Accessories for Enhancement of the Semi-Automatic Welding Processes
NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING AND DRY DOCK CO VA
Pagination or Media Count:
The projects objective is to identify specific areas of the semi-automatic welding operation that is performed with the major semi-automatic processes, which would be more productive if a suitable mechanical or electrical accessory was available. Ideas were solicited and concepts proposed for accessories that would suit the identified applications when performing GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW processes. Interested manufacturers would work to develop and evaluate prototypes suitable for production shipbuilding environments. The development of these accessories for work normally performed by the semi-automatic welding operator should significantly reduce operator hand-to-eye coordination requirements thereby enhancing their performance, increasing productivity, improving weld quality and reducing operator fatigue. Additional benefits should include reducing the incidence of welding related industry injuries i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome and other cumulative disorders.
- Stress Physiology
- Fabrication Metallurgy