Challenging welding applications and strict quality requirements
Turula Engineering's welding work is exceptionally demanding because of the high-quality requirements of the work, the vast variety of the materials to be welded, and the complex pieces of different shapes and sizes. Additional demands are also placed on the welding equipment and its accessories because the work of welders at the factory is mobile, and moving the pieces is often challenging.
Turula has used Kemppi's WeldEye solution for managing welding production since 2011 while also contributing to its development. WeldEye does the work of many at Turula – the data is automatically transferred from the welding fleet to the cloud service, where it can be easily viewed from a computer or mobile phone. Quality control through WeldEye is reliable and easy – every work phase and each weld are traceable. In addition, digital welding instructions (dWPS) are transferred directly to welding machines, speeding up and making daily work easier.
"The digital features of a welding machine are very valuable for us. WeldEye speeds up the work and covers our back in case of any challenges, as it offers full traceability for our welding. Integrated solutions and high quality are essential in everything we do", said Antti Nykänen, Welding Manager, Turula Engineering.
Due to the variety of welding tasks, it is of the utmost importance to handle them all with one welding machine only. Constantly changing the machine for different tasks is laborious and time-consuming, and not very cost-effective either. Turula Engineering has invested in its welding machine fleet, and most of the welding machines the company currently uses are Kemppi X8 MIG Welders. The X8 MIG Welder is a multi-process welding system that covers it all, from synergic and pulsed MIG/MAG and stick (MMA) welding to MIG brazing, cladding, and gouging. It is an intelligent solution that allows for extremely precise control of the arc, high-duty welding performance up to 600 A, and native connectivity with WeldEye software.
X5 FastMig Pulse – piloting the new multi-process welder
Turula Engineering has been using Kemppi welding machines since the company was founded in 1979. When Kemppi was selecting a suitable company for piloting and testing the new X5 FastMig Pulse during the product development phase, Turula Engineering was an easy choice thanks to its versatile industrial welding, varied processes, and good collaboration.
X5 FastMig is a multi-process welding system for demanding applications. Thanks to its modular set-up, X5 FastMig adapts to any industrial welding site or application and offers an easy-to-use solution that increases valuable arc-on time. X5 FastMig is developed in collaboration with professional welders so that every detail has been refined to meet the high requirements of true welding experts. Integrated digital connectivity enables a wide view of welding data through WeldEye’s ArcVision module and digital WPS (dWPS) functionality. Weld Assist, on the other hand, guides the welder in choosing the right parameters if the task or the material is not already familiar.
The new X5 FastMig Pulse model also enables pulse welding, which is essential for Turula Engineering. Pulse welding is used in almost all welding applications at Turula, and it often replaces TIG welding. Pulse welding increases productivity, efficiency, and quality of work. In addition, lower heat input reduces deformation in welding. When pulse welding is used for example according to product standards, ultrasonic testing of welds is not required after radiographic testing, which saves both time and money.
Compared to the X8 MIG Welder, the X5 FastMig Pulse has almost the same features, and furthermore, it is smaller and more agile. It is designed specifically for welding environments where the tasks are varied, and the modularity of the welding equipment is an advantage.
Turula Engineering tested the X5 FastMig Pulse from autumn 2021 to spring 2022, and it was used in all kinds of daily welding tasks. The equipment was primarily used by Atte Nykänen, 20, a welder from Turula. Despite his young age, Nykänen has more welding qualifications than any other welder in Turula, and he has already worked for the company for over three years.