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How To Determine Which Stud Weld Gun Is Best For A Project

How To Determine Which Stud Weld Gun Is Best For A Project
Stud welding has many useful applications across many industries. However, not every piece of stud welding equipment will work with every project; one must know exactly how to choose which type of stud weld gun will work well for a particular project. Types of Stud Weld Guns There are two main types of stud weld guns: Production weld heads and hand-held models. The production weld heads have been around the longest, but they aren’t always the best option for every type of welding project. Production Weld Heads A production weld head is a type of stud weld gun that is very advanced. They can be fully automated and can integrate into most systems. In addition, these can be used in groups in order to speed up the welding process. These types of stud guns have many different options to fit a wide variety of welding projects. There are those that enable automatic positioning and manual loading, while there are others that allow for full automation of both positioning and loading. The welding guns that have full automation of both positioning and loading are programmable to handle many different welding tasks. Handheld Models Handheld model stud guns enable the greatest versatility and flexibility. They can come in both drawn arc and capacitor discharge varieties. The former can have many different grades in order to accomplish many different welding projects. Virtually anyone can work with this type of welding gun, plus they are built to perform at a high level, just as their larger counterparts are. Depends on the Project The best welding gun model depends on whether automation is needed or greater versatility and flexibility. This will vary with each type of project, including the scope and aspect of the project, as well as the time frame to complete the project. Be the first to like. Like...
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Should You Use Stainless Steel Threaded Studs?

Should You Use Stainless Steel Threaded Studs?
Stud welding is one of the efficient and cost-effective ways to mount many kinds of metals today. By using specially designed stud gun equipment, you can install hundreds of studs (if needed) in a very short amount of time. Many companies use carbon steel or aluminum studs, but in some cases, you may want to consider stainless steel threaded studs. Let’s check out your options to see which is best. Carbon Steel Standard steel is the most cost-effective material you can use. It’s also one of the strongest. Steel holds up well to vibrations and wear and tear. However, when exposed to the weather, carbon steel will rust and corrode, and this can be a problem for some applications. Aluminum Aluminum offers many benefits over other choices. It is highly resistant to rust and corrosion and is considerably lighter than carbon steel. Yet, it can be difficult to weld aluminum, and it’s not as easy as welding steel. Although some aluminum alloys are strong and durable, they cannot match the strength of steel. Even though aluminum resists rust, in some conditions (like acidic environments), it can pit and quickly corrode and weaken. Aluminum conducts heat better than stainless steel. If thermal conductivity is an issue, you may need to consider stainless steel. Stainless Steel Threaded Studs Stainless steel is one of the best choices you can make when you have to avoid corrosion. In fact, it has similar properties of strong carbon steel without the problems associated with rust and corrosion. It’s made from iron, chromium, copper, manganese, and nickel. However, if you need many stainless steel threaded studs, you’ll need to take cost into consideration because they are more expensive than carbon steel and aluminum. Yet, in some cases, the need for stronger studs that resist corrosion will offset the need to buy the cheapest materials. 1 person likes this post. Like...
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Cable Management With Cable Tie Mounts

Cable Management With Cable Tie Mounts
There are very few types of applications today that don’t require the use of electronics or electrical components. With electronics or automation systems, there are several additional factors to consider in the design of components, structures, and projects. One of the issues that is often overlooked, particularly on projects with multiple specialized service providers, is how the system will work together as a whole. A good example of this is how cable management will be integrated into the physical structure and the construction crew and the electronics team and the electrical engineers and design team. In most cases, particularly when the structure is metal or metal and concrete composite, there will be the need for durable, strong cable tie mounts that can attach to a base material that can be a challenge to work with. Welding the Mounts In the past, the go-to option for metal structures or components is to use a standard type of resistance welding process or to fasten the cable tie mounts by drilling a hole and then using a screw or bolt system to tighten it into place. While these do work, they are slow and time-consuming. A better option is to use stud welding to attach specifically designed cable tie mounts in one simple process that takes just seconds per mount. Design With these types of cable tie holders, the design incorporates insertion ramps and coined edges to the mounts that allow for fast, effortless installation as well as non-abrasive surfaces to avoid damage to the cable. Additionally, these designs can include the anti-roll-out wings, which are ideal for holding the cable in place. With slots through either of the wings, it is easy to quickly tie the cable in place using zip ties, ensuring the cable will be secured and held in place in a managed, organized fashion throughout the project. 1 person likes this post. Like...
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Tips For Saving Money On Stud Welding Products

Tips For Saving Money On Stud Welding Products
The cost of supplies and materials, including stud welding systems, stud welds, cable ties and other types of accessories, can add up to a significant cost on a large project. While this will all be built into the bid price, saving money on stud welding products is a definite advantage to any welding or construction company or contractor. There are a few simple strategies and tips that can be used when ordering and buying stud welding products. Finding the right supplier will be the first important step as working with one supplier for all of your supplies and products is always the best possible option. Finding a Supplier There are a lot of different companies and businesses that sell stud welding products as part of their inventory. For companies that are ordering limited volume of products or were custom products for projects are not a concern, these general welding or building supply options may serve the purpose. However, for companies that use stud welding processes on a regular basis, that are involved in custom construction or that have special needs for drawn arc or capacitative discharge stud welding processes, a specialized supplier is highly recommended. These companies cater to stud welding products, supplies and equipment and offer items that may be very difficult to find as part of regular inventory. Orders and Delivery With a specialized stud welding supply company, prices are typically very competitive and generally lower than the general contractor types of suppliers. With a greater range of products in standard inventory, the cost is also lower on orders of unique items, even if they need to be custom designed and manufactured for a particular job or they need to include the latest in stud weld system technology and features. Inventory of stud welding products and equipment on hand also means faster delivery times, which will cut time in wait for orders, which not only reduces the length of the job but also the cost. 1 person likes this post. Like...
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Is There A Difference With Cold Formed Parts?

Is There A Difference With Cold Formed Parts?
Making shapes of metal, of the formation of parts and components, can be accomplished by at least three different methods. These four include hot forging, cold forming, and machining. Machining is the one option that creates the most waste and often is the most expensive and time-consuming. With machining, a solid workpiece is shaped, typically with CNC (computer numerical control) software to remove part of the solid form to create the shape. While highly precise, this method is not always the best option for all parts and all alloys and metals. Hot forging can include extrusions or working with metal that is heated to the point where it can be easily worked. This involves more energy expenditure than cold forming, plus it also requires additional time and equipment. Hot forging also can change the internal structure and physical properties of specific alloys, which needs to be carefully considered. Cold Forming Cold formed parts are made in a similar process to hot forging and extrusion, just without the need to heat the metal or alloy. Without the need for heating, this is a faster and less costly method and offers a waste-free option for creating simple to complex shapes for all types of applications. The benefit to choosing cold formed parts is that the system is fully automated and can produce high volumes of parts in a short period of time, keeping production costs down. As with hot forging through extrusion, the cold metal is forced through a die by using high-pressure rams. There are limitations as to the size of the component that can be formed based on the resistance of the metal or the alloy to the process. With cold formed parts, there is no change in the physical and internal properties of the metal. This means that parts don’t have to be stress relieved or further treated after fabrication, which is another important factor to consider for small or large volume production. Be the first to like. Like...
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