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Welding Machine Components
A welding machine is used to permanently fuse or join two pieces together with heat generated from electrical energy. It is widely used in the construction of buildings, bridges and even most consumer products that you would find in your everyday life, from coffeepots to car parts. These machines consist of a variety of parts in order to perform the welding process. To complete these tasks, each welding machine is uses the following critical components:
Used for finishing purposes, welding grinders are capable of making fine and light cuts and are able to make cuts at whatever length is required by the welder. It contains a gearbox and a motor, which enables it suitable for operating in harsh and dusty environments. There are several benefits attained from welding grinders including:
- Superior arc starting
- Less fragments produced
- Longer electrode life
- Improved weld quality
This component of the welding machine is a device that can be used for cutting any conductive material and can also be used for drilling holes in metals with a thickness of 1mm or more. Typically, the materials extracted with a welding cutter are used as high quality melting scrap.
The welding regulator is mainly used for cutting heavy-duty materials. These two-gauge devices control the flow of liquid or gas inside and outside the welding machine and are very important from the safety aspect of welding operation. Pipeline welding, lancing and scarfing are some of the functions of the regulator.
Mainly used to keep the targeted welded area in a fixed position, the welding positioner’s primary use is in pipe welding. Some of the advantages to using this device are:
- Lessens weld rejection rates
- Increases welding travel speeds
- Assists to improve efficiency
A vital welding accessory, the welding sensor’s principal use is to measure and control the patterns while the welding machine is in use. They are mainly used in resistance welding and can retain the sensing range of materials such as weld slag. The welding sensor is enclosed in a thermoplastic cover.
A striker is an accessory used to ignite a spark during the welding process. It is also used for creating a strong arc. Welding strikers are usually connected to welding machines to guarantee safety of its use, especially in extreme weather conditions.
Last, but certainly not least, welding machines feature a number of safety devices:
- Flashback Arrestors: Primarily used in gas welding, these make use of the check valves to ensure that gas does not flow in reverse towards the machine.
- Air Systems: This safety device is comprised of parts that allow the continuous supply of air and disposes of any fumes that may be detrimental to one’s health.
- Voltage Reduction: It restricts the voltage of the welding machine by maintaining it at a safe and minimal level.