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Welding positioning equipment definitions are clarified for weld positions and where welding fabrication equipment is explained. Below are types of positioning machines and terms used for different machines used for positioning pipe and parts for welding.

Items such as positioners, turntables, manipulators, rotators headstocks and turning rolls and how they benefit you the welder in making a choice of what you choose for your part positioning need.

Sub Arc Welding Column Boom Manipulators
Welding manipulators is often a confusing term when referring to welding positioning equipment. In North America a welding manipulator is a column with a boom arm often used to hold sub arc welding heads and flux over a rotating tank or vessel. The boom is most often variable speed in the reach and the column provides constant speed lift of the cantilevered boom arm to the height needed for welding the part. Another name for these specialised machines is a weld head locator.

The boom and column weld manipulators are used in conjunction with other pieces of positional equipment; positioners and rotators are the main ones.

First thing is how much weight will you need to support on the column and boom? The other this is how much height or lift will you need to position the weld head over the part you plan on welding.

Now you need to factor in how much reach you will need to get the welding equipment over the location on the part such as a vessel. A 10' vessel rotating beneath the column and boom will need to be at least 12' in height to be sure you have enough room for the weld head and welding torch. Often times other equipment is needed on the boom, such as a seam tracker and sub arc flux recovery hopper. All of the weight has to be factored to ensure you have a rigid arm holding the equipment so it does not move or bounce while welding.

Column and Boom manipulators come in all sizes from as small as a 2'X2' all the way up to 30'X30' and even larger. Some of the column and booms are powered reach, some and manual hand crank reach. Most units are power elevation but a few are counter balanced hand crank design. These are most often the smaller size units where just a torch or welding feeder is mounted on the end of the boom gantry arm. The weight mounted on the end of the boom arm can be as little as 100 lbs and up to over 2000 lbs with the boom arm fully extended.

Good quality welding positioning equipment brands are Bode, ESAB, Jetline,  Koike Aronson, Ransome, Preston-Eastin and Pandjiris.

We can outfit any size manipulator with a complete submerged arc welding package or automated tig welding system. If you need information on how to use this piece of welding positioning equipment call for more information. We have friendly highly qualified technicians to help advise you on the proper size manipulator for your welding application. Let us  choosing the proper equipment for your industrial fabrication needs.

A Welding Manipulator can also be know as a Pedestal welder.


Process Towers, Chemicals Reactors, Silos, Storage Tanks, Heat Exchangers, Pressure Vessels, Boilers, Pipelines , Ovens, Structural Steel, Columns Process and Biodiesel Plants are further areas of manufacture that would suit Column and Boom welding equipment.

Would you like to talk to our Team?

Maybe you are not sure which welding machine is best for you? Our Sales Team is more than happy to discuss your welding requirements.

With extensive knowledge on ALL makes and models, they can suggest the most suitable machine for your application and budget.

Between Monday and Friday during our working day of 8am – 5pm GMT, we aim to reply to your request within 2 hours of receiving your email.

Remember; we are not restricted to any one brand of Welding Machine.

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