Application of a Plasma Powder Welding to Engine Valves 850518
In hardfacing of automobile engine valves made of heat resisting steel such as 21-4N, conventional oxy-acetylene gas welding has been currently conducted manually by well trained operators because of using cast Stellite rods as the filler. In accordance with the strong demands of automatic welding, we newly developed an automatically controlled Plasma Powder Welding (PPW) system. This system is characterized by the application of a high thermal density plasma arc as heat source and by using powder filler which melts more easily than bar cast rods. Moreover, this PPW system has been applied to the automotive engine valve production line and resulted in the great contribution to manpower saving.