Bernard Expands Power Pin Offering for AccuLock S Consumables System

Bernard Expands Power Pin Offering for AccuLock S Consumables System

BEECHER, Ill. (November 10, 2020) — Bernard announced that its AccuLock™ S consumables system now includes Lincoln®, Tweco® #4 and Tweco #5 power pins. These are in addition to the power pins for Miller® equipment previously available.

AccuLock™ S Power Pins - Lincoln®, Tweco® 4 and 5

All power pins are configurable options for the company’s BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG guns using the online configurator.

The AccuLock S consumable system addresses errors in liner trimming by locking and concentrically aligning the liner between the contact tip and power pin — no fasteners required. This system provides a flawless wire feeding path to minimize downtime associated with issues like burnbacks and birdnesting. Installing and replacing the liner is an error-proof process that requires no measuring. Users simply load the liner and trim it flush with the power pin.

Contact tips in the AccuLock S consumables system last two to three times longer due to optimized wire feeding. The contact tips also simplify inventory as part of a common consumable platform; they share the same contact tip with Tregaskiss® AccuLock R consumables.

The AccuLock S consumables system requires all AccuLock components: contact tip, diffuser, nozzle, liner, neck insulator, power pin and power pin cap.

AccuLock R Consumables Now Available on Fixed Automatic and Robotic Water-Cooled MIG Guns

AccuLock R Consumables Now Available on Fixed Automatic and Robotic Water-Cooled MIG Guns

WINDSOR, Ontario (October 27, 2020) – Tregaskiss announced its fixed automatic MIG guns and robotic water-cooled MIG guns are now available with AccuLock™ R consumables. This consumable system has been designed to increase contact tip life and virtually eliminate cross-threading issues, leading to a reduction in both planned and unplanned downtime for changeover.

AccuLock R consumables family of contact tips, nozzles and diffusers
AccuLock R Consumables

AccuLock R consumables are compatible with the Tregaskiss MA1 fixed automatic air-cooled MIG gun, as well as the Tregaskiss MW1 and AW2 fixed automatic water-cooled guns for hard tooling automation applications. They are also available on the Tregaskiss 600-amp robotic water-cooled MIG gun, which is designed to improve productivity on demanding applications, such as welding thick plate or running prolonged duty cycles. Customers currently using TOUGH LOCK® consumables on their 600-amp robotic water-cooled gun can convert to AccuLock R consumables with no impact on Tool Center Point (TCP).

The consumables, including contact tips, gas diffusers and nozzles, are an option to select when customizing any of the guns using the Tregaskiss online configurators.

AccuLock R contact tips feature coarse threads that are responsible for virtually eliminating cross-threading, along with a long contact tip tail. The tail concentrically aligns inside the diffuser before engaging to ensure quick and accurate contact tip replacement, reducing time spent troubleshooting.

The AccuLock R contact tip has an increased mass at the front of the tip; plus, 60% of the tip is buried in the diffuser so it is protected from the arc’s heat. Tapered mating surfaces provide excellent electrical conductivity and also keep the consumables locked in place.

Bernard and Tregaskiss Release New MIG Welding Guns & Consumables Catalog

Bernard and Tregaskiss Release New MIG Welding Guns & Consumables Catalog

BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. (August 4, 2020) — Bernard and Tregaskiss have announced the availability of a joint MIG Welding Guns & Consumables catalog.

MIG Welding Guns & Consumables Catalog Cover - 2020
Front cover of the new MIG Welding Guns & Consumables Catalog

The 46-page, full-color catalog includes a consumable comparison chart to compare contact tip, nozzle and diffuser types across the brands’ available consumables offerings, along with a consumables and MIG gun series compatibility chart to guide users in their selection.

The catalog offers easy-to-read key features and part numbers for its products and is organized by product category, first highlighting the brands’ exclusive AccuLock™ S and AccuLock R Consumables — both designed to reduce downtime and improve welding performance.

Also included in the catalog are product details and configurator overviews for customizing Bernard® Semi-Automatic MIG Guns, Tregaskiss® Robotic MIG Guns, Clean Air™ Guns and more. Tregaskiss Fixed Automatic MIG Guns for hard tooling applications are also featured.

Each page includes website QuickLinks with URLs users can visit to learn more about a specific product, plus service and support contact numbers and directions to explore online resources, such as videos and product configurators.

The catalog can be downloaded as a PDF or ordered as a printed copy at Tregaskiss.com/literature.

Bernard Expands AccuLock S Consumables Offering

Bernard Expands AccuLock S Consumables System 

BEECHER, Ill. February 19, 2020 – Bernard has expanded its AccuLock™ S consumables system to include additional diffuser and nozzle types and sizes, as well as new contact tip options.

