A NORTH-east apprenticeship training-company has been gifted a vital piece of industry equipment to assist welders of the future with their studies.
ITCA Training, which was established in 1989 and is one of the largest engineering apprenticeship training firms in Scotland, received the donation of a weld purge monitor from welding and cutting equipment suppliers, Steveweld, on behalf of purge welding specialists, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques.
ITCA, which is headquartered in the Kirkhill Industrial Estate in Dyce, works with a range of companies across the North-east to provide training for young employees in fabrication and welding, mechanical engineering, business administration and logistics.
Instructors at the company will use the equipment when teaching students weld purging techniques on various exotic materials.
Before starting inert gas welding it is essential to know the oxygen content in the welding volume has been reduced to a satisfactory level.
The specialist piece of equipment is specifically designed to measure oxygen content accurately to ensure that there is no oxidisation of the weld, and can be used as a continuous measuring device throughout the process or as a sampling instrument for spot checks.
Welding instructor and assessor at ITCA, Colin Sherriffs, said: “Typically, welders working on exotic pipework need to maintain a high purity argon atmosphere within the pipe.
“The atmosphere can be contaminated by turbulence caused by grinding for example.
“Purge monitors are a vital piece of equipment as they can save a company time and money, and having a device on-site at ITCA is extremely beneficial to our learners.”
ITCA managing director, June Jones, said: “As a privately-run training centre, we receive very little funding, so donations like the purge monitor are a huge help to the company and enhances learners education.”
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