Establishment of the Welding Equipment Plant
Establishment of the Welding Equipment Department as one of the elements of the Institute of Electrical Welding, which combined into its structure: Institute, Technology and Design Offices and Department. During these years, the Plant has been actively developing new technological sites, ensuring the production not only of individual machines developed by the Institute together with the Design and Technology Office, but also of some models in small quantities. One such model was a compact STSh - 250 transformer designed for renovation works.
Friendship gas pipeline
During the early years in 1963 the plant produced and delivered to the pipe rolling mill in Chelyabinsk special machines A850 and A943 for welding large diameter pipes used in Bukhara - Ural and Druzhba (Friendship) gas pipelines.
The plant established cooperation with the Volgogradsky tractor factory and started to supply A899 machines for welding the tractor frame rails. During these years the welding machines produced by the Pilot Plant were presented at international exhibitions and fairs in Brussels, New York, Marseille, Leipzig and at the exhibition of the national economy of the USSR.
For the first time in history...
On 16 October 1969, the crew of the Souyz-6 spacecraft consisting of pilots V. Kubasov and G. Shonin did the first time in the world's history that welding in orbit. Three methods were tested: electron beam, low pressure plasma arc and fusible electrode using a unique Vulcan machine produced in the PATON Welding Equipment Plant. It was said that the quality of the weld is in no way worse than that of an above-ground weld.
Expansion of the new Production Plant
Between 1970 and 1972, work continued on the expansion of the new Production Plant to ensure a significant expansion of the range of welding equipment produced. In 1972 the plant started to produce special agricultural machinery.
In 1973 the plant started to produce a special multifunctional VMG 5000 rectifier for shipbuilding companies. At this time, the production process of electro-slag welding (ESS) and micro plasma welding machines also began. Such machines have not been previously produced by any plants in the USSR.
Seal of Quality
In 1975 the factory produced special equipment called ARAKS for French-Soviet cooperation. An experiment near the surface of the Earth between the French island of Kerguelena and the village of Sogra in the north of the USSR using an Eridan rocket. Three of the plant's products, such as the VMG5000 rectifier, the A1114M semi-automatic welding machine and the STSh - 250 transformer have been awarded the Quality Mark, which is certified as the highest quality standard in the USSR.
- 1975 - 1980
More than 50 welding equipment sets
The plant quickly gained world-wide fame thanks to its technical capabilities and good and solid equipment. Between 1975 and 1980, the factory supplied more than 50 sets of welding equipment to Japan, Sweden, Germany and the USA. In contrast, manufacturers of vehicles such as VAZ, ZIŁ and KAMAZ have become our regular customers.
Between 1976 and 1978, the plant successfully produced the U851, U901 and UD133 technological lines. The former was used to weld the frame at the ZIŁ factory, the latter was used to assemble and weld the multilayer joints of large-diameter pipes at the Pipe Manufacturing Plant in Kharkizk. The UD133 set was designed to weld the knots of the T-150 serial tractor in the Tractor Production Plant in Kharkiv.
On board the Salut orbital station - 6
In 1979 the plant produced a unique set of "Insparitel" for thermal evaporation of metal and thin film coatings of several samples of construction materials on board the Salut-6 space complex under zero gravity and external vacuum conditions. This important experiment has again confirmed the advantages of the scientific and production team of the E.O. Electric Welding Institute. A paton that brings together scientists, designers and the production team.
Construction of the first immobile Soviet drilling platform
The Kaspmorneftegasprom Association submitted an application to the E.O. Paton Institute of Electrical Welding to obtain technical assistance for the construction of a stationary Soviet oil rig. The wells were to produce oil and natural gas from a depth of 100 m above sea level off the Caspian Sea coast.
- 1980 - 1990
The range of interest has expanded very quickly. In 1980 an integrated team of welding equipment and mechanisation of welding works took control over the process of manufacturing multilayer pipes and delivered them to the Vyksa Steelworks.
The electro-slag welding machine A550 receives another Quality Mark, which is certified as the highest quality standard in the USSR. The USH118 electroslag welding machine receives a gold medal at the international fair in Leipzig. A team of specialists from the E.O. Paton Institute of Electrical Welding and the Technology and Design Office headed by the director of the G.B. Asoyants Plant received the USSR State Prize in Science and Technology for the implementation of high efficiency plasma arc remelting power sources into industrial equipment.
Welding machines are successfully supplied to various companies, including Zdanov Tyazhmash, a wire factory in Kharcyzek, the Volgograd nuclear power plant, a valve factory in Kuybishevskiy. Welding equipment, spare parts, accessories, high quality kits that meet international standards were exported to Austria, Hungary and Canada.
