Revolutionary 77

When people show you the number 77, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Undoubtedly anything special. However, that number is extremely revolutionary in the welding industry and hopefully in motorsport as well.  But first, let’s rewind time and go back almost 40 years.

In the beginning of early 1970’s, a group of welding professionals at Kemppi sat down and decided to revolutionize the whole welding industry. Kemppi thought that something needed to be done in order to fully serve the needs of the ever growing welding industry and create something that was never seen before.

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During the development, the device, which would later change the whole industry, was nicknamed VINKU 400 (meaning ‘Squeal’) because of the measurable noise it emitted.  In addition, the noise was not the only issue they faced as engineers encountered multiple blowups and pops.

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“After weeks of grinding away, numerous blown fuses, and various kinds of small and larger explosions, we got the MAG arc to burn one night”, says Tapani Mäkipää, one of the founding fathers of inverter technology. The basis for functional control technologies had been discovered, and Kemppi was able to present the magnificent innovation at Essen Welding Fair in 1977 and to start developing a device that was later brought to the market as the HILARC 250

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Today, the welding inverter is a familiar concept to anyone working in or with knowledge of the welding industry. There are probably many who do not fully understand the impact that inverter technology actually had on arc welding equipment, much less what is precisely meant by “inverter technology”. The core idea behind this technology made it possible to manufacture lighter but more efficient and versatile arc welding equipment. Today’s versatile welding units used in pulse arc welding would not be possible without the benefits of inverter technology.

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Now, let’s look at the same number from a different view. Or more specifically from a Formula 1 driver’s point-of-view. The number 77 is currently used by Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas, who has been sponsored by Kemppi since his carting days. During the last years, Valtteri Bottas has set his mark as one of the most talented Finnish drivers who ever sat in a F1 car. Last season Valtteri and Williams Martini Racing finished 4th in overall points and Valtteri stood on the podium six times.

This season he is going after his first ever Formula 1 victory as the season closes its half way point. F1 legends such as Sir. Jackie Steward and Sir. Frank Williams have said that it is only a matter of time when Finland will have  its 4th world champion and we at Kemppi believe so too! The whole F1 world witnessed the speed yet again last weekend in Montreal when Valtteri and Williams had an amazing weekend that resulted 3rd place in the Grand Prix.

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In addition, some of you may have noticed that the other, less outspoken Finnish F1 ace Kimi Räikkönen also has close relations with the number as his Ferrari carries the single 7 in its front.

To Kemppi, 77 represents innovation, desire to evolve and  an urge to be the best. Nearly 40 years ago in the welding industry and soon in Formula 1. All in all, number 77 truly marks something revolutionary and this all cannot be a coincident. Or can it? Well you can decide…

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Artistic steel construction with Kemppi

When you think about welding, what is the first thing that pops up in your mind? For some, it could be a welder’s helmet, or perhaps an electric arc. If you thought of Kemppi, you just made over 600 people under the employment of Kemppi Group smile for doing a great job!

Many associate welding with industrial endeavors, factory environments or personal projects in the cozy corner of one’s garage. However, this is only a part of the scope of how welding translates to different kinds of areas. In addition to functional purposes, welding is a common mean of creating art for sculptors and artists all over the world – as we saw in the case of ‘Symbiosis’ by Stefan Lindfors.

Tomasz Domański, a Polish artist with a long and versatile career, utilized Kemppi Minarc 150 in the creation of a magnificent steel sculpture ‘Square Babel’. The whopping 8-meter tall sculpture is situated in Skulpturenpark in Katzow, Germany, where it is possible to browse approximately 50 works from various international artists. Having done challenging work in the heights, Domański commends the efficiency of a Kemppi welding machine and continues to work with Kemppi machines in his future projects. A similar project is already underway near Wroclaw, Poland, which will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

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All the best for the future, Tomasz!

Pictures: Tomasz Domański

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Season’s greetings

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On a shared journey

If birds and fish could have their say, they would tell us that taking care of our oceans and environment is a matter for each and every one of us. We’re in this together. At Kemppi, we contribute not only by minimizing the environmental impact of our products but also by participating in broader initiatives – this year on behalf of the Baltic Sea region.

Located in Finland’s old capital Turku, ‘Symbiosis’ is a sculpture that symbolises the unity of the world’s oceans and waters, birds and fish, the delicate living wholeness that we need to cherish. The sculpture itself offers a platform for benefaction through the metal plates that anyone can buy to be welded on the Symbiosis. The profit will  go for the protection of Finnish Archipelago Sea.

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Finnish sculptor Stefan Lindfors is a keen welder himself, and knows what he is talking about what he comments about Kemppi’s MinarcMig Evo 200: “This is a small and handy powerhouse that seems to be capable of anything”. Professional welder Kari Helsberg is assisting Stefan Lindfors in the Symbiosis project.

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As a gesture of Christmas spirit, Kemppi has bought their own plate of good will, which has been attached on this work of art adorning the point where the Aura River meets the Finnish Archipelago Sea in the city of Turku. The artist Stefan Lindfors on the right.

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Thank you team Kemppi!

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The month of Movember is now behind us. On Wednesday last week you could see a bunch of men get together in Kemppi canteen, all in good humour and very determined in their mission. Looking cheerful with some whipped cream in their moustache, the men were celebrating the last week of Movember having coffee and cake.

These men had a good reason to congratulate themselves. The whole bunch of them had survived the strict demands of Movember, obeying the campaign rules from the first day to the last, and with their moustached faces spreading around the message to raise funds for a good cause: to improve men’s health around the world.

A substantial sum of money was raised in Kemppi team during the campaign, and Kemppi’s MM group (Men with Moustache) want to thank all those who made a donation for the good purpose.

 

In the same occasion, the first ever ‘Mr Movember Kemppi’ award was handed to Jukka Perttunen, who was the motivator and inspirer during the whole campaign. Also special price was raffled among the competitors and Lassi Saarinen received Polar sport watch with integrated heart rate monitor. Congratulations Jukka and Lassi!

‘It was our intention to bring some good will with a cheerful and positive attitude to otherwise so dark and gloomy November’, says Mr Movember Kemppi 2014, Jukka Perttunen.

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