TIP TIG focus

The full-penetration, single-pass keyhole TIG welding process.

Say hello to the future of welding

With our new TIP TIG focus process, we enter new fields of TIG keyhole welding. TIP TIG focus is an ideal solution for all those who have the very highest quality requirements for their weld seams and yet are simultaneously looking for a simple, cost-effective solution for their welding applications. This revolutionary joining process enables an extremely high energy density in the weld pool by way of an enormous concentrated welding arc and makes possible the fastest welding speeds. Reworking and preparatory work can be significantly reduced.

What is TIP TIG focus?

TIP TIG focus is a full-penetration, single-pass, keyhole TIG welding process, which requires almost no edge bevelling and produces highly repeatable, x-ray quality welds with superior root and cap aesthetics.

The TIP TIG focus GTAW process uses as little as 12% of the gas customarily required and performs an 8-hour TIG weld in under 10 minutes. Average cost savings of up to 80% are guaranteed.

Keyhole TIG Welding with TIP TIG focus

What are the benefits?

  • Full penetration, single-pass keyhole welding in materials up to 12mm (½ inch).
  • Very flat welding layer surfaces.
  • Reproducible and straightforward welding process for different steel types, also copper, aluminum, coated materials.
  • No spatters.
  • Simple and fast-changing of spares and tungsten electrodes.
  • Faster than plasma and tig welding.
  • Minimal heat input zone and a minimum heat-affected zone (HAZ).
  • Fewer costs for welding gas, energy, filler materials, grinding, and drilling materials.
  • Reduction of welding times, time for preparation, and rework of welded constructions.
  • Dramatic productivity gains
  • Dramatic cost reductions
  • Almost no joint preparation up to a material thickness of 12 mm (0.50 in)
  • Low level of weld seam crowning and low distortion
  • Up to 600% faster welding speeds compared to traditional TIG welding
  • Welding parameters are easy to select and set
  • Flexibility in terms of welding position
  • Single-pass welding of thin and thick metal sheets is possible

Applications

  • Construction of vessels and tanks
  • Continuous production of pipes
  • Turbine production
  • Pipeline construction
  • Special machine construction
  • LNG and Cryogenic Applications

Materials

  • Low Alloy Steel
  • Medium Alloy Steel
  • High Alloy Steel
  • Duplex
  • Super Duplex
  • Copper
  • Titanium
  • Aluminum
  • 9% Nickel Steel
  • Highly heat resistant and galvanized materials

TIP TIG focus vs. Plasma Arc Welding (PAW)

 Plasma Arc Welding
(PAW)
TIP TIG focus
Penetrationup to 8 mmup to 12 mm
Speedmax 500 mm/min
max 20 IPM
max 1200 mm/min
max 47 IPM
Complexity
complex, numerous critical parametersvery simple
Tolerancerequires exact fit uptolerant to joint imperfections
Keyhole Close-Outdifficult, voids and defects
in the close-out region
very simple, no voids
Process Consistencyinconsistent due to orifice erosionvery consistent keyhole
no process drift
Maintenance Costshighlow
Consumable Costshighlow

Cost Comparison

Welding Costs (€/m)*

* Depending on application

Related Equipment

Keyhole TIG Welding

The TIP TIG focus (Keyhole GTAW) process delivers advantages previously achievable with only hybrid laser, electron beam facilities, or high-cost laser.