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Quality management system for welding machines

27 August 2020

Manufacturer of arc-welding technology EWM AG says more and more companies are relying on ewm Xnet, its digital Welding 4.0 quality management system, so it is now offering users the opportunity to integrate welding machines from any manufacturer into the system.

With the ewm Xnet Universal logger, ewm welding machines without a digital interface and machines from any other manufacturer can be integrated into the ewm Xnet. The German company says this will give companies that have few power sources but still wish to have a future-proof quality management system for welding the chance to integrate their existing machines into the Industry 4.0 environment.

EWM explains that the Universal logger can be used in combination with the ewm Xnet plug-and-play set to avail of Xnet functions even on individual machines. The set consists of a laptop with pre-installed ewm Xnet software, a USB dongle, an Xnet basic set with an ewm Xnet LAN gateway, as well as a cable and plastic trolley. The universal logger also makes using ewm Xnet for robotic welding and other automated systems even easier, according to EWM, which adds that welding machines integrated in the system can be easily connected to the welding management system without any need for conversion.

The welding quality management system supports, documents and analyses a component’s entire production process, from work preparation to final costing, says EWM. The software also supports component identification using a barcode and QR code scanner. In addition, it helps create and assign welding sequence plans and procedure specifications. The company points out that monitoring all welding parameters in real time also allows users to control costs and precisely calculate the welding process’ consumption.

A further advantage of the Universal logger highligted by EWM is that it can be used to measure the current shielding gas consumption and document it via ewm Xnet. The wire feed speed of the connected welding machine can also be recorded. As well as sensor measurement, EWM also enables users to determine the wire feed speed using a precise mathematical calculation from the measured welding current.

A video (in German, with English subtitles) about the Xnet Universal logger is available on EWM’s YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/N10nlNsxaiU