Stationary electric tip dresser machines are among the first machines developed that made the automated mechanical milling of electrical cap screws popular way back in the late nineteenth century. Over time, they’ve been modified, improved, and further adapted for today’s complex electrical requirements of buyers. Here is a brief rundown on what to look for when you shop for one:
Look for a manufacturer that is continually striving to improve the performance and quality of its tip dresser products created and sold. There is no such thing as a stagnant art. Trends come and go. And while a manufacturer might be working on improving its designs for the sake of efficiency or even to please the highest quality consumers, it would do well to take a step ahead and find ways to make its products more flexible and customizable to meet growing market demands. This can easily translate into better sales, more repeat business from happy past customers, and a stronger customer base for the company over the long run.
An all-metal tip dresser is more practical than one with plastic or thin-metal components. Metal tip dressers are sturdy and can withstand heavy duty use. They will not warp, or deteriorate in any way. Plastic and thin-metal tip dressers are not sturdy at all. They do not have any inherent strength, and they are easily damaged by misuse or improper use.
Some tip units are sold as “one size fits all,” which can lead to frustration in finding a matching dresser for an already complete workspace. If the manual shows the step-by-step process for assembling tip units and its corresponding dressers, inquire about the availability of a cutter. A good manufacturer will have different styles of cutters available. The most common cutter is a combination of a band saw and a small table-top blade. You may also be able to buy a blade that has a diamond pattern.
The right type of cutter will make the job of cutting the different sleeve lengths and other parts much easier, especially if you are inexperienced. The right kind of cutter will allow you to cut the sleeves without worrying about a pesky pinch point. In fact, many experienced dresser factory welders prefer welding guns for the job. There is also the option of using handheld welding guns for the assembly and trimming operations. In this scenario, there is no need to use a table-top cutter.
There are some factors to consider when choosing a rotating gear system such as a table top or handheld. Always ask about electrical safety and compatibility with standard plug-in adaptors before purchasing the gear system. The ability to quickly switch between different electrode tip dressers and cutting methods is also important. Many of today’s new dresser products offer fast ion exchange systems that eliminate the need to change dressers mid-operation. Also, consider ergonomics, particularly when dealing with the hands of an operator.