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.


Choosing the Right Stud Welding Supplies for Your Project

Stud welding provides a stronger, cleaner, and longer lasting weld that can benefit a variety of industries. However, not all stud welding is the same and different types of projects require different types of stud welding supplies. Where do you start? The stud welding experts at Northland Fastening Systems are here to help.

Today, we’re going to explore some of the different stud welding supplies we carry and which types of jobs they’re perfect for.

CD Studs

CD or capacitor discharge stud welding is perfect for working with lighter materials such as sheet metal. With a smaller diameter weld, CD stud welding provides a strong weld without sacrificing aesthetics. You won’t see any reverse-side dimples or backside marking. If you’re working on electrical enclosures, sheet metal fabrication, or food grade welding, CD stud welding may be the best option. If you decide to go the CD stud welding route, we have a variety of CD stud welding units available, including those with automation.

Arc Studs

For more robust projects, consider arc stud welding. This type of stud welding produces larger diameter welds (up to 1-1/4”) and is better for working with denser base materials. Arc stud welding provides greater strength and is preferred for structural steel fabrication, construction equipment manufacturing, or other industrial projects. They can even be used in heavy-duty concrete embedments. We carry a variety of anchor studs and weld studs for whatever your arc stud welding project needs.

CD Weld Pins

Your project may require you to insulate the metal you’re working with. CD weld pins can help you quickly and reliably attach insulation and are easy to use.

From industrial jobs using heavy base metals to jobs that require strength without sacrificing appearances, stud welding can get the job done. Whatever your project, Northland Fastening has these, and more stud welding supplies you need. Not only do we carry a huge inventory of stud welding supplies, we also have the expertise you need and the great customer service you want. Contact us today at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote for more information!

Threaded Stud Welding 101 – How to Use Our Threaded Stud Welds

Although we don’t provide threaded stud welding services, we want to help you use our products in the most efficient way possible.

We use our blog to educate people on the benefits of stud welding and its different applications because we understand how important it is to help you get the most out of our products.

Today, we’re going to discuss the basics of threaded stud welding.

After reading our tips, check out our inventory to find the perfect weld stud for your project.

Threaded Stud Welding 101

Stud welding is the process of joining metal parts together.

The difference between stud welding and traditional welding—stud welding happens instantly through a heated charge.

This process is faster, more efficient, and less costly over time.

There are different types of weld studs that are used for different purposes.

Some weld studs have threads —patterns in the metal—and some don’t. Different thread sizes are needed for different applications. If you have a question about which thread is right for your project, just ask us and we’ll find the perfect fit.

Let’s break down some of the differences between thread types and their use.

Full Thread Studs

Full thread studs have a thread running across the entirety of the stud from the top to the bottom.

Full thread studs can be used to weld on both flat surfaces and angled ones.

They have a wide variety of applications, including sheet metal fabrication and use in the automobile industry. If you need the full weld stud base for strength and the fillet weld will not get in the way of another part, a full threaded stud would be your best option.

Partial Thread Studs

Partial thread studs have a thread running along part of the stud instead of from top to bottom. They also have the ability to be used for welding on flat surface and angles, but they have slightly different applications.

If you’re concerned about the fillet weld getting in the way of a mating part or bushing, partial threads are the way to go. The weld end is smaller in diameter and the fillet weld generally stays within the thread diameter so it will not interfere with a mating part.  Their application is more versatile and can be better at holding certain types of objects in place. The non-threaded portion of the stud provides more shear strength, which means it’s better at holding the load of a resisting object.

Is Threaded Stud Welding Right for Your Job?

Again, we don’t provide threaded stud welding services, but we can help you find the right stud for your job.

If you have additional questions or would like to place an order, please reach out on our contact page or call us at (651) 730-7770.


5 Frequently Asked Questions about Stud Welding ANSWERED!

We get a lot of questions about stud welding; how it works, the benefits, and what its applications are. As experts in this area, we wanted to answer some of the common questions we hear! Don’t see your question here? Our experts are more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. Just contact us at (651) 730-7770 and one of our friendly professionals will be happy to help.

  1. What Applications can Stud Welding be Used for? One of the benefits of stud welding is its versatility. It’s perfect for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, structural steel fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, and electrical enclosures.
  2. Is Stud Welding Cost Efficient? Yes! And let us tell you why; it gives you a strong, quality weld that often outlasts the materials around the weld. One welder alone can perform fast, precision welding, saving you time and money without sacrificing quality.
  3. What Materials Work with Stud Welding? Stud welding isn’t just versatile in its application, but also in materials it can be used with. It works for materials including aluminum, brass, stainless steel, low carbon steel, and more!
  4. What’s the Difference between CD & Arc Welding? While both forms of welding provide a high-quality weld, CD welding is better for lighter materials where aesthetics are important. Because it uses energy stored in capacitors and typically is a smaller diameter weld end, it won’t mar the opposite side of the materials. Arc stud welding typically uses larger diameter weld studs and is better for structural steel fabrication and working with more heavy-duty materials.
  5. What Industries can Benefit from Stud Welding? Thanks to its versatility in terms of material compatibility and applications, it’s a great option for a variety of industries. A few industries include shipbuilding, automotive, construction, and environmental engineering.