Island in the Sea at a depth of 113m
In September 1982, a stationary platform was established at a record depth of 113 meters, which drilled twelve wells and was remembered in the maritime domain under the name "April 28 in the Caspian Sea".
Ten thousand tons of high-strength metal was used to create a complex installation of steel strands of the structure, composed of true exquisiteness and accuracy with the help of scientists from the E.O. Institute of Electrical Welding. Paton. The support blocks alone weighed 2500 tons, which at the request of the designers of "Gypromorneftegas" were placed on an area of almost four thousand square meters. The new site was opened in the developing Caspian Sea full of oil and gas resources. In the article "Island at Sea", September 1982, newspaper "Tower" Azerbaijan.
Scientific and technological development in the field of welding metallurgy
3 January 1984 contributed to the great achievements of the w development i . science; w  technology; welding metallurgy. Scientific and Technical Complex of the Electrical Institute The E.O. Paton Welding Company, which has a Pilot Plant in its structure, has been awarded The Order of the October Revolution. This is the second most important Soviet medal for the great achievements of the w development i technology, w welding and special metallurgy.
For the first time in the world...
In July 1984, at the Salut-7 space station, the cosmonauts Svetlana Savitskaya and Vladimir Dzhanibekov successfully carried out, for the first time in the world within 3 hours and 35 minutes, operations of cutting, welding, soldering and splattering of metal plates, using a portable electron beam welding device produced by the Welding Equipment Department of the E. O. Paton Institute of Electrical Welding.
A cross-sectoral scientific and technical complex is being created
In 1985 a cross-sectoral scientific and technical complex (MNTK) was created and the Welding Equipment Department was incorporated into its structure.
The most difficult times in the history of the Welding Equipment Plant
These were the most difficult years in the history of the plant. The collapse of the Soviet Union had a significant impact on the industry of all the Republics of the Union, including Ukraine. The demand for unique welding sets has dropped dramatically. The plant had to reduce production. We were forced to give up a large branch of the plant. All equipment was transported to the main plant. The company continued to produce new models of the Institute of Electrical Welding of the Technology and Design Office only for customers from CIS countries.
At the end of the 1990s a revival in industrial and construction production was observed. There has been a significant increase in interest in power supplies for various welding methods. The decision was taken to improve the production of transformers, rectifiers and semi-automatic welding machines as they were in greatest demand. The plant itself has designed and developed the production of small series of STSh transformers of 250A, 315A and 400A, VD rectifiers of 250A, 315A and 400A. Semi-automatic welding machines of 180A, 250A, 315A power were modernized. Many years of experience with TSS transformers with SRS stabilizer have shown reliability in various technical fields.
Resistance butt welding kit
The K805 set for resistance butt welding was exported to Finland, while the N-126 magnetic pulse welding set was exported to Mexico
Improvement of alternating current welding
At the beginning of this decade, the Institute completed the development of the USGD burning arch stabilizer. This device has effectively improved the AC welding process, allowing the welding of small thickness aluminium alloys. A transformer was used as a power source.
The Welding Equipment Plant team has improved the STSh transformer series by equipping them with SGD arc stabilizer. Two blocks can be installed in the VD rectifier in order to improve the arc glow and prevent the electrode from sticking during low current welding of the main welded tubes and critical metal structures. Semi-automatic welding machines have been significantly modernized. Their production has been developed in two models: a power source integrated with the body of the feeding mechanism or a separate rectifier and feeding mechanism.
Designing i developing the production of inverter equipment
The key point of this stage was to introduce the inverter as a power source for the world market. They were mainly designed for manual arc welding. Opening up to new requirements The company's team has concentrated its efforts in the field of design and development of the global market. the production of inverter equipment.
Three inverter models
In 2008, the Welding Equipment Department of the E.O. Paton Institute of Electrical Welding started to produce a small series of inverter devices consisting of three power models: 120A, 160A and 200A for arc welding.
- 2011 - 2014
Resumption of cooperation
Welding Equipment Department Paton together with the Experimental Bureau of the Technological Design of the E.O. Institute of Electrical Welding. The Paton of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine resumed cooperation with a company belonging to the structure of oil companies in Azerbaijan (SOCAR). Nowadays there is a real chance for closer cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan in the field of welding technology. By combining engineering and industrial forces, our countries will achieve high performance in the research and development of Caspian oil and gas resources.
Special equipment for arc welding and electroslag remelting
Prior to 2013, the plant manufactured equipment for arc welding and electroslag remelting on special orders. In 2013 there was an increase in production of classic and different power sources. The number of inverters produced for arc welding has increased significantly. Revival of production, thanks to individual orders for high-performance power sources used in welding and electro-slag remelting. The devices had the power of 3000A, 6000A and 10000A. Resumption of production of three types of welding tractors immersing the welding arc in the core electrode (powder) at a maximum current of 1000A. That is why the plant designed, developed and produced a power supply for a VDU transformer with a current of 630A to 1200A.