AccuLock S Consumables family including contact tip, nozzle, diffuser, liner and power pin
AccuLock S Consumables Family

The large AccuLock S consumables offering now features a new slip-on diffuser, along with a copper 3/8-inch bore tapered nozzle.

Bernard has also added two new diffusers that allow small AccuLock S consumables to be installed easily, including thread-on and slip-on versions — plus compatible brass and copper nozzles with 5/8- and 1/2-inch bores and brass nozzles with 3/8-inch bores. A variety of tip recesses are available within the selection of nozzles.

In the case of the small or large AccuLock S consumable offering, the same nozzle can install onto either a thread-on or slip-on diffuser.

New tapered ‘TT’ series contact tips (0.350-inch O.D.) are available to accommodate wire diameters ranging from 0.023 to 1/16 inch and are compatible with both small and large AccuLock S diffusers and nozzles. The ‘TT’ series contact tips pair with tapered-profile nozzles to provide the same tip recess and better weld joint access. Like other contact tips in the system, the ‘TT’ series contact tips feature coarse threads that easily mate with the gas diffuser to reduce the risk of cross-threading and to speed replacement.

The AccuLock S consumables, introduced in early 2019, were designed to reduce downtime, troubleshooting and rework associated with errors in liner trim length and erratic wire feeding. The system concentrically aligns the liner with the power pin and contact tip, locking it in place for a flawless wire feeding path. Welders don’t need to measure the liner during installation or replacement — they simply cut the liner flush with the back of the power pin for perfect liner trimming, every time.

In addition to contact tips, nozzles and gas diffusers, the AccuLock S consumables require an AccuLock S-specific liner, power pin and power pin cap.

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    AccuLock R Consumables Increase Throughput and Efficiency

    AccuLock R Series Consumables Increase Throughput and Efficiency

    WINDSOR, Ontario (November 14, 2019) – Tregaskiss has designed its new AccuLock™ R consumables system to virtually eliminate cross-threading issues and offers AccuLock HDP contact tips as an option within the series to extend tip life by 10 times or more in certain pulsed welding applications.

    Product photo of AccuLock R Contact Tips, Diffusers, Nozzles

    The consumables can help to reduce both unplanned and planned downtime in robotic MIG welding applications. By increasing efficiency, AccuLock R consumables help companies achieve annual cost reduction and throughput goals — with minimal risk or effort. They are ideal for applications in the automotive, fabrication and manufacturing industries.

    For companies challenged with a shortage of experienced welding operators, reducing the need for replacement of the AccuLock R consumables means fewer human interactions within the welding cell and fewer opportunities for errors during installation. The coarse threads on the contact tip are responsible for virtually eliminating the risk of cross-threading and a long contact tip tail concentrically aligns within the diffuser prior to thread engagement, ensuring quick, accurate replacement. Eliminating cross-threading issues allows companies to spend less time troubleshooting and more time focused on weld quality and productivity initiatives.
    AccuLock R consumables feature an enhanced contact tip-to-diffuser design. The contact tip features increased mass at the front and 60% of the tip is buried in the diffuser, protected from the heat of the welding arc, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Tapered mating surfaces ensure optimal electrical conductivity, while also keeping the consumables locked in place.

    The Tregaskiss® AccuLock R and Bernard® AccuLock S consumables share a common contact tip available for welding wire sizes ranging from 0.023 to 1/8 inch. This common consumables platform™ simplifies inventory and reduces the chance of mistakes during changeover.

    The consumables are compatible with front-loading QUICK LOAD® liners from Tregaskiss, as well as TOUGH GUN® CA3 and TA3 robotic MIG guns and Tregaskiss air-cooled fixed automation MIG guns. Current users of Tregaskiss® TOUGH LOCK® consumables or other contact tips and diffusers can, in most cases, easily change to AccuLock R consumables without affecting the tool center point (TCP) or needing to reprogram the robot.


      Tregaskiss Updates Robotic MIG Gun and Reamer Configurators

      Tregaskiss Updates Robotic MIG Gun and Reamer Configurators

      WINDSOR, Ontario (August 20, 2019) – Tregaskiss has updated the online configurators for its TOUGH GUN® CA3 robotic air-cooled MIG gun, TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic air-cooled MIG gun and the TOUGH GUN TT3 reamer robotic nozzle cleaning station with improved functionality. The new mobile-friendly configurators allow users to quickly and easily customize their robotic MIG guns and reamer for their exact application. 

      Image of computer monitor, tablet and cell phone displaying the online configurator

      Designed for high-volume production environments, the 385-amp TOUGH GUN CA3 robotic air-cooled MIG gun is engineered for precision, durability, accuracy and repeatability. The TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic MIG gun minimizes downtime and improves welding performance on today’s through-arm robotic welding systems, while the TOUGH GUN TT3 and TT3 (Ethernet) reamer helps extend the life of robotic MIG guns and consumables and operates reliably in even the harshest welding environments.

