An Adelaide based company is disrupting welding processes and improving welding efficiency and safety through welding automation technology. The new welding system can perform a traditional six-hour weld in less than four minutes to a quality standard and unlike traditional welding, it requires no edged preparation or filler materials.
The new Welding as a Service (WaaS) welding technology also reportedly has 8x the penetration of GTAW, allowing it to perform x-ray quality welds in materials up to 5/8 inch (16mm) thick in a single pass, without the need for edge beveling.
K-TIG was originally developed by the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and may be used in the fabrication activities where there are significant requirements for productivity and quality.
At the heart of the K-TIG welding system is a multi-processor controller and communications platform which has been designed from the ground up to reduce complexity to a push-button operation. The system integrates with virtually all welding automation equipment in use today.
The sustainability dimension of K-TIG is significant. The order-of-magnitude power and gas savings provide an opportunity to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the industrial welding and fabrication industry. T
The technology will record and monitor all usage to provide a transparent reporting and billing system for its licensing arrangements. It’s licence fees adjust automatically in line with actual production and utilisation of its technology.
The technology’s cloud feature allows K-TIG to continuously support its customers by storing their welding data, providing updates to software and firmware and uploading new weld routines that customers may require.
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Managing Director Michael Teo said K-TIG’s recent move to the WaaS business model made the decision straightforward.
“We are excited to be the first company in Southeast Asia to deploy the latest generation of K-TIG’s technology and one of the first companies in the world to adopt the Welding-as-a-Service model pioneered by K-TIG,” he said.
“We are strategically located in one of the world’s highest-growth regions, we have exceptional commercial networks throughout Southeast Asia and Japan, and plan to leverage this to grow our welding business exponentially.”
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