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Industrial Applications for Arc Welding

Arc Welding

Stud welding is a process that reliably creates strong bonds between two pieces, ensuring a long and useful life for the end product. Two separate but similar processes-arc stud welding and capacitor discharge welding-provide a welding process for differing materials and projects. Selecting one technique over the other is dependent on the materials used and the final finishes desired. Both arc and capacitor discharge stud welding offer many benefits in numerous industries.

Industries
Construction
Welding processes are a foundational aspect of all large-construction industries, ensuring strong, sustainable connections within buildings, bridges and other infrastructures.

Electrical
In the electrical and electronics industries, discharge capacitor (DC) welds are preferred for use with the thinner sheet metals associated with smaller, more delicate electronics systems. This welding option is used throughout the electrical system build-out process in numerous specialty applications, such as medical labs and small appliance fabrications. CD welding neatly bonds components like switchboards and switches in cabinets and on panels, fix fascia panels, add buttons and instruments, and attach printed circuit boards.

Mechanical
For more rugged applications that involve thicker metal dimensions, arc stud welding provides the control and effectiveness necessary to firmly bond heavier pieces together. In the automotive industry, arc welds bond heat shields, exhaust systems and hydraulic lines to the chassis. Metal furniture pieces like office desks, file cabinets and shelving units are often welded. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are usually constructed using welding processes.

Shipbuilding
Welding has been the traditional shipbuilding construction method used since the advent of the Industrial Age. Ensuring a water-tight surface is essential. Inside the ship, welding processes secure hatches, fluid lines, control panels and many other components critical to a safe and seaworthy vessel.

Equipment
Most, if not all, of today’s industries rely on properly functioning equipment, and welding processes are vital to the success of those machines.

Farm equipment
In agriculture, farm machines that plow, plant, seed and harvest are fundamental to the country’s food supply. Those machines are welded throughout their frames and processes. On the chassis, the cab frame, fenders and brackets are formed by welds. Motor structure and electrical functions are fused, as are the features of specialized tools such as threshers and spreaders.

Lawn and garden
Lawn mowers, trimmers, power saws and other garden equipment have long lives due to the strength of their welded frames. Other metal garden features enhance the enjoyment of outdoor life, such as barbecue grills, enclosures, seating and watering systems.

Highway equipment
Maintenance of safe and passable roads also depends on secure welds. Manhole cover plates and the sewer and utility systems that frequently run under roads are also usually constructed with welding processes.

Institutional equipment
Hospitals, medical facilities, schools and homes all rely on well-functioning appliances to keep food warm or cold, run accurate testing operations and clean clothing or dishes. Virtually every appliance in use today was constructed at least in part with a welding process.

If you have questions about industrial applications for arc welding contact your sales representative!