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Improving Weld Quality by Use of Commercially Available Real Time Welding Monitors
Research was completed on improving weld quality through the use of commercially available real-time welding monitoring equipment. This fast track project was completed in less than a year with its report of results currently under review by the PRCI project team.
The objective of this project was to create a concise listing of commercial off the shelf (COTS), real-time quality monitoring (RTQM) systems and their pros and cons as a guide for operators. A study was conducted to identify the available COTS RTQMs manufactured in the United States and Europe. The project identified mature systems that may be appropriate for the energy pipeline applications and provided results in the form of an unbiased guide for the intelligent selection of arc data monitoring technologies for the energy pipeline industry. There are a number of COTS RTQM systems available today that meet the project criteria, both stand-alone and integrated into welding power supplies, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. The results of this work will be presented in the welding session of the upcoming PRCI 2012 Research Exchange.