Industrial Specialists by BrandSafway recently received the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing for its BrandTech Precision Welding (BT-PW) — its software-driven stud welding machine. UL demonstrate that products have been tested to the applicable standards
The BT-PW 1600 system uses a drawn arc-welding process to weld special fasteners and anchoring systems for refractory products and other industrial and commercial applications. Industrial Specialists, a member of the American Welding Society, is the world’s first manufacturer to achieve UL and CSA listings for digital-driven drawn arc stud welding equipment.
The company also received the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) listing.
“We pursued these listings to enhance customer confidence in the operational safety and reliability of BrandTech products,” said Dave Witsken, BrandSafway Energy and Industrial Division president. “We demand the highest level of safety in everything we do. Innovation is critical in the demanding markets where we operate; equally important, however, is safe, quality products that are independently evaluated by respected third parties, and we are pleased to have achieved that with both UL and CSA.”
The BT-PW 1600 system also offers up to eight times greater productivity compared to shielded metal arc-welding (SMAW), so contractors can reduce the duration of refractory installation or repair, shortening their overall turnaround and outage schedules.
As an added benefit, stud welding can eliminate or reduce the need for respiratory protection and ventilation during welding, especially of stainless steel. The process can generate as little as 0.059 micrograms per cubic meter of hexavalent chromium, which is far less than the permissible exposure level of five micrograms per cubic meter.
“Outside of its technical performance, we wanted to give the BT-PW 1600 the ultimate performance test by submitting it for third-party certification,” explained Witsken. “Managing UL and CSA testing logistics was challenging, because no manufacturer had submitted a similar product previously. Being first isn’t easy, but it is rewarding.”