Pipe welding is a difficult task that requires focus, endurance and skill. To complete x-ray welds that adhere to ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3 standards it’s important to focus on quality closely. Most pipe fab shops that are doing projects that require the welds to be x-rayed, have a repair rate of 3-5% with highly skilled human welders.
The reality is, robotics and automation are required to optimize your accuracy and lower repair rates. If you were able to get your repair rate under 1% the impact on your bottom line will be huge. For example, some of our customers are seeing 0% – 0.5% repair rates with Novarc’s Spool Welding Robot.
Let’s do a simple math equation to determine how this can affect your bottom line:
6,000 welds per year with a 3% repair rate = around $180,000/year in repair costs.
Reducing the repair rates to 0.5% = recover around $150,000/year back onto the bottom-line.
Even the best welders aren’t perfect, they can have their off days. The SWR™ improves quality with precision and non-stop consistency. This will effectively minimize or completely eliminate human error. Having this kind of consistency can do wonders for your business as you’re able to predict timelines better and forecast financials more accurately.
What our customers are saying:
“The thing about the SWR™ is that it is a start-to-finish weld, once you hit the go button, it welds the root, fills and cap without stopping, which makes doing a weld that has to be RT’d a bit of a cake walk since there is no in between pass clean up and prep. We currently have a 100% pass rate with our RTs on the SWR™.” David Ray, Pipe Shop Foreman, W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc.
“Novarc’s machine brings a new level of quality and consistency with every weld as well as an embedded video of the weld into the BIM model.” Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Ltd.