A tungsten electrode is a lead actor in the TIG welding process. Before every weld,
comes the necessity of assuring a correct tip geometry. Proper geometry is essential to obtain a stable arc and get optimal welding performances, and often requires a grind or a regrind of the tip.
A good, durable and strong TIG weld has to be done right. To do this, it is important that the Tungsten electrode is ground precisely, otherwise, the weld will not be correct. Such precision requires experience and skill.
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Working with an open belt or bench grinder lacks precision. The welder will need more attempts to get the correct geometry required for the weld. With every regrind comes a loss of app. 1mm-2mm. Using an angle adjustment and clamping system centres the electrode, so that the grinding is carried out in the desired angle and correct longitudinal direction of the electrode.
A precise angle is not only important for the quality of the welding seam; the number of reignitions between regrinding is also increased. The key word here is CONSISTENCY. It is a fact that conventional and manual grinding cannot provide uniform and consistent grinding of tungsten electrode. For that you will need proper grinding equipment.
A tungsten electrode is a lead actor in the TIG welding process. Before every weld, comes the necessity to grind the tungsten electrode. Proper geometry is essential to obtain a stable arc and get optimal welding performances.
A TIG welder might use one electrode every week, and there might be more than one welder on your team. The cost for a pack of 10 tungsten electrodes varies between 10 and 100 euros, according to the type and manufacturing of course.
Most of that money spent on tungsten electrodes is wasted during the grinding process, for multiple reasons:
1. Tungsten electrodes get thrown out when they get an average of 50 mm
2. The grinding lacks precision and therefore requires multiple attempts
3. The tip of the electrode is cut before it is being ground again.
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