Industrial Welding
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Welding has become essential in multiple environments, from construction and the motor industry to manufacturing and home improvement. Over 50% of all manufactured products in the U.S. require welding at some point. 

Now, having a team of experienced welders for your projects is more important than ever. 

At Smith Welding and Fabrication, we take pride in our expertise in industrial welding. We are licensed, bonded, and insured to provide services that meet our client’s unique preferences and industrial standards. Whether your project requires steel, wrought iron, aluminum, or stainless steel welder, we are your experts. We are at the forefront of ensuring quality, safety, and customer satisfaction.

What is Industrial Welding

Industrial welding involves using intense heat (5,000 to 30,000℉) and pressure to join pieces of metal to create solid and durable structures.

The end product can typically withstand the demands of heavy-duty applications. 

This process has become vital in industrial manufacturing. Welders can create complex structures, heavy equipment, and other products in various industries.

4 Main Types of Welding

Technology has diversified and improved the tools, techniques, and equipment welders use. The four main types of industrial welding include:

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding/Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding
Stick welding/Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Flux-Cored Welding

Large Scale Welding

Large-scale welding is a crucial part of industrial welding that involves welding large structures and components such as bridges, buildings, and heavy equipment. It’s a demanding field that requires a skilled welder experienced in large structures and the safety requirements involved. While different welding techniques may be used, it depends on the particular workpieces, metal thickness, and the project’s requirements. 

Large-scale welding requires specialized equipment to handle the project’s size and complexity. This can include heavy-duty welding machines, cranes, and other lifting and support equipment. Further, the project’s particulars demand careful planning, preparation, and execution to produce strong, durable, defect-free welds.

Common Industrial Welding Processes

The most common welding processes used in various industrial environments include: 

Arc Welding

Arc welding uses a common welding technique that uses an electric arc to melt and bond metals. An electric current passes through an electrode, creating a high-temperature arc. This arc heats and melts the metal to form a weld, strongly bonding the workpieces. 

The most common types of arc welding are stick welding (SMAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). This process is popular since it's ideal for various metals and thicknesses and in constructing buildings, bridges, and other large structures.

Gas Welding

Gas welding leverages a combination of fuel gas, such as acetylene, with oxygen to create a scorching high-temperature flame. The flame, up to 6,000 ℉, melts the edges of the workpieces, allowing for effortless joining. 

It's particularly popular in industrial environments, ideal for joining thin or complex-shaped metals. It's also suitable for heating tasks like frozen metal parts and welding iron, cast iron, aluminum, brass, copper, bronze, and steel. The most common type of gas welding is oxy-acetylene welding, commonly used to fabricate pipes, automotive parts, and aircraft components. 

Resistance Welding/Electric Resistance Welding (ERW)

Resistance welding uses the heat generated by the resistance of the metals being joined to an electric current. The metal parts are pressed together, and an electric current is passed through them. The resistance to the current causes the metals to heat up and melt, creating an effectively strong bond. 

This process is common in industrial settings because it's fast, efficient, and cost-effective since it doesn't require additional materials. Additionally, it's highly automated, making integration into various manufacturing processes effortless. Resistance welding can be used on different metals, including steel, copper, nickel, brass, and aluminum. 

Some common types of resistance welding include projection, flash, upset, spot, and seam welding.

Looking for a Welder?

Experts forecast the U.S. fabrication market to hit $3.31 billion by 2029, indicating the rising demand for welding resources. However, look for a welder with vast experience and skills in various industries and metals to ensure your project’s success. Ensure they can scale effortlessly according to your project’s demands and complexity.

The Smith Welding and Fabrication team has over 20 years of experience, knowledge, modern equipment, and legal requirements to work in any industry. We aim to achieve solid, reliable welds exceeding client and industry standards. 

Contact your industrial welding experts, and let’s help you forward your project smoothly.