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The Advantages of Orbital Welding To The Welding Industry

Orbital Welding is an advancement in the field of welding that allows for a controlled, precise weld that reduces the amount of error in traditional welding techniques. The process is able to reduce human error through the use of a welding arc that is mechanically enforced at a 360-degree rotation around a fixed position workpiece. First used in the aerospace industry over 50 years ago this TIG adapted technique has proven to be useful for items that are difficult for the welder to weld manually.

The orbital welding process technique is a perfect solution for the TIG welding industry to ensure the safety of the welder to and to decrease a faulty weld. The process does this by using mechanized equipment that is programmed by a computer and overseen by the welder. The welder is able to keep a close eye on the workflow without having to worry about creating the perfect parameters for an ideal weld.

Importance of Orbital Welding in BioPharma Industries

The biopharmaceutical industry is one industry that relies on autogenous orbital gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) as roughly 99 percent of all welding done within biopharmaceutical facilities engages orbital GTAW. One big advantage of orbital welding is the ability for computerized versions of these machines to utilize microprocessors for storing valuable welding data in memory. This is a huge advancement for the welder that is required by strict regulations to provide vital inspection logs and records to achieve validation for a pharmaceutical facility from the US. Food and Drug Administration.

Orbital Welding Advantages

Increased productivity is one of the main advantages for a business to consider an orbital welding system, it will outperform the manual welder. Orbital welding also provides a more controlled environment, and the ability to track information about the weld through data retrieval computer. Another benefit is the decreased time it takes to learn the orbital process compared to the time frame to develop an advanced skilled TIG worker. A novice can learn to orbital weld quickly. Last, the orbital welder can reach places that manual welding cannot and that may be a significant factor for the businesses welding objectives.

The Importance of the Manual TIG Operator

Although orbital welding appears to be significantly useful, the skilled TIG welder does have highly valuable skills as well, formed through years of learned experience. The advanced TIG welder has an advantage when performing an operation with orbital weld equipment and can quickly adapt to challenges. For many businesses, the manual welder is a valued and necessary part of the day to day operations and the machines cannot make important human decisions regarding business communication and operations. The main deciding factor will come down to the business goals and preferences of the welding shop owner. It is ironic that the deciding factor is entirely up to the human thought process to make the determination of which style suits the shops project goals best something a machine simply cannot do.


EDGE Welding Cups Lights up the Welding Industry with Scientifically Innovative Welding Cups

25 years have passed since EDGE Welding Supply owner, Eric Mueller made the giant leap into the scientific glassblowing industry, a move that would allow him to launch his welding cup business, EDGE Welding Supply. The venture would prove to be the right course of action. EDGE Welding Cups currently features the largest selection of multi-size welding cups in the world. I sat down for an interview with Eric recently and I asked him what led him to launch his career in glass blowing. Eric replied “I wish it was truly glamorous, but I basically had a friend that was working with a company that made glass consumables for scientific spectrometers, my buddy was making really great pay and they offered excellent on the job training. I applied for a position and they gave me an opportunity. Taking advantage of this opportunity led to the future creation of EDGE Welding Cups.” The skills Eric gained through the years provided the catalyst for starting his own company glass blowing business M5 Scientific Glass Blowing. In 2016, EDGE Welding Supply became a promising business venture for their family. EDGE focuses on the engineering and production of EDGE Welding Cups, a pyrex glass cup, predominately created from borosilicate glass and made to withstand temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The glass cups are highly durable and provide maximum visibility for the welder.

In June 2012, Eric, with his wife Stacia and three children moved from the state of Colorado to Mooresville, North Carolina. It was here that they formed EDGE Welding Supply to engineer and produce their precision performance welding products. Eric learned the scientific method of working with inductively coupled plasma, a source of plasma whose energy is supplied by electric currents that are produced by time-varying magnetic fields. The capability and skill necessary to work with this plasma were extremely helpful in the engineering and adaptation of the companies line of high visibility precision welding cups. The long hours of dedication to perfecting these skills have made it possible to create not only a technologically superior product but one that is scientifically engineered also.mueller-family-photo-edge-welding-supply

The EDGE Difference tops the Competition

EDGE rises above the competition in their ability to create custom welding cups for the customer, any sizes and shape can be created in the exact specification necessary to complete a TIG welding project. EDGE Welding Supply offers individual cups for several different welding torch models such as the 920 Series Gas Lens, 1718 Gas Lens, and Collet Body models. Welding Cups can also be purchased as a Series 920 Gas Lens or 1718 Gas Lens and 1718 Collet Body Welding Kits The business also sells various accessories designed to work hand in hand with their products including custom made adapters, diffusers, and thermal O-Rings. EDGE Welding products are currently marketed internationally as well as nationwide. The company has a distributorship in the United Kingdom, WeldFast UK. and their welding cups are currently being marketed and shipped to locations throughout Australia and the Netherlands. The popularity of their products are quickly on the rise and the customer is guaranteed that they can depend on an outstanding performance from every EDGE product they purchase.