Metal construction plants and construction companies have renewed their projects throughout the country where they used arc welding. That is why the plant developed the production of 630A and 1200A multifunctional rectifiers in 2013. Production of inverter equipment used in repair shops has increased significantly.
Unique sets for the Kharkiv Turboatom Enterprise
In 2014, the plant completed the production of four unique sets for welding turbine rotors at the company PJSC "Turboatom" in Kharkiv. These sets were developed by the Institute's Design and Technology Office in close cooperation with our Department, which have been successfully implemented in PJSC "Turboatom". The Welding Equipment Department of the E.O. Paton Institute of Electrical Welding continues the traditions of the Paton School, strengthening cooperation with industry. Until now, our motto is "Reliability, Quality, Traditions" which helps us to create credibility in our customer relations.
The equipment performance tests that took place in the Welding Equipment Plant Paton were attended by representatives of JSC "Turboatom" and the President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine - Boris Paton. According to the proposal of the acceptance commission, the presented device can be used for submerged arc welding in narrow notches in both steam turbines and elements of different configuration.
Implementations for Burmese shipyards
At the beginning of May 2015, the Welding Equipment Department Paton together with the Experimental Bureau of the Technological Design of the E.O. Institute of Electrical Welding. The Paton of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine concluded an agreement with the State company Ukrspetsexport for the development and production of welding equipment in tropical climate with increased efficiency and reliability. Welding rectifiers VS-650SR with BP 608 feeders and inverter devices VDI-200 PRO were tested and sent for use in one of the shipyards in South East Asia (Burma/Myanmar Republic). This experience was a challenge, but it could be said with satisfaction that the Paton Welding Equipment Plant has a very large domestic production capacity, but by improving the reliability of the equipment there was a prospect of expanding the market for products for different climate zones.
Electroslag welding of metal up to 200 mm thick.
In January 2016. Welding Equipment Department Paton together with the Experimental Bureau of the Technological Design of the E.O. Institute of Electrical Welding. Paton signed a contract with the Engineering Department for the development and production of specialized equipment for electroslag welding of metal up to 450 mm thick. At the end of April, Paton Welding Equipment Plant, on the basis of research and experience, carried out an innovative order for the modernization of specialized equipment for electro-slag welding of metal up to 200 mm thick.
Experts have developed and performed many tests of welding equipment: the ASH115 welding machines have been supplemented with the VDU-1202P rectifier.
Welding device ASH115 with its own power source is designed for making connections by means of vertical, inclined and curved electro-slag welding (with radius of curvature R > 4000 mm and vertical angle ± 25 °), connections of sheet metal structures with one-sided forced joint forming. Two universal arc rectifiers type VDU 1202P are used as the power source for the ASH115 welding unit.
Welding device ASH115 with its own power source is complete in VDU - 1202p rectifier, which can be successfully used for welding tanks and steel products.
Electroslag welding of metal up to 450 mm thick.
In 2016, the Welding Equipment Department Paton together with the Experimental Bureau of the Technological Project of the E.O. Institute of Electrical Welding. Paton of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine signed an agreement with the Department of Engineering for the development and production of specialized welding equipment for electro-slag welding of metal up to 450 mm thick.
During the project implementation, experts from the Welding Equipment Department of Paton i Offices The Experimental-Technological Project has been developed by i they have tested a number of specialized devices Welding equipment such as: A-535 welding equipment supplemented with TSHS 100-3 transformer.
The A-535 universal rail welding machine is designed for electro-slag welding in a single pass of steel from 50 mm to 450 mm thick. The device provides the possibility to perform vertical and circumferential welding with butt joints, corner and T joints. Welding is carried out simultaneously with one, two or three electrodes with a two-sided forced joint formation. The use of three electrodes gives the opportunity to significantly improve the parameters of three-phase welding and thus to achieve a balanced load on the power grid, with a high power factor and modification of the chemical composition of the welds.
The universal welding tractor A-535 is complete with welding transformer TSHS 1000-3 as a power source. It can be successfully used to weld tanks and steel products. This project started with the resumption of the production of specialist electroslag welding equipment at the Paton Welding Equipment Plant, which is in high demand in the largest industrial companies.
Presence and future
Presence and future
Many years of experience in production of unique sets and power sources for different welding modes support optimism of the plant staff in prospects for future because there is no industrial production, which is possible without welding. Paton machines will always be appreciated by customers not only in Ukraine but throughout the world. All in all we feel our technical abilities are unbeatable.
1959 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1984
1985 - 1999
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2011 - 2020