      In addition to features previously offered on the configurators, including reverse part number lookups and step-by-step product customization, the new versions provide access to expanded resources. These include a detailed summary of the configured gun or reamer, downloadable exploded view diagrams, an expanded replacement parts list with diagram, and other valuable takeaways like spec sheets and owner’s manuals.

      When the configurations for the TOUGH GUN CA3 and TOUGH GUN TA3 Robotic MIG Guns or TOUGH GUN TT3 Reamer are complete, the user receives a part number and parts list, and has the option to print, save in PDF format or email results. There is also the option to find contact information for a local distributor to order products from, or the user can request more information from a Customer Service representative.

      To access the newly updated online configurators, visit Tregaskiss.com/ConfigureMyGun.

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        Bernard and Tregaskiss to Showcase Consumable and Gun Solutions at FABTECH 2019

        Bernard and Tregaskiss to Showcase Consumable and Gun Solutions at FABTECH 2019

        BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR Ontario. (July 18, 2019) – Bernard and Tregaskiss will attend FABTECH 2019 in Chicago at McCormick Place, November 11 to 14. The companies will be in booth B23054.

        In addition to showcasing AccuLock™ consumables for semi-automatic and robotic welding applications, the companies will also participate in live welding demonstrations. As part of those demonstrations, the Bernard® AccuLock S consumables will be paired with Bernard semi-automatic MIG guns, power sources from Miller Electric Mfg. LLC and filler metals from Hobart in a shared area with these brands.

        Both Bernard and Tregaskiss will have representatives available to answer questions about semi-automatic and robotic MIG gun and consumable solutions and provide information on the companies’ technical and product support.

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          Bernard Updates Online Configurators with Expanded Capabilities

          Bernard Updates Online Configurators with Expanded Capabilities

          BEECHER, Ill. April 9, 2019Bernard has launched new versions of its BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG gun and Clean Air™ fume extraction gun online configurators. These mobile-friendly configurators make it easy for users to customize an industrial-duty welding gun to match their application or preferences — improving comfort and overall welding performance. Configuring a gun to users’ exact specifications can help reduce fatigue and stress, making them more productive and helping them gain high quality welds. 

          Image showing three different hand-held BTB MIG guns

          Users can still take advantage of the configurator features offered previously, including reverse part number lookups — now with extended functionality and additional resources available. These online configurators let customers choose the specifications of their gun, including cable type and length, amperage, handle and trigger type, neck type, neck angle and length, contact tip, wire size, power pin and liner. Plus, the new Bernard® AccuLock S consumables are now available for selection in the BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG gun configurator.

          Once the configuration is complete, users receive a part number and a detailed summary of their results. In addition, users now have access to new exploded view diagrams of the welding gun and consumables, product spec sheets and an owner’s manual, as well as other relevant online resources and literature.

          Users can choose to print the results of their gun configuration, download them in PDF format and save them for later, or share via email, and can request more information from a Bernard representative directly on the site. They can also take the part number to their local distributor to order their gun.

          Learn more or access these online configurators now.


           
           

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            MIG Gun Consumable System Simplifies Installation, Offers Flawless Wire Feeding

            MIG Gun Consumable System Simplifies Installation, Offers Flawless Wire Feeding

            BEECHER, Ill. March 6, 2019 – Bernard has introduced its new AccuLock™ S consumables system. Building on proven MIG gun consumable technology, Bernard has added advanced design features. These features ensure higher productivity and optimized wire feeding, while also simplifying installation and maintenance. The system includes a contact tip, nozzle, gas diffuser, liner, and power pin and power pin cap. 

            “AccuLock S consumables represent a revolutionary improvement for users of industrial MIG guns,” says Linda Ray, Vice President and General Manager. “These MIG gun consumables work together, as a complete system, improving performance and minimizing — if not eliminating — the most common gun maintenance issues.”

            About the MIG Gun Consumable System

            The AccuLock S consumables are designed to solve issues associated with poor wire feeding in semi-automatic MIG welding such as bird-nesting, burnback and erratic arc. The system locks in place and concentrically aligns the liner with the power pin and contact tip. This allows for a flawless wire feeding path with no gaps or misalignments. Additionally, this does not require liner measuring during installation or replacement. Welders simply cut the liner flush with the back of the power pin for perfect liner trimming — every time. Combined, these features decrease the risk of improper installation. Moreover, this decreases the possibility of costly downtime to address poor weld quality or liner replacement.

            Image of AccuLock S MIG gun consumables including liner, nozzle, contact tip and diffuser

            Adding to the ease of installation, the contact tips feature coarse threads that easily mate with the gas diffuser, lessening the chance of cross-threading and speeding contact tip replacement.

