Using the Right Welding Studs for the Right Project

Stud welding is a highly effective process for forming strong connection points quickly and with a clean finish. However effective stud welding is, it’s not as effective as it could be if you’re using the wrong welding studs. There are several types of welding processes that require different studs, and understanding which studs are best for the weld gun, welding unit, and material you want to weld is key to successful production. Northland Fastening Systems provides a wide range of welding studs suitable for any project you need to complete.


From drawn arc stud welding to capacitor discharge stud welding, NFS offers welding services in addition to tools (available for rental and purchase), and of course, welding studs. No matter what format you need to fit your studs in, you can find what you’re looking for with NFS.


Common Welding Studs


Some of the most common welding studs that NFS offers that are suitable for a range of stud welding projects include:


  1. Flanged CD Studs: Made from stainless steel, aluminum, brass, or low carbon steel, flanged studs range in stud and flange diameter, thread, and length. Flanged studs can be annealed for durability and strength and plated in copper for heightened electrical conductivity.
  2. Non-Flanged CD Studs: Similar to flanged, non-flanged CD welding studs can be made from the same materials with the same annealing or plating processes. The difference lies in the size of the top of the stud. For a clean weld in applications where a flange would interfere with the materials being connected (often stud welding production with sheet metal), non-flanged studs are highly effective.
  3. Threaded Arc Studs: Both fully or partially threaded arc welding studs are made from mild steel or stainless steel and can be of varying thread size, length, and stud diameter. These studs can be used in applications where a peg stud has to protrude from the weld point (partial thread) or fully welded into a material (full thread).
  4. Anchor Arc Studs: Varying in stud length and diameter, anchor arc welding studs are made from low carbon steel or stainless steel. They are useful in forming peg studs of various lengths protruding from the weld point that offers a reliable, strong weight capacity.
  5. Bar Anchor Studs: Made from low carbon steel and available in a range of diameters and lengths, bar anchor studs are key in load-bearing production and provide a highly durable connection point.
  6. CD Welding Pins: Thin CD welding pins are made from mild steel and often have a copper plating to support conductivity. They create a nail-like point for lightweight support and connection useful in many building interior installation projects like, for example, installing insulation.


In addition to our range of welding studs, we offer quality goods and services in a pinch. Contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about our stud welding services and equipment.

Importance of Shear Connectors in Construction Welding

As engineering advances, new materials are introduced, new equipment is developed, and the world’s capabilities for building and structural construction are changing rapidly. New and improved methods for building taller, stronger, and better buildings are tested and implemented every year. One construction technology that continues to prove effective in both cost and performance is the use of shear connectors as reinforcement for several building components. Northland Fastening Systems provides stud construction welding services, equipment, and tools for many types of construction projects, including shear connectors in varying sizes and forms.


While some shear connectors are not installed with stud welding techniques, there are types of shear connectors that are highly-effective when joined to a connection point using a stud welder.


Stud Welded Shear Connectors


  • Shear Connectors: NFS provides a type of shear connector that’s the most commonly used across the world in building construction. Offered in varying sizes, these shear connectors are used in concrete-to-beam connections and reinforce that joining with a resistance to shear load stresses. The shear connector is welded to a steel beam and fixed through a concrete slab with additional steel plates supporting the flexibility and strength of the slab.
  • Headed Studs: The headed anchor weld studs we offer in several sizes are a perfect example of a variation of the common type of shear connector. These studs have a wide base that provides a larger weld point to steel beams or girders and can be used in most concrete-to-beam construction projects.


Construction Welding Applications of Shear Connectors


Shear connectors are a critical way of creating strong connection points that hold up to shear loading. They are used in many applications including, but not limited to:


  1. Connecting upright steel beams to a concrete foundation
  2. Connecting load bearing beams to a concrete flooring in multi-story buildings
  3. Connecting composite slabs to steel beams in overpasses and other small to large scale bridges
  4. Reinforcing roads and sidewalks and preventing excessive freezing damage
  5. Connecting steel decking to concrete or composite ship floors
  6. Connecting metal roofing to interior ceiling materials


There are hundreds of applications of shear connectors in building and structural construction. This is because they are a vital piece of engineering that provides a powerful connection point between two materials that are difficult to connect otherwise. If you’re embarking on a construction project that requires the use of shear connectors, Northland Fastening Systems has the equipment and accessories you need.


Contact us at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about construction welding and other types of stud welding, or request a quote from NFS today.


Building Bridges Safer and Stronger with Construction Stud Welding

Stud welding is a unique welding operation because it has such a broad range of applications varying in several ways including the size, strength, and function of the weld and stud and the materials used. However, stud welding is often considered the lightweight player in terms of welding processes. While it’s true that stud welding is highly effective in many small-scale applications, it’s equally effective in a wide spectrum of large-scale production.


Within each manufacturing industry, there are various applications of stud welding, big and small. When it comes to structure and building construction, stud welding has more uses than any other type of welding. With Northland Fastening Systems, you can find the services and tools you need for any construction stud welding project, no matter the scale.


Construction stud welding can be performed with capacitor discharge or drawn arc stud welding techniques, and it’s frequently used for a number of construction projects. Some common large-scale applications of stud welding in the construction industry include parking structures, high-rise buildings, stadiums, water towers, and bridges.


Bridges in particular require a specific approach to construction when it comes to the application of stud welding.


Stud Welds in a Bridge


Stud welding is used on many types of bridges. The primary functional role of stud weld points in the vast majority of bridges is to hold and and/or strengthen shear connectors to the concrete base:


  1. Connection Points: Stud welding is used to form powerful connections. This process permits contraction and expansion movement with temperature changes and wind affecting the bridge without compromising structural integrity.
  2. Plate Connection Points: Certain bridge components are made up of steel plating and other similar sections put together to form the full bridge structure. These sections are often connected using a stud welding process of tying them to concrete. Specifically, stud welding is often used to connect steel girders to concrete slabs combined with powerful meshes, forming a durable, flexible connection.
  3. Anti-Skid Studs. These studs create the rumbling effect that drivers hear entering and exiting a bridge.


Without the added strength and necessary allowance for motion in the face of weather and wind that stud welding provides, bridges would not be as safe and effective as they are today.

Find Your Construction Stud Welding Supplies Here

To learn more about construction stud welding or other applications of stud welding, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote today.