Power source platform optimized for manual steel welding
- July 3, 2019
Fronius has announced a new version of its current power source platform, called the TPS/i Steel Edition.
The Steel Edition has been optimized for manual steel welding and offers different characteristics for standard and pulse welding, as well as a WPS package containing welding procedure specifications that are certified in accordance with DIN EN 1090.
The TPS/i Steel Edition is based on the current TPS/i power source platform. The welding systems have a modular design, can be adapted to individual requirements, and feature networkability and communication functions.
The Steel Edition has been designed for manual steel welding, with a variety of steel characteristics for both standard and pulsed arcs. Users are able to carry out welding tasks on steel workpieces from a material thickness of one millimeter and above.
A highlight of the new Steel Edition is the PCS (Pulse Controlled Spray Arc) characteristic. This provides a particular advantage in the intermediate arc range; the smooth transition from a pulsed to a spray arc creates considerably less welding spatter, which in turn significantly reduces the amount of rework required. In addition, this characteristic features a focused arc that guarantees a deep penetration profile. It is particularly suited to small gaps, fillet welds, and root passes.
The WPS package in the TPS/i Steel Edition contains welding procedure specifications for different steel grades, material thicknesses and filler metals. The WPS package eliminates the time-consuming and costly process of creating welding procedure specifications. This is particularly beneficial for companies that are required to comply with the European standard DIN EN 1090. Manufacturers of load-bearing steel constructions, for example, are obliged to use the specifications contained in the WPS package by the European standard.
In order to document the process and prove that the weld seams have been created in accordance with the certified welding procedure specifications, the TPS/i Steel Edition is also equipped with the WeldCube Light data recording and analysis system. The TPS/i records a wealth of information for each weld seam, such as time and duration and average values for current, voltage, wire speed, and power, and saves them in the internal TPS/i data memory. Users can view the data using the TPS/i SmartManager and export it as a PDF. This makes it easy to document all weld seams. Users can upgrade to even more comprehensive data management functions at any time with WeldCube Basic or WeldCube Premium.
The TPS/i Steel Edition is available in various power categories, ranging from 270 to 600 amperes. The system can also be equipped with the Fronius JobMaster welding torch. The JobMaster welding torch displays the most important welding parameters on the handle of the welding torch and allows the user to adjust the settings on the handle itself. In addition, user management with cards or key fobs allows individual authorizations to be created, thus reducing errors caused by improper operation.
The Steel Edition can also be combined with the K4 fume extraction torch, which removes welding fumes at the point of origin. An optional dust filter makes it easier to use the welding system under harsh environmental conditions. The filter protects the system by preventing contaminants that hinder the function of the machine from entering the housing.