            By design, the Acculock S MIG gun consumables reduce heat buildup, improving product life. Sixty percent of the contact tip is buried in the gas diffuser to protect it from heat damage. The shielding gas helps cool the contact tip tail. The tapered design of the consumables tightly lock conductive parts together to minimize electrical resistance and further reduce heat buildup.

            As a complement to the AccuLock S MIG gun consumables system, AccuLock MDX™ consumables launched with the new Miller® MDX MIG guns in February 2019. AccuLock R consumables for robotic welding applications will release under the Tregaskiss® brand name later in 2019.


              AccuLock Consumables With Miller MDX Guns Offer Flawless Wire Feeding

              AccuLock Consumables With Miller MDX Guns Offer Flawless Wire Feeding

              Image of 3 models of Miller MDX MIG guns

              APPLETON, Wis. (February 6, 2019) — Miller Electric Mfg. LLC has introduced its new MDX™ series MIG guns. Designed with operator comfort in mind, these MIG guns feature a durable and ergonomic handle with a rubber overmolding for improved grip, while the addition of a ball and socket handle swivel reduces fatigue.

              AccuLock™ series consumables add to the performance of the gun, providing a flawless wire feed path. The front-loading liner locks in place (no need for set screws) and aligns concentrically with both the contact tip and power pin to optimize wire feeding. Error-proof liner trimming, with no measuring required, reduces burnbacks, bird-nesting and erratic arc caused by liners that are too short, minimizing downtime for troubleshooting or rework.

              The MDX series includes three models: MDX-100, MDX-250 and MDX-250 EZ-Select™. These guns are all compatible with Miller AccuLock MDX series consumables, and the MDX-250 and MDX-250 EZ-Select guns are also compatible with Bernard AccuLock S consumables. Both AccuLock series feature tapered connections between the contact tip, gas diffuser and neck to maximize electrical conductivity for longer product life. Coarse thread on the contact tips speeds replacement by mating easily with the gas diffuser and lessens the risk of cross-threading.

              Bernard® AccuLock S consumables are an excellent upgrade to increase durability and consumable life when welding with MDX-250 or MDX-250 EZ-Select guns in heavier industrial environments. They also simplify consumable inventory for operations using a mix of Miller MDX and Bernard MIG guns.

              Miller offers conversion parts to retrofit older style Miller MIGmatic M-Series guns with AccuLock MDX and AccuLock S consumables. M-Series consumables will not be compatible on the new MDX series MIG guns.

              Gun compatibility and capabilities

              The MDX series guns will be made available on multiple Miller power sources.

              The MDX-100 is rated at 100 amps. It pairs with the following:

              • Millermatic® 141
              • Millermatic 211Multimatic® 215
              • Multimatic 220 AC/DC

              The MDX-250 contains increased copper in the cable, is pulse welding capable, and can be used with CV waveforms. It is compatible with the following:

              • Millermatic 212 Auto-Set™
              • Millermatic 252
              • Millermatic 255
              • Multimatic 200
              • Multimatic 255

              The MDX-250 EZ-Select gun features trigger program select that allows the user to select up to four weld programs by tapping the MIG gun trigger, saving time for walking to the machine to make changes. To help avoid errors, the gun features LED lights on the handle to indicate the weld program that is currently selected. It works with the following:

              • Millermatic 255
              • Multimatic 255

              For more information, visit MillerWelds.com/mdx.

                Tregaskiss Expands Robotic MIG Welding Gun Offering

                Tregaskiss Expands Robotic MIG Welding Gun Offering

                WINDSOR, Ontario. September 11, 2018 — Tregaskiss has expanded its TOUGH GUN® TA3 robotic air-cooled MIG gun offering to include configurations for additional through-arm style robot models in the marketplace. These include: 

                TOUGH GUN TA3 Robotic Air Cooled MIG Gun
                • FANUC® 100iD
                • KUKA® KR6 R1820HW, KR8 R1420HW, KR8 R1620HW and KR8 R2100HW
                • Yaskawa® Motoman® AR1440, AR1720 and AR2100

                In addition to being fully customizable according to robot make and model, most TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic MIG guns can be configured with the desired solid or clutch mount/wire brake/air blast combinations, neck, nozzles, contact tips and more at Tregaskiss.com/ConfigureMyGun.

                The guns have been designed with precision and reliability in mind and feature the unique low-stress robotic (LSR) unicable, which incorporates a rotating power connection for stress-free rotation that helps extend the life of the cable. A specially engineered neck clamp improves the consistency and durability of the clamping force, while a wide selection of standard necks expands the tool center point (TCP) options and variety of working envelopes.

