Selecting Stud Welding Products to Suit Every Job

Stud welders are powerful tools in projects that benefit from high-speed precision, also known as most welding projects. But choosing a stud welder that is best suited to your needs requires some careful consideration At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we offer stud welding products suited for capacitor discharge (CD), ARC, and automatic welding needs. Understanding the applications and benefits of each will help you pick the right stud welder every time.

Stud Welding Products

CD stud welders work by storing energy that is then discharged onto the surface of the weld materials, fusing them. Mild steel, stainless steel, and other metals such as brass and copper are all well suited to this type of tool. They also do not require any gas and work well on thinly gauged metals. But if your project isn’t well suited to CD stud welding products, other tools may be a better choice.

ARC Stud Welding Products

ARC stud welders, for instance, have wide application in the world of welding. When people hear about stud welders on large industrial projects, they often picture ARC welding tools. While both have a wide range of applicability, ARC welding is better suited for thicker materials. Named for the “arc” that occurs when the fastener is lifted into place above the molten metal, this process is especially popular in rough, large builds that don’t necessarily require aesthetic finesse.

And if you’re in need of modern automation for your project, automatic stud welders may be the ones you’re looking for. These products use computer numeric control (CNC) machining to control your welds and are an excellent option for repetitive and highly precise welding needs.

Summary

From manual stud welding products to automated, NFS can work with you to determine which tools you need on your belt this coming season. Project managers and welding professionals can contact us today at (651) 730-7770 or visit our website for more information on our stud welding products. NFS has welding solutions for every project and a team that is eager to work with you in order to fulfill your project to and beyond specifications.

 

 

Correct Welding Gear Can Maximize Your Weld Consistency

A weld is only as good as its smallest parts, and at Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we work to ensure that all of our welding accessories are the highest quality possible, regardless of size. We understand that expert welding needs expert welding gear, and our supplies can match the dimensions and needs of any upcoming projects.

Welding Gear

Good gear comes down to whether or not it performs to expectations with every single weld. It’s not about the bells and whistles or the cutting edge as much as it’s about stability and reliability. Regardless of the type of gun you’re using, or if you’re doing manual or automatic feeding, the components should be exactly what you expect for each individual weld from the start of the project to the end.

Supplier of Gear

Finding a reliable supplier of welding accessories means finding a company that prioritizes quality and consistency in equal measure. Pins, studs, cables, and foot plates are all simple on the surface, but need to live up to your expectations. At NFS, we provide welding gear and a wide collection of welding accessories so that you have what you need for a clean weld every time.

Once you have reliable welding accessories in your toolbox, it’s time to fill it with tools. Welding gear such as stud welders, grinders, and other automated tool options serve your projects best when they’re high quality, available when you need it, and in excellent working condition. For all of your welding gear and welding accessory needs, NFS has your team’s back.

Summary

Project managers and industry leaders can reach NFS at (651) 730-7770 or by visiting our website today to find out more about our welding gear and welding accessories available for rent or purchase. You’ll never find yourself missing pieces with NFS on your side. Call today to get your projects started.

 

Welding Equipment for Every Material

The diversity of materials in custom welding often calls for specialized equipment. Materials vary significantly in their properties and requirements—and choosing the correct equipment plays a key role in ensuring that the process is not only efficient, but also effective, regardless of the material being used. Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) can help your team select the best welding equipment for your build no matter the type of material you’re working with.

Welding Equipment for Specific Materials

Equipment designed for specific materials takes into account the unique characteristics of each material. For instance, when working with steel, equipment must provide precise control over parameters such as heat input and welding speed to achieve strong and durable welds. Steel, known for its durability and strength, requires equipment that can withstand high temperatures and deliver robust, lasting welds.

On the other hand, aluminum welding demands equipment capable of managing higher temperatures and handling the thermal conductivity of the material. The equipment used must be able to control the heat to prevent overheating and distortion of the aluminum material. In cases like aluminum welding, an ignition tip on the stud can be the difference between a successful weld and a faulty one. Understanding how each type of welding material reacts to heat and pressure is key in custom projects.

Equipment that Meets Project Requirements

NFS excels in providing custom welding solutions tailored to the specific needs of any industry welding materials. Our professional team can recommend the perfect equipment to meet your project requirements. Whether you’re working with traditional metals, flexible alternatives, or even plastics, we can help you plan and execute a perfect weld every time.

Summary

Contact NFS today at (651) 730-7770 or visit our website for more information on our welding services. If you’re looking for custom welding support and equipment, NFS has you covered with the right equipment for any and every job.

 

 

Fastening Systems for Every Industrial Build

Fastening systems are the unsung heroes of modern construction and industrial manufacturing, providing the backbone for the structures and products we rely on daily. These systems offer a diverse range of solutions for effective fastening, ensuring the stability, reliability, and longevity of everything from skyscrapers to household appliances. At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we provide the right system for any and every industrial project.

Fastening Systems

Effective fastening truly lies at the heart of every industrial manufacturing project. From bolts and screws to rivets, stud welding, and adhesives, fastening systems cater to various needs, enabling the creation of durable and robust connections. They are meticulously designed to securely join different materials, components, or structures, ensuring they stay in place even under demanding conditions.

Versatile Systems

Our systems boast versatility as a defining feature. We cater to a wide range of applications across industries, accommodating different materials, weights, and stress levels. Whether it’s the aerospace sector relying on fastening systems for aircraft components or the automotive industry securing critical parts, our systems offer tailor-made solutions to suit specific demands.

Precision

Precision is a hallmark of all of our fastening options, and our systems are engineered to ensure accuracy in every connection. This precision is crucial in applications where structural integrity and safety are paramount. Whether in construction or industrial manufacturing, fastening contributes to the overall quality of the end product by maintaining the consistency and reliability of connections.

