Best ways to maximise your welding output
20th July 2022
Welding is a process that takes time and patience. Not only does it require hard work, but it can also drain energy due to heavy machinery being used in the process.
As a welder, it is your duty to improve efficiency and learn the latest technologies of the market to provide the best welding technique. The new technology helps you save time and effort and make your welding process better.
Often, man welders are prioritized in the industry for better productivity, but women welders are no less in efficiency and quality of work.
If you feel you are not able to get the expected output of your efforts, read below to know how you can maximize your welding productivity
Conducting time study before starting any project helps you understand the efforts required by you. Study well and allot time required for all pre-welding, welding, and post-welding works like fabrication, bending or stamping, material handling into the weld cell, tacking and part fit-up, welding time, post-weld cleanup, consumable and gas cylinder changeover, moving the parts out of the weld cell, painting, planned breaks, and unplanned breaks or downtime.
Study, gather all the essentials things like machinery and tools, jacket and helmet, safety glasses, ear protector, welding table, paint, oil and brushes, fire extinguisher, etc. Having everything sorted helps you have clarity and saves time from the unnecessary hustle.
Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
Writing a good WPS can improve your welding process by 30%. A well-written WPS saves you from the uncertainties that might come up, including your and your teams’ downtime. It improves productivity; hence you can achieve better results.
Create welding processes
It's crucial to give your welders enough guidance on the parameters to utilise on various joints and material kinds. When parts, thicknesses, or positions change, even the greatest welders will need to spend a lot of time fine-tuning a technique. With a defined welding technique, the welder can quickly set up their equipment based on the values specified in the specification, saving time on trial and error.
Do not over weld
Overwelding is experienced, especially with new-welders. It is done to make sure the quality of welding. But over-welding is a significant resource drainer. It uses extra resources plus your time without adding anything to welding quality. To overcome that, create an efficient plan and design and stick to it. Trust your logic and do not go with the flow.
Use automation technology
No matter how great you are as a welder, you might experience fatigue to work all day by yourself. Automations help you save time and energy, and you can rely on them for repetitive taste while you focus on other essential things that require human attention. These automation techniques are also cost-effective.
Choose a welding process wisely
Choosing the wrong welding process type not only reduces the quality but also affects productivity. Consider the type of metal, thickness, welding position, working condition, etc., to select an effective welding process.
Maintain Welding equipment
Well-maintained equipment increases your productivity greatly. Faulty equipments, voltage drops die to undersized cables, loose connections of frayed cables can result in significant amounts of spatter that call for extensive grinding.
Additionally, these problems may result in an irregular arc, which shortens the lifespan of contact points, diffusers, and nozzles. Maintaining equipment in good condition will lead to higher efficiencies.
Keep track of products consumed
Keeping track of consumed products helps you define the exact cost of your welding. You can charge your clients effectively.
An efficient welding process requires teamwork. Everyone from managers to field workers needs to be active and true to their work to get the maximum output. Having a well-written plan, gathering all necessary equipment and materials, and automating and prioritizing tasks, are the main factors that improve your productivity.