A Step by Step Understanding of Drawn Arc Stud Welding and Its Benefits

When it comes to manufacturing products that demand high-quality fast welding operations, stud welding is the best option for a wide range of sizes and materials. While CD stud welding is great  for connecting thin components quickly and with little marking on the weld-opposite part side, drawn arc stud welding is a key process for many different types of weld-based manufacturing. Northland Fastening Systems specializes in providing stud welding services for a variety of industries and stud welding supplies and tools for CD stud welding and drawn arc stud welding alike.


From construction equipment manufacturing to structural steel fabrication and more, Northland Fastening Systems provides the comprehensive stud welding services and supplies our customers need to build high-quality, long-lasting products using both CD and drawn arc operations.


At Northland Fastening Systems, we use drawn arc stud welding to perform rapid, precise welds for durable connections on studs ranging from .125” in diameter to 1.25” diameter. While thickness, length, and thread variants may be different from project to project, the drawn arc stud welding process remains consistent between jobs.


Drawn arc stud welding involves a number of steps and apparatus, structured as the following:


While drawn arc stud welding is a relatively simple process on paper, it would not be possible to perform this operation without advanced welding equipment and studs made from high-quality materials. Not only does Northland Fastening Systems provide specialty stud welding services using state-of-the-art welders, control units, and studs, we also provide rental and sale of the very same HBS, Tru-Weld, and Midwest Fasteners quality equipment we use ourselves. In addition to this, we also supply a wide variety of CD studs, CD weld pins, and drawn arc studs suitable for virtually any stud welding project.


To learn more about the quality products and services we provide, or for more information about the processes and applications of CD stud welding and drawn arc stud welding contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 today.



The Key to Performing Excellence in Arc and CD Stud Welding with High-Quality Steel Weld Studs

Welding of all kinds is one of the most innovative modern technological developments for metal working. Today, even within the welding field, capabilities and equipment have expanded in leaps and bounds with advanced services in automated welding, capacitor discharge (CD) welding, and much more. At Northland Fastening Systems, we specialize in stud welding operations including providing state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality steel weld studs for drawn arc stud welding and CD stud welding.


When it comes to stud welding of any kind, it’s impossible to form a strong connection without the best quality steel weld studs. Northland Fastening Systems supplies the best quality steel weld studs made from only the highest quality materials for all your stud welding needs. Our products range from flanged and non-flanged CD studs to virtually all specifications of drawn arc studs.


We’re committed to providing as wide a variety as possible for studs and offer special sizing on request because of the highly exacting sizing specifications and performance demands all of our customers’ projects require.


Each project may demand very precise applications and types of welding studs – making it a complicated and nuanced process to apply stud welding to any product – but this demand is for good reason. Each welding procedure itself is different, but all are effective and innovative in their own way. For example, there are many differences between CD stud welding and drawn arc stud welding, but both are effective and beneficial when applied to the right project.


Drawn Arc Stud Welding


The stud is welded onto a work plate using an arcing current and a ceramic ferrule flux, forcing the stud to join with the plate.


Drawn arc stud welding is utilized to weld studs with larger diameters than CD stud welding. For studs up to 1¼” in diameter, drawn arc stud welding is an efficient way to fasten studs to heavier bases resulting in a stronger, more durable connection than CD stud welding. Drawn arc welding also benefits from its use of ceramic arc shields that maintain the weld and a direct current allowing for the use of 220 to 440 volt power sources during the welding process.


CD Stud Welding


The stud is welded onto the work plate with downforce and a capacitor discharge heating the plate to molten metal. The weld bond is formed after the metal cools.


CD stud welding is a highly efficient way to perform rapid welding operations for thin studs and sheet metal materials. It can be used for studs up to ⅜ diameter for up to 20 welds per minute, making it the fastest stud welding procedure. Additionally, CD stud welding leaves a cleaner weld with no marking on the opposite side of the work plate and it can be used to weld different metals. CD stud welding only requires 110 volt power sources.

See the Difference Steel Weld Studs Make for Yourself

No matter the stud welding operation you need to perform to complete your project, high-quality aluminum, mild steel, and stainless-steel weld studs will make all the difference in the final product. To learn more about our equipment, studs, and services, contact Northland Fastening Systems today at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.


Everything You Need to Know About Arc Welding: A Comprehensive Guide

Arc welding is a type of stud welding technique with specific applications we’ll cover in this article.

In today’s post, we’ll show you why arc welding is so effective, which materials it works best for, and provide recommendations for using arc welding based on the job, industry, and more.

Before we dive into arc welding itself, let’s talk about the benefits of stud welding for metal workers.

The Stud Welding Difference

You’re familiar with welding.

It’s simple – welding is the process of connecting one metal to another. When you think of welding, you may imagine traditional welding. But what about stud welding?

Stud welding is a more efficient way to connect metals, saving you time, money, and materials. With arc welding, the stud joins the piece of metal instantly by heating the stud and metal at the same time.

You may be wondering why this is important.

