Installing Different Types of Insulation with CD Stud Welding

From residential buildings to skyscrapers, there are varying methods used to construct the skeleton and other foundational components of different building types. Homes and other residential buildings are typically built with lumber skeletons, while skyscrapers and other multi-level commercial buildings require steel beam structures. One common fabrication operation used in virtually almost any building type is stud welding. Stud welding is a versatile construction tool that plays a role in a broad range of building processes. For example, stud welding with shear connectors can allow workers to build composite constructions with concrete and steel. Stud welding can also connect steel beams, create foundations, and much more. If you’re using stud welding in building construction, Northland Fastening Systems has the tools, studs, and accessories you need for drawn arc, short cycle, or CD stud welding.

CD Stud Welding

In any type of building construction, CD stud welding is commonly used to install different types of insulation. Insulation helps conserve energy when heating or cooling indoor spaces, protects areas where fire is a potential issue, lowers interior noise pollution, and more. The following are just a few of the many different types of insulation used today in building construction.


Thermal insulation or weatherizing insulation is the most prevalent type of insulation material used in all types of buildings. These types of insulation are almost always required in residential and commercial buildings in order for them to meet municipal and state construction standards. Industrial buildings may not require thermal insulation, but it’s often in the best interest of a company to include insulation for energy costs, climate-control, and equipment protection. Thermal insulation such as batting and blanket fiber sheets, foam, fiberglass, and more are installed with CD weld pins and other stud insulation fasteners.


For many indoor spaces, acoustic insulation reduces background noise, exterior noise pollution, and prevents sound travel between rooms. Acoustic insulation is used between apartments, offices, condominiums, and other spaces that are in multi-tenant buildings. Noise insulation is also a key component in buildings used in the entertainment industry, manufacturing industries when sonic diagnostics are necessary, and even in hospital buildings and treatment centers to protect patients. Acoustic insulation sheeting and other formats are installed with CD welding tools and studs.


Heat-resistant panels, flame retardant sheeting, and many other types of fire insulation are a necessary installment in most buildings for safety purposes. Fire insulation is used in boiler rooms, electrical hubs, roofing, and many industrial applications. Mineral wool, radiant barriers, ceramic fiber, duct wrap, thermal batting, and other kinds of soft fire insulation are installed with CD pins. Electrical enclosures and other metal sheet flame barriers and fire-resistant panels are built with stud welding as well.

If you’re installing insulation of any kind, NFS can provide the necessary drawn arc, short cycle, or CD stud welding supplies. Contact Northland Fastening Systems today at (651) 730-7770, or request a quote online to learn more.

Renting vs. Owning Stud Welding Equipment

If you’re working with stud welding operations on your job site or production floor, you can find all the tools, studs, accessories, and expertise you need at Northland Fastening Systems (NFS). Not only do we offer a complete supply of studs for drawn arc, short cycle, and capacitor discharge (CD) welding, and stud welding accessories, but we also work with customers who need custom stud dimensions. Our team of skilled technicians can work with you to determine your exact needs, including the purchase or rental of stud welding equipment and tools.

NFS supplies stud welding tools that fit a variety of operator needs. We have available, for rent or purchase, portable, lightweight welders that are ideal for moving to different locations on a job site; heavy-duty handheld welding guns for installing shear connectors in a composite build; fully automated systems that can be integrated easily into existing facilities; and everything else in between.

Stud Welding Equipment

There are benefits to both renting and owning stud welding equipment, depending on your priorities and situation. If you’re looking to get started in stud welding but aren’t sure whether renting or owning equipment is a better fit, consider the following benefits of each.

Renting Benefits

  • By renting stud welding equipment, you avoid the majority of maintenance and repair expenses.
  • You can also avoid downtime if unexpected and expensive repairs are needed.
  • Rented tools are easier access and cheaper options for short-term projects or one-time jobs.
  • You can pick and choose from a variety of newest and specialty models.
  • You don’t have to commit to one tool that might be perfect for one job and slightly imperfect for another.
  • Extra studs, accessories, ferrules, and other components are supplied with rental tools in case one breaks.
  • You can become a more versatile welder if you have the opportunity to work with multiple brands, welder types, and processes by renting tools.

Owning Benefits

  • By owning a stud welding equipment, you can perform your own maintenance, so you’ll always know what to expect.
  • Tools are conveniently at hand.
  • For long-term jobs or if you are a stud welder by trade, owning your own tools is by far the cheaper option than renting.
  • You get to know your tool very well and can improve your precision with practice.
  • You learn how to repair your own tool.
  • Owning your own tools improves your professional image.
  • The better you learn your tool, the faster you can work, which saves you money, time, and physical fatigue.

When you get your tools from NFS, you’ll get the continued support, repair service, and advice of our technicians no matter whether you rented or purchased equipment. To learn more about our supply of stud welding equipment, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770. Request a quote online to get started with us today.

Building with Structural Steel Welding and Sheet Metal

When you look around your world, it’s highly likely your eyes will fall on something manufactured with stud welding. Whether it was built relying on the composite construction of shear connectors, steel, and concrete (such as bridges and roads), or with threaded fasteners or food-grade welding (such as automobiles and kitchen appliances). There are thousands of applications of stud welding that build the objects, structures, and tools we interact with on a daily basis. For any type of stud welding operation, including drawn arc, capacitor discharge (CD), and short cycle, Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) supplies a comprehensive selection of welding tools for rent or purchase, studs in varying dimensions, custom stud options, and welding accessories. If you’re working with sheet metal or fabricating with structural steel welding, we have the supplies you need to get the job done.

Structural Steel Welding

The structural steel welding and sheet metal industries are just some of the many sectors NFS provides with a complete range of supplies. Both structural steel and sheet metal are important materials in their own ways, but they are often used in very different applications.

Composite Construction:

Structural steel, such as beams, girders, columns, tubes, and other extruded parts, are more commonly used in composite constructions. Structural steel has a high load-bearing capacity, relatively high thermal resistance, tensile strength, and corrosion resistance. This makes structural steel ideal for heavy-duty manufacturing. In fact, most multistory buildings, like skyscrapers, rely on structural steel for their height. When combined with stud welded shear connectors, structural steel can also be attached to concrete slabs. This composite type of construction and other composite builds using studs or shear connectors is used in building bridges, roads, high-rise building floors, airport runways, and much more. With shear connector studs, steel and concrete composites have proven to be one of the safest and longest lasting applications for large-scale structures.

Cosmetic Construction:

Sheet metal, on the other hand, is more commonly used to create sleek, cosmetically desirable finishes. While sheet metals are used in structural fabrication in many instances, it’s often thinner, more flexible, and less suited to heavy-duty building. However, because studs can be welded onto even very thin sheet metal without leaving a mark on the opposite side of the weld surface, it’s ideal for creating clean designs that are attached with strong connection points. Sheet metal stud welding is used cosmetically in many applications, such as building exteriors, vehicles, appliances, electrical enclosures, ships, water towers, and more.

In both of its respective applications, with structural steel and sheet metal, stud welding will save time and money while also performing extremely strong and durable fastening systems.

To learn more about sheet metal and structural steel welding contact, NFS at (651) 730-7770. You can also request a quote online to get started with us today.