The new M217 Orbital Welding Power Supply is Arc Machine’s replacement for the M207 which has been the ‘de facto’ industry standard machine for orbital tube welding for more than 20 years now.  Will the M217 live up to the reputation of its predecessor?  CSI’s John Throngard takes a closer look from a design, functionality, and operational perspective in this “First Look” article....

Modern technology has significantly improved gas delivery and storage options. Gas manifolds have become a very important piece of equipment that makes changing out gas tanks easy and safe. This equipment is readily available online from surplus suppliers for affordable prices. Surplus retailers offer the latest in technology when it comes to gas manifolds and they can also outfit your manifold with any of the new features that enhance the manifold’s efficiency and safety. Vast improvements in the safe storage and handling of gas equipment have significantly increased workplace safety and eliminated a lot of costly incidents involving contaminations. Gas......

Believe it or not, but many people do not realize that there are items that simply get worn down. For example, how many new drivers know that they need to get their brake pads checked every six months to a year? Not very many new drivers know this fact. Because of this ignorance, there are many accidents that occur due to drivers who do not replace their brake pads. Similarly, a weld head needs to be replaced as often as needed. Keep in mind that with a weld head, you are welding two incredibly strong pipes together. Because of the......

Most business owners know that orbital welding equipment can be quite pricey. Besides buying new equipment from the original manufacturer of the orbital welding, there are other options available to you. Your business can be able to enjoy the benefits of orbital welding equipment without having to pay a fortune. The first option available to your business when you want to purchase orbital welding equipment but can not afford it is to look into buying it from a surplus retailer. Surplus suppliers sell you the very same brand name welding equipment in new condition for a reduced cost. You can......

The technology associated with an arc machine is rapidly advancing each and every day. Recently, there has been even more new technology applied to the arc machine that has made it an even more important part of any welding business. These types of welders have benefitted numerous industries by helping them expedite production and providing welds that are of the utmost quality; therefore, if you purchase a new arc machine, an operator can perform welding on pipes with much more efficiency. If your welding equipment is good, a welder won’t require as much training and expertise in order to do......

It’s important to have the latest technology available, such as an updated arc machine, if your business happens to deal with welding equipment. You will want your arc machine to meet a certain standard of excellence so that it performs all the functions that are necessary; however, you also won’t want to spend money that is beyond the confines of your budget just to purchase this piece of machinery. This is why you might want to investigate what kinds of machines are provided on the market by surplus retailers at a lower cost than is offered by the manufacturers who......

I came from the thin film hard drive (HDD) industry, and we had several point of use scrubbers.  The main ones were the Delatech and dry abatement systems like Novapure (also CS Clean, or the GRC).  The thin film flows are low compared to other processes, but still pose environmental and safety issues if not addressed properly.  In order to pick out the best scrubber, you really need to figure out the max flow of your gases, and consider the individual gas types.   You can then use this information combined with your facilities requirements to determine the best gas scrubber......

In high purity stainless welding, creating a consistent Argon shield around the weld is essential. Creating that shield means that you must maintain a certain level of backpressure (which varies based on the fitting size). Obviously, creating backpressure means a constant flow of gas. At Critical Systems high purity welding is central to our business. We’re also constantly looking for ways to improve things. The Argon Purge Restrictor is one of many CSI Orbital Weld Innovations (link) that has helped us and many others in high purity fabrication shops. Argon Gas Savings The purge restrictor does just what it says:......

We have seen a quiet shift from the traditional hand TIG welding to the use of orbital welding machines in pharmaceutical and food/ beverage industries. Although orbital welding has been around for over 50 years, some process piping contractors are only recently showing clients that orbital welding is not just for the semiconductor industry. We have been renting tube prep equipment and orbital welding machines to quality process piping contractors who want their pharmaceutical or food/beverage customers to see the same weld quality and consistency.  Once a customer sees a quality orbital weld, they tend to start specifying the process......