In early September BOC, a member of The Linde Group, launched eight new welding models that offer the latest in welding technology to fabricators and businesses in Australia and New Zealand as part of a revamp of its welding range.
BOC’s Senior Product Manager of Welding Products, Richard Fowles, had stated that the new welding range was affordable and easier to use, with advanced electronics and digital control that focused on delivered improved safety and quality.
Here gasworld exclusively follows up with Fowles and BOC’s Technical Manager for Specialised Manufacturing, Peter Kuebler, about the new technology.
How can EWM technology be integrated with complex automated robotic systems?
Kuebler: BOC works closely with our integrator partner Robot Technologies Australia to design complex automated robotic systems that incorporate EWM welding equipment, laser vision systems and adaptive welding software.
For example, we recently built one of the most versatile multi-process welding robot in the world for SMW Group, a manufacturer of heavy mining buckets and dump truck bodies - this comprised a Kawasaki RA 15X robot equipped with a Servo Robot PowerCam laser camera and EWM Phoenix 552 welder. The robot utilises real-time laser seam tracking to enable multi-pass welding and can cope with complex weld geometry, achieving a reduction in weld time of up to 90 percent.
How important is a factor like portability in today’s welding and fabrication business? Is an increasingly important offering?
Fowles: With many welding and fabrication businesses faced with increased competition, portability is a very attractive feature. It gives them the flexibility to adapt to different jobs or situations, without compromising safety.
Can you briefly describe some of these electrical legislative changes, and what impact they are having?
Fowles: The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), the peak body of electrical safety regulators in Australia and New Zealand, introduced the electrical equipment safety system (EESS). This is currently being rolled-out across the sector and aims to create national electrical equipment safety standards, instead of varying requirements across different jurisdictions. As part of this, BOC has been included on ERAC’s new national database of responsible suppliers and has to display a Regulatory Compliance Mark on all new welding machines.
What do these changes mean for an industrial gas and equipment company like BOC?
Fowles: As an industry leader, BOC takes a very proactive approach when it comes to safety and implementing new electrical standards. We have a strong commitment to educating our customers on the changes and keep in regular contact with relevant industry bodies. All arc welding machines go through independent certification to guarantee they meet Australian and New Zealand regulations regarding electrical compliance.
Is this potentially just the start of a new wave of technology developments to meet these demands?
Kuebler: The industry is fast paced, with welding technology constantly evolving. At BOC, we are committed to research and development to ensure our welding range continues to meet the needs of our customers. By partnering with leading technology providers, such as EWM and RTA, we can deliver new solutions for our customers for improved safety, quality and productivity.