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3 Most Common Types Of Welding and Their Applications

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Welding is a vital part of metal fabrication, used to join two or more pieces of metal together. There are several types of welding processes, each with its own unique set of advantages and applications. Companies with metal fabrication shops like ParFab and Cypress Fabrication, specialize in a variety of specialty welding techniques to provide our clients with high-quality and durable metal products. In this blog, we'll discuss the three most common types of welding and their applications.

1. MIG Welding

2. TIG Welding

3. Stick Welding

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1. MIG Welding

MIG welding, also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), is one of the most popular welding techniques in the industry. This process involves using a spool of wire that is continuously fed through a welding gun. The wire is melted and joined with the base metal, forming a strong and durable bond.

MIG welding is commonly used for welding mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. This process is ideal for welding thin materials, making it popular in the automotive and aerospace industries. Just like ParFab, most fabrication companies like Cypress Fabrication, also use MIG welding for a variety of applications, including the fabrication of custom metal parts, frames, and brackets.

2. TIG Welding

TIG welding, or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), is a precise and clean welding process that produces high-quality welds. TIG welding involves using a non-consumable tungsten electrode to create an arc that melts the base metal. A filler rod is then used to join the two metals together.

TIG welding is commonly used for welding stainless steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals. This process is ideal for welding thin materials and produces a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing weld. TIG welding is commonly used in the food and beverage industry, as well as for custom metal fabrication and repair work.

3. Stick Welding

Stick welding, also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), is a popular welding process that uses a consumable electrode coated in flux to create an arc that melts the base metal. The flux coating produces a gas that shields the weld from the air, preventing contamination and producing a strong and durable bond.

Stick welding is commonly used for welding heavy-duty materials, such as steel and cast iron. This process is ideal for outdoor welding, as it produces a strong and durable bond even in windy or rainy conditions. Stick welding is commonly used in construction and pipeline applications, as well as for repair work during mechanical turnarounds on heavy machinery and equipment, such as heat exchanger equipment.

Specialty Welding Services

Precision and expertise in specialty welding ensures the longevity and reliability of industrial assets. This makes finding a company that you can rely on imperative.

Contact us today for more information on fabrication and specialty welding services.

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