Portability gives welders an assist
Welding repairs that can’t be brought to the welder can present big challenges, not the least of which is hauling equipment to the job. Tri-City Mechanical in Chandler, AZ, found a better way when a welding job has to be completed on the production floor.
Often times, maintenance jobs require welding, and often times, those welding jobs can be brought to the welder. But what happens when the job can’t be brought to the welder? Obviously, the welder has to go to the job, and that can be a job in and of itself.
This scenario was all too-often the case for Chandler, AZ-based Tri-City Mechanical, a designer, manufacturer and installer of mechanical and plumbing systems. Repair manager Martin Kellogg would frequently find himself lugging a 250-amp welder and an 80-cubic-foot cylinder of shielding gas onto the production floor, sometimes to complete welds in as little as 30 seconds.
Things changed for Kellogg and Tri-City with the acquisition of a portable welder. The 56-pound tool can be hand-carried to a job and plugs into either a 115- or 230-V outlet. It can also be equipped for varying welding conditions or requirements. It has made welding on the shop floor significantly easier to accomplish while bringing savings in time and energy usage by the maintenance staff.
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