Welding breakthrough on display

Apprentices and full-time students were able to see new welding machines and techniques in action at the Welding and Fabrication Department at NCPT Group of Colleges.

Dwayne Gibson of welding specialists ESAB demonstrated the new state-of-the-art welding machines along with the processes and developments that are being adopted and pioneered by industry. The students also had the opportunity to take part in a practical session with the new machines and equipment.

Robert Evans, fabrication and welding Lecturer at NCPT Group of Colleges, said, ‘This was an excellent opportunity for students to be involved in trying out the fantastic new Rebel and Renegade welding machines which are used for precision welding and fabrication in the big wide world of the engineering and construction industry.’

The Rebel EMP 215ic, a 120V – 230V, CC/CV welding system provides a true multi-process arc performance, location flexibility, lightweight portability and a ground-breaking operator interface with LCD/TFT display. A unique sMIG (smart MIG) function, enables users to begin MIG welding — with an extremely stable arc — simply by setting metal thickness and wire diameter. There is also no need to enter information for shielding gas mix.

Both units can weld dual shielded flux cored wire up to 1.2mm, perfect for small fabrication shops, construction sites and shipyards, particularly where it makes sense to run short welds with a portable machine and finish the length of the weld with a stationary unit.

In turn, the Renegade ES 300i MMA (SMAW)/LiveTIG (GTAW) welder is an inverter-based MMA/TIG machine which offers extreme power in a compact format: it weighs 15 kg, measures 460x200x320mm and produces a top output of 300 amps at 40% duty cycle. Easy-to-grab front, rear and top handles give the operator maximum flexibility for lifting the machine.

Operators can easily pass obstacles, climb stairs, pass through manholes and lift the unit onto racks, making Renegade an optimal welding machine for application such as ship and offshore yards, construction, pipe, repair and maintenance and heavy fabrication.