Process pipe cell

The PPC (Process Pipe Cell System) is a compact mobile pipe column and boom welding manipulator.



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The Key Plant Process Pipe Cell allows for simplified torch positioning when parts vary in shape and size. The column includes 360° rotation, allowing it to rotate and position the welding head over multiple welding positioners or other fixtures.

The PPC is a self-contained, compact welding manipulator system that can be integrated as a turnkey solution with a variety of welding processes like GMAW and GTAW.



  • Easy to set up and operate
  • Reduces weld operator errors
  • Greatly reduces welding time and labor costs
  • Increase deposition rates, productivity and arc on time
  • Improved weld aesthetics
  • Improved operator comfort and reduced fatigue

Machine elements

  • All positioning functions including welding head manipulator, oscillator, welding positioner & turning rolls are managed via a single control
  • All welding functions are controlled via a remote interface
  • Integrate multiple accessories: (Seam tracking, oscillation, AVC and more)
  • Custom sizes can be engineered on request. *Subject to spec requirements
  • Motorised In/Out boom travel option
  • Pair with our material handling equipment and optimise productivity
  • Various base options – fixed, caster wheels or track wheels for use with floor rail installations
  • CE certified

Simplicity meets functionality – Optimise productivity with our cost-effective Mobile Manipulator Systems.

A Key Plant process pipe cell system installation

Process Pipe Cell (PPC) specification

ModelPPC Process Pipe Cell
Maximum Height Under Boom84” (2134mm)
Minimum Height Under Boom29.5” (749mm)
Lift Motor0.37kW
Boom Travel47″ (1200mm)
Column RotationManual 360º, Lockable
Control Box FunctionsUp/Down/Stop/Speed Control
Remote Pendant Control FunctionsUp/Down/Stop/Speed Control
Primary Input Power115V with 220/240V option
Input Current at Rated Load16 A
Overall Height93” (2370mm)
Weight1477lb (670kg)
Control Box Ingress Production RatingIP65
Optional/ExtasMotorised In/Out Boom Travel

Process Pipe Cell options & features

Welding options for mobile pipe manipulator systems

Choose your 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.

Pendant and control system

Pendants and control systems

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.

Motorised or manual option for boom travel of manipulator system

Boom travel

Choose from a motorised or manual option for the boom in/out travel.

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