TIG, MIG, MMA Welding
Here at CLS Fabrication, we offer 3 types of Welding for projects being produced by us. Down below is a detailed explanation of each weld type and what we recommend each be used for. If you are unsure which is best for you, give us a call on 0141 849 7211 or send an email with the button below.
Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) more commonly referred to as TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding, is an arc-welding process using a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. This weld is used most commonly to weld thin stainless steel and non-ferrous metals (Those without Iron) such as aluminium, magnesium and copper alloys. TIG welding gives more control to the operator than other types so this type of weld carries with it of being the cleanest and highest quality.
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) more commonly referred to as Metal inert gas (MIG) / Metal active gas (MAG) is a process of using an electric arc to and a wire electrode to melt and join 2+ materials. This weld type is the most common found in industries around the world as the speed vs other types is unmatched albeit its quality may not be as high in terms of aesthetics, it is best for rapid production based items. Most common metals used with this process are aluminium , various steels and non-ferrous materials.
Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) also known as Manual metal arc welding (MMA or MMAW) or stick welding is a manual arc welding process that uses a consumable electrode covered with a flux to lay the weld. The workpiece and the electrode melt and become molten metal, that cools to form a joint. As the weld is laid the flux coating disintegrates producing a shielding gas and a layer of slag which serve to protect the weld area from atmospheric contamination. This process is used mainly in heavy steel construction and repairs as its strength is quite high. Recommended metals for this process are mainly Iron & Steels (Including Stainless Steel) but also aluminium, nickel and copper alloys dependent on thickness.
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