The Outrageous Cost of Poor Fit Up

You will cringe when you read this

In a perfect world we would have perfect fit up every time.  However, as well all know, this isn’t the case.  We mostly think of poor fit up as annoying and the cause of some delays.  But the reality is it can have tremendous impact on our bottom line.  Or, in many cases, compromises the […]

Calculating Weight of Weld Metal Required

Estimate pounds of welding electrode necessary to complete a job

Calculating weld metal requirements seems complicated but for the majority of applications it should not be. Short of having a computer program that calculates this for you, the easiest way is to use the tables found in The Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding. Table 12-1 provides data to calculate weight of weld metal required per […]

Can You Benefit From Robotic Arc Welding?

Gone are the days when you needed to make 50,000 identical parts to justify a robot. With prices going down and quality, reliability and flexibility going up, arc welding robotic systems are much easier to justify these days. Ten to fifteen years ago you had to spend roughly $150,000 to $200,000 to get a basic […]

11 Welding Cost Reduction Tips

There are many ways to reduce costs in welding operations. Here are 11 ways to get you started:   1. Eliminate Overwelding – Make sure welds are properly sized by following what is called out on the print. Don’t have prints? Develop them! The savings can be huge. 2. Reduce the amount of reinforcement – […]

Real Cost Benefits of Bulk Wire Packaging

A customer recently  questioned our advice of going to bulk packaging for his mig wire. He stated that paying an extra $0.10 per pound was the complete opposite of what he wanted to do.  We explained how spending a little more per pound would translate into significant savings for his company. Typically the bigger the package the […]

Control Your Shielding Gas Usage

If you own or run a business in which welding is an integral part of the manufacturing process you know one of your recurrent expenses is your shielding gas.  Very few manufacturing facilities, big or small, have excellent control of gas usage.  Most end up using twice as much than necessary, and in some cases […]

Cost of Overwelding

So many shops operate under the premise that the bigger the weld the better it is, or that putting down a bigger weld than what is called for is playing it safe.  Although there may be some truth to this it isn’t always the case.  And, in some instances, a bigger weld can actually be […]