A tip dresser or TES (tip drawer assembly) is simply a small table-top unit that is used to dress the back of welded object using a variety of methods. The TES also has many uses from automotive to medical and aerospace to construction. This article provides an overview of the many applications of a tip dresser and how they can benefit consumers. By learning how to use a TES, one can enhance their production capabilities by producing more uniform, professional looking products.
In many instances, the application of a TES will provide benefits similar to those of an air gap filler, such as allowing the removal of air bubbles to provide a smoother surface to welding. Other benefits that may occur when the use of tip dressers is combined with an air gap filler are increased strength and more robust welding processes. This allows for higher quality welds to be accomplished without the risk of splintering. Another application is to increase the life of hand held welding tools by eliminating the need for replacement.
One of the most common places to see a Tip Dresser is in the battery department. The TES makes it easy to test and change the level of charge in cell batteries by applying constant pressure to the charging handle. The ability to check the charge is important when recharging batteries, especially for nitro cells where a drastic change in charge can permanently damage the cell. Another common place for the TES is on the welding bench where many of the same benefits apply. It can help prevent damage to welded tools while the torch is in use and provides a safer method of performing electrode replacement on welding benches.
In addition to being used for welding purposes, the tip dresser is commonly seen on tables in industrial settings. Most tables that have drawers and cabinets require constant grinding, tapping or pressing actions performed by a worker. These actions are performed against the force of gravity, combined with the downward pull of the cabinet table legs on the cabinet itself. The constant grinding action that occurs continually wears down the surfaces of the table legs, and creates an area of continual stress and damage. The use of the TES ensures that the table remains in its optimal condition and that the grinding does not cause any damage to the table legs, as it is done on many jobsites every day.
One of the best examples of the uses for the TES comes from the medical industry. Eye leveling devices are often used in the process of vision alignment for those with myopia or hyperopia. The use of the Tip Dresser allows for the creation of a uniform surface that eliminates the need for constant vision level adjustments. In addition to this the TES eliminates the need for expensive metal eye leveling tools that require special equipment and tend to wear out after frequent use. Many hospitals across the country outfit all of their operating rooms with one or more of these Tip dressers to eliminate the need for their staff to perform such tasks as eye level alignment by hand. The use of dressers that utilize the best materials available to provide the most durable products possible, which allows for long lasting performance.
The TES can also be a useful aid in keeping moderate prices for medical supplies. The most durable materials available in the modern market place to enable manufacturers to offer their products at a very reasonable price point. The fact that the best materials are used in the construction process means that the end product will be stronger and last longer than most products on the market. While manufacturers strive to keep moderate prices for their products, it is important for them to recognize that there are times when the best price is simply to be found in the form of a T ES. By using the best materials available and having the ability to control the wear and tear of the product that often provides the most cost efficient solution.