By Mike Davey
Mississauga, Ontario — April 4, 2016 — Repairs that measure up to the standards set by the OEM are vital to maintaining a vehicle’s safety after an accident. Training is important, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. The equipment used also plays a major role.
Fronius Canada recently held a demonstration of its welding technology at the company’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. The demo was conducted by Andrew Newman, Welding Applications Technician. During the demonstration, Newman showed off the capabilities of the company’s TPS 270i and 320i C Pulse welding rigs.
“It’s a multi-process system, so it basically does everything,” said Newman, noting that both units offer MIG/MAG, TIG DC and Stick welding capabilities. “We’re using the same technology in these units that we use in our robotic systems.”
The system is capable of pulse welding steel, stainless steel, aluminum and CuSi wires most commonly used in the automotive industry.
As a company, Fronius has a lot of experience in automotive welding. The robotic systems referenced by Newman are used widely by OEMs in the manufacturing process. Newman says the rigs intended for use in the body shop offer many parallel capabilities, but in a much more compact design.
The TPS 270i and 320i C Pulse units can be outfitted with a number of options, including a TIG installation kit and a polarity reverser for welding special flux core wires. A special viewing window allows the technician to see precisely how much wire is left, and the units feature a graphical user interface that can even be operated while still wearing work gloves.
Matthew Bolger is an Area Sales Manager with Fronius Canada. He points to the company’s history with robotics welding for OEMs and also notes that Fronius welders are a requirement for some OEM certified collision programs.
“There’s quite a few of the high-end manufacturers that require it, such as Tesla, Volkswagen/Audi and Lamborghini,” he says. “It’s a requirement for Honda’s program in Japan and for BWM’s program in Europe.”
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