The APEX® 3000 is the first controller of our APEX® 3 Series platform of control systems. Even though it is our first controller in the series, our APEX® 3000 was the first all-digital orbital control system on the market. Being the first in anything is always difficult, but advancing the Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology to present information intuitively to the operator was a key feature in the development of the system. We are successful in our goal. Our HMI presents information graphically to the operator in a simple and natural manner. The HMI we created for our system overcomes language barriers and makes the system easy to operate and reduces the learning curve to train new users.
The APEX® 3000 system controller is configured to natively perform GMAW / FCAW welding processes for MIG, Flux Cored, and Innershield applications-GTAW welding processes can be added requiring optional components. All aspects of the weld motion are executed by the weld head and saved into different programs and passes. While welding, the operator has the ability to make on-the-fly corrections. These corrections can be set to a specific range by the welding engineer or supervisor.
The APEX® 3000 and 30S with HELIX® M Series Weld Heads are not limited to Orbital welding, thanks to the precision offered by the control unit. The system is ideal for flat track welding for welding plate or other types of structural beams. By keeping the weld head in a fixed position and rotating the pipe, the system can easily be adapted for welding in a 1G position using the weld head to precisely place and control the arc for high quality welds.
This can be especially useful in pipe shops where orbital welds are only occasionally required, keeping an orbital welding system and an experienced orbital system operator on-hand is not cost effective. By using the APEX® 3000 and 30S with the weld head in the 1G position, it can be used every day, and when an orbital weld is required, instead of resorting to hand welding or renting an orbital system, the weld head can be quickly removed from the 1G position and clamped around an orbital track on the pipe to meet the need.