Food-Grade Welding with Sanitary Practices

Ensuring that your fabrications satisfy the requirements of food-grade welding is as much a matter of quality welding as it is a matter of safety. Food-grade welding is, understandably, an incredibly strict area of production. While all welding comes with a level of risk, sanitary welding, when done improperly, has the potential to make a lot of people very ill. At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we take safety seriously and can help you find the tools, techniques, and materials you need to create truly safe machinery with food-grade welding.

Food-Grade Welding Designs

No matter how skilled or precise your welding may be, if a planned design is poorly suited for sanitation, there’s a good chance the final product will never be approved for food-grade production. Understanding the type of designs that lend themselves to food-grade welding is the first step to creating safe and consistent fabrications.

A key aspect of sanitary welding design is ensuring that no fastening or part of the machine has the potential to catch or trap food debris. Designs featuring many sharp angles, divots, or nooks and crannies can become a hotbed of bacterial growth that can quickly lead to illness. This is true in every type of food-grade fabrication from single machines intended for school use to wide-scale factory conveyors. In fact, every step of food-grade welding must be checked and double checked to ensure that it lives up to the strict requirements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Welding Materials

And similarly, a perfectly designed machine will never be a sanitary weld without the correct materials. Porous materials or materials that are prone to corrosion can become health hazards when placed in a food-oriented environment. Sanitary welding materials such as stainless steel are well suited to such projects, but in order to ensure that they stay safe, materials must have a smooth surface and zero risk of flaking and coming into contact with food.

A combination of highly skilled welding and high-quality materials can facilitate such fabrications, and NFS can assist with both. If you’re working on food-grade welding projects and are in need of high-quality materials, tools, and support, we’ve got your back. Keep your food safe and your machines sanitary by calling us today at (651) 730-7770 or visiting our website for more information.


Proper Welding Protective Gear Stops Welder’s Flash before It Happens

Your eyes are one of the strongest tools in your repertoire as a professional welder, but without proper precautions, it’s all too easy to end up with temporary or permanent vision damage while on the job. Welding injuries can happen on any site, large or small, which is why Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) urges all welders, professionals and hobbyists, to always wear their welding protective gear.

Welding Protective Gear Protects Your Eyes

 Welder’s flash, arc eye, and flash burn are all names for the same welding injury that occurs when a burst of UV light emitted from a weld burns your eyes. It only takes a moment of exposure without welding protective gear for this type of burn to occur, and depending on the severity, you can be left without vision for minutes, hours, or longer.

Along with being painful, welder’s flash can suddenly hinder your vision, which can in turn, lead to further injury. When you’re on a job site, a single welding injury can create a sort of domino effect. Welder’s flash is especially dangerous because it leaves you vulnerable in a high-heat, high-risk environment mid-weld.

Why Gear Matters

 Eye protection while welding isn’t just a suggestion; it’s a necessity. And it’s important to remember that welding protective gear isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. The type and style of protective gear you wear should be directly related to the weld you’re working on. If you’re wearing goggles or glasses that aren’t equipped with the right kind of lens you can find yourself blinded at the least opportune moment.

Welder’s flash is one of many types of burns or welding injuries you can sustain on the job. Even if a welding injury seems minor at first, your body may not be able to recover if the same type of injury keeps recurring. If you’re invested in welding for the long run, proper welding protective gear is your ticket to a long life of clear vision and safe welds.

If you’re in need of welding gear, NFS can help. Welders can reach out at (651) 730-7770 or contact us for more information on our welding protective gear and other welding accessories.

Stud Welding Cables in Your Welding Gear Arsenal

Just about every welding project going on today is carried on the back of high-quality cables. Cables that run across job sites, up several stories, down into the recesses of new builds, and beyond. The best welder in the world can’t do much without heat, and stud welding cables are the key that transfers all that power into your workspace. At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we provide stud welding cables that get the job done.

Protecting Your Stud Welding Cables

 Just like any other vital piece of welding gear in your toolbox, taking proper care of your cables can make or break your welding experience. Stud welding cables should be housed somewhere safe when not in use and checked carefully for faults, cuts, or tangles prior to and after being rolled out. Welders also need to verify that they’re using the correct gauge and ampacity for the job at hand, and that the output matches the cable’s intended capacity. Irregularities such as power failures or surges can be tied to a damaged cable, and can also be a major safety hazard.

Protecting Yourself

 Cables don’t just magically end up where they need to go of their own volition, so it is vital that you place cables carefully and manage how they’re situated across your job site. Stud welding cables should be placed in such a way that they aren’t impeding walkways or could be at risk for damage in the middle of active welding. Despite their unassuming appearance, cables are a type of welding gear like any other. That means they should be treated as potentially dangerous and handled professionally to prevent unnecessary risk to welders and other workers.

Cables carry a lot of weight in the world of welding, and unexpected cable failure can be a major inconvenience while on the job. NFS provides replacement stud welding cables for rent or purchase and for jobs of any size. If you need some new welding gear, or are looking for repairs for your current kit, our experts are here to help. Reach out at (651) 730-7770 or visit our website to see our cable options and beyond.