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions. However, if we haven’t, feel free to contact us! As experts, we can answer all of your questions and help you find the right products and equipment for your job. Ready to start your project? Shop our extensive inventory of welding products today!

Stud Welder Highlights: Using the HBS Quick-Boy for High-Quality Automatic Welding

Stud welding is a critical operation for a wide range of construction and manufacturing projects, big and small. Not only does stud welding offer a rapid connection point even stronger than the stud itself, it also creates a clean, one-sided weld that allows manufacturers to build cosmetically-appealing components without sacrificing durability or reliability. In addition to the quality of construction stud welding operations give manufacturers, there are many different types of stud welders that are built for automating and streamlining the welding process. At Northland Fastening Systems, we have several automatic welding tools available for purchase or rental so you can complete your stud welding project with the speed, ease, and durability you need.


At NFS, we have a broad range of quality automatic stud welding equipment well-suited to a variety of drawn arc stud welding and capacitor discharge stud welding operations. From stud welding guns and units to automation accessories, NFS has everything you need to expand your limits beyond standard manual stud welding.


One of the significant concerns of automatic welding is the issue of movement. While automatic stud welders are highly efficient when they perform welding operations within their range of motion, you can quickly lose efficiency when you have to move a welding gun from position to position manually. That’s why the HBS Quick-Boy is a great addition to any stud welding tool kit.

Quick-Boy at a Glance

The HBS Quick-Boy is a stud gun holder and positioning device that acts like the human arm that would be used in manual stud welding. It’s generally suited to the PAH-1 automatic welding gun, but it can also be used for manual stud welding with C 08 and CA 08 guns. Not only does the Quick-Boy eliminate the issue of constant repositioning, it also gives a wide range of motion on three axes so you can move your welding gun to any point along the Quick-Boy’s range of height, breadth, and depth. The Quick-Boy is lightweight and easily attaches to the workspace, offers smooth and clean movements, and has a built-in seating for the weld gun that reduces scrape rates while you weld with tip ignition.


If you work with an automatic or manual stud welding gun over broad areas, the HBS Quick-Boy is the tool for you. It will help you work longer without tiring, reduce risks of back or shoulder pain from overuse, and let you work more quickly and efficiently.


Request a quote for the Quick-Boy or any of our other stud welding equipment and services today, or contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about our automatic welding and manual stud welding expertise and products.

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 Welding 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 Welding 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 Welding 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 Welding 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 offer 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 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.

Building Better, Safer, and Longer-Lasting Water Towers with Quality Structural Steel Welding

For over twenty years, Northland Fastening Systems has provided stud welding services and expertise in addition to high-quality parts and accessories for a wide range of industries. From slender studs used in various food-grade stud welding projects to the strong connection points stud welding supports steel structures with, our team of experienced and highly knowledgeable welders can meet all our customers’ needs. Not only does performing structural steel welding with drawn arc studs save time and money because stud welding is such a rapid, low waste welding technique, it also creates connections points that are sturdier and longer-lasting than any other methods of building with structural sheet metal.


When you partner with NFS for stud welding services or products, you can expect the highest quality and most comprehensive welding possibilities for your structural steel project. Our team of expert welders has worked to complete a wide range of structural steel welding projects, from small units to large scale systems. One of the more unusual structures we’ve worked on is the manufacturing of sheet metal forms used in the construction of water towers.


Building Water Towers


Because water towers have to withstand the weight of thousands of gallons of water and the pressure that weight imposes without contaminating the water with rust and other corrosion, building water tower structures is highly specialized work. Stud welding is a key manufacturing technique for the building of several water tower components including:


  • Structural legs that support the tank
  • Interior tubing running from the tank to the ground
  • Structural supports placed strategically on the legs and tank
  • Access ladders, stands, railing, and panels for maintenance workers
  • Any additional sheet metal components unique to each tower ranging from cosmetic to structurally integral


Water towers have to be safe, sealed, and weather resistant. They are a vital part of many city plans and communities, providing clean, healthy water to the residents and businesses. The production of tight, durable, long-lasting components of water towers is something our stud welders take very seriously. With our stud welding capabilities, the production of sheet metal parts for many structures, including water towers, is a streamlined operation.


Not only does NFS offer sheet metal stud welding services for large structures, we also provide sheet metal stud welding for smaller components that don’t have to hold up to extreme conditions but require the clean look of stud welding.


To learn more about our stud welding services for sheet metal and our additional work in structural steel welding, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 today, or request a quote to get started in a partnership.

