Marlin Makes Largest Factory Automation Investment Since 2014
"To stay on top, American manufacturers need to have the best people, the best processes, and the best tools. We’re investing in our team and our tools so we can deliver better wire baskets and rack products faster. This is how American companies like ours will stay on top in a global market."—Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel CEO.
Recently, Marlin Steel introduced another new piece of manufacturing automation to its factory floor: an Ultimat UMW-100 wire and strip forming & welding machine.
The Ultimat UMW-100 uses medium-frequency direct current (MFDC) welding to bond metals quickly and efficiently while minimizing burrs. MFDC welders rectify the incoming 50/60 Hz mains/line power, invert it to 1,000 Hz, and weld at that medium frequency, drawing less line power, providing a more precise-to-control weld pulse, and depositing less splatter at the weld site. The Ultimat machine also does wire forming operations, allowing it to create square, clean-cut wire ends for frames, straight from the wire coil, and then butt-welding the ends in one pass through the machine, without human input.
This wire forming and welding device will expand Marlin’s wire forming capabilities for markets such as the medical, automotive, and pharmaceutical markets—industries where burrs and sharps are a significant concern for worker safety.
The Ultimat UMW-100 wire forming & welding machine can quickly assemble custom wire forms using CNC wire bending equipment and a medium-frequency direct current (MFDC) welding system.
This system’s MFDC welder, like the IDEAL welder before it, takes incoming 50/60 Hz Mains/Line power, inverts it to 1,000 Hz, and welds at that frequency. Not only does this draw less power than traditional electric welding equipment, it provides a more precisely controlled weld pulse and generate less spatter at the weld site.
Benefits of this system include:
- High wire forming speed
- Lower power consumption per wire form created
- Resistance welding is ideal for welding stainless steel
- Reduced burrs and sharps on wire forms
- Can work with wire straight from the coil, saving processes and steps for manufacturing