Proper Care and Maintenance for Welding Machines
The preventive care and maintenance of the welding equipment are two of the most important factors that allow extending the useful life of the equipment, as well as the execution of strong and high-quality welds.
On the other hand, the constant care and maintenance of the welding machine will result in significant savings of time and money, as they will avoid damage to the machine and errors in the execution of the welding.
Although there are several types of welding machines, there are some standard criteria that must be managed for the maintenance and preventive care of any welder. Below, then, we detail what care and maintenance we need to take into account to preserve our work tool.
General Preventive Care for a Welding Machine
The care of the welding machine, as well as any other work equipment, is mainly based on simple actions that must be performed before, during and after use. So, how to do good general maintenance of the welder?
Before starting the execution of the work:
In addition to the internal components of the machine, this type of welding equipment has the electrode clamp and the mass clamp, which do not require meticulous care, but should be evaluated to verify the state of wear they present, and replace them when necessary.
Another element to take into account are the electrodes; these must be kept in a dry place and protected from moisture. The idea is to place them in a closed, dry and strong container that protects them from possible blows and dents.
Soldering Machine with Electrodes
Care and maintenance for MIG/MAG welding equipment. This type of welders that are applied for MIG/MAG welding has many more peripheral elements, which require a little more attention at the time of carrying out the maintenance of the equipment, given the number of components that it possesses.
The pinch rollers and the gun guide: as the welding wire passes through these elements, it is possible that in its path it carries dirt or residues from the work area, which can accumulate inside. Therefore, it is recommended to clean these elements, using compressed air, dry and clean, on a weekly basis.
Another option for cleaning the rollers is to remove the rollers and clean them using a wire brush. To check and clean the rollers you must first turn off the winder.
The welding wire: it must be cut to the correct length. If this is too short, the powder can accumulate between the retaining head and the coating, generating problems with the winder. It is also essential to keep the welding wire completely clean, to avoid contaminating other components of the equipment and also to obtain a perfect weld.
The pistol guide: it must protect the pistol from any object that may fall on it or the pistol cable. Also, avoid dragging these items.
The nozzle of the gun: it must always be kept free of dirt or dust, to allow the correct flow of the gas and the proper execution of the weld. Also be sure to store the nozzle in a safe place to avoid dents or other damage.
The diffuser: this is another of the components that must be checked and must be kept free of any obstruction. To clean the diffuser, remove the cone and use a wire brush to remove all dirt.
Contact tips: to protect the condition of the welding tips, it is recommended to avoid contact with the working material. Every time the tip contacts the workpiece, the tip is damaged. The contact tips over time will need to be replaced, so it is essential to be attentive to the time of change so that it does not affect the welding work.
The gas hose: it is essential to make sure that the hose is never bent to keep it in the best possible condition. You should also perform constant inspections of the hose to rule out possible leaks.
Gas bottle: this is one of the components that require essential attention. You should verify that the bottle is always firmly attached to the wall or welding machine. You must prevent the container from falling and causing an accident. Once your work is finished, it is recommended to remove the regulator and place a screw cap preferably on the bottle, this to prevent any leakage and to maintain the safety valve system.
Portable MIG Welding Machine
Care and Maintenance for Inverter Welding Equipment
For the care of this type of inverter welding machines, it is sufficient to follow a few recommendations during use and for regular maintenance.
Before and during the use of the welder:
Maintenance Every Three Months
The maintenance and preventive care of the welder are significant actions that will allow to execute a work of quality, as well as to extend the useful life of the machine, for that reason, we recommend to take into account these pieces of advice to give helpful life and to preserve this vital tool of work.