For many years, welding has been used in a wide variety of industries to join pieces of metal together. Today, modern welding equipment is more efficient and reliable than ever before.
This post takes a look at three types of welding equipment that ensure efficiency and accuracy during the welding process.
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welders are among the most common welding equipment available today. MIG welders use electricity to melt two pieces of metal together, allowing them to form a strong bond. The welder deposits a welding wire into the joint while a gas such as argon or CO2 shields the weld from outside interference.
These welders are ideal for larger projects that require a great deal of precision and speed, such as car repair or large-scale industrial manufacturing. The MIG welder can also be used for aluminum or stainless-steel welding jobs for added versatility. This type of welder is relatively easy to use and can be used by both experienced professionals and hobbyists alike.
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welders are another popular type of welding equipment used in the modern day. These machines rely on an inert gas — typically argon — to maintain the arc's temperature during the welding process. They use a non-consumable tungsten electrode to create an electric arc that melts the two pieces of metal together.
The welders consist of a few components, including an electrode holder, a power source, and a filler metal. The TIG welder is a great choice for thinner metal projects or intricate repairs.
It offers more control over the welds and is ideal for precision welds that require a steady hand with extreme accuracy and consistency. The welders are often used in jewelry making, automotive repair, and aerospace engineering.
Plasma cutters are essential pieces of equipment in any well-equipped workshop. Their job is to cut through metal with a high-voltage electrical arc. The arc is created by a compressed gas — usually nitrogen or oxygen — and is used to heat the metal to a very high temperature. The gas then passes through a small opening in the cutting torch, which produces a plasma jet that slices through the metal.
Plasma cutters can be used to shape the metal before welding. This helps prepare the metal for a more precise weld and ensures that any imperfections are removed before the welding process begins. They can be used to cut thicker or harder metals, such as stainless steel or aluminum, before welding.
Contact a local independent welding equipment distributor for more information.