By Zach Fothergill
Part of the job of the Management Team here at UCEC is looking down the road for new technologies that might contribute to the success of the business. Whether through saving resources (time, money, employee hours) or by gaining greater efficiencies, (quicker job completion times), it’s part of what we do.
With this view in mind, I knew it was time to upgrade our stud welding machine and get the newest technology. We’ve been using the same stud welder for about 20 years, and I think shop lore says we bought it used back then!
After comparing 15 makes and models and consulting with various product reps, we chose the Nelson NCD+ 3200. It’s a new generation capacitor discharge (CD) stud welding power source controlled by a high-performance 32 bit microprocessor.
The new stud welder is going to make our studs even stronger and more rigid. We’ll be able to up our stud size to ⅜”. The new welder is configured with a manual handgun, an autofeed handgun or an autofeed weldhead.
This new technology definitely raises our shop quality. As you know, we’re big fans of technology here, having launched the Steinhauer MC-80 18 months ago. We’re always looking ahead. Just because something worked adequately doesn’t mean we’re not going to make it better.
The new stud welder arrives in January. I’ll be sure to share some pictures as we put the new technology into service.
Zach is an Operations Support Manager at UCEC.
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