For the steel manufacturing industry, the word 'offshore' equates to strict requirements that are also followed to the hardest. Production planning, quality control and documentation must be flawless. At the same time, the production must flow smoothly and there is absolutely no room for any failures or delays. "The production schedule does not allow welding defects caused by the welding machine or that the welder has to interrupt his work due to an equipment failure,” CEO of Levator Petri Metsola states. Therefore, the reliability of welding equipment is vitally important to the success of the company.
Levator's welding fleet consists of 200 Kemppi welding machines of which a majority is Kemppi-made equipment, representing various types and ages. The company became interested in the new X8 MIG Welder which Kemppi offered for a trial test.
“The X8 MIG Welder has all the features you can possibly think of. Kemppi’s application software provides additional arc control finesses that certainly come in handy when projects and their welding specifications vary,” Metsola says. However, he had doubts whether the new equipment with all its electronics and highly advanced digital features would endure the harsh and dusty conditions of the workshop.
During the test period, Levator decided not to focus on evaluating the finesses of the X8 MIG Welders. Instead, the machine had to undergo a brutal torture test with the heaviest possible workload. The welders were instructed to give no mercy to the machines, which were used for four months, 24/6, in assembling heavy transition pieces for offshore windmill foundations.
During this test, X8 MIG Welders worked exceptionally reliably. The only technical problem encountered was a detached button from a Control Pad that was dropped on the floor, but the button didn’t even break due to the incident. “The welders also considered the ergonomics of the machine and new welding gun as excellent. They praised the device as a true professional's tool,” Metsola commends.