                The TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic air-cooled MIG guns are compatible with Tregaskiss® consumables and with the QUICK LOAD™ liner AutoLength™ system — a system that helps rectify wire feeding and quality issues associated with incorrect liner length. Housed inside the power pin, the spring-loaded module applies constant forward pressure on the liner, keeping it seated properly in the retaining head and allowing up to one-inch forgiveness if the liner is too short.


                  Bernard and Tregaskiss to Display Products, Host Live Welding at FABTECH 2018

                  Bernard and Tregaskiss to Display Products, Host Live Welding at FABTECH 2018

                  BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. July 17, 2018 – Bernard and Tregaskiss announced the companies will showcase their products at FABTECH 2018 in Atlanta from November 6 to 8 in booth C12828. Bernard semi-automatic MIG guns and consumables will be on display and also featured in live welding demonstrations with power sources from Miller Electric Mfg. LLC. Tregaskiss will showcase its robotic MIG guns, consumables and peripherals and feature them in Miller pre-engineered automated welding cells. Welding demos will feature Hobart filler metals.

                  The companies will have representatives available to answer questions and plans to unveil new products for the fabrication and manufacturing industries.


                    Fume Extraction MIG Gun Offering Expands, Adds Improved Features

                    Fume Extraction Gun Offering Expands, Adds Improved Features

                    Clean-Air Fume Extraction MIG Gun

                    BEECHER, Ill., April 3, 2018 – Bernard has announced changes to its fume extraction gun offering. Effective immediately, Bernard® FILTAIR™ fume extraction MIG guns are transitioning to the Bernard Clean Air™ brand name and will become Bernard Clean Air curved handle series fume extraction MIG guns. In addition, several upgrades have been made to the former FILTAIR fume extraction guns.

                    “This transition offers improved functionality, performance and ease of maintenance to our fume extraction guns — to bring flexibility and value to users,” said Jerome Parker, product manager, Bernard.

                    Designed to produce a cleaner, more compliant work environment, Clean Air fume extraction guns are ideal for large weldments and confined space welding applications, and they range in models from 300 to 600 amps. The name change was made due to feature and performance similarities between the two gun offerings.

                    In addition, several upgrades from the Clean Air gun line are now available for the former FILTAIR gun models, including:

                    • Reduced overall weight, stemming from the eliminated need for a protective cover thanks to a new high-performance, crush- and snag-resistant extraction hose.

                    • Adjustable nozzle shroud with a front vacuum chamber that adjusts to one of four positions for optimized fume capture, gas flow and weld access.

                    • Additional neck options of 30-, 45- and 60-degrees are now available for the curved handle model.

                    • Inclusion in the Clean Air gun online configurator with expanded options. The curved handle guns are now available with Centerfire™, Quik Tip™ and TOUGH LOCK® consumables and are compatible with QUICK LOAD® liners and the QUICK LOAD liner AutoLength™ system.

                    Along with the name change, the FILTAIR gun part numbers have been converted to Clean Air gun part numbers for a seamless transition. Legacy products can be identified from updated products by visible changes in neck and shroud color. The fume extraction components that previously were chrome now have a black finish.

                    Learn more about Clean Air fume extraction MIG guns, or configure you gun today.


                      Bernard and Tregaskiss Earn Stringent Quality Certification

                      Bernard and Tregaskiss Earn Stringent Quality Certification

                      BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. Feb. 19, 2018 – Bernard and Tregaskiss have earned upgrades in their quality certifications. The quality management systems of both Bernard and Tregaskiss for the design, manufacture and service of semi-automatic and robotic welding guns, respectively, have been registered to Quality System Standard ISO 9001:2015, as have components and related accessories.

                      The ISO 9001:2015 standard sets out the criteria for a company’s quality management system and using the standard helps ensure that an organization’s customers receive consistent, high quality products and services. The standard is based on several quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, risk assessment, and continual improvement.

                      The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops international standards such as ISO 9001 and is an independent, international agency with a membership of more than 160 national standards bodies. Bernard was previously certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard in 2014 and Tregaskiss was certified to that standard in 1996 before upgrading to ISO 9001:2015 in recent months.

                      “Our certification illustrates our dedication to our products around the globe and is just another reason why our customers know that they can always trust Bernard to provide the welding guns and consumables they require to achieve their goals,” said Nashonne Newman, quality engineer, Bernard.

                      “This standard involves documented operating procedures, internal and third-party audits, management review, and advanced product quality planning — all to ensure that Tregaskiss products meet a very high standard of quality, safety and reliability for customers,” said Jatinder Singh, quality engineer, Tregaskiss.


