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6 Benefits of Stud Welding

Every type of welding has its pros and cons, especially in regards to different projects. Stud welding is one variety of welding that has a great deal of benefits because it is a high-speed process that takes milliseconds. It’s used frequently for cookware, automotive, construction, marine, industrial, and aerospace products. Simply put, during the stud welding process a fastener is adhered to a metal piece. The stud is situated on a base metal, while a weld arc melts the stud and part of the base metal. The stud is then placed into the molten metal until it hardens once again. It’s very similar to flash welding.

Here are 6 benefits of stud welding:

Stud welding job by Image Industries on water component

1. Strength

The strength of the weld is much greater than that of the parent material or even the stud. This means that the welds made during the stud welding process will outlast the entire product, which is beneficial to the product since it won’t be faulty where the joints are located.

2. Fast Attachment

Not every kind of welding joins two items together easily or in a short amount of time. Fortunately, stud welding adheres to the parent material with the fastener quickly. Connecting a stud on a thin steel sheet doesn’t require a great deal of effort and can be done at a high speed. This saves you time and allows you to get more done with your time.

3. Cost-Efficient

Welding two objects together isn’t always cheap, especially with projects that take longer or consist of expensive materials. However, with stud welding, there is fewer maintenance costs involved. Plus, since it does not take long to perform, you can use less-skilled welder hours.

4. No Weld Splatter

Some types of welding are notorious for splattering. For instance, welders commonly experience splatter in MIG welding, sometimes even in excess. With stud welding, there is not any weld splatter because a ceramic shield covers the arc and weld zone.

When there is welding splatter, it is comprised of hot metal that may be dangerous if it comes in contact with skin or eyes (which should be protected when you weld anyway). Additionally, the splatter may damage items in the general vicinity of where you are working. The splatter might ruin the product completely. When it is salvageable, you will need to rework it a bit, which takes time and money. If you are not able to correct it, you waste even more time and money. That said, when there is no weld splatter through stud welding, you lower costs and labor-hours on your project!

5. Many Applications

When you learn stud welding, you will be taught how diverse the stud welding process can be. It can be used for fixing airlines, machine guards, handles, fireproofing material, insulation, wiring looms, and more. This type of welding is beneficial in situations where the reverse side of an assembly is not accessible.  For stud welding, access is only completely necessary on one side. This includes instruments, earth points, rails, and mounting circuit boards.

6. Painted or Pre-coated Items

During stud welding, it is okay if an item is painted or pre-coated. From being practically smokeless to being splatter-less, stud welding is safe and clean in contrast to other welding types. Not to mention, you can do it quickly and on various projects.

 

If given the option between stud welding and another joining process, you should almost always choose stud welding for the reasons stated above.  To learn more about stud welding, visit the Image Industries welding processes page. Or, if you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team directly!