Patent Number: 6,297,472

Title: Welding system and method

Abstract: A welding system and method of use which allows a single welding operator to perform quick, easy and high quality vertical welds. The welding system comprises a welding fixture with a pair opposing, positionally adjustable welding shoes, and lock screws for attaching to a workpiece such as an I-beam. The welding fixture is located adjacent the end of an articulating boom, and a welding torch and oscillator are included on the welding fixture. A rotary straight wire feeder removes the cant and helix from welding wire as it is fed to the welding torch. The welding torch prevents welding wire from fusing to a guide tube in a manner which would interrupt a welding operation. The invention includes a distributed welding control system comprising a plurality of controller modules interfaced with a common bus. The control system allows a welding operator to program automated welding cycles for various welding operations. The welding system of the invention is particularly useful for installing stiffener plates onto structural beams.

Inventors: Bong; William L. (Walnut Creek, CA), Bock; Charles A. (Suisun, CA), Glenn-Lewis; Michael D. (Davis, CA)

Assignee: Aromatic Integrated Systems, Inc.

International Classification: B23K 9/02 (20060101); B23K 009/12 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018