Miller Electric Adds ArcReach Capabilities

July 31, 2017
Miller Electric has enhanced its ArcReach technology

Miller Electric has enhanced its ArcReach technology with two new capabilities that: 1) provide automatic compensation for voltage drop in the weld cable; and 2) allow welding operators to adjust parameters while welding.

Cable Length Compensation (CLC) technology makes proper setup of welding parameters faster and easier, says the company, by automatically compensating for voltage drops in the weld cable, “ensuring that the voltage set is the voltage delivered at the weld—even up to hundreds of feet from the power source.” The Adjust While Welding (AWW) technology allows for precise adjustments and parameter changes at the wire feeder or remote without stopping the arc, allowing operators to make changes during welding to compensate for heat buildup, changes in weld position, or variations in part fit-up, says Miller.

These expanded ArcReach capabilities are available by pairing enhanced ArcReach accessories with the new XMT 350 FieldPro offerings from Miller. The XMT 350 FieldPro lineup includes a polarity-reversing model that joins the larger ArcReach portfolio in late 2017.

XMT 350 FieldPro power sources are compatible with all ArcReach accessories, which include multiple feeder and remote options. The accessories provide maximum flexibility, delivering remote control capabilities for stick, MIG, TIG and flux-cored welding, says Miller. The ArcReach Smart Feeder also offers pulsed MIG and Regulated Metal Deposition welding processes. In addition, the power sources have a new case design for enhanced durability and reliable operation, even in the harshest jobsite environments, according to the company.

The XMT 350 FieldPro model with the polarity-reversing feature, available later this year, is designed to eliminate the need to walk back to the power source to switch weld cables. The welding operator selects the welding process with the push of a button, and the proper polarity is automatically selected by the system. This saves significant time in applications that require switching between weld processes for different weld passes, says Miller.

In addition, says Miller, the ArcReach family of products provides maximum fleet compatibility and greater flexibility, allowing companies to fully utilize their existing accessories and power sources until they are ready to replace or upgrade. ArcReach SuitCase feeders function as standard equipment (without remote control capabilities) when paired with standard power sources/engine-driven welders, says the company. They provide remote control functionality— without CLC or AWW—when paired with previous-generation ArcReach machines or ArcReach-capable engine-driven welders, while delivering the full range of ArcReach benefits when paired with XMT 350 FieldPro welders, according to Miller.

ArcReach accessories are also compatible with a wide variety of Miller engine-driven welder/generators, says the company, allowing companies to expand use of the technology with their existing fleet.