While there are numerous welding types, the core premise of each method is the same. Generally, welding uses pressure and high heat to create a bond between two disparate pieces of metal. Welding is fundamental to the production of an expansive array of parts and components, offering a versatile, affordable, and efficient method for joining two metal components.
While many areas of machining and manufacturing have advanced considerably, welding remains ubiquitous in most metalworking operations. Though a relatively common process, achieving strong and reliable welds requires a high level of technical skill.
At Precision Waterjet & Laser, our experienced welding professionals can guide you in the selection of an appropriate welding process for your project and execute the welding operation with skill and precision.
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Most Common Welding Techniques
Different welding techniques incorporate varying gases and equipment. Each technique may also be defined by the characteristics of the bond it forms. The three most common welding methods include:
- Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding. Also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), TIG welding is a versatile welding method that requires the welder to feed a tungsten rod while simultaneously operating the TIG torch. The electrode on the torch heats the metal of the workpieces, creating weld beads that cool and create a bond between the two pieces. TIG/GTAW welding requires a higher degree of technical skill than other welding methods.
- Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding. MIG welding, sometimes called Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), is one of the simplest and most commonly used welding techniques. This method creates extremely strong bonds while producing only a small amount of waste. With this technique, an electrode is fed through the welding gun to create an electric arc between the electrode and the base metal. The arc heats the material to its melting point to create the joint between the two workpieces.
- Shielded Metal Arc welding (SMAW). More commonly known as Stick Welding, this traditional welding method still sees frequent use in many modern applications. Stick welding equipment is affordable and portable and may also be used with rusted metal and other difficult materials that MIG and TIG welding can’t accommodate. Stick welding also uses a consumable electrode melted by an electric arc, though it doesn’t require a shielding gas to protect the weld puddle as it forms. Stick welding produces a layer of slag that requires removal after the process is complete but is otherwise a relatively simple welding process.
Industry Leaders in Welding and Fabrication
At Precision Waterjet & Laser, our expert welders have experience on projects across an impressive range of industries. Some of the sectors we frequently work with include:
- Institutional equipment
Our team understands that the success of any welding project depends entirely on the knowledge and capabilities of the welding technician. Our skilled welders will work with you to identify the best method for your budget, timeline, and material.
To see how our welders can benefit your project, please contact us.