The purpose of welding is to make a quality weld that penetrates successfully without any pores, gaps or pockets in as little time as possible. This is true whether the welding is done on a production basis or if it’s done occasionally. Machine shops often require welding, and the right welder will be able to help with maintenance, repairs or fill a contract position based on a specific project.
In addition to choosing the right welder, the right welding process must also be selected and this can be hard. With all of the different welding processes available, it’s easy to get confused. Choosing the correct welding process to match the project can determine whether that job will produce a profit or cause a loss.
When it comes to choosing the right welder, all of the variables have to be considered, such as the materials and methods. The right choice can save you countless hours in production, grinding, polishing, as well as repairs.
It is very important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of each welding process to ensure that you choose the right option based on your welding situation. There isn’t one welder or welding process that can be applied to any given situation, so weigh all of the elements before making your decision.
The following are the most common welding processes:
Gas metal arc welding
Gas tungsten arc welding
Shielded metal arc welding
To select the right welding process for the job, you need to take into account the type of material being welded, the thickness of it, the time required, and the welding position. Power source and amount of current available are also of great importance so be sure to consider those as well.
If you take the time to really go through all of the elements of your project and know in great detail what the job entails, you will be able to choose the right welder. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each welding process can make your selection a lot easier and more profitable.