Safety and quality control requirements are crucial. This is particularly true when it comes to products that pose a significant risk in case of failure, such as a pressure vessel or a bridge. Yet despite their obvious benefit, fulfilling regulatory standards takes time and money. As a leading provider of industrial gases, Linde is keen to help companies reduce the burden of complying with all welding related requirements.
The latest piece in the puzzle is the AVANTO smart connector that somehow bridges the gap between the digital and the physical world. This device allows companies to digitalise their welding processes without the need to invest in expensive, high-end welding machines,” Siddall explains. “AVANTO smart connector is a retrofit device that can interlink to any basic analogue welding machine via a standard Euro connector. The welding data is sent to the AVANTO cloud via a mobile app and can be compared to the initially planned welding procedure. Deviations are flagged for inspection helping reduce the costs associated with rework.
AVANTO and the actual enhancement that the smart connector provides, allow operators to digitally create an entire weld audit trail and do quality control almost in real time. Once the weld is completed and tested, all the information can be easily downloaded from the cloud and shared with the customers in a consolidated report. “Today, most companies capture this information manually on pieces of paper or in an excel sheet. For many projects, paperwork can form a significant part of the overall cost.”
Glaucus the Chian most likely used a basic form of welding, so-called forge welding, to produce the offering at Delphi. More than 2000 years later welding is entering a total new era