Forge Bonding is a “welding with air” technology that avoids hot work by performing high-strength bonds with minimal thermal energy so that you never have to interrupt operations to make repairs.
No ignition source is created and the automated machine used to perform the bond guarantees the thermal energy will never approach ignition levels.
On top of bringing a ton of safety to your facility by eliminating fire risk, several other factors play a role in ensuring the absolute safety of this process.
Here are 4 reasons why Forge Bonding is completely safe for use at your facility.
1. No Hot Work
This is the main value that Forge Bonding creates. You can perform welded repairs without the hot work and safety risks associated with it. You get bonds that are equally as strong as welds, while also being far less vulnerable to moisture and corrosion.
The process does require high pressure to create the bond that produces a tiny bit of thermal energy because of friction, but, it is so small and well under the hot work threshold.
You won’t come close to ignition, meaning Forge Bonding can be used to make repairs without a hot work permit.
2. Automated And Pneumatic
Forge Bonds are performed with a machine that the weld operator only needs to set up. There is no human error involved because the machine does all the work.
The process is also fully pneumatic – no electronics are involved.
All that’s required is the press of a button once the machine is set up, and the bonding process is fully automatic.
The thermal energy generated is completely controlled by the machine, meaning there’s never a chance for error in producing enough heat to cause ignition.
Plus, because the process is fully automatic, you get a high quality, consistent bond every single time.
3. The Area Around The Bond Is Safe
An enclosure is placed over the stud to be bonded, so you never actually see the bonding process occur. Within that enclosure, the area is purged with argon gas to make sure that the area on that outside of the stud is completely free of any flammable gases.
In regards to the backside of the bond, my team and I spent 18 months amassing data, and writing and presenting a paper for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This paper shows clearly that there is a factor of safety of 2 on the backside temperature.
The amount of thermal energy that reaches the backside is never going to be enough to cause ignition. The area around the bond is completely safe.
4. Safety Training
Forge Tech’s weld operators go through a rigorous safety training program for working in an industrial environment. In-house programs are continuous and provide the basic safety orientation for skills development and site-specific safety training.
Outside classroom courses conducted by various safety councils are also a critical part of the on-going training and certification of our technicians.
Each lead technician is trained for more than one year and must perform a minimum number of jobs as a technician prior to receiving a lead technician certification.
Plus, technicians working each job complete extensive service checklists for each service provided to assure quality and safety control.
Forge Bonding is a way to perform bonds that avoids hot work while doubling down on safety.
On top of minimizing the thermal energy used during a bond well below the hot work threshold, several extra safety precautions are taken to guarantee the safety of the process.
Plus, the bonds and the weld operators are qualified to ASME section IX.
If you want to bring safety to your facility without compromising quality, try out Forge Bonding.
It’s a safe, proven process that is saving facility owners a ton of money by not having to shut down equipment and get hot work permits.
The bonding process is automatic and a way to make welding-like repairs without the hot work and safety risks that come from traditional welding.