The Benefits

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1. Dramatic Cost Reduction.

K-TIG customers typically reduce costs by 75% to 95%.

Relative to conventional TIG/GTAW welding, cost savings of more than 90% are typical.
When switching from Plasma Arc Welding (PAW) savings of more than 50% are typical.

K-TIG delivers cost savings which transform the economics of our customer's businesses.

Download the GE Case Study and see how they saved 93% with K-TIG.

 

2. Extraordinary Speed.

Reducing traditional weld times down from hours to minutes.

A grade 316 S/S 10" schedule 40 pipe butt weld takes circa 3 minutes to complete in a single pass, when prepared with a square butt joint.

The impact? Productivity up. Costs down. Payback measured in months, not years.

 

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3. Exceptional Weld Quality.

K-TIG reduces the potential for inclusions, porosity, and other defects.

K-TIG welds meet US, European & Australasian welding standards (including ASME IX), and have been subjected to exhaustive Lloyds-witnessed and certified testing. K-TIG delivers highly repeatable, x-ray quality welds with superb cap and root aesthetics.

The ability to weld in a single, full penetration pass virtually eliminates the potential for lack of fusion and inclusions, and dramatically reduces the potential for porosity and other defects typical of multi-pass welding processes.

K-TIG is a low distortion process, with heat inputs well within normal ranges. As a result, transverse shrinkage and distortion are greatly reduced. K-TIG’s weld pool provides an exceptional quality cap and root that requires no back-gouging, finishing, cleaning or interpass grinding.

 

4. Game Changing Productivity.

K-TIG delivers productivity gains that dramatically boost output and shorten lead time.

K-TIG customers leverage the extraordinary welding speed increase which the technology provides to transform overall production output, enabling our customers to meet even the most challenging deadlines.

In addition, welder fatigue is greatly reduced and operator focus can be fully directed to process supervision and quality control rather than the physically and mentally taxing process of welding manually. K-TIG helps your team work smarter not harder.

Check out our K-TIG Equipment page.

The fact that you can weld very quickly and with excellent integrity in the weld joint means the K-TIG is great for our business.
Jeff Thomas, Vice President, Operations, TITAN Metal Fabrication

 

5. Reduces or Eliminates Bevelling.

No edge bevelling or root gaps required. 

K-TIG welds require only square butt joints. No edge bevelling is required within K-TIG's normal thickness range. Save the time, labour, energy and cost of machining bevels or preparations in your materials. Eliminate the need for setting root gaps. Tack welds are simply consumed in the K-TIG process. 

K-TIG prefers a square butt joint, however single bevel joint configurations commonly associated in pipe welding can still be welded using the same advanced speeds and performance.

Download the Bilfinger Case Study and see how they saved 92% welding pressure vessels and eliminated bevelling.

 

6. Low Distortion.

K-TIG greatly reduces both transverse, angular and longitudinal distortion.

Unlike many conventional welding processes, K-TIG welding is a low distortion process. By welding in a full penetration pass, eliminating root gaps and welding at high speed, the potential for distortion is greatly reduced even in materials such as stainless, duplex and super duplex which are traditionally considered highly susceptible to distortion.

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7. Simple Automation, Sophisticated Welding.

Simple or sophisticated automation, you choose. K-TIG’s only requirement - consistent travel speed.

Virtually all welding automation equipment can be used in conjunction with K-TIG, including:

  • Rotators
  • Positioners
  • Turntables
  • Seamers
  • Column and boom
  • Bugs and motorised carriages
  • Robots
  • Manipulators
  • Seam Trackers
We’re now doing away with v-preps. Joint preparation time has been reduced by 50:1 in some applications.
Attila Szabo, Principal Joining Engineer, GE

9. Wide range of applications.

K-TIG delivers exceptional quality across a wide range of materials.

K-TIG provides exceptional quality welds across a wide range of corrosion resistant, exotic and conventional materials, and excels in the medium to heavy gauge austenitic metals, including:

  • Stainless Steels - Austenitic, Duplex and Super-Duplex
  • High quality carbon steel
  • Nickel alloys & super alloys 
  • Titanium &Titanium alloys

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10. Simplicity Itself.

K-TIG is extremely easy to use and maintain.

Our system features an arc structure and keyhole that develop spontaneously and are maintained automatically. There is no plasma nozzle or orifice, and no precise electrode alignment is required. Plus, only one shielding gas is required, flow rate is not critical, and the torches are built tough.

 

11. Consumables Slashed.

The K-TIG system makes wire an option not a requirement, and reduces gas and power consumption enormously.

K-TIG welds with square butt joint presentations and typically reduces the need for wire consumables by 90%, or eliminates the use of filler materials altogether if desirable.

K-TIG electrode life is extremely long - ten K-TIG electrodes last most fabricators in excess of twelve months.

Gas consumption and power consumption and are typically reduced by more than 80%.

 

Download the TITAN Case Study and see how they reduced their wire consumption by 75% in a Titanium application.

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12. Environmentally Friendly.

K-TIG consumes considerably less power, gas and consumables than traditional welding methods.

Industrial fabrication, and conventional welding processes in particular, are highly energy intensive, involving the consumption of large quantities of gas, electricity and consumables.

K-TIG greatly reduces arc-on times, gas, power and consumable demand along with beveling, cleaning and grinding requirements making it a highly energy efficient process, which dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of welding.

 Request a K-TIG Savings Assessment for your welding applications.

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