                        New Robotic Water-Cooled MIG Guns Offer Lower Total Cost of Ownership

                        New Robotic Water-Cooled MIG Guns Offer Lower Total Cost of Ownership

                        Tregaskiss by DINSE TWD and CWD robotic water-cooled MIG guns installed on robots

                        WINDSOR, Ontario. November 27, 2017 Tregaskiss has introduced two new robotic water-cooled MIG guns that offer superior cooling power for longer gun and consumable life, in addition to zero gas loss for a lower total cost of ownership.

                        Tregaskiss® by DINSE™ CWD robotic water-cooled MIG guns are designed for conventional robots, while TWD robotic water-cooled MIG guns are for through-arm robots. Both guns are available as part of the five-year Master Distribution Agreement between Tregaskiss and DINSE GmbH announced in September 2017.

                        The new robotic water-cooled guns are available in a variety of amperages ranging from 350 to 600 amps at 100 percent duty cycle. Designed with a dedicated gas line that runs from the back of the guns directly to the gas diffuser, the guns deliver cost savings since shielding gas has zero opportunity to escape.

                        The guns also use a unique dual-circuit cooling system that runs the length of the front end, providing more effective cooling and lower operating temperatures. This feature results in longer MIG gun and consumable life, as well as less downtime for consumable changeover. Cooler operating temperatures also reduce the amount of spatter that adheres to the nozzle, saving time and money in cleanup, extending nozzle life and lowering overall consumable costs.

                        CWD and TWD Robotic Water-Cooled MIG Guns are available in clutch and solid mount models, with a variety of mounting arm and neck options to achieve Tool Center Point (TCP). They also include integrated air blast and a simple liner design, with one end pre-dressed at the factory to minimize the opportunity for operator variation in liner trimming.


                          Regain Up to 95 Percent of Lost Productivity for Tip Changes With the New TOUGH LOCK HDP Contact Tips

                          Regain Up to 95 Percent of Lost Productivity for Tip Changes With the New TOUGH LOCK HDP Contact Tips

                          WINDSOR, Ontario. November 14, 2017 — Tregaskiss has introduced its new TOUGH LOCK® HDP contact tips, designed to significantly extend contact tip life in pulsed MIG welding applications — resulting in increased production throughput. 

                          TOUGH LOCK HDP contact tips

                          Precision engineered with a special alloy that provides a higher resistance to wear and arc erosion, the TOUGH LOCK HDP contact tips allow operations to regain as much as 95 percent of the productivity lost during typical contact tip changeovers. TOUGH LOCK HDP contact tips can do so by lasting six to 10 times longer than copper and chrome zirconium tips, which often need to be replaced twice as frequently during pulsed MIG welding due to its high heat input. The new contact tips also feature a tight bore tolerance, provide increased arc stability to improve weld quality and reduce spatter, along with its associated cleanup.

                          TOUGH LOCK HDP contact tips are available in packages of 5, 25 or 100 and can be used with .035-, .040- and .045-inch solid copper-coated wires. They are compatible with TOUGH LOCK Consumables, including nozzles and retaining heads, and require no change to Tool Center Point (TCP). The contact tips also benefit from compatibility with the TOUGH GUN reamer robotic nozzle cleaning station, which helps extend the life of robotic MIG guns and consumables by automatically removing spatter.


                            Bernard Expands and Updates Clean Air Fume Extraction Gun Offering

                            Bernard Expands and Updates Clean Air Fume Extraction Gun Offering

                            BEECHER, Ill. November 16, 2017 — Bernard has introduced a new model to the Clean Air™ fume extraction gun family and has updated the entire Clean Air offering with a new look. A 300 amp MIG gun has been added to the Clean Air family, which allows users to reduce smoke at the source with an industrial-duty fume extraction gun that is comparable in size and weight to a regular welding gun. In addition, Bernard has changed the finish from chrome to black on all Clean Air fume extraction gun vacuum tubes and chambers. This aesthetic change has been made on all new guns, replacement vacuum tubes and replacement chambers. 

                            Image of Clean Air fume extraction MIG gun with straight handle

                            The expansion of the Clean Air fume extraction gun offering provides more choices and greater flexibility for operations seeking to establish a cleaner, more compliant work environment. Clean Air fume extraction guns are also available in 400-, 500- and 600-amp models and can be used with solid and flux-cored wire. The guns are compatible with high performance consumables from Bernard, including Centerfire™, Quik Tip™ and TOUGH LOCK®, as well as the conventional liner or QUICK LOAD® liner. Users can make their selection and customize their Clean Air fume extraction gun when configuring their gun online

                            All Clean Air fume extraction guns have a small vacuum chamber that provides good joint access and visibility, along with a 360-degree vacuum hose swivel on the rear of the handle that improves flexibility and reduces operator wrist fatigue. The guns are ideal for large weldment and confined space welding applications.


