June 23, 2015

ESAB Asia Pacific Pte Ltd introduced Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE™) technology for Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) at a recent Singapore Welding Society (SWS) Technical Talk, co-organised with the Singapore Welding Society and held at the Oasis, Science Park I in late May. ESAB's Regional Segment Manager for Asia Pacific, Johnny Liwang, presented ICE to the group of welding technologists at the well-attended event. ESAB's ICE technology for SAW was shown to substantially increase productivity while exceeding the requirements for critical welds.

As Liwang explained, ICE is a functional technology: Instead of adding energy, ICE exploits the excess heat from the Twin SAW process to melt an additional non-powered welding electrode. This very stable welding process doubles the productivity of most SAW applications. These high-productivity results are commonly experienced by ICE users.

To support the presentation, cross-sectional weld profiles and macro-etched weld specimens were circulated and user testimonials were provided. A Q&A session followed where attendees could gain additional information for their understanding of the process. Invitations were also extended to participants to witness a demonstration of ICE technology at ESAB's Asia Pacific process center.

The presentation also explained how ICE boosts output significantly without a considerable investment in new welding systems, extra capacity, or additional skilled welding labor.Of particular interest was the use of tandem welding in root passes for increased productivity and improved penetration, eliminating the need for back gouging.

Other ICE advantages presented were reduced heat input, energy consumption, and flux consumption. Unlike conventional SAW methods, ICE reduces the energy requirement, ensuring greener production and a smaller carbon footprint.

The multiple gains offered by the ICE process stretch across a broad range of applications and segments, including offshore fabrication, pipe mills, wind tower, pressure vessel fabrication, general heavy steel construction and shipbuilding.

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