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Offline Stephenw

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A New Toy
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:01:02 AM »
We got a new welder at work. It's a Miller Syncrowave 200.

A few pictures...
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Re: A New Toy
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 11:59:26 AM »
Is Miller still putting the RJ 31 telephone jack on the machine so it can phone home for diagnostic help?
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Re: A New Toy
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 07:17:26 PM »
I checked today, no phone jack.

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 12:05:07 AM »
Must be something else they found a way to eliminate from the machine.

About 20 years back Red & Blue were locked in a TIG machine war, and they both put phone jacks on the machines.  Blue machines could tell the factory why they were sick and what parts they required for repair.  Red got a little smarter and set their machines up to download software from the factory and Red also guaranteed any and all updates were included in the price of the machine.  Blue on the other hand put the program on a chip, and if you wanted an update you got to buy a new board.  Oddly Red sold a lot more machines for a while.

Last 10 years I only play with the new toys at the lab the LWS has set up.  They bring a couple of us in when the experts are sure the machine is perfect.  If we can't screw the process up it's considered good to go.  So far the young engineers have only got it so we couldn't screw it 10% of the time.  Something is just flat wrong when you have to plug a laptop into a MIG machine to set it up.

These new machines are built for Welding Machine Operators, not WELDORS!  3 years from now there will be a lot more robots working if there is still welding work.
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