                              Bernard and Tregaskiss to Feature Gun Repair/Maintenance Demos at FABTECH 2017

                              Bernard and Tregaskiss to Feature Gun Repair/Maintenance Demos at FABTECH 2017

                              BEECHER, Ill. August 14, 2017Bernard and Tregaskiss will showcase its welding guns and consumables at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago, November 6 to 9, along with providing a variety of demonstrations. Both companies will share booth B23034 with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and Hobart, where they will feature live welding demonstrations of Bernard semi-automatic and Tregaskiss robotic MIG guns with Miller power sources and robotic welding equipment using Hobart filler metals — offering visitors the chance to try a complete welding solution from the brands. In addition, representatives will provide demonstrations on how to repair, maintain and install option changes to the Bernard BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG guns, to illustrate the ease of maintenance or modification.

                              The company plans to feature new products designed to improve quality, productivity and cost savings, and will have representatives available to answer product and technology questions. 

                                Tregaskiss Celebrates 50th Anniversary

                                Tregaskiss Celebrates 50th Anniversary

                                WINDSOR, Ontario. June 5, 2017 — Tregaskiss announced the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1967 by William Tregaskiss, a toolmaker from England, the company introduced its first semi-automatic MIG gun in 1972 to address the demanding welding needs of the automotive industry. Since then, the company has introduced the well-known TOUGH GUN® and TOUGH LOCK® brands, and today is known as an industry leader in the manufacturing of robotic MIG guns, peripherals and consumables

                                Employees in front of Tregaskiss holding 50th anniversary sign

                                “We’re excited about this milestone and thankful to the people who have made our company what it is today,” says Diana Schneider, vice president/general manager, Tregaskiss. “From our dedicated employees who work hard to develop the best possible products to our customers and channel partners who continue to support us, everyone is critical to our success — we value these relationships.” 

                                Tregaskiss was family owned and operated until it was purchased by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2007.


                                  Bernard Adds to Handle Options for BTB Semi-Automatic MIG Guns

                                  Bernard Adds to Handle Options for BTB Semi-Automatic MIG Guns

                                  BEECHER, Ill., November 22, 2016 – Bernard has announced the expansion of handle options from six to seven choices for its BTB semi-automatic MIG gun line. Handle options now include the new C series straight handle, which provides all the benefits of the existing T series straight handle, plus additional ergonomic benefits such as a handle overmold and rear swivel — at no extra cost.  

                                  Designed for maximum configuration flexibility and industrial-grade performance, Bernard BTB semi-automatic MIG guns provide users with options ranging from 200 to 600 amps with numerous cable length choices between 8 to 25 feet. The new C series straight handle is available for guns rated from 200 to 500 amps.

                                  By visiting the BTB MIG gun configurator, users can customize their gun with the C series straight handle or other handle options, choosing from three high performance consumables series — Centerfire™, TOUGH LOCK® or Quik Tip™ consumables — and multiple trigger options. 

                                  Insight Limited™ triggers are an available option when selecting the new C series handle, and are designed specifically for use with power sources from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. that feature Insight Centerpoint™ welding information management systems. 

                                  Users can also choose from 20 fixed and rotatable necks in various angles and lengths on any front handle style, and power cables are available in industrial-grade or steel monocoil to meet a variety of user needs. 

                                  The BTB semi-automatic MIG guns feature a one-year warranty plus lifetime warranties on both the rear strain relief and the front handle. Additionally, BTB guns equipped with the new C series straight handle or a T series straight handle feature the double-life MIG gun system. When the front end of the gun becomes worn from routine use, this system allows users to simply flip the front end of the gun with back end for additional use.


                                    Tregaskiss Offers Online Configurator for Robotic Nozzle Cleaning Stations

                                    Tregaskiss Offers Online Configurator for Robotic Nozzle Cleaning Stations 

                                    Configure a TOUGH GUN TT3 or TT3E reamer online

                                    WINDSOR, Ontario. Sept. 13, 2016 — A new online configurator from Tregaskiss makes it quick and easy to customize the company’s TOUGH GUN® TT3 reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations to match the needs of their welding application. Users simply follow a series of steps to configure a reamer model, first selecting the V-block and cutter blade to match the outside diameter (OD) and bore of their robotic MIG gun nozzle. Users can then select from various add-ons, including a wire cutter, lubricator, air blast and/or filter/regulator. Tregaskiss also offers the option to choose accessories sold separately, such as a reamer stand, anti-spatter liquid and an anti-spatter multi-feed system.

                                    After choosing all desired components, the configurator provides a summary of the selections, along with a part number for the reamer. Users are given the option to request a quote for the reamer, download spec sheets or owner’s manuals, print the selection summary and part number, or contact Tregaskiss for more information. 

                                    To help users save time, the online configurator incorporates a new reverse part number lookup function that provides a complete replacement parts list for their reamer based on an existing part number. 

