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The "Universal Welder" system will weld 1/2” to 2-1/2” fittings on 1-1/4" to 8” pipe and will be programmed to weld NAP fittings, grooved outlets and two other brands of customer’s choice. Outlets may be welded within 6-1/2” from the start of the pipe and 3” from the end.

Cycle time to cut hole, remove coupon, place outlet on pipe, and weld is from 32 seconds for 1/2” outlets to 55 seconds for a 2-1/2” outlet. With the time required to move and position the pipe, we would expect from 300 welds per shift for mixed size outlets at various locations to 450 per shift for small outlets at repetitive locations. This will be dependent on the operator and the customer’s pipe handling system.

NAP introduced a new "Touch Panel" on the Universal Welder in 2008. The touch panel allows customers the flexibility of custom screens for different layouts as well as the ability to use barcodes.

The touch screen control is used to input the information for welding. The operator sets the distance to the outlet in feet and inches or metric; the outlet size & type, and position (up, down, left or right). Up to 10 locations can be programmed. The control can also be programmed by an optional barcode reader. Weld rotation speed can also be adjusted on the screen.

OPERATION

The pipe is put on the welder carriage and clamped in the air chuck. The outlet position is selected on the screen and the move command moves the pipe to the weld location. When you push the start cycle button, the machine comes down to the pipe and the plasma torch moves in to the hole size. The start button is pressed and the machine cuts the hole and the plasma torch returns home and removes the coupon. The operator then centers the outlet on the pipe with the centering rod and a push of the start button starts the welding. When the weld is finished, the machine returns to the up position and is ready to be moved to the next position and the process is repeated.

Universal Welder

Universal Welder

Universal Welder

Universal Welder

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