Orbital Welding Systems For Use In The Aerospace Industry: How Magnatech Can Help!

The Aerospace Industry counts on consistent welding with Orbital Welding

Orbital welding systems are used in the aerospace industry for high-quality welds on hydraulic lines, brake lines and fuel lines, among other applications. Orbital welding involves the joining together of two pieces of metal tubing or piping without the use of a fitting to keep the two pieces still, creating a much better result than welding the pieces manually. During this welding process, an orbital weldhead rotates an electrode and electric arc around the joint, creating a sturdy, precise, long-lasting weld. In essence, orbital welding brings stability and control to the entire process.

Orbital tube and pipe welding systems are the go-to option if weld quality or consistency is difficult to achieve due to a lack of skilled welders or weld defects, as well as challenging weld positions like vertical and overhead welds. Orbital welding uses the GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) technique to create accurate welds on tubes and pipes (diameters up to 170mm and walls up to 3.5mm thick). Orbital welding also eliminates the need for threaded and mechanical fittings that need to be maintained or replaced. Orbital welding offers some major benefits over manual welding, such as:

  • Higher quality
  • Greater consistency
  • Greater productivity
  • Much more reliable

Because it prevents material distortion due to the precise control of heat input, orbital welding is suitable for many different types of materials such as: stainless steel, carbon steel, Inconel, duplex stainless, nickel alloys, copper and copper alloys, and titanium.

Developed more than five decades ago, orbital welding systems became more widespread during the 1980s thanks to lightweight, portable power sources. Portable orbital welding equipment enables welders to complete jobs on-site faster and in a more convenient manner. Modern-day orbital welding systems can be controlled by state-of-the-art computers that store specific welding parameters to use as needed for a particular type of welding job. Once the welding parameters have been programmed into the computer, it will perform welds with little to no operator input.

Computer-controlled orbital welding systems offer identical welds time after time, reducing the possibility of low-quality or defective welds. There are many industries served by automated orbital welding systems, including:

  • The aerospace industry
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • The nuclear industry
  • The wastewater treatment industry
  • The semiconductor industry
  • The shipbuilding industry
  • The dairy industry
  • The food and beverage industries

With many years of experience manufacturing dependable equipment for orbital welding applications in the aerospace industry, the skilled team at Magnatech is dedicated to designing and manufacturing products that help make a welder’s job less physically demanding. We offer a large selection of welding models and equipment for the aerospace industry, provide expert guidance for operators and deliver timely, affordable service.

At Magnatech, our reputation for excellence has helped us win contracts to supply specialized automated orbital welding systems for use with turbine engine component fabrication, repair and overhaul projects. Thanks to our knowledgeable network of sales reps and distributors, we have worked hard to become THE people to call if you are in need of effective orbital welding solutions that meet or exceed aerospace welding standards in United States, Europe, the CIS countries, and the Middle East. For more information, please call +1 860-653-2573 today or click here to request a FREE quote.

Magnatech Is Proud to Announce New Milling Center

Magnatech is always looking for ways to better serve our customers, and we have focused on doing so by improving upon our lead delivery times. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that we have just installed a fourth new CNC Milling Center. This new tool will essentially double our machining capability and more parts on the shelf; allowing for shorter delivery times.

The ability to create more parts “in-house” is vital to us, as it allows us to better control quality and delivery times than we would be able to achieve using parts machined by outside vendors. Consider for a moment the following scenario:

  • Magnatech orders hundreds of parts from a number of outside vendors.
  • Once those parts arrive and are sent through Quality Control, they are found to be “not in print,” and rejected.
  • We must wait for a new manufacturing cycle to replace them.
  • As a result, we may be unable to meet promised delivery schedules.

It is our goal at Magnatech to improve our control over all steps of the manufacturing process. The addition of our latest CNC Milling Center is yet another great move forward in that direction. By late spring we will have a quantity of 800 Series heads on our shelves, ready to ship at a moment’s notice.

Magnatech Available Worldwide Thanks to Our New Reps

Magnatech is always aggressively seeking out exciting and progressive companies to represent us in territories where we have no representation. Beginning in 2014, we have begun working with a number of well-established representatives that include:


Industrial Solutions & Innovation, LLC

Alvin, TX

ISI brings over 30 years of experience in our industry to the table, and covers a multi-state territory in the United States. ISI represents a multi-faceted group of companies specializing in the pipe and tubing industry. Offering rentals and products for sale, the company provides on-site training and service for every product. ISI sells more than machinery – they sell solutions. Our collaboration with ISI will provide expert representation in the southeast, Midwest and south central states, including Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.


Morgan Industry Technology

Springfield, MO

Morgan Industrial technology, Inc. (MIT) offers a wealth of knowledge to assist companies with orbital welding applications. With decades of experience, their highly trained staff is available to help customers optimize their fabrication processes. Whether they need help with planning, weld preparation, fusion or wire-added welding, MIT has the know-how to help customers succeed. MIT’s representation provides coverage for Magnatech in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah. MIT’s sole focus is taking care of the customer.


Pacific Automated Welding Solutions

Castaic, CA

Pacific Automated is new as a distributor, but has decades of experience in working with orbital tube and pipe welding companies. The company will provide representation, training and service in California.


General Welding Supplies (NW) Ltd

Widnes Chesire, UK

General Welding Supplies has chosen to exclusively represent Magnatech in the UK market. With over 30 years’ experience supplying the UK market with high-quality welding equipment, GWS has proven its capabilities. In addition to sales, General Welding provides expert welding support; putting their extensive welding knowledge to work as advisors and weld trainers. With an extensive parts inventory, they offer local routine service, calibration and repair capability. This collaboration will provide us with the opportunity to better service and support the needs of customers throughout the United Kingdom.


South Pacific Welding Pty. Ltd. Group

Queensland, Australia


South Pacific Welding Pty. Ltd. Group will exclusively represent Magnatech in the Australia and New Zealand territories. SPW, which was formed in 2003, brings together a number of welding supply companies that provide their customers with a combined service history of over seven decades. Furthermore, the company’s product portfolio, which includes pipe clamping and beveling equipment, is an ideal complement to our products.


Magnatech will continue to seek out new representatives both nationally and internationally as we expand our brand and seek to better serve our clients the world over. We wholeheartedly invite you to inquire should your company fit the profile and have interest in representing our products in your area.