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ESAB has completed the purchase of the Master Process Controller (MPC) from Applied Thermal Sciences (ATS) for use in its hybrid laser-arc-welding (HLAW) process.

The MPC is a patented real-time control system for managing the laser, MIG/MAG welding equipment and motion system that carries the laser and MIG/MAG welding heads.

ESAB has been working with ATS for more than six years to develop this adaptive welding control system for hybrid laser arc welding.

Now that ESAB has acquired the MPC, its Hybrio hybrid laser arc-welding equipment can be used on thicker materials, larger workpieces and joints with wider gaps.

During the welding process, the MPC uses sensors to monitor the joint fit-up, weld geometry and welding conditions, making adjustments as necessary to ensure that the process achieves uniform fill, consistent penetration and excellent weld quality for the entire length of the weld.

With its improved tolerance of gap variations, the hybrid laser-arc-welding process enables customers to reduce the time and costs associated with joint preparation, post-weld operations and rework.

ESAB is committed to the HLAW process and has put in place an infrastructure so that it can manufacture, market, sell and support this process.

In addition, the company will continue developing the process to create hybrid laser-arc-welding systems that will help customers maximise productivity and maintain quality.

Available in gantry, robotic and specialised automated systems, ESAB’s Hybrio is suitable for use in a range of industrial applications.

As part of ESAB, a world leading supplier of welding and cutting solutions, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have access to a product research and development programme, the envy of the welding industry.

The brand is synonymous with world leading expertise  and today the company produces consumables and equipment for virtually every welding and cutting process and application.

As a logical step following his invention of the covered welding electrode back in 1904, Oscar Kjellberg founded ESAB. Since then, the company has constantly improved on existing methods and materials. At the same time, ESAB has developed new methods to meet the challenge presented by technological progress.

More than 100 years of continuous research, development and manufacture have made ESAB a world leader in welding, cutting and also an international supplier of products, know-how and services that none can match.

At is UK headquarters, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have a team of highly experienced and qualified staff who are always available to offer help and advice on all aspects of welding and cutting. 

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