Love it or hate it, welding is a necessity for any manufacturer looking to improve production capacity.
Humans have been using welding techniques for thousands of years to create houseware, weapons, and other goods.
Nowadays, welding is used for all sorts of purposes, such as manufacturing cars, connecting underwater pipes, building skyscrapers, and more.
Manufacturers of every size and industry can use welding equipment to improve their production processes. Learn more about welding and how to purchase welding equipment for your facility below.
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What is welding?
Welding is the process of melting two metals (or less commonly other materials, such as wood) to form a joint.
Welding has been around for a long time. Welding tools and depictions of welders were discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb dating around 4000 B.C.E.
It’s clear that, with such a long history and the prevalence of welding today, welding is one of the foundations of manufacturing.
Types of welding
There are several types of welding processes. One popular method in manufacturing is spot welding.
With spot welding, two pieces of metal are permanently attached at circular points (hence, “spot” welding).
A machine like a pedestal spot welder achieves this with a pedestal that is pressed on by an operator, causing two copper alloy electrodes to press on two pieces of metal.
An electrical current passes through the copper alloy electrodes, which are situated above and below the metal pieces as shown by the diagram. The electrodes heat at the point of the copper and the metal pieces.
Once the metal is welded together, the current stops, but the electrodes apply pressure to ensure the metal is solidified into a joint.
This process is repeated until the metal pieces are fully welded into a joint.
Other welding processes include (but are not limited to):
- MIG welding
- Stick welding
- TIG welding
- Plasma Arc welding
- Electron beam welding
- Laser beam welding
- Gas welding
- Flux cord arc welding
- Atomic hydrogen welding
- Electroslag welding
Automatic versus manual welding
There are three types of welders:
- Human welders
- Human-operated welding machines
- Automatic welding machines
Human welders have been transforming the art and technology of welding since its creation.
To make welding easier and more efficient, welding machines like the pedestal spot welder mentioned above were invented. Then, as technology developed, fully automatic robotic welders entered the market.
Now, manufacturers around the world in any industry can use welding machinery for their metal products. Industries that commonly use welding machinery include automotive, construction, and aerospace and defense.
Where to buy welding equipment
If you are in search of welding equipment for your production line, look no further.
iGAM is the online marketplace for refurbished industrial robots, robot parts, and manufacturing equipment. We carry top brand names like KUKA and Lincoln Electric at up to 80 percent off retail price.
If you are a small- to mid-sized manufacturer who wants to purchase welding equipment without the upfront cost, then consider financing with iGAM.
iGAM offers two ways to finance:
- Fill out the quick application on the product page and choose the best financing plan from the nation’s top lenders.
- Apply for credit with our partner Behalf and purchase any equipment you need while making low monthly payments.
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