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An Overview of Welding Services

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

In contemporary times, the market for welding services is highly diversified and competitive. There are many welding processes out there in the industry that may be difficult to assess and decide upon which to opt for. Due to these welding challenges, welding contamination being just one prominent example of it, different welding techniques have evolved, each having its unique purpose, ideal working conditions etc.

To know about these various welding services for commercial fabrication, check out the following five varieties of welding services and their corresponding welding procedure as a whole. This will help you identify which kind of welding services best suit your needs.

Kick Arc Welding

Kick arc welding service is among the oldest welding methods used today. This welding method is usually incorporated in all kinds of fabrication operations. In addition to this, it has many notable features and is widely used all over the world. Fabricating metal products like pipes and panels can apply kick arc welding services to fabricating metal products like pipes and panels.

Also referred to as gas tungsten arc welding, this is among the widely used welding processes still in use today. A tungsten electrode is placed inside a welding gun. Filler metal is fed into the filler, where it melts and fuses with the electrode. This type of welding service is often employed in metal fabrication and industrial fabrication. It can also be used to weld sheet metal and other thin-wall materials.

MIG Welding

MIG welding services are a great alternative to oxyacetylene welding. In MIG welding methods, metal components are held in place by a magnetic field. The components are then welded by using inert tungsten gas. MIG is mostly used for welding aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, and sometimes other metal components.

TIG Welding

TIG is another popular method of welding services. In this process, a tungsten electrode is held in the welding gun, similar to MIG. However, instead of feeding the metal component straight into the filler, the tungsten electrodes are made hot to melt and bond with the metal components. Once the metal has been cooled off, it is passed through a cooling process, such as argon or carbon dioxide welding. As a result, the end product is stronger and smoother than the results from oxyacetylene welding.

There are many advantages to using welding as an industrial fabrication welding method. First, it is less expensive to use than MIG welding. Besides, the quality of the welds produced is also usually better. Also, because the components are held in place by a magnetic field, there is less chance for secondary arc bursts or "blackouts." Some people prefer to use tungsten arc welding in their construction jobs because of its accuracy, but it can be noisy. This type of welding method can also produce fine layers of metal that are thinner than those produced by oxyacetylene arc welding but not as thick as those produced by gas metal arc welding.

Oxyacetylene and Gas Metal Arc Welding

Oxyacetylene and gas metal arc welding is another popular welding method used nowadays. This type of welding service uses an electrode pressurized to create a vaporized form of inert gas, such as xenon or argon. Once the electrode is vaporized, it is pushed into the workpiece through a small hole. Usually, the workpiece has to be perfectly clean; otherwise, the inert gas may interfere with the weld. In addition, the work must be placed very close to the electrode, as the arc generated by this welding method can be quite strong. This welding method is usually less expensive than TIG welding. Still, it is a little messy because the work must be placed very close to the electrode, which means additional cleaning afterward.

Submerged Arc Welding

Submerged arc welding (also known as "stick" welding) is the least expensive welding method available today, thus making it quite common. In this process, an electrode is laid down on the workpiece so that it is close to the work piece's centerline. A consumable electrode is then attached to the workpiece, which creates an electric arc between the two. The consumable electrode is not generally a significant energy consumer. Stick welding is typically used when direct heat or a tungsten electrode is needed for the job.

The above methods have their separate usage, utility, and procedures. Bearing in mind that both commercial and non-commercial needs are catered efficiently.

Contact Us: Iron Associates’ State-of-the-Art Welding Services

Our competent, qualified welding team has years of experience and can perform a wide range of services, including structural and plate welding as well as light gauge welding. Steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron are just a few of the alloys we weld on. Our cutting-edge facility is well-equipped to handle a wide range of welding projects.

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