The Firefly control box can include an integrated arc welding data logger and monitoring unit.
The unit offers a built-in solution – a seamless integration with minimal start up times and no external cabling.
Mounted to the front of the Firefly control box, the eight-inch touch screen unit will monitor variables such as arc voltage, arc current, wire feed speed, travel speed, arc time and traverse speed.
Data is captured digitally, direct from the weld power source.
The purpose of the unit is to aid the decision-making process by providing users with information about the actual weld.
- Real time weld monitoring – the unit measures the defined variables to enable the comparison of those variables to upper and lower limits within the weld procedure, then communicates the results of this comparison.
- Weld data acquisition – the unit measures, displays and stores the defined variables to evaluate specific arc characteristics.
- Production data – the unit provides various layers of productivity related information.
The value of the unit comes when the output is compared to the pre-set tolerances for the workpiece.
Armed with real time information, the user can quickly identify potential process variances and take appropriate remedial action to ensure the weld procedure is followed.
Using the data logger
Firefly’s data logger is already fully integrated; there is no additional setting up time.
The operator enters basic data about the weld – such as user ID, weld number, welder position – then it’s good to go.
Just press ‘arc-on’ and the unit starts to record the weld data.
Keeping up with information demands
Weld records are a significant part of the huge amount of documentation required to achieve weld validation.
Firefly’s data logger will allow the actual weld data to be exported directly to a computer for compilation of weld records for the job – there is no need to re-enter data manually from reams of printed material.
If printed documentation is required for QA purposes, data can be printed from automatically generated PDF reports.