Miller Electric Mfg., Hobart Filler Metals and Tregaskiss have announced the release of the Hercules single-wire, high-deposition, automated MIG welding system.
The Hercules system delivers a gain of up to 30 percent or more in deposition rates and corresponding productivity with no loss of weld quality, Miller says.
“With Hercules, operations can go beyond the welding productivity they thought was possible — making them more competitive and profitable,” says Seth Perrin, advanced welding product specialist, Miller. “This system sets the bar for state-of-the-art welding deposition rate.”
The Hercules welding system is designed for medium to large manufacturing operations with robotic welding, specifically for those with long welds in the flat and horizontal welding positions. The system has been in a soft introduction phase with targeted Miller customers for several years, and Miller has worked with those customers to integrate the system.
“During the soft launch, we used customer feedback to continually improve the Hercules process to where it is today,” Perrin says. “That valued relationship and feedback made us aware of where the system was lacking and therefore, we were able to revise the process to make it more reliable and robust. We thank our loyal customers.”
Developed by Miller, Hobart and Tregaskiss, the Hercules MIG welding system combines Miller power source and wire-feed technology, a Tregaskiss torch and a specialized Hobart metal-cored wire. Components include:
- Miller power sources and Hercules drive: Auto-Continuum 500 and XMT 450 power sources work together with the Hercules drive to deliver the amperage needed for the system and fast, precise wire-feeding.
- Tregaskiss Hercules torch: The torch has dual contacts that allow two sources of power input, which are crucial for the high-deposition welding process. Created specifically for the Hercules system, the torch’s unique single-wire, water-cooled design maximizes electrical conductivity and optimizes filler metal delivery to the weld puddle.
- Hobart FabCOR Hercules metal-cored wire: Formulated exclusively for the Hercules system, FabCOR Hercules is the only metal-cored wire that can accommodate faster travel speeds to deliver the system’s higher deposition rates and productivity while maintaining arc stability.
Manufacturing operations can eliminate welding bottlenecks and unlock unutilized capacity with the Hercules system, all without adding more automation welding cells that require additional floor space or brick and mortar. In many cases, the system doesn’t require all-new welding automation, allowing operations to use equipment that’s already in place.