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Column & Boom For TIG, Plasma, MIG Welding
May 11, 2016

To meet the stringent requirements of aerospace and nuclear related applications column and boom manipulators need to provide exceptional rigidity and low deflection under load. Other important requirements include smoothness and consistency of axis movement. In meeting these demands a range of column and boom manipulators have been designed featuring high quality sub components and stress relieved fabrications that are incorporated into a design, which provides class-leading stability. This design philosophy is carried through to larger heavy-duty models.


Light duty and standard range generally have more applicability to Aerospace and light precision engineering applications, where minimal boom deflection and lack of vibration at full boom extension are important factors. Options exist for precision boom drive (for linear welding applications) or even precision column drive (vertical) utilizing recirculating ball screw type mechanisms. As for all column and boom manipulators both boom and column motions can be via precision bearings and guide ways. Design features include thick section fabrications that have been stress relieved to ensure highest standards of straightness and dimensional tolerance. Applicable weld processes include TIG, plasma and MIG/MAG, where high level weld head payload is not a primary factor.


Heavy Duty and Extra Heavy Duty column and boom manipulators share the same design features common to the light and standard duty manipulators so they also can be used for precision applications involving processes such as Dual Arc – Plasma / TIG. However, these units will find application mainly involving MIG/MAG and submerged arc (SAW) processes offer a range of optional extras including powered carts and king pin rotation of the column. Special oversized travel carts are available to carry all control and weld process equipment.


If factory space is an important consideration then we can offer models which feature telescoping of the boom, thus minimizing space requirements to the rear. Movement of the telescoping sections is synchronous to ensure the highest possible smoothness of motion is maintained.


All Column and boom manipulators are designed to work with a range of controls. Depending on size and duty, boom motion control may be via a frequency inverter type drive with encoder feedback.