                                    The reamer is available for customization in both analog and Ethernet models. The analog TOUGH GUN TT3 reamer features improvements to the sprayer system, new plug and play replacement parts, and simplified internal wiring for reliable performance and ease of maintenance. The TOUGH GUN TT3E reamer offers the same high levels of durability, serviceability and repeatability and is enhanced with digital Ethernet communications for better integration into facilities’ digital controls infrastructure. 


                                      New Reverse Part Number Lookup Function for Online MIG Gun Configurators Saves Time

                                      New Reverse Part Number Lookup Function for Online MIG Gun Configurators Saves Time

                                      BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. August 9, 2016 – Bernard and Tregaskiss have introduced a new reverse part number lookup function for their semi-automatic and robotic MIG gun online configurators — online tools that allow users to customize a MIG gun for their exact needs, by selecting amperage, neck style and angle, consumables and more. The new time-saving reverse part number lookup function provides users with the complete replacement parts list — from power pin to contact tip — for previously configured MIG guns, based on the existing part number. 

                                      Reverse lookup information is available for the Bernard® BTB semi-automatic MIG guns and Clean Air fume extraction guns, along with Tregaskiss® TOUGH GUN® CA3 and TA3 robotic MIG guns. It is also available for the TOUGH GUN G2 series robotic MIG guns (both conventional and througharm styles) and features additional functionality for these products to simplify conversion to a TOUGH GUN CA3 or TA3 robotic MIG gun. Users of Tregaskiss robotic water-cooled MIG guns (600 amp) and TOUGH GUN TT3 reamers can also benefit from this reverse part number lookup function. 

                                      To utilize the part number lookup function, users can visit Tregaskiss.com/ConfigureMyGun and follow the prompts on the home screens to enter an existing part number. 


                                        Bernard and Tregaskiss to Attend FABTECH 2016

                                        Bernard and Tregaskiss to Attend FABTECH 2016

                                        BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. August 2, 2016Bernard and Tregaskiss will attend FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas, November 16 to 18, where they will share booth N3733  with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. There, the companies will showcase the latest products for improving welding in the fabrication and manufacturing industries. Bernard will feature its semi-automatic MIG guns and consumables, while Tregaskiss will showcase its robotic MIG guns, peripherals and consumables — all designed to improve quality, productivity and cost-savings. Select products will be featured on Miller power sources and robotic welding equipment for static and live demonstrations. 

                                        Image of TOUGH GUN Reamer Stand

                                        New products to be featured at the show, include: 

                                        TOUGH GUN TT3E reamer — The new reamer from Tregaskiss has been enhanced with digital Ethernet communications to simplify integration into companies’ digital controls infrastructure, all at a lower cost. Remote monitoring capabilities allow companies to oversee and troubleshoot the I/O of reamer functioning in real time — without removing the reamer from the weld cell.

                                        TOUGH GUN reamer stand – Designed exclusively for Tregaskiss TOUGH GUN TT3 and TOUGH GUN TT3E reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations, this durable new stand is customizable in heights ranging from 18 to 45 inches. A simplified design allows for lower pricing, while features such as precision- manufactured, reamer mounting hole pattern specific to the two reamer models eliminates potential issues associated with third-party stands. Quick, accurate installation is easy due to compatibility with both reamers’ quick-change base plate.


                                          New TOUGH GUN Reamer Stand Offers Customizable Height and Quick Installation at a Lower Cost

                                          New TOUGH GUN Reamer Stand Offers Customizable Height and Quick Installation at a Lower Cost

                                          WINDSOR, Ontario. June 16, 2016 — Tregaskiss has announced the availability of its new TOUGH GUN® reamer stand, designed exclusively for its TOUGH GUN TT3 and TT3E reamer robotic nozzle cleaning stations. This fixed, durable stand can be ordered in custom heights ranging between 18 and 45 inches, and features a simplified design compared to previous models, allowing for lower pricing. 

                                          Image of TOUGH GUN Reamer Stand

                                          The TOUGH GUN reamer stand features a bolt pattern that supports the use of the convenient quick-change base plate featured on all TOUGH GUN TT3 reamer models, as well as a precision-engineered hole pattern specific for mounting the TOUGH GUN TT3 reamer or the new TOUGH GUN TT3E reamer — a nozzle cleaning station enhanced with digital Ethernet communications for better integration into facilities’ digital controls infrastructure. In addition, the reamer stand includes a standardized 8.5- x 6.5-inch hole pattern for mounting the stand to the floor so users can easily swap stands between weld cell stations. These features allow for quick, accurate installation.

                                          The new reamer stand includes clamps and fasteners for optimal cable management along the stand and the hardware necessary for mounting a filter/regulator unit (sold separately).