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Increase deposition rates, productivity and arc-on time with Column and Boom Welding Manipulators

At Key Plant Automation, we specialise in the design, manufacturing, and supply of a comprehensive range of column and boom welding manipulators. Our core offerings extend from compact 6’x6′ models to expansive 50’x50′ (15m x 15m) solutions, ensuring we cater to a wide spectrum of project needs.

Our manipulators are engineered to elevate automated welding processes for inner, outer, circumferential, and longitudinal welding applications. We aim to optimise your fabrication throughput and enhance weld production quality, whether you are operating a pipe fabrication shop or a wind tower assembly line. Key Plant Automation provides tailor-made solutions to meet your specific project requirements.

We offer a diverse portfolio of global-leading column and boom welding manipulators available for purchase and hire. Choose from our Mobile Pipe, Standard, Extra-Heavy, Telescopic and Platform models to find the perfect fit for your project. Additionally, if your project demands unique solutions, our in-house capabilities and engineering expertise allow us to develop special-purpose machines for complex requirements.

Column and Boom Welding Manipulators
A compact column and boom welding manipulator

MP Series

Explore our compact and mobile pipe column and boom welding manipulators.

mid duty column and boom welding manipulator

SD Series

Our standard core range of column and booms measuring 2mx2m to 7mx7m.

A extra heavy duty column and boom welding manipulator

EHD Series

Bigger, thicker, stronger.. Extra heavy duty column and booms up to 15m x 15m.

Telescopic column and boom welding manipulator

Telescopic Series

Your go-to-solution when operating within tight and narrow production floor space.

SD Series.

Standard Column and Booms

Key Plant’s SD Series encompasses a range of standard welding manipulators, spanning from 2m x 2m to 7m x 7m. Renowned for their versatility and cost-effectiveness, these manipulators are a popular choice for medium and heavy-duty fabrication projects. Contact us today to learn more about our Standard machine series, including detailed specifications that meet your unique project requirements.

A Standard Key Plant Automation column and boom welding manipulator

EHD Series.

Extra Heavy Duty Column and Booms

The core range of Key Plant Automation Extra Heavy Duty (EHD) Column and Boom’s start from 7m x 7m. Our EHD series are highly robust column & boom manipulators, designed for long reaches of the boom and larger weights at the end of the boom. The EHD series is the primary solution for the largest, extra heavy duty fabrication work and payloads.

The column is mounted on an all rigid fabrication base complete with machined guideways for elevation of boom-carriage. Robust fabricated steel boom carriage counterbalanced and fitted with a safety device against counterbalance chain breakage. We have two ropes fitted on the Column Control up/down. If one rope was cut then the other rope has the capability and safe working load to hold the boom in position.

Specifications and datasheets available on request.

[Photo] Europe’s largest (15x10m) column and boom welding manipulator designed, manufactured and installed by Key Plant Automation.

Platform Series.

Column and Boom Systems with a Operator Platform

When it comes to welding extra-large vessels, safety and accessibility are paramount. At Key Plant Automation, we offer a solution that ensures both – our Column and Boom system with an integrated Operator Platform. This ingenious feature allows for secure and easy access to the weld process, even when working on substantial vessels. Whether you’re dealing with extensive projects in the manufacturing industry or need a comprehensive solution for your welding operations, our Column and Boom with Operator Platform provides a reliable and efficient way to maintain the highest standards of safety and accessibility.

Series selection.

Extensive Range of Column and Boom Welding Manipulators

Your machine can be supplied fully loaded with welding equipment (SAW, GTAW, GMAW, and K-Tig) as a “turnkey” package or as the “steelwork only”.

Mobile Pipe Manipulators (MP Series)

Mobile pipe welding manipulators are the ultimate solution for the pipe welding industry. Designed for user-friendliness, these compact manipulators simplify setup and operation, significantly reducing welding time and labor costs, while enhancing weld aesthetics. They also improve operator comfort and reduce fatigue.

Standard Duty (SD Series)

Key Plant’s SD Series includes a range of standard welding manipulators, spanning from 2m x 2m to 7m x 7m. Renowned for versatility and cost-effectiveness, these manipulators are a popular choice for medium and heavy-duty fabrication projects. Contact us today for detailed specifications.

Extra Heavy Duty (EHD Series)

Our EHD welding manipulator series extends from 7m x 7m to 15m x 15m, ideal for extra heavy-duty fabrication work. Versatile and cost-effective, these models offer solutions for your most demanding projects. Contact us for comprehensive information.

Telescopic Column and Boom

Opt for our innovative telescopic-type column and boom manipulators to save floor space. When the telescopic boom retracts, it fits inside the main boom arm, making it ideal for tight production lines.

Platform Column and Boom

Our Platform Series allows you to install operator platforms for extra-large vessels, providing safe and convenient access to the welding process.

Column & Boom Options and Features

Sub Arc Welding process

Weld Process

Machines can be supplied with SAW, GTAW, GMAW and K-TIG weld processes and integrated to various systems, such as narrow gap welding.

Custom designed welding head

Welding Heads

We develop special purpose & bespoke welding heads to suit every customers requirement. Flux recovery systems, laser tracking, motorised slides and height sensors are just some of the features that can be incorporated to your system.

Travelling base on floor rail

Travelling Bases

We provide the option of travelling bases that can be manual or motorised for use with floor rails. Caster wheels are also available for the PWS and PPC.

Control system for welding manipulator

Pendants and Controls

Our manipulators come with either a 7 function wired CE or UL standard pendant. We can also provide bespoke, wireless pendants, touch displays, and PLC control systems for special purpose project requirements.

Column and boom operator chair

Operator Chairs

If your application requires the operator to have direct access to the welding process. Operator chairs can be designed to fit on the column and boom, removing the need for external platforms, ladders, or lifting apparatus.

A Key Plant Automation HSC Headstock integration setup with Column and Boom welding manipulators

Integration

Optimise productivity by integrating your column and boom welding manipulator with other Key Plant equipment, such as headstocks and positioners.

Custom-built column and booms for your unique needs.

Key Plant Automation specialises in designing, manufacturing, and installing special-purpose column and boom manipulators tailored to a diverse range of sectors. Our track record includes developing groundbreaking solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. If your project demands innovation and uniqueness, our team is ready to meet the challenge. Contact us to explore how we can design a solution to elevate your operations.