SuperMIG® - Hybrid Welding Technology Combining Plasma and GMAW in One Torch
WeldObot is leveraging its unique knowledge and technology to introduce an innovative and unique, patent protected, welding solution to the traditional welding market, focusing on construction machinery, mobile cranes, shipbuilding and general manufacturing.
The hybrid plasma-GMAW SuperMIG® you are about to know can be used on mild steel, high strength and armored steels, as well as stainless steel.
WeldObot Ltd. was founded in 2012 to develop and commercialize the WOB, an innovative advanced orbital pipe welding system. In 2015, the company acquired the assets and intellectual properties related to the hybrid plasma-GMAW welding process, a.k.a. SuperMIG® from Plasma Laser Technologies (PLT). This technology combines two known processes, plasma arc welding, and gas metal arc welding (GMAW or MIG) into one apparatus. The company pivoted from the WOB to pursue the much larger market offered by SuperMIG®. In 2015, SuperMIG® had been purchased (from PLT) by about 20 customers worldwide, but these systems were still considered to be in the prototype stage. Thus, WeldObot Ltd. began an extensive engineering process to improve on what had been done in the past, and turn SuperMIG® into a high quality and production ready process. After 2 years of development, the updated SuperMIG® was ready to return to the market. Since then, customers of the redesigned system have demonstrated that SuperMIG® can more than double productivity, which results in a very rapid payback on the investment.
Early stages of process testing and qualification was performed by CTC - Concurrent Technologies Corp. (https://www.ctc.com/), an independent center of excellence in the development of manufacturing applications. Their efforts generated a substantial amount of data to support the claims of creating single-pass, full penetration welds with no detrimental effects to the final welded joint, and with substantial productivity improvements, one of the main benefits of the technology.
By September of 2017, a redesigned WCM (Welding Control Module) and an upgraded line up of welding torches (HD, HD Slim, and MD) were launched, and have so far been adopted by manufacturers in Europe, Asia and North America.