Lincoln Electric Advances Root Welding Productivity for Pipeline Applications
With the release of the new Activ8X® Pipe™ portable wire feeder and STT® (Surface Tension Transfer) field advanced weld mode, Lincoln Electric has developed a rugged, field-ready GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding or MIG) solution designed specifically for maximising root welding productivity. Optimised for pipeline applications, this solution allows operators to take Lincoln Electric’s advanced welding technology typically found in shop environments right out to the pipeline spread. In return, welding operators can tap into the improved benefits of GMAW over traditional SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), including a 2.4x increase in root-pass productivity, improved sidewall fusion, and improved back-bead reinforcement. In addition to having optimised weld processes for steel and stainless steel applications – including STT Field, CV (Constant Voltage)-MIG, CV-FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding), and Pulsed MIG – the Activ8X Pipe comes with the latest welding technology for a true operator-friendly solution.
Starting with its straightforward user interface, operators can easily control the full welding process right at the feeder, including memory options that allow for easy storage and selection of saved modes between passes. Embedded CrossLinc® and CableView™ Technology allows for simple system set-up and use, eliminating the need for additional control cables or sense leads while providing full control of the welding process up to 200 ft. from the power source with no loss in arc stability.