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Ways to Increase Arc-On Time and Throughput in the Welding Operation


it can also provide managers some insight to improve the overall operation.


To further support activities that will happen later in the weld cell, AWIM systems help standardize work instructions by identifying what parts a welding operator needs, as well as part numbers and quantities. This ensures the operator has all of the correct and necessary parts to complete the task. In addition, these systems can provide details on how to load the part properly into the appropriate fixture and provide a tack welding


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AWIM systems can track costs to help companies become more profitable, creating detailed reports on part counts, arc-on time, equipment efficiency and more. Using this information, companies are better armed to make decisions about how to improve their process, reduce costs and drive continuous improvement.


procedure that ensures consistency in the sizing and location of the tacks. By offering insight into such activities, the welding operators are set up for success in the weld cell when welding takes place.


Improving Efficiencies in the Weld Cell


In order to increase arc-on time and/or throughput, it is critical to have an understanding of what is happening in the weld cell when the welding operator isn’t actually welding. This is especially important, since in many cases the arc-on time in a welding operation is usually much lower than one might expect.


AWIM systems can help identify where there is room for improvement. They can be used gather input on every activity taking place and determine whether these activities need to occur within a weld cell, or perhaps can be addressed more efficiently and cost effectively elsewhere.


In many cases, non-welding activities are invaluable to the welding process, but not every task needs to be performed by a skilled welding operator. For example, rather than having a professional welding operator grind and prepare parts for painting — which could result in less arc-on time — a company


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could instead assign an dedicated employee to this task to free up valuable welding time for multiple welding operators.


AWIM systems also enable welding operators to indicate when consumable changeovers take place as another means to identify non-welding activities and generate greater efficiencies. This feature allows management to identify whether welding operators are replacing consumables too often, and if switching to a higher-quality, longer-lasting product may ultimately be more cost effective solution and contribute to greater arc-on time and/ or throughput. Similarly, wire changeover may also be monitored as a non-welding activity to ensure that the most efficient type of packaging is being used.


Analyzing and Validating Productivity


AWIM systems can monitor wire feed speeds and deposition rates, providing insights into how adjusting parameters might yield better results. The data from these systems may also reveal an opportunity for a wire conversion to augment efforts that gain productivity and quality improvements.


Using cost-calculating tools in conjunction with an AWIM system can give companies a baseline against which they can measure and validate any improvements they make rather than analyzing them through manual time study efforts. This allows managers to


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