From Physical to Digital
The world has experienced three industrial revolutions. We are now inching towards the 4th industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0. A lot of work in the manufacturing industries is being done physically. Because of the onset of industry 4.0, the operations in the industry will go from physical to digital. It means that the digitization in the industry will offer a more all-embracing, interconnected, and an integrated approach to the manufacturing industry. It will allow better collaboration and access between various manufacturing departments, partners, products, vendors, and finally, people. The digitization will impart a better control and understanding of every aspect of operation while leveraging instant data for boosting productivity through improvisation in the process and thereby driving growth.
Industry 4.0 along with the (IIOT) Industrial Internet of Things are now transforming the manufacturing industry. The welding industry is a part of it, is not going to be left out from getting digitized. The software which are applied to the new age welding machines are specifically designed to increase the efficiency of the welding weather operated by humans or a robot. The benefits of digitised welding are they cost less due to a man-machine synergy. Also, a good level of flexibility and management of work enables quick delivery of even a customised product with no losses due to any process complexity or expensiveness. Thus, the customers are highly satisfied.
Let us understand this new integration of digitization with welding.
Blue light time
Welding is a part of fabrication. There are a many activity done in the welding area. But how many of them are productive needs to be known. One should keep a track of the starting and ending time of the operators’ work shift. And this is measured by an arc timer.
What is an Arc timer?
The Arc timer or the Arc weld timer is an easy to use, simple solution to provide arc time data for assessing the equipment utilization and efficiency of the process. This arc weld timer requires no additional power nor any provisions for networking.
Usage of arc weld time
The arc timer measures the time interval during which an arc is maintained to make an arc weld.
Other things like arc voltage, arc welding, and arc on time also need to be known to measure the actual productivity, which is the soul of this business.
The Arc timer or the Arc weld timer will be recording the actual Arc-on measurements. It will indicate the utilization of each of the power supply and machines in the facility. The data receivable goes for analysis to provide real-time information for action. Also, the exact accumulated arc time for each welding machine and making the number of welds will be determined. Based on these measurements, one can decide on issues such as a change in process, tooling, training, or improvising on the efficiency and the output of the operations.
Success depends on the instinct and skills of a master welder, who uses his insight to evaluate the process of welding, connect them with their knowledge base, and apply corrective measures to make a good weld. All these actions must take place in real-time. The whole procedure requires a considerable amount of manual labor and is many times not reliable. The only solution is to make welding intelligent.
Welding has now joined hands with AI and emerged as a digital avatar of Industry 4.0. Intelligent welding will require the support of tools like sensory arc timer, full arc timer, Weld monitor, Weld data monitoring, Weld monitoring products, wealth monitoring equipment, weld timer, and weld counter to achieve the ultimate goal of high productivity in manufacturing. These weld monitoring products will help in sensing and controlling the position of the source of heat, the temperature of the weld, penetration of the weld, defect formation, and finally, control of microstructure and properties. This approach of using intelligent welding will enable its user to choose the properties or a productivity measure, which will help select the parameters of the process, such as current, speed, or voltage, for the proper control of the process.
Therefore, the focus now is good towards developing arc welder monitoring devices and systems and making available a select line of devices, accessories for weld monitors, and services for them like consultation, calibration, and repair.
Look forward to some fantastic welding with world-class intelligence.