MIG or TIG Welding – Which Process Is Right for Your Business?
There are several different welding services and techniques that can be used to manufacture products. Even though some techniques can speed up productivity rates in the manufacturing industry, quality is the ultimate goal.
Today, welders are highly specialized, using nearly 30 types of welding that employ elements like gas, electricity and laser beams. Below are some considerations when using MIG welding and TIG welding techniques for products.
Advantages of Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding /GMAW
MIG welding uses a gun that is continuously fed with a consumable electrode. The process uses an external gas to shield the welded metal from environmental factors like oxygen making it continuous and quick. This method produces less welding fumes, has high electrode efficiency and requires less heat input. However, the process doesn’t work effectively on thick materials and it requires an external shielding gas.
MIG welding works well with a variety of alloys like stainless steel, aluminum, silicon bronze, magnesium, copper and nickel. It is used in automotive repairs, construction, plumbing, robotics, fabrication and maritime repairs. There are several advantages that can help you increase productivity:
· The MIG welding process is easier and cheaper to use
· Process can be semi and fully automated, depending on production needs
· Gas shielding offers protection to the arc and significantly reduces the loss of alloys
· Very minimal waste and splatter is produced
· Highly versatile technique that can be used on various alloys and metals
Advantages of Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding /GTAW
This welding method is a time-consuming process that requires a high level of skill and focus. An autogenous weld can be created by melting two pieces of metal together without filler metal. TIG produces high quality and spatter free welds of various alloys that can be very thin. However, it requires a highly skilled operator and external shielding gas and doesn’t work on rusty or dirty materials.
TIG welding is best used in aerospace welding, vehicle, motorcycle and bike manufacturing, tubing and in high precision welds. Here are a few reasons why businesses can benefit from the TIG welding process:
· No smoke, fumes, splatter, and less alloy waste
· Precise control with temperature regulation creates cleaner and higher quality welds
Every method of welding has distinct advantages and disadvantages, and you’ll want to take the time to consider which process will be optimal for you. No matter what welding method is right for your project, Epic Welding can provide high-quality welding, maintenance, and metal fabrications services in the Southern Indiana and Metro Louisville area.