Weld Aluminum as Easily as Steel with New Elektron MIG/MAG Welders

MADISON, Ind., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Elektron’s new MultiMig 511 and
MultiMig 522 MIG/MAG inverter welders are designed to help technicians weld
aluminum as easily as they weld steel. Both welders are included in the Ford
2015 F-150 Collision Repair Program.

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The MultiMig 511 and MultiMig 522 MIG/MAG welders can weld and braze aluminum
alloys, galvanized sheet metal, stainless steel and high-strength steel. They
come programmed with synergic curves that preset welding parameters so
technicians can start welding immediately without a lot of setup time or
training. Multiple programmable options are also available to customize the
welders’ operation to meet specific customer needs and working conditions. The
welders have high duty cycles and the power required for most body shop
applications using up to 1.2mm welding wire, as well as the push-pull torch
style that’s essential for smooth aluminum wire feed.

“Technicians in North America typically don’t have a lot of experience repairing
aluminum, which can make them nervous about proper welding techniques,” says
Mickey Swartz, director of global product management, collision, for Elektron
parent company Vehicle Service Group (VSG). “Repairing aluminum requires
training and the right equipment. I’ve heard from a number of technicians that
our Elektron MIG/MAG welders transform a novice or even an average welder into a
good aluminum welder. Shops should invest in a welder that gives their
technicians the confidence that they’re doing right.”

The MultiMig 511 and MultiMig 522 are both available with Elektron’s unique
push-pull torch. Because aluminum wire is soft, welders that use “push” feeders
to push the wire from the feed roll to the welding gun can suffer from tangled
wire, resulting in downtime as technicians stop welding to cut out the tangle.
Spool guns use “pull” systems that place a small wire reel on the torch itself,
but these torches can be very bulky, heavy and hard to use. The speed and power
control from the welder also can be lost in this type of system, leading to wire
snapping. Therefore, the Aluminum Association’s Practices for the Repair of
Aluminum Sheet Metal recommends the use of “push-pull” torches to maintain
constant, uniform tension on the wire, minimizing breakage or tangling.

Elektron’s small and lightweight push-pull torch features fingertip controls
that enable real-time control of wire-feed speed and welder current output
during welding, which is especially beneficial in controlling heat and power
when welding larger diameter wire.

Either welder can also be used with a standard MIG torch. Taking it a step
further, the MultiMig 522 can be equipped with two separate torches
simultaneously, each with different reels and wire, for even greater
versatility. Changing between the two torches requires just a flip of a switch.
The MultiMig 522 also adds a double pulse feature that outputs a hot-cold pulse
that provides much better vertical and overhead weld beads with less chance of
the welds “running.”

The MultiMig 511 and 522 feature the synergic pulsed technology required by most
OEMs for aluminum welding. As a result, they can reduce burn-through on very
thin aluminum, but provide full penetration on thicker aluminum sheets.

Both welders feature Integrated Power Factor Correction (PFC) technology to
reduce energy waste, making them easier on the environment and the wallet. Both
are equipped with built-in carts including storage for the welders’ gas
cylinders. Complete specs for both products are available at
chiefautomotive.com.

The MultiMig 511 and MultiMig 522 are part of Elektron’s new family of collision
repair equipment designed specifically to fix aluminum vehicle components. The
line also includes the M22 AL and M25 AL aluminum-capable stud welders and
MultiTool Aluminum Dent Repair Station.

For more information about any of these products, visit
www.chiefautomotive.com/dreamteam/, watch the video at
vimeo.com/groups/elektronwelders/, contact your local Elektron distributor or
call (800) 445-9262.

About Elektron

Established in 1942, Elektron is a leading manufacturer of welders, plasma
cutters and battery chargers. Elektron equipment has more vehicle OEM
homologations or approvals (indicating they meet the OEM’s performance
requirements, often verified through lab testing) than any other products on the
market and is sold in 110 countries around the world.

Elektron is a Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brand. VSG comprises nine major
collision repair and vehicle lifting brands: Elektron, Chief® Automotive
Technologies, Rotary Lift®, Forward® Lift, Direct-Lift®, Hanmecson®, Revolution®
Lift, Blitz® and nogra®. Based in Madison, Ind., VSG has operations worldwide,
including ISO 9001-certified manufacturing facilities on three continents.

SOURCE Elektron

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