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Industrial evolution at Fabtech 2017

Whilst this year’s Fabtech fair in Chicago celebrated metal manufacturing’s industrial evolution, EFD Induction proudly introduced a small revolution: The world’s first 1,000kW single-cabinet induction welder.

The future of metal manufacturing was on display in Chicago this November as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing tradeshow hosted more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 45,000 visitors from 120 countries.

The advanced processes driving metal manufacturing’s continued transformation were on display at the huge 750,000 square feet exhibit space which provided the visitors with access to the latest innovations, emerging technologies and upcoming trends. The four-day expo also included live product demonstrations that showcased the most innovative new technologies, giving a glimpse into the industry’s future.  

 

THE WORLD'S MOST COMPACT 1,000 KW WELDER

SHOWCASING THE NEW WELDAC: “Visitors were very impressed to see 1,000kW in a single cabinet solution”, says Peter Runeborg.

THE WORLD'S MOST COMPACT 1,000 KW WELDER

As far as induction welding goes, the future is smaller. The world's most compact 1,000 kW welder was on proud display at the EFD Induction stand. Boasting an unmatched power-to-volume ratio, the first 1,000kW single-cabinet induction welder attracted due attention from visitors that were keen to see the new-comer which is able to provide so much power in a small cabinet.

“The new Weldac 1,000 kW has all the high quality features that go with the rest of the Weldac family”, says Global Sales Director Tube & Pipe, Peter Runeborg, pointing out some of the many benefits: “The efficiency is high – 85-87% from input to coil terminal, and the power factor is a constant 0.95 at all power levels. There is no need for expensive reactive power compensation capacitors and it requires very little cooling water.”

The tube and pipe industry got extra recognition at this year’s Fabtech, as the organizers had joined forces with Messe Düsseldorf to create an expanded Tube & Pipe Pavilion, making it the largest gathering of tube and pipe equipment users in North America.

 

DEMONSTRATING INDUCTION HEATING: Ken Steel attracts attention from visitors, as he brandishes a red hot piece of metal heated by the Minac.

DEMONSTRATING INDUCTION HEATING: Ken Steel attracts attention from visitors, as he brandishes a red hot piece of metal heated by the Minac.

“We had also brought a Minac, which generated a lot of attention amongst the visitors”, says Peter. “Of course, we did a live presentation and that always makes people flock to the stand.”