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Robo Pipe is driven by the Power Wave 455M/STT welding machine rated to deliver 450 amps, 38 V at 100-percent duty cycle or 570 amps, 43 V at 60-percent duty cycle. The 455M/STT model is designed for pipe welding applications where heat-input control, minimal distortion and reduced spatter are essential, the company says.
The welding machine features Waveform Control Technology and Surface Tension Transfer (STT) for maximum control of the arc characteristics. This particular robotic-ready package is capable of welding a pipe root with STT and then changing on-the-fly to Pulse Spray MIG transfer mode for the hot, fill and cap passes, the company says.
Whether requirements call for one axis or two axes; 5/8" to 45" diameter pipe or columns; and lengths ranging to 60 ft., a system can be designed to meet application demands. System layouts are optimized to maximize the work envelope of the robot while minimizing floorspace requirements.
The system features multiple E-stop locations, customized pipe welding program logic and the ability to save approximately 500 weld programs. Additional options, such as manual or automatic seam tracking, Thru-Arc Seam Tracking (TAST) or vision-based tracking, can also be added to a system. For increased productivity, a Tandem MIG system can also be integrated into the system, improving the speed and/or deposition rates of your robotic pipe welding operations.