For welding news, insights and the latest developments in welding technology and product advancements, Welding Engineers has the information you need to stay ahead of the curve in the competitive welding industry in New Zealand.

It’s impossible to predict how long the impact of the pandemic will be felt and how effective global interventions have been. However, one thing is for sure, history shows the pandemic and the recession which follows will bring rapid, fundamental changes in the way our businesses operate. So, batten down the hatches while we ride this out - but equally importantly, keep an eye on the bigger picture and plan for change.

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Heat input is one of the most important factors affecting the quality of a weld due to its formative effect on the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) and weld metal properties, particularly mechanical toughness, and development of potential flaws.

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In October 2019, the outcome of a HERA Certification Panel review of work undertaken by a Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC) certified company was reported.

In this case, a complaint had been laid in 2017 that contractually agreed specifications had not been met and the work did not comply with the requirements of the SFC.

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We all know welding fumes are dangerous, but how much risk is there really in welding? And how is this likely to affect your business?

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HERA’s August issue of MetalBase gave a comprehensive review of Industry 4.0 and its implications. There is so much new technology in all areas of business operation, that it can seem both daunting and expensive to plan your way forward.

Keep this key point in mind:

Companies should implement digitalisation to more easily and effectively make a profit.


Welding software, the digitalization of welding, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), etc., it can be a bit daunting to keep up with rapid advances in technology, both to understand and to assess whether any of it will actually make a difference to the bottom-line productivity in your workplace. So, let’s recap welding technology basics.

Lack of skilled staff in the welding industry

Highly skilled welders can still experience weld flaws, particularly when getting used to new equipment, or under pressure to meet deadlines, however, more often than not the issue of weld defects boils down to a lack of skilled staff.

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Cigweld 320SP, New Zealand's most popular pulse welder was made by LORCH of Germany. Fast forward 10 years, the LORCH S3 is now proving to be the welder's ultimate choice for pulse welding with maximum mobility. The LORCH S-XT Series offers advanced digitalised welding systems producing game-changing performance and end user productivity.

This machine is 100% German manufacture and backed by a full 3 year industrial use (double shift) warranty. 

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LORCH Wins 2018 Welding World Award

Save time, assure quality: Digital job cards offer a big time and cost saving advantage in day-to-day welding management operations.

A Near Frequency Communication (NFC) card operates like a PayWave card. Hold the card up to the machine and start welding. Packed with cutting-edge NFC radio technology, the job cards devised by Lorch allow the welder not only to quickly enter the welding parameters he needs, but also offer an entirely new and efficient approach to quality control.

WENZL brings Lorch welding machines to NZ

Super fast digitalised inverter power sources. Welding systems which calculate and predict adjustments ahead of time. Digitalisation of processes allowing unprecedented control and monitoring via worldwide communication devices. Sound far-fetched? Or maybe just too hard to get your head around?

LORCH Wins 2018 Welding World Award

In Europe, the UK Welding Industry holds an awards evening every 2 years. In March 2018, LORCH was nominated for and won the “Best New Welding Product Supplier” with MICORMIG & NFC products.

Quality welds made easy

If you are MIG welding, it is well worth considering the use of a metal-cored wire (MCW) rather than a solid wire or standard flux cored wire to reduce the risk of weld defects.


In our search for improving efficiency and reducing costs in welding processes, sometimes the obvious is overlooked. Let’s get back to basics: A useful guide is the golden rule for minimising the cost of making a weld:

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The first rule of welding workplace safety is to identify the hazards, the second is to eliminate or minimize the risks – and that's where Welding Engineers can help.