Is It Time To Retire Your Old Welding Machines?

Those oldies-but-goodies may be costing you money

Thousands of manufacturing shops are full of old welding equipment.  We all want to be good stewards of our money or our company’s money, and we want to make things last as long as possible.  We sometimes even take pride on the fact that we have had a specific welding machine for 20-25 years. Most […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Know If You Are Wasting Shielding Gas

Most manufacturing facilities use  1.5 to 3 times as much shielding gas as they should.  The reasons for this can be found in a previous post: Control Your Shielding Gas Usage. Before doing all the checks to see if you have leaks or other problems there is a simple way to get an idea of whether or not […]

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 […]