The Importance of High-Quality Welding Maintenance
Maintenance is key for any machine or piece of equipment, and the welding industry is no exception. Everything you need for welding operations must be properly maintained to ensure safe, quality welds.
Whether it’s arc, gas or resistance welding, maintaining your welding equipment in a detailed, timely manner can save a lot of costs and support safe welding operations. Check out our recommendations on how welding equipment should be maintained and what aspects are most vulnerable and need extra attention.
Prioritize Maintenance Problems
While welders have a lot going on and it’s understandable to want to get as much done as possible, it’s important to not skip over equipment maintenance. The only way you will be able to meet quality standards and complete the weld is if your equipment is functioning correctly. Watch out for issues like uneven welder feeds, erratic arcs, and hot-running machines.
If you notice any of these performance problems, make sure the equipment undergoes a maintenance check right away. This will help with the longevity of expensive welding equipment and the sooner problems are fixed, the more likely you are to keep welding operations on track.
Follow Equipment Specs
Welding procedure specifications are important not just to protect the integrity of the weld but also to maintain welding equipment. Using welding gear within the outlined specs and following the duty cycle prevents overuse and unnecessary wear and tear.
Always select the right welding equipment for your projects and use the appropriate machinery that can complete the task effectively without pushing it to the limit.
Protect Equipment During Storage
Welding certifications highlight the need for protection measures, not only during the actual weld but also for equipment storage. Just like with any other tool or machine, you want to store it properly to avoid preventable damage. Always cover your welder and maintain a proper distance while grinding to stop the machine from sucking up debris.
It also helps to remove covers from stored equipment once a week and blow compressed air into the machines to get rid of dust. Don’t forget to separate welding and woodworking areas too, as sawdust could catch welding sparks and smoulder, eventually become a flame that causes damage and decreased durability.
Make a Cleaning Routine
By establishing a set maintenance and cleaning routine, you can help ensure that your welding equipment lasts for as long as possible. Everything from soldering irons to gauges should be stored properly and cleaned on a routine basis, whether that be weekly or monthly, with annual maintenance checks to confirm equipment performance.
Also, remember that while compressed air is suitable for cleaning most welders, sometimes you may need to redistribute grease or apply fresh grease altogether to keep it clean.
Expert Welding Consultancy and Management in South Australia
Technoweld has served the evolving Australian welding industry for over 25 years with the clear goal of providing highly skilled welding managers and consultants. We can help with end-to-end technical welding consultancy services for domestic and international projects.
The improvements in your product can be achieved by increasing productivity and efficiencies, improving processes, decreasing operating expenses, and minimizing defects.
Please contact us online or call us at 1300 00 WELD to discuss welding management and how we can help with your welding needs.