Kemppi Australia to launch sophisticated welding management system in Auckland
Leading Australian welding equipment supplier Kemppi Australia launched its Arc System 3 welding management system, at the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), in Auckland on the 5th of June.
Arc System 3 is a modular suite of software-based solutions which has been specifically developed by Kemppi to improve welding quality management, operational productivity, and reduce cost and risk. The System offers a choice of Arc modules that work seamlessly together to capture ‘big data’ welding information. This information allows users to more effectively monitor, control and manage the quality and efficiency of their welding operations.
Users can implement the various modules according to their needs. Plus, the System can be applied to single and multi-machine, and multi-site operations both within a country and across borders, and managed from a single central welding co-ordination point. Kemppi is currently implementing its first, multi-site commissioning of the System across international borders. Peikko Group, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of concrete connections and structures, together with Kemppi, will deploy the Arc 3 at Peikko’s production units in Finland, Lithuania and Slovakia.
The System traces every weld, records welder qualifications, welding procedure specifications ( WPS), all materials and operational welding parameters. Once welding parameters are set, any deviations by the welder are identified in real-time and can be altered to eliminate the need for rework.
As Kemppi Australia’s Managing Director, Mr David Green, explained, “Arc System 3 automatically collects and analyses big data information for you so that you know at a glance how the welding operation is proceeding and if any adjustments need to be made, saving time and money.
“Plus, it can collate welding documentation automatically to significantly reduce the time and cost associated with post welding administration.
“In essence, Arc System 3 is an invaluable toolbox of solutions that support welding operations to become significantly more efficient and productive, save time and money, and minimise risk.”
The modular nature of the system means it can be tailored to each organisation’s specific requirements. The system’s flexibility ensures features such as NDT, welder maintenance and power source calibration/validation scheduling can be built in as required.
It also fully supports the operation of a formal welding quality management system, stated as a requirement under local welding standard AS/NZS1554.1:2014, and specifically the quality management requirements set out in AS/NZS ISO 3834-2, as recommended particularly for structural fabricators requiring third party approval under the AS/NZS1554.1 standard.
“Up to now, welding processes in critical operations have relied upon the integrity of the welder plus retrospective welding inspection to guarantee welding quality. The Arc System 3 revolutionises all this. It factually confirms that all welds are as they should be, and delivers complete peace of mind. As we’ve said, it lets you ‘stop guessing and start knowing’,” remarked David Green.