The History and Importance of the American Welding Society for CD and Drawn Arc Stud Welding Supplies

As a provider of stud welding supplies, welder rentals, and comprehensive stud welding services, Northland Fastening Systems is dedicated to continually promoting quality and best practices for stud welding in all industries. Two significantly positive impacts on our ability to offer the most reliable stud welding services and stud welding products are our own quality control systems and our goal to meet the standards of the American Welding Society (AWS). The AWS is the primary national outliner of the highest quality welding in all capacities. Our stud welding technicians offer services to a wide range of industries that follow AWS regulations, and NFS provides a wide range of quality stud welding supplies and accessories.


Since its foundation in 1919, the American Welding Society has worked as a nonprofit organization to improve, bolster, and establish best welding and related practices at an industrial level. NFS supports and strives to maintain AWS standards with our own work. As a part of this work to meet AWS standards, all our stud welding supplies, tools, accessories, and stud welding services meet the specifications of the welding society as well as our own in-house quality standards.


While the AWS offers a certification program for companies providing services including welding, soldering, thermal spraying, brazing, and other forms of cutting and allied joining processes, this is just a small portion of the important work they do. The AWS has helped to support unparalleled work in the welding industry, both in uniting welders and welding organizations across the country, and in expanding the scope of welding science from the small stud welding equipment we use at NFS to large-scale automated arc welding equipment at military, aerospace, and industrial levels.


Headquartered in Miami, FL, the AWS continues to establish welding codes that serve to advance welding operations and reach, from improving the practices used commonly in the industry to discovering and testing newer, potentially more effective welding processes. The AWS works to unite welders and welding industrial players across the country with the basis of three pillars of operations:


  1. Certification: The AWS has a quality welders certification program for companies in the welding industry that is offered for a variety of roles including welders, engineers, inspectors, supervisors, sales representatives, and more.
  2. Membership: There are over 70,000 members of the AWS across the globe, from individuals to corporations to students. Members of the AWS have access to a full range of benefits that vary depending on membership type.
  3. Research and Education: To continue the development of welding sciences, the AWS is committed to researching welding operations and educating those in the industry. This includes programs like SENSE, international seminars, widespread research labs, and much more.


When you partner with NFS, you can trust our stud welding technicians and stud welding supplies to meet AWS standards every step of the way. To learn more about our services and products, contact us at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote today.

Meeting NEMA Standards for Electrical Enclosures with Quality Drawn Arc Stud Welding

Over the last 200 years, humanity has discovered hundreds of ways to utilize a steady flow of electrical energy. Today, these applications make up an enormous range of hardware, software, and other tools for extensive varieties of circumstances. To successfully use electricity, the development of other highly specific tools was necessary. One example of a common tool used to accommodate the needs of many electronic systems is an electrical enclosure. These enclosures are suited for countless applications of electrical energy, and they can be built in many different ways. At Northland Fastening Systems, we’ve found the most efficient, reliable, and highest quality ways to build electrical enclosures is with arc stud welding.


NFS offers stud welding services, stud welder rentals, and stud welding accessories suited for a comprehensive range of stud welding operations. Since 1987, we’ve provided stud welding services for several industries, including building electrical enclosures. Using drawn arc stud welding, you can quickly build a reliable electrical cabinet with a pristine exterior and solid structural integrity.


Electrical enclosures serve as a housing system for circuit boards, electrical equipment, switches, screens and other displays, gauges, dials, and many other features necessary for an electronic system to function. In addition to housing and supporting these components, electrical enclosures also protect a system from surges, corrosion, and exposure to other elements.


With NFS high-quality drawn arc stud welding supplies, you’re able to build electrical enclosures meeting a wide range of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards. NEMA enclosure standards outline requirements for more than twenty enclosure types. Some of the most common enclosures include:


  • Type 1: General purpose enclosures protect against dust, light and UV radiation, and some splashing. These cabinets are suited for indoor use for a wide range of common electrical systems.
  • Type 2: These electrical enclosures are similar to Type 1 cabinets but are suited for additional protection against dripping and heavier humidity.
  • Type 3: Designed for weather resistance in average conditions, these enclosures protect against rain, wind-blown debris, sleet, snow, falling dirt, and even ice.
  • Type 4: Electrical enclosures falling into this category are watertight and resistant to corrosion. They are often used outdoors, offshore, and in other locations that are frequently exposed to moisture.
  • Type 5: These cabinets are designed to prevent dust from permeating the exterior. They are critical for components used in mills and factories.
  • Type 6: While Type 4 electrical enclosures are watertight, they can’t match the water resistance of a Type 6 submersible cabinet. Submersion in water or oil for extended periods of time without damage is possible with a Type 6 enclosure.


Meeting NEMA standards for all electrical enclosures is possible when using the manufacturing capabilities offered with drawn arc stud welding. For a clean, quickly, and reliably made electrical enclosure, NFS is your one-stop-shop for tool rentals, welding services, and stud accessories. Contact us at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote for more information.