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Fronius ramps up the comfort factor

The Fronius MagicWave 2200 AC/DC Tig and TT 2200 DC Tig product families have been extended by the addition of a “Comfort” version, which was previously only available in the larger MW/TT 3000, 4000 & 5000 models.

The basic functions remain unchanged compared with the standard versions, but the “Comfort” version has a plain text display.

This has a number of advantages. Everything is spelled out in plain text, simplified and “tells it like it is”. That means no abbreviations, no numerical codes, just straight to-the-point announcements like “Main current”, “Lowered current” or “Electrode diameter”.

This is unique, in terms of both handling guidance and user-friendliness and ranks highly at the very forefront of modern technology.

It is also available in several languages including German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch & Polish (Finnish & Estonian coming soon).

Additional parameters can be easily set using the menu navigation. The plain text display is intuitive, easy to read and absolutely self-explanatory, meaning that anyone can learn to use it straight away.

The “Comfort” control panel employs the usual Fronius standards and can be controlled easily even when wearing protective gloves.

Fronius tig welders are Microprocessor controlled, Digital welding power sources which are generator compatible and thermostatically controlled making them user friendly in the workshop or in the harshest remote sites. They feature, *Active Wave technology, *Automatic tungsten cap-shaping, Tig-Pulse, TAC function, RPI ignition (Reverse polarity ignition), Anti-stick and 100 Job memory.

Also available are the optional VRD, water cooling, cold wire tig feeding, trolleys and robotic interfacing.

The units are completed with a range of  tig torches featuring the renowned Fronius up/down remote control or can be operated with a range of remote pendants or foot controls.

(*Feature only available on the Magicwave AC/DC)


World first battery powered Accupocket – now with VRD

Newly released AccuPocket – the world’s first portable off-grid battery powered MMA welding unit from Fronius – is now available from Australian distributors SMENCO with Voltage Reduction Device (VRD).

Powered by high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, AccuPocket weighs just 11kg giving users unprecedented freedom of movement in manual electrode and TIG welding and makes AccuPocket the ideal solution for repair welding or site-erection work in remote terrain where there is no direct access to mains electricity.

A fully charged battery (400 Wh) delivers sufficient power to weld up to eight 3.25 mm diameter electrodes or 18 electrodes of 2.5 mm diameter.

The ActiveCharger device supplied with the AccuPocket is specially tailored to the requirements of the welding unit, and is based on Fronius’ proven Active Inverter Technology.

An intelligent control system using AccuBoost Technology makes sure that the battery and the welding electronics work together perfectly. In practice, this results in better welding results than could be obtained with a comparable mains-only powered MMA welding unit.

Exceeding stringent Australian safety standards AccuPocket with VRD has an Open Circuit Voltage (OCD) of 12 V – three times lower than the 35 V maximum OCD standard required. When the welding circuit resistance is greater than 200 ohms (ie when touching the human body) the OCV is limited to 12 V and the VRD must be active within 0.3 seconds after welding stops.

No mains? No worries

Compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, the rechargeable batteries used in the AccuPocket (lithium-iron-phosphate, LiFePO4) stand out for having the highest intrinsic safety and environmental compatibility currently available, lower self-discharge and no memory-effect.

Built-in battery-management functions and the specially adapted external ActiveCharger – with Active Inverter Technology that detects the state of the battery and optimally adapts the charging characteristic – together ensure safe operation and long battery-cell life.

Together with the unit’s compact dimensions (435 x 160 x 320 mm) in battery mode, AccuPocket is even safe to use in electrically high-risk environments because its internal design structure ensures that the highest voltage occuring anywhere inside it is always far below the permissible maximum of 113 VDC.

Even when attached to the ActiveCharger, the AccuPocket can still be used to carry on working, in hybrid mode. During run-times, the energy from the battery is used to ensure a constant arc under all operating conditions (e.g. mains-voltage fluctuations).

The welding off-times are then used for recharging the battery. The battery exercises a buffering function which lessens the load on the supply network, in turn preventing the annoyance of circuit-breakers being tripped on jobsites. What’s more, the full welding amperage of 150 A is available in TIG mode, or 140 A in MMA mode, even in a 110 V network.

Due to the extremely efficient Active Charger that only draws maximum 9.5 A the AccuPocket can also be run from very small generators. In this case, the integrated rechargeable battery reduces the required maximum power input, meaning that a much lower-capacity current source can be used.

Instead of an 8 kV generator, a 2 kV unit is now sufficient – this ties up less capital and facilitates portable deployment.

Thanks to its facility for battery-powered operation, AccuPocket minimises time-consuming weld preparation work. This means that in many applications, it is actually more economical, over its service life as a whole, than conventional electrode welding systems.

About Fronius

Fronius International is a family owned Austrian company with nearly 2600 staff worldwide. Fronius is a world leader in the fields of welding technology, battery charging systems and solar electronics.


SMENCO is one of Australia’s leading distributors of welding equipment, consumables, and associated welding technology from around the world.

Among other leading international brands, SMENCO is the national distributor for Fronius welding equipment and Castolin Eutectic (both recognised as leaders in Welding Technology and Wear Solutions), Bohler Welding Consumables, Kemper Fume Extraction, Bug-O Automated Welding Systems, and BOA Bore Repair Systems.

Based in Melbourne with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth, SMENCO personnel have an enviable reputation for knowledge, experience and commitment to their customers and their industries.

SMENCO company trained and experienced field staff are backed by a comprehensive national Distributor Network to provide customers with service that’s never far away.


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