Optrel announces PAPR system

Optrel’s new Swiss air-powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) is a comfortable system that welders can use alone or with a helmet or hood. The 1.2-lb., low-profile PAPR is worn as a backpack with ergonomic shoulder harnesses that maximize freedom of movement. Controls and filter and battery indicators are front-mounted for easy visibility and access. The variable airflow is… Continued

Fronius releases robotic welding cell

Fronius presents the Handling-to-Welding robotic welding cell that joins parts of different geometries and materials. Two robots complete the job – the handling robot positions the workpieces, and the second robot performs the welding. This combination allows for maximum flexibility regarding part and batch sizes as well as seam geometries – even for angular parts.… Continued

Tweco launches push-pull MIG gun

Tweco, an ESAB brand, released the PullMaster2 push-pull MIG gun. The pistol-grip style gun features an angled cable-to-gun connection combined with a ball-and-socket strain relief that enhances balance and reduces perceived cable weight. The easy-to-grip handle features a short-stroke trigger for easier activation. The gun features an internal pre-set drive roll tension mechanism that reduces… Continued

Miller introduces induction heating systems

Miller Electric Mfg. LLC offers ArcReach induction heating systems for jobsite weld preheating and bakeout in construction and pipe applications with temperature maximums of 600 degrees F and 315 degrees C. Welding operators can perform the preheating and bakeout with easy-to-use equipment and tools and don’t have to rely on third-party contractors, providing complete control of the… Continued

Robotic software update from Hypertherm

Hypertherm released Robotmaster version 7.4 offline robot programming software. Major enhancements to remote tool center point (RTCP) exploit the full capabilities of any robotic cell. Additions to the surface paths include added strategies and advanced tools for applications such as polishing, grinding and deburring. The surface paths are designed to tie-in with the enhancements to… Continued

Amada Weld Tech redesigns modular resistance welder

Amada Weld Tech introduces a redesigned wire compacting unit for its line of modular resistance welders. Suited for stranded wires, the plug-and-play, ready-to-install modular unit provides precise, fast and reproducible adjustment after electrode exchange. The closed box design provides maximum rigidity, eliminating flexing of the unit due to lateral forces. Ball bushes offer precise guidance… Continued

T. J. Snow announces resistance welding program

T. J. Snow Co. introduced a calibration and certification program for resistance welding machinery. The program offers a complete and thorough evaluation of a company’s machinery, regardless of brand or type. Tests include checking the resistance of the welder’s secondary loop and the consistent delivery of welding force and current. Additionally, all of the welder’s… Continued

Lincoln Electric acquires Zeman Bauelemente

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. acquired Austria-based Zeman Bauelemente Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H., a designer and manufacturer of robotic assembly and arc welding systems that automate the tacking and welding of steel beams. The company’s systems are primarily sold under the Steel Beam Assembler name and serve customers in the structural steel and infrastructure sectors globally. The addition of… Continued

Dynabrade names new president

Dynabrade Inc. appointed Michael Buffamonti president. Buffamonti most recently held the role of CFO and has been a key member of the executive management team for many years. He has been involved in every aspect of the business over his 25-year tenure. Since the beginning of his career at Dynabrade, Buffamonti worked closely with the… Continued

Hobart names VP & general manager

Hobart promoted Bob Bilokonsky to vice president and general manager. Bilokonsky joined Hobart in 2010 as a sourcing manager and also served as supply chain manager for the company for two years. He has taken on progressively more responsibilities as a business unit manager for several filler metal segments, most recently overseeing metal-cored and aluminum… Continued

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