At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we work with clients who are handling a broad range of jobs, from food grade stud welding to large-scale construction. To help our customers finish projects, we supply everything they need for stud welding operations, including welding studs in many dimensions, custom stud options, welding tools for rent and purchase, stud welding accessories, and the expertise of our own technicians. When it comes to the stud welding equipment we offer, customers can benefit from a broad range of stud welding tools that meet exacting specifications for electrical sources, weld calibrations, and other job requirements. One of the newer models we offer is the Visar 650, which meets some specific requirements that many other types of welding units don’t.
The Visar 650 is a drawn arc welding and short cycle welding unit that has maximum welding rates and efficiency as well as minimum weight and energy consumption compared to many other similar models. Thanks to HBS inverter-capacitor charging technology, the Visar 650 is able to offer a single phase 110v to 240v option. Because most similar stud welding units require a three-phase connection at 230v or 460v, they are much more restricted than the Visar 650. The option for single phase and 110v to 240v specifications means the Visar 650 can be used on a larger range of job sites and with more standard electrical outputs in residential or commercial settings.
The Visar 650 can weld studs between 12ga thru 3/8” (3-10mm) diameters. We can accommodate any length greater than 5/8”. The welding rates can be up to 40 studs per minute depending on the weld base diameter. Both stainless steel and mild steel studs can be used with the Visar 650. The power range for the Visar 650 is 100v to 240v, with single phase electrical distribution.
Thanks to its power requirements and a 2-pin grounded safety plug, the Visar 650 is a versatile stud welding unit capable of being moved and installed in many different worksites. An F-type temperature-controlled fan prevents overheating, and a 15.91′ welding cable gives technicians a broad range of movement. As a smaller unit (approximately 18′ x 13′ x 14′) with a handle, the Visar 650 is easily ported from worksites. For any drawn arc welders working in setting with standard U.S. electrical specifications, the Visar 650 is the perfect stud welding equipment choice.
To learn more about the Visar 650 and our other drawn arc welding, short cycle welding, and CD welding units available for rent or purchase, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770. You can request a quote online to get started with NFS as your supplier of stud welding equipment.
Like so many other construction industries, the automotive production world utilizes stud welding extensively to manufacture components that are used in almost every type of vehicle today. Stud welding is a very versatile manufacturing operation that is applicable in a broad range of fastening systems.
At Northland Fastening Systems, we understand the widespread use of stud welding in many industries, and we provide an equally broad selection of stud welding supplies. With NFS, you have access to a comprehensive range of stud dimensions, stud welding tools for rent or purchase, and stud welding accessories, as well as our own technicians’ advice and expertise in stud welding as a fastening system.
When it comes to the automotive industry, stud welding is used in multiple production stages. One large part of all automotive production is the support of all the safety measures that get built into a vehicle. Stud welding is used in many of the safety aspects of a vehicle, including the following:
- Airbags: Today, many vehicles have airbags installed in multiple sections of a vehicle, and every new vehicle made has at least one airbag on the driver’s side. The installation of these airbags would be impossible without the capabilities of stud welding. Using stud welding, automotive manufacturers can install airbags in safe ways that are reliable in the long term.
- Power Steering: In addition to airbags, power steering system installation relies on stud welding. Power steering systems are a relatively new part of the everyday vehicle, but anyone who has driven a classic car knows how much easier power steering makes daily driving.
- Exhaust Systems: Unless you drive an electric car, your vehicle emits dangerous carbon monoxide and other gasses through the exhaust system. To prevent the passengers and driver from being exposed to these fumes, specialized exhaust systems are needed. The fabrication and installation of these exhaust systems with stud welding operations is another key factor in the level of vehicle safety.
- Insulation: In any vehicle, there is an extensive amount of wiring and heat sources. Protecting the rest of the vehicle from exposure to electrical current or high heat requires the inclusion of insulation in various parts of the automotive interior. This insulation is commonly built or installed with stud welding and composite stud weld construction.
- Heat Shields: Another major component of safety in a vehicle is heat shields. To protect car components from a combustion engine and electrical heat, advanced heat shields are required. These automotive heat shields are assemblies that use stud welding in the fabrication and installation process.
Overall, stud welding is an important part of the automotive manufacturing process. To learn more about stud welding as a fastening system and the industries it’s used in, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.
The stud welding process is a widely used group of operations in the manufacturing world. Because the process has so many applications, manufacturers find it highly advantageous to be able to automate stud welding on a production line. Streamlining stud welding into an automated production line process allows manufacturers to increase speed, precision, quality, and efficiency for any fabrication project. If you are working with stud welding as a contract manufacturer or professional welder, you can greatly increase your output without compromising quality by implementing production line practices in your facility. At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we provide a broad range of tools to automate your stud welding process as well as tools, studs, accessories, and expert services to support your current non-automated stud welding operations.
Whether or not you have the facility accommodations to integrate a fully automated stud welding process, you can always implement elements of a production line in certain ways. Handheld stud guns and other units can be effectively used in a production line setting, although the most efficient process in many cases is automated.
Non-Automated Production Line
The general structure of a production line is designed to operate in stages, with each step of the fabrication process occurring at its own stage. When it comes to non-automated stud welding, forming a production line is entirely possible. An example of an effective non-automated production line process might include these steps:
- The surface of the base material is cleaned or otherwise prepped.
- Any shielding gas that will be used in a drawn arc process is prepped.
- The gun tip is prepped, including any ferrules, fluxes, and stud that might be used, depending on the weld type and the necessary stud dimensions and material.
- The weld is performed.
- Ferrules and other waste materials are removed.
- The weld is inspected for quality.
In this scenario, the majority of the process will be performed by a welding technician, and likely one weld will be performed at a time. When it comes to automation, there are a few key differences that make a production line more efficient.
Automated Production Line
Automated stud welding processes are typically used in sheet metal construction where a large base material can be fed through a conveyor system, but there are some other applications that can feed smaller components that are not necessarily in sheet form through an automated system. Automated production lines often use stud welding tools controlled by a software system. Each step of the process can be done in bulk, including the performance of the weld with multiple stud welding tips. In some facilities, up to 40 studs can be welded in one step, and the software used in a welding process can be calibrated to highly specific results. This can include intricate patterning of the studs with precise placement.
To learn more about integrating an automated or non-automated production line stud welding process into your facilities, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online today.