the final result. But which ones will provide you with a high-quality weld that meets your production line's specifications? Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing a welding process that meets your needs.

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Topics: Productivity, Welding

How To Know/Justify When We Are Ready To Buy a Robot

Posted by OTC Daihen on May 16, 2016

When you're running a production facility, it can be hard to know when the right time is to add robotic welding to your assembly line. How do you know when it's time to make the switch? How can you justify the cost to other departments or company executives? Here's some information to help get you started in the process.

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Topics: Welding, Robotics, Purchasing New Machines

New Technology: Developments in Welding That Can't Be Ignored

Posted by OTC Daihen on May 9, 2016

As our technology advances, our industry is rapidly changing. Some welding developments provide a serious advantage while others don't actually work out in the end. But which innovations should you ignore and which ones should you implement? It's a tough decision, but here's our take on the most important recent developments in welding that deserve some attention.

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Topics: Technology, Welding

Is Time With Your Family A Priority? Here Are 5 Ways To Make It Happen

Posted by OTC Daihen on May 2, 2016

When I was growing up, my dad worked over 60 hours - often over 80 hours - every week in his contracting business to keep a roof over our heads and everyone fed. Though I understood why he had to work so hard, I missed seeing him at ball games, plays and at home in the evenings. He told me years later that he hated missing those things too. As I raise my daughter, I realize the problems my dad faced, trying to balance work and home.

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Topics: Personal vs Work Life

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