Three Simple Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Welding Operations
Matt Albright, Product Manager, The Lincoln Electric Company
By comparing this final number for an older welding power source with the estimated daily operating costs of newer, more efficient power source, you can easily tell which machine will provide cost savings and an ultimate return on investment.
To calculate energy savings between a modern inverter-based welding power source and conventional welding power sources in your plant, try this handy calculator that can be found in the Power Wave Resource Center.
Portable and lightweight, inverter-based welding power sources provide precise arc-starting capabilities and advanced output controls that allow welders to fine tune their welding output to desired parameters. The technology behind these units provides manufacturers with a power source that can perform high- and low-amperage flux-cored, stick, TIG and MIG welding, not to mention arc gouging and even CV submerged arc.
Today’s re-imagined inverter models deliver multi-process welding capabilities, offering faster arc response, smoother arc action and a more consistent bead appearance. This yields quality welds the first time around, eliminating the need to re-weld and also lessening the incidence of scrap.
AlwaysOn™ alert systems in the newest monitoring programs can track and analyze welder and facility faults, alerting you to issues even while you are away from the shop.This feature allows you to access your welder data anytime from anywhere – giving you 24/7 production and efficiency statistics that can be crucial to business decision and savings.
Energy savings: easier than you think
While the idea of revamping welding operations and equipment to reap much-needed energy savings might seem daunting at first, even a few simple changes can make a difference.
No two manufacturing facilities are alike. And, thus, no two facilities have the same level of energy usage in their welding shop. Careful assessment of your plant’s needs and power usage is the first step in generating savings. From that point forward, you can decide to upgrade, streamline and monitor your welding equipment in the way that best suits your shop’s needs and overall savings goals.
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