Sometimes less is more! Most butt welds are made using a 75 degree included angle V butt joint and the welder must fill the entire groove. By going to a narrow groove you drastically reduce weld volume, weld metal usage, and production time. Plus weld defect rates are typically measured as a percentage of feet of the weld. If you reduce weld length you reduce defects.
I guestimate that 90% of all butt welds are still 75 degrees Vs. The reason is that narrow, steep wall grooves require specialized technology to reliably weld. At ARC Specialties we decided to advance the state to the art. We leveraged Dave Hebble’s lifetime of welding experience with William Saxton’s expertise in designing automated welding equipment. The results are amazing. Watch the Weld Of The Week video below and see if you agree.