"The speed was power, the speed was joy, and the speed was pure beauty,” American novelist and pilot Richard Bach writes in his book Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, describing young gull Jonathan’s bliss as he soars the high skies. The avian protagonist avidly strives for perfection as he learns how to fly. With poise and prowess, he ultimately succeeds.
For humans aspiring to follow in Livingstone’s footsteps, however, aluminium is a key element. Strong and stable, yet flexible and super light-weight, the “winged metal” has proven to be the ideal resource to construct welded structures like aircrafts and spaceships, allowing us to fly around the globe and even leave Planet Earth. Introducing step-change innovations like ARCLINE® PP, Linde revolutionises the aluminium welding process across industries.
A weld debut: Tackling the tough issues
Despite its obvious advantages, aluminium has long remained a tough material to work with. For decades, welding specialists have faced a forced choice between two different welding techniques: high-speed metal inert gas (MIG) and high-quality tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. “Introducing ARCLINE® PP, Linde now combines the best of both worlds – speed and quality – in aluminium welding”, says Saskia Huber, Global Marketing Manager Application Technology at Linde. Overall, ARCLINE® PP chiefly reduces welding clients’ operating costs and labour hours, while significantly helping to increase productivity and efficiency as well as quality and workforce safety.