Joining the stud and the metal at once creates a closer and more durable bond. This means the structure you build with arc welding will maintain its strength longer. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the metal to degrade long before the weld itself.

There’s also less room for error and the need for rework. When you don’t use stud welding, you need more effort and put yourself at risk of having to reweld sections if the bolts don’t connect properly. Also, the “clinching process” of traditional welding isn’t as strong or long-lasting as stud welding because the bond isn’t as strong as heating multiple parts at once.

It’s easy to see how this leads to cost savings too. It’s a simple equation—less labor time, less need for re-work, and fewer materials needed equals lower cost.

At Northland Fastening systems, we promote stud welding not only because we sell stud welding products, but because the process is simply better and easier. 

Let’s dive into the need-to-know details of arc welding and how it can apply to your needs.

Arc Welding Applications

It’s important to know how this process works for different needs and industries.

It’s a great solution for a variety of applications, but here are some core industries where it works best.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal fabrication is often used for these industries:

  • Construction – commercial, residential, and industrial
  • Manufacturing equipment
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Elevators
  • Shipbuilding – specifically hydraulic presses

The main benefit of stud welding for sheet metal fabrication is appearance.

Stud welding fuses metals together without leaving many marks. Think about the benefits of this seamless process. Your equipment, parts, and structures will have the look and feel of a precision part formed from scratch, even though the parts are fused together. This gives an added professional look. Details matter in all structures and having that clean look and feel can make a better impression on people who see them.

Again, the process is also more efficient because of its speed and that it creates a more durable weld.

Agriculture Equipment

To explain the process simply, different types of agricultural equipment have many large pieces of metal that are fused together like the chassis, cab frame, fenders, and brackets.

The farm industry demands strong, durable parts for its equipment. This stud welding process is used in some of the most important machinery in the world.

For an industry on which we rely so heavily, it’s best to use stud welding to achieve better results.

Lawn and Garden Equipment

Similar to agriculture equipment, although not as large in scale, you want your lawn and garden equipment like lawn mowers to have tightly fused and strong frames.

Other outdoor equipment like barbecues benefit from the seamless look of having arc welded parts.

Hospitals, Schools, and Other Facilities with Industrial Needs

We won’t dive into the details of the large number of different pieces of equipment needed to run these facilities.

The point here is to focus on the importance of having a quick and reliable solution in industries where efficiency has a significant impact.

Anytime you are working on a large project, time and money are of the utmost importance. Loss of materials, time spent on rework, the need for more labor, and less efficient processes can have a huge impact on your bottom line.

If you are building a new facility or revamping your current one, consider a stud welding solution to meet your needs quickly and in a cost-effective way.

Take the Next Step

If you need help understanding our arc weld inventory, have questions about stud welding for your business, or you’re ready to take the next step, contact us now.

You can request a quote online, contact us with your questions, or call us directly at (651) 730-770.

Let us help you with all your metal working needs.









Faster, Stronger, and Better Looking: The Benefits of CD Studs for Food Grade Welding

The food industry is a fast-paced field that’s required to meet the strictest standards for health, sanitation, storage, and production. Whether you work in the restaurant business, food packaging, a grocery store, or otherwise, you face daily challenges that are helped along by reliable, long-lasting equipment.

The last thing anyone working in the food industry needs is for that equipment to fail, leaving them with one more critical problem to solve. That’s why Northland Fastening Systems provides high-quality food grade welding using non-flanged stainless-steel CD studs to fabricate reliable equipment that looks great for long-term use.

CD studs are the best method of industrial stud welding for equipment utilized in the food industry. Not only is CD stud welding a faster and more cost-effective process, it also creates a product with spic-and-span lines and a clean finish. Northland Fastening Systems specializes in a range of stud welding operations, and our CD stud welding capabilities are perfect for food grade equipment.

Because of the nature of CD stud welding, our welding technicians are able to connect components of food grade equipment without needing the flux, oxidation, and time that typical welding requires. This means we can perform food grade welding for components faster and without heat concentration, which in turn allows us to weld smaller and thinner components without leaving unsightly marks behind.

CD stud welding is effective in welding components as small as 14 gauge to as large as  ⅜“ diameter with a strong connection. With this method, we’re able to create food grade equipment with benefits including:


  1. Smooth connection points and lines that offer an easy clean and eliminate pits, cracks, or divots that could catch and hold onto dirt and food products.
  2. Faster welding time so our customers save time, money, and stress in ordering and receiving equipment.
  3. Strong equipment with long-lasting materials that won’t rust or stain over time.
  4. Components that can be easily repaired with additional CD stud welding if they experience severe stresses leading to a break.


Food grade equipment made with CD stud welding is the most relied-upon equipment in all areas of the industry. Even the most delicate stainless-steel kitchen equipment is made strong and durable against the stresses of daily use with the help of CD stud welding.

For high-quality, cost-effective CD stud welding for your food grade equipment, look no further than Northland Fastening Systems. Contact us at (651) 730-7770 for industry-leading food grade welding and other stud welding capabilities or to get started on a project today with Northland Fastening Systems’ expert welding technicians.