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ATWF Takes On Challenge of Welding Inconel

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 11, 2017 9:22:31 AM / by Mike DiStaulo

Mike DiStaulo

Example of an inconel weldOverview

When a potential client needs a high quality part fabricated with Inconel, they come to the professionals at All-Type Welding and Fabrication, Inc. because they know they’re going to get high quality.

ATWF, a Cleveland-based company, designs, manufactures, and welds high-quality Inconel products that hold up under high pressure. So when a new customer came to the team at ATWF for a better product than the one they had, the team accepted the challenge.

The Challenge

A chemical company needed an Inconel “flight” (also known as a “muffle”), that could stand up to high temperatures and high pressure. The previous flight manufacturer built the Inconel welds up so thick that disassembling the inner tube from the outer piece was becoming a dangerous task.

The Solution

The team at ATWF decided to reverse engineer the product and create a wholly new process for manufacturing and welding to avoid the problems the previous manufacturer had. The team sat down with the customer to understand exactly how the product would be used and where they were seeking improvements.

The Process

After close inspection of the part, the team at ATWF discovered that the customer’s previous manufacturer didn’t understand how to work with Inconel material as well as they thought. The welds weren’t up to snuff and it’s possible the old manufacturer used the incorrect welding rods (601 Inconel) for the material (602 Inconel).

ATWF designed new proprietary parts and systems specific to this project to create a high-quality product for the customer. Working closely with the client, ATWF was able to find out where the problems were with the old piece and make a stronger, safer version.

The Results

Understanding the difficulties and nuances of working with Inconel allowed the team at ATWF to create a product that would stand up to the test of time. The new “flight” also passed various pressure and penetrative tests prior to installation by the customer to ensure that it surpassed all of their expectations.

The second part of the job was having several additional parts partially manufactured to speed up turnaround time in the future. Inconel welds eventually break down because they’re under so much pressure. Replacing the part with a new one can take weeks. This new procedure shortens the wait time to as few as three days.

How Can We Help You?

Inconel metal is expensive, difficult to work with, and even harder to weld together. But the experienced team at ATWF has the skills and experience to get the job done right the first time. If you have a complex Inconel project that requires high-quality results, let us take a look.

We don’t just throw something together. We take the time necessary to understand how the part is being used to ensure that you get the high quality and turnaround time you need.

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Topics: Project Profile, Welding, Inconel

Mike DiStaulo

Written by Mike DiStaulo

Michael is one of the two original founders of All-Type Welding and Fabrication, Inc. Prior to starting the business he received a two-year vocational degree in welding and fabrication and worked in the industry for nine years, the last three of which were spent as a general foreman. Mike has always been committed to ensuring all customers receive the highest level of service and quality, which is why he believes in continual training for all employees—it builds their skill sets, making them experts in the latest technology. As president and CEO, Mike is dedicated to meeting the highest standards of any customer and the needs of all employees.

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