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Search for efficiency drives order surge for EFD Induction ‘Weldac’ systems

SKIEN,NORWAY - 01/10/2010 - Industrial induction specialist EFD Induction reports strong global demand for its ‘Weldac’ induction welding systems.

 

According to Peter Runeborg of EFD Induction, the first two quarters of 2010 saw orders come in from around the globe: “We’ve had sudden upticks in demand before. But what distinguishes this recovery is the high proportion of retrofits. Approximately 50 per cent of the orders are from customers wanting to replace vacuum tube welders with our solid-state Weldacs.”

 

Weldac’s compact footprint and easy integration are other factors behind the increase in retrofitting orders. “Weldacs up to 600 kW are housed in a single cabinet,” says Runeborg. “This feature makes retrofitting quick and easy. In fact, retrofitting a singlecabinet Weldac system typically takes less than a weekend. The benefits are minimized downtime and installation costs.”

 

The Weldac also features electronic matching, which helps ensure maximum welding speed for the entire product range. “The system,” explains Runeborg, “automatically matches to the optimum setting when a new workpiece size is introduced, when there is a change in mill set-up, or when a differently sized coil is fitted.”  

 

The shift to Weldacs is driven, says Runeborg, by the tube and pipe industry’s tough competitive climate. “To thrive in this industry, producers must maximize throughput, while simultaneously minimizing power consumption and scrap. The Weldac’s proven reliability— based on rugged IGBT transistors—and a constant power factor of 0.95 at all power levels, mean our customers can boost output while cutting costs.”  

 

According to Peter Runeborg of EFD Induction, the first two quarters of 2010 saw orders come in from around the globe: “We’ve had sudden upticks in demand before. But what distinguishes this recovery is the high proportion of retrofits. Approximately 50 per cent of the orders are from customers wanting to replace vacuum tube welders with our solid-state Weldacs.”