Welding techniques are now showing innovation by producing better quality joints consistently. There is a surge in the setting up of new electricity power generation plans and retrofits across the world in the coming two decades. It will provide ample opportunities for the fabrication sector. The recent innovative developments in the weld monitoring equipment such as weld monitor, weld data monitoring, weld monitor control current sensor, and welding arc timer will support this plan of setting up power generation plants. Ensuring better quality joints out of which many are put in the safety-critical class.
The latest development in the weld monitoring techniques will ensure proper weld procedures through welding control equipment, an appropriate pre and post-weld treatment of heat, and the use of special alloys to prevent catastrophic failure of any safety-critical system.
Over the next 20 years, nuclear power generators and fossil- fuel-powered generators are expected to provide help towards the ever-increasing global demand for electricity.
According to the International Energy program in India and South Africa, there is a demand for coal-fired power stations, which are supposed to be built over the next 20 years. Some of the existing coal-fired installations have become old, and they need maintenance. These maintenance programs should pair with the introduction of carbon capture and storage retrofits. These programs require extensive fabrication of steel tubes and pipes, and their welding is quite a challenge.
Therefore, the power generation projects need real-time data monitoring so that the information of a perfect weld is captured and summarised for the future use of production, quality, and operations personnel. Weld data monitoring will help achieve good quality weld while eliminating any defects in the procedure and creating strong structures.