Will K-TIG Work for Your Business?

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1. Do you weld with corrosion resistant materials?

K-TIG is a precision process which is ideally suited to corrosion resistant materials.
NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you. 
YES - Great start, K-TIG may well be for you. 
 

2. If welding circumferentially, is it 3 inches or greater in diameter?

K-TIG can readily weld pipe diameters down to 3 inches.

The tie-in on pipes with diameters smaller than 3 inches becomes challenging as the weld is completed within seconds and the tie-in (joining the beginning and end of the weld) must be performed over very hot material. Essentially K-TIG is too fast for small diameter pipes.

This isn't a consideration if your application involves seaming, plate welding or other longitudinal welding application.

NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you.
YES - You're on a roll, K-TIG could be for you. 

 

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K-TIG has significantly improved our cost position and greatly improved our delivery times. The results speak for themselves – faster welding, less consumables, less prep, cleaner welds, reduced re-work and higher quality. The machines are easy to use, simple to setup and the K-TIG team is great to work with.
Jeff Thomas, Vice President, Operations, TITAN Metal Fabrication

3. Do you weld a lot of butt joints? 

K-TIG is suited to butt joints.

NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you.
YES - Superb, you're halfway to some very significant savings!

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4. Do you work with materials with a thickness of 3mm (1/8 inch) or more? **

**K-TIG can weld 1mm and 2mm  (1/32 to /16 inch) materials but the productivity gains & savings are lower than in the 3mm to 16mm (1/8 to 5/8 inch) range.

NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you.
YES - Outstanding, you're getting close now. 

By the way.... K-TIG's ideal thickness ranges are:

  • Titanium up to 5/8 inch (16mm) thickness
  • Stainless steel up to 1/2 inch (13mm) thickness
  • Nickel alloys & super alloys up to 1/2 inch (13mm) thickness
  • High quality carbon steel up to 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness

If it’s thinner - K-TIG can weld in TIG mode (rather than Keyhole mode). Productivity gains in thin materials are typically 3x what is normally achieved with a conventional TIG/GTAW melt-in process. 

If it’s thicker - Use a preparation with a thick landing. K-TIG will perform a full penetration root pass, followed by a filler pass which can be performed by K-TIG or by another welding process.

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5. Do you already have welding automation equipment? OR are you happy to invest in it?

K-TIG’s only automation requirement is consistent travel speed. Nothing exotic required - just a reliable rotator, positioner, seamer, column & boom, bug or carriage will do the job. Robots and other precision automation equipment are of course also well suited.

NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you (...unless you change you mind and would consider investing in some simple automation equipment to dramatically improve your productivity and competitive advantage. Just a thought...)

YES - Sensational, you're close now!

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6. Can you provide good fitup for a square butt joint?

The K-TIG system only requires a square butt preparation in most thickness ranges. Beveling is not required, although can be accommodated in many applications.

NO - Sorry, K-TIG probably isn't for you (...are you sure you couldn't achieve good fit-up? It's the only thing standing in the way of 65-95% cost savings on your welding)

YES - K-TIG IS FOR YOU !

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Yes! K-TIG is suitable for your applications. 

Outstanding news. Most of our customers save between 60% 90%+ on cost and make significant gain on quality, productivity and profitability.

 

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