A welding positioner rotates round or tube-shaped pieces of work, such as pipes, flanges and pipe fittings, which allows a welder to sit or stand in one place and work on a level surface. Using a welding positioner increases efficiency, productivity and consistency of work while also reducing worker fatigue, since the welder does not have to keep moving around the pipe, or reach overhead to get to the work piece they are welding. At the same time, using a welding positioner increases the consistency and quality of welds.
Using a welding positioner solves the problem of working on a 360-degree work surface or plane, such as when joining pipes, pipe fittings, valves and flanges. Without a welding positioner these tasks are slow, difficult, and tiring, since the welder must constantly move around and under the work piece, weld over their heads and vertically, and constantly stop and start work to reposition themselves and the work piece. Without a welding positioner such tasks lead not only to worker fatigue but also poor quality welding work.
Welding positioners come in a variety of sizes and can be custom built for most industrial applications. Driven either electrically or by pneumatic-hydraulic power, their speed of rotation can be adjusted by the welder to rotate the work at the exact, constant tempo to suit the work. By keeping the work piece level and allowing the welder to use the highest possible amperage the welding rod will allow, high quality seams can be welded very efficiently. This is not the case when welders must work vertically or over their heads; without a welding positioner welders often must decrease amperage to reduce sagging of the welded pool of molten metal. But using a welding positioner solves this problem and ensures consistent, high-quality welded seams. Furthermore, since welders using one of these devices are not constantly interrupted by having to move themselves or reposition the piece they are working on, they can focus on welding high-quality seams that are consistent around the surface of the piece. Welding positioners can also allow one welder to complete work that, without a welding positioner, would require more than one worker. They are highly useful in many situations where welding tubular or round work pieces needs to be completed.