ESAB showcases Online Weld Cost Calculator

October 19, 2018

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will showcase its Quick Weld Productivity Analyzer (QWPA), an easy-to-use calculator for total weld cost analysis, in booth C12574 at FABTECH 2018, held Nov. 6 – 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This online tool can help fabricators see the cost impact of different aspects of production. The QWPA produces calculations for:

  • Net deposition rate and welding speed per pass after selecting weld process and inputting data, (wire/electrode type, diameter, parameters, joint configuration, joint cross seam area, joint length, number of passes).
  • Weld operation time calculation. A sliding scale for arc-on time/operating factor calculates weld metal weight in pounds per foot, cycle time per product and energy consumption.
  • Total production cost per foot weld or cost per product based on production costs for consumables, energy and labor cost.

"ESAB's Value Added Engineering team developed the QWPA so fabricators could make decisions based on factual data collected at their shop," says Dick Skarin, Global Value Added Engineering Manager, ESAB. "This online tool is a subset of the comprehensive assessment tools used by our team when they work directly with customers to increase their competiveness and profitability."

The VAE team takes a holistic approach when analyzing production processes. They considering plate preparation (cutting and beveling process, edge condition), joint design, welding process and procedures, filler metal selection, operator training and use/optimization of mechanized and automated solutions. By working with VAE, fabricators can increase capacity without adding personnel while reducing cycle time and costs.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is a recognized leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honored processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanized cutting and automation, ESAB's filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe.

Quick Weld Productivity Analyzer (QWPA) Weld Productivity Analyzer (QWPA)

ESAB's Quick Weld Productivity Analyzer (QWPA) is an online tool to help fabricators quantify the cost impact of production variables and subsequently identify areas for improvement.