Manufactured exclusively by IRCO, the PortaWelder™ is a next-generation member of the column & boom family of products. It is used for GMAW & SAW weld processes by pipe fabricators and small vessel manufacturers.

Portable & Mobile – Welding Manipulator

The PortaWelder is a self-contained, easy to move, welding station designed to mechanically position the welding arc.

  • Eliminates stationary mechanized welding systems
  • Column & boom, power supply and reels are housed on a caster-wheel, mobile platform
  • The welding system is brought to the weld joint.
  • Telescoping boom and fork lift pockets provides ease for positing the weld head
  • A single operator can position in the work cell
  • Eliminates the need for costly and unsafe material handling procedures
Capacity & DimensionsCBPW-0705
Vertical Stroke (in)44.75
Boom Stroke (in)31
Base Rotation360°
Capacity at End of Boom (lbs)250
Capacity on Platform (lbs)1,500
Boom Lowered Height Min (in)44
Boom Raised Height Max (in)88.75
Max Horizontal Reach – End of Boom to Edge of Cart (in)58
Footprint – Max Power Supply L x W x H (in)48 x 28 x 43
Overall Height (in)104
Machine Weight – Manual Boom Drive (lbs)1,170
Machine Weight – Power Boom Drive (lbs)1,250
Shipping Dimensions – L x W x H (in)68 x 52 x 100.5
Welding Specifications/FeaturesCBPW-0705
Wire Mounting1-2 Spools Rear End Mounted
Output AccessoriesCBPW-0705
Input Voltage110/1/60Hz
Operator ControlsPush Button Pendant [20ft]
Control Functions (Powered Option)Lift Direction/Boom Direction


**Reference purposes only. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Options – Accessories

Mast Extension

The PortaWelderTM is offered with mast extensions to allow for greater accessibility with an increased torch height. The mast extensions allow for the system to reach larger diameter pipe or pipe that requires clearance for accessories and fittings.

Operator Interface

IRCO offers multiple control packages which can be tailored specifically to meet the automation requirements of a certain application. IRCO offers everything from push button pendants to custom touch screen HMI controls. The advantage is allowing the user the flexibility to configure the interface of the PortaWelderTM based on the application. The IRCO interface consolidates the controls of the welding and positioning equipment to a single industrial touch screen.

LED Digital Display

IRCO systems are offered with optional LED digital speed read outs for improved consistency when controlling travel or rotation speeds based on weld parameters.


IRCO slides deliver fine controlled movement of the torch head in the X and Y axes. Designed and manufactured to withstand the harsh elements of heavy manufacturing. IRCO slides are offered in both manual/powered motion, multiple stroke lengths and weight capacities for specific applications.

90° Swivel Mounts

IRCO 90° swivel mounts are designed to adjust the orientation of a mechanized weld head +90° 0 -90° on the vertical axis. The swivel mount eliminates any adjustment or remounting of auxiliary equipment on the weld head that may be required to accommodate alternate configurations. IRCO swivel mounts are predominately used to adjust the mechanized weld head between circumferential and longitudinal welds.

Seam Tracking

IRCO integrates industry leading tracking systems for mechanized welding using laser and mechanical probe technologies. IRCO has extensive experience integrating tracking systems in many industry applications.

Weld Camera Viewing Systems

IRCO integrates high definition weld camera viewing systems for remote weld monitoring, quality control and safety. IRCO offers the latest technologies in both open and submerged arc viewing systems for a wide array of applications.

Flux Recovery

IRCO integrates submerged arc flux recovery systems including both pressurized and gravity fed. IRCO uses industry leading flux systems that are proven in performance and reliability.

Cable Management

IRCO offers complete cable management systems to protect cable and hosing from the harsh elements. IRCO uses industry leading energy chain cable carriers from suppliers that are proven within heavy manufacturing.

Weld Package Integration

IRCO offers complete turnkey weld package integration for mechanized welding systems. IRCO has extensive experience in detailing/mounting both standard and customized weld heads.

Turnkey System Installation

IRCO offers turnkey system installation. IRCO has dedicated experienced personnel to provide installation support from setup to operator training.