Introduction to Orbital Welding
Orbital welding is a process that has been in use for over 50 years. Orbital welding is a specialized field that requires special training and experience. It is a process used when a consistent flow of heat and metal is required.
Orbital welding is used when a precise and consistent weld is required. Orbital welding allows for welds to be done in welding positions not easily reached by human welders. This process produces strong consistent welds and allows the welding operator to control the weld pool at angles not recommended for human welders to attempt.
The primary and preferred technique used in orbital welding is the TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) method. It allows for the use of cold-wire feed and non-consumable electrodes which are preferred in some forms of orbital welding. This method also allows for the use of many different types of metal to be welded such as carbon steels, nickel alloys, titanium and copper among others.
The process or orbital welding is usually done off-site in a controlled environment to protect the metals being welded from being contaminated by outside substances. This process produces a cleaner and stronger type of weld.
Many businesses are currently discovering the many ways that this type of welding can be beneficial to future endeavors and projects that they are now, or in the future, working to develop. The possibilities for this type of welding are continuing to be developed.
Due to the precise manner in which orbital welds are accomplished, the process can be used on tubes as small as 1.6 mm, which would be almost impossible to accomplish by hand. This precision makes it a detailed and in demand method of welding. With many new aspects being developed all the time, this is a field that is sure to grow in the future.