A Solid Plan for an Amazing Future

Future plans for the company are in the works to include even more exciting and state of the art welding products to customers  The company has some extremely exciting announcements coming in the next several weeks for expanding their line. The plans include the addition of an orbital welding line with an undisclosed but extremely visible name in the industry. The addition of a new welding torch collection is also taking place soon. Eric and his wife Stacia are very excited about the opportunities that this will bring to their customers and the business. Their commitment to providing the most innovative and exceptional welding supplies is inherent in every aspect of their business. Their customers are able to utilize these advancements to bring new levels of creativity to their welding projects like never before.

The Mueller’s when asked what their hopes and goals are for EDGE’s future shared these words,” We wish to bless others in the same way we have been blessed. For us, our business is about our people and we know that it takes our employees, their hard work, dedication, loyalty and sacrifice that creates our backbone and to bless them for all of their efforts. Our customers are the very thing that keeps us moving forward to an extremely exciting future and we know that we need to offer them exceptional customer support to keep us heading in the most successful directions.” The Mueller’s could not have said it better and provide the finest of formulas that promise to lead their business to the very top of the welding supply industry.


How Jackie, Carl and Wally Started Their Welding Career

This is Their Story Behind Their Welding Start

I don’t know about you, but I find true-life stories to be the most interesting especially when it is about welding. I like to hear about where people come from and how they landed where they are now. “Based on a true story” is the best marketing hook to get me to fork over money to see a movie or buy a book.

So, I really enjoyed reading the accounts of three “Welding Wire” readers who responded to the newsletter’s request to share how they began their weld careers. While the stories have some similarities, each is unique, as are the stories of each and every one of us.


Jackie J. took welding classes throughout three years (1967-1970) at the “real Carson High School” in Carson City, NV. Just as they announced the drawing down of troops in Vietnam, I got my draft notice and was ordered to report for induction into the military. At the time, I was 20 years old, working for the State of Nevada for Central Data Processing, and didn’t know what to do.

“Ultimately, the Selective Service Board put me in the best Photo Recon unit, the Nevada Air National Guard, as a welder in vehicle maintenance. I started out as a welder and also had to cross train into general purpose/special purpose mechanic as well.

“I learned how to stick/TIG weld; we didn’t have MIG at the time. I spent 28+ years as a traditional guardsman doing that. Around 1988, I started taking welding classes at WNCC to work on getting AWS certifications, which I did do. I also learned how to MIG/flux-core weld, which has been very good. My wife also became a certified welder.

After I retired from the state (30 years) and the National Guard (28+ years), I started a mobile weld business (17+ years) and volunteered at Lone Mountain Cemetery. I pick up a lot of work from former co-workers, classmates, friends, and family. I also do some welding work for Carson City Parks and Recreation and have mentored several Eagle Scout candidates with their projects that involve welding. I have also done a fair amount of welding work for a couple of the funeral homes in town.

“Sometimes I wonder, “Did I really say yes to do this job?” But for the most part, I enjoy welding and fabricating things for people. I also like to joke that welding “keeps me out of jail and the emergency room.” HaHa! I have subbed for the welding instructor at what is now Carson High School and was a TA off and on at the welding lab at WNC over the last 5+ years. There have been some moments, but for the most part, I really have enjoyed welding as a second career.”


Carl M. began his journey around the same time as Jackie. “I got the welding bug, during high school. I come from three generations of bricklayers, and my summers were working with my dad laying brick. I graduated from high school in 1966 and was drafted into the army in 1966. Went to Vietnam, 1967-68; got out of the army at the end of 1968; took my VA benefits and went to welding school for 18 months.

“Got my first welding job in 1970. Worked all over for 13 years. I came to work for the company I work for now in 1983 have been here ever since.

“I TIG weld repair turbine aircraft engine parts—just about every kind of material you can think of. I turned 70 in October and have no thoughts of retiring.”


And then there is Wally S., who also took welding classes and served in the armed forces. No longer doing welds, he remains in the industry. “I do not work has a welder but did go to the Cleveland School of Welding (now defunct). I have spent the last 40 years in the welding business involved with the manufacturing and marketing of filler metals.

“Way back when I got out of the Army, having served my four years as a helicopter pilot, I was in a quandary about what career to pursue. I went back to the welding distributor I had been working for before the army to see about a job.

“Two jobs for inside sales were open the day I showed up for the interview. Two jobs and two candidates. Tony and I flipped a coin; he got steel tubing and I got to weld.

“No regrets on my part.”

You could say the industry has been very good to Jackie, Carl, Wally, and many others. Blogger Josh Welton has written about some younger welders who love what they do in his “Still Building America” series on thefabricator.com.

The industry continues to attract younger welders, although maybe not to the degree necessary to fill the demand. Industry and educational programs are making a concerted effort to try and interest more of them. You can read about the success of one such program and a recent graduate in “Women in welding on the rise.”


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