A new-concept welding facility opened by BOC at its Rocklea site in Brisbane is set to be an exciting new hub for product applications and testing, research and development, and training.
The facility will primarily be used to demonstrate the latest in welding, cutting and heating technology and automation and contains the latest generation digital welding equipment, GMAW and GTAW arc projectors and a Kawasaki RA 10L robot equipped with a Servo Robot PowerCam laser vision camera and EWM alpha Q 352 welding package (built by BOC’s automation partner Robot Technologies-Systems Australia).
BOC Technical Manager Peter Kuebler explains the investment will benefit both customers and BOC’s technical specialists across the nation, with the hope that it will contribute to advancements in the metal fabrication industry.
“Productivity is really important as cost pressures increase in our global economy. To assist with this, BOC and RTA have developed world leading robotic applications in Australia and are now starting to see more businesses use automation as an essential vehicle to remain competitive,” Kuebler said.
Smaller customers are upgrading to digital welding machines capable of sophisticated arc characteristics and utilising innovative shielding gas mixtures.”
Several new processes attracted plenty of interest from attending guests including a special welding process developed by partner EWM for high productivity MIG welding of pipes – along with digitally modified metal transfer GMAW such as coldArc and forceArc as well as hot wire TIG.
“Our team had lively discussions with visitors around the forceArc process for high productivity MIG welding of thick steel sections – typically this can provide productivity savings of 30 to 40 per cent,” noted Kuebler.
The centre will also be a place where BOC can train its own technical specialists across the South Pacific in new welding and cutting applications.
Training organisations will also be offered the opportunity to bring teachers and students in to see the latest technology and products being used in real applications.
Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, Kuebler said the he hoped the centre will develop and inspire new ideas and innovation across the industry.
“Our technical experts want to encourage and support new ideas and concepts with our customers, partners and industry – a meaningful way for BOC to contribute to advance our industry and profession as a whole and to keep jobs in Australia.”