Adjusting Weld Settings

Learn how to adjust weld settings in Beacon

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Written by Neil Spackman
Updated over a week ago

There are two ways to change settings. One is to update the part settings and the other is on a per item basis.

Part Settings

Part settings apply across your part and are used for categorizing, reporting, and tracking consumables. Accurately setting these fields will improve your overall experience in the Beacon app.

Updating Part Settings

To update part settings, with your part open, click on the three vertical dots in the upper left corner to open the part menu.

Then tap the "Weld Settings" option.

You will now see a screen that displays a section with part settings as well as the default weld parameters. You can change any of these settings as well as the defaults by tapping the inputs and updating their values.

Weld Process

The weld process setting allows you to switch between weld modes. This may differ by welder, but the standard Beacon setup includes Constant Voltage (CV) and Pulse. You will see options for all available processes in this input. This is configurable on a per step basis.

Material Type

The type of material being welded.

Material Thickness

The material thickness of the material being welded.

Wire Diameter

The width of the wire used to weld.


The gas composition of the shielding gas.

Welding Parameters

As mentioned previously, default weld parameters may be changed in the part settings and on a per step basis. To change the default parameters, refer to the previous section on Updating Part Settings. To change an individual weld step, read Updating Individual Weld Steps.

Travel Speed

The speed at which the torch tip travels along a weld path. It will be displayed as inches per minute or centimeters per min depending on your preference for unit of measure.

Wire Feed Speed

The rate that the wire will be dispensed from the wire feeder measured in inches per minute.

Arc Length

This is a Miller specific term for the pulse weld process which corresponds to the level of energy needed to burn off the welding electrode. As wire feed speed increases, a higher arc length setting is required to burn off the additional wire. Arc length can be adjusted from 0 to 100.


This is an ESAB specific term for the pulse weld process. As wire feed speed increases, a higher arc length setting is required to burn off the additional wire.

Stickout Offset

An offset to move the torch tip closer or away from the weld point measured in millimeters.

Arc Start Time

The arc start time is the delay after the arc has been initiated before movement to the next point.

Crater Fill Time

This is only applicable for the last weld point of a sequence and tack welds. It is the delay time (in seconds) taken to fill in the crater at the end of a weld.


This controls whether or not an oscillating pattern should occur during a weld. More information on weaving and related settings can be found here.

Updating Individual Weld Items

Individual weld items can be altered from the default by selecting any weld item in the part.

When tapping a weld item, a panel with weld settings will appear allowing you to edit any of the weld parameters mentioned before.

Read about these settings above.

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