Welding stainless-steel pipes has long been associated with the need for purging gas, a process that can be time-consuming and costly. However, recent advancements in welding technology have introduced a revolutionary method that allows for the welding of stainless-steel pipes without the need for purging gas. In this blog post, we will explore this game-changing technique, its benefits, and its implications for the welding industry.
1. Understanding the Traditional Purging Gas Method
Before delving into the new technique, it is essential to understand the traditional method of welding stainless-steel pipes using purging gas. Purging gas, typically argon, is used to create a protective atmosphere inside the pipe, preventing oxidation and contamination during the welding process. This method has been widely adopted, but it comes with several challenges, including increased costs, longer welding times, and the need for additional equipment.
2. The Game-Changing Technique: Welding without Purging Gas
The new technique of welding stainless-steel pipes without purging gas has gained significant attention in recent years. This method utilizes a combination of advanced welding equipment and consumables, along with modified welding parameters, to achieve high-quality welds without the need for purging gas. Welders can now save time and money while maintaining the integrity of the weld. As an alternative to traditional TIG welding, Miller® RMD® eliminates the need to purge gas during stainless-steel pipe welding. RMD® is a modified version of short-circuit GMAW, mainly designed for pipe root pass welding. Shielding gas experiences minimal disruption as it exits the GMAW gun due to its precise control over metal transfer. Through the open root of the pipe, this shielding gas effectively displaces atmospheric air and oxygen. Due to this, the backside of the weld does not oxidize. There is evidence that RMD®-welded stainless-steel pipes are capable of meeting corrosion resistance standards even without
3. Benefits of Welding without Purging Gas
a) Time Efficiency: With purging eliminated, setup and waiting times will be significantly reduced. As a result, the cycle time will be reduced, and the arc time will be increased. The welding process will take less time, which means welders can spend more time on value-added activities. A longer arc-on time allows the company to weld more pipes per day, resulting in higher productivity.
b) Cost Reductions: Significant reductions will be made in argon gas consumption. In addition to improving the company’s profitability, this will directly reduce its operating costs. Moreover, in-house logistics and warehouse teams can better support other aspects of the operation since considerably fewer Argon gas cylinders will be required.
c) Increased Accessibility: The absence of purging gas enables welders to work in confined spaces or areas with limited ventilation, where the use of gas would be challenging or even impossible.
4. Implications for the Welding Industry:
The introduction of the technique for welding stainless-steel pipes without purging gas has far-reaching implications for the welding industry. This innovation has the potential to revolutionize welding processes, making them more efficient, cost-effective, and accessible. It opens up new possibilities for welders and enables them to take on projects that were previously considered impractical or too expensive.
Welding stainless-steel pipes without purging gas is a game-changer in the welding industry. This technique offers numerous benefits, including cost reduction, time efficiency, and increased accessibility. By eliminating the need for purging gas, welders can achieve high-quality welds in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. As this innovation continues to gain traction, it has the potential to reshape the way stainless-steel pipes are welded, opening up new opportunities for welders and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the field of welding.
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September 6, 2023