Welding Process: The 4 Different Types

A man weldingSteel is one of the most durable materials on the planet. No wonder it is a common choice for construction. But different construction and industries need various types, shapes, and sizes of steel. How can these strong and durable materials be shaped according to different needs?

Manufacturing companies in Edmonton such as Advantage Manufacturing Ltd. can do so through welding. It is a process where heat is used to bend, break, and mold steel to different shapes and sizes. The four most common types of welding can help you know more about the process.

Shielded Metal Arc

Also known as stick welding, shielded metal arc welding is considered a dated process, albeit the cheapest. It uses welding rods to form an electric arc between the stick and the metal.

Although the end process would be metals joining together, the product is as smooth as durable as other more advanced welding processes.

Glass Metal Arc

A more common welding method nowadays is also known as Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding. This process combines two pieces of metal together using a shielding gas with a wire electrode. The electrode heats up the metals for them to join together.

Flux Cored Arc

This method is known for its versatility both in usage and in process. Flux Cored Arc welding is very easy to learn, not to mention inexpensive. It is very similar to Glass Metal Arc welding, but it uses a special tubular wire filled with flux to complete the process. The use of shielding gas is also optional.

Gas Tungsten Arc

Gas Tungsten Arc welding uses Tungsten, a rare element that gives pure and high-quality weld. This method is used in welding thick sections of stainless steel. Using Tungsten electrode can produce a very smooth and durable finish.

But, it is more complex and time-consuming as compared to the other methods.

More than a construction process, welding is a craft that can be perfected using skills and various materials together.