Reliable Connections

Choosing the right fastening system plays a vital role in cost savings and resource management. By facilitating efficient and reliable connections, they reduce the risk of errors and rework, ultimately minimizing wastage of both time and materials. If you’re unsure of which system will best suit your project, our fastening professionals can consult with you about the best tools for your individual jobs.

Industrial manufacturers and construction managers looking for the perfect fastening system can find their solutions at NFS. Reach out today at 651-730-7770, or visit our website for more information on our options.

 

How to Choose the Correct Cable for Your Stud Welding Equipment

Stud welding offers several advantages to manufacturers across different industries. Not only is it a powerful fastening system that can connect studs to a surface with clean, quick results, but stud welding also has many welding units designed for portability. These units can be moved throughout a work site with ease using cables reaching even beyond 200 ft. The majority of handheld stud welding tools can be used as portable systems, but units like the HBS IT 2002 for arc welding and the TRUWELD ACE-P100 for capacitor discharge (CD) pins are specifically designed to be used on work sites where multiple locations require weld fastening operations. These tools and others often work with long cables that need their own management systems to ensure electrical safety and reduce trip hazards. If you’re working with portable units on multiple job sites, you can find all the supplies you need at Northland Fastening Systems (NFS). We offer a comprehensive selection of stud welding equipment, including tools for rent or purchase, studs for drawn arc and CD operations, welding accessories, and our own expertise.

Cables for Stud Welding Equipment

Whether you’re working on an active job site with a portable unit or in-house facilities with permanent systems, choosing the correct type of cable that meets a range of specifications is key. Without the correct welding cable, tools are, at best, operating at poor capacities, and at worst, posing a risk to worker safety.

Specifications for Stud Welding Equipment

There are several technical specifications to take into account when choosing the correct cable for your stud welding equipment. Basics include:

  • Length: On a job site or in your routine facility layout, your cable needs to be long enough to reach a weld point without stretching. This often means you’ll need to account for extra length as you move around a space to reach multiple weld points on a part. Each welding cable will need to be long enough to reach the weld point, safely connect to the unit for power supply, and accurately ground the system.
  • Gauge: Welding cable is available in a range of gauges. The thinner and the longer the cable is, the lower the available amperage. Longer cables reaching several hundreds of feet will need to be thicker in gauge to account for lost power supply.
  • Power: With length and gauge taken into account, you should make sure you are operating at the right ampacity. Cables will each have specific amp levels they can safely handle. Operating with the wrong power supply can damage a welding unit, making it hazardous to workers.
  • Insulation: There are several materials welding cables may be insulated with. Choosing the right insulation depends on your work site conditions. For example, neoprene (synthetic rubber) and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer or monomer) insulation is flexible and resistant to weather, but they should not be used when gas and petroleum based liquids are exposed. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), on the other hand, is stiffer but more resistant to tearing or cuts.

Summary

If you’re working with any types of stud welding equipment, including various cables, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online for more information today.

Applications of the Stud Welding Process for the Marine Industry and Navy

For over 100 years, stud welding has been a mainstay of the marine industry and for a wide variety of naval vessels. The first uses of stud welding to build seaworthy ships began in the early 1900s after World War I. Since then, stud welding technology has continued to prove itself to be extremely valuable for improved efficiency, cost, and safety in the construction of steel ships. Both drawn arc operations with large dimension studs and capacitor discharge (CD) operations with thinner studs and pins are used extensively across modern ships. From the internal and external skeletons of mammoth freighters to the thin insulation fasteners used in living quarters, stud welding is a critical component of marine fabrication. If you’re working with ship construction of any size, you can find a complete range of supplies for any stud welding process with Northland Fastening Systems (NFS). We offer a comprehensive range of studs, welding tools, accessories, and technical support for any project, big or small.

Stud Welding Process

The stud welding process is such an important part of shipbuilding because it offers a quick, clean connection point that is stronger than the surface material and stud put together. Stud installation also only requires access to a single side of the work surface, and it provides a complete seal unlike riveting and bolting.

Stud Welding in the Marine Industry and Navy

History: Two of the earliest examples of all-welded ships were the Fullagar and the MS Carolinian. The Fullagar is considered to be the first fully welded ship that was worthy of coastal sea travel. It was completed in 1920 in Birkenhead, Great Britain. Even after collisions that would have sunk a rivet-built ship, the Fullagar operated under several names for over 15 years.

The MS Carolinian was the first all-welded American motor ship, completed in South Carolina in 1930. An internal combustion engine, 226-ton tanker storage, and fully welded body allowed the Carolinian to be one of the first modern merchant freighter vessels.

Vessels: Since those first all-welded vessels were constructed, thousands of other designs and ship specifications were made possible through the use of stud welding, among other advancements. Today, there are hundreds of applications of stud welding throughout a vessel. Heat shields, power steering, exhaust systems, and multiple other mechanical systems of a ship are built with studs. Additionally, the decking and many parts of a ship’s exterior are fortified with steel stud connectors.

Shipboard: Onboard a naval vessel, freighter, or other mid- to large-size ship, stud welding is also heavily used. It’s a manufacturing operation that can install insulation throughout crew quarters and other living spaces, in food grade equipment in kitchens, on technical equipment, electrical enclosures, and even furniture. The list goes on and on for shipboard equipment built with stud welding operations.

Summary

A single freighter or naval vessel can have upward of one million welded studs. To learn more about those applications and how the stud welding process is used across industries, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.

Advantages of Automated Welding Equipment on a Downstream Production Line

For fastening sheet metal and other steel parts, no better choice can be made than stud welding. Stud welding operations can quickly install studs in a wide range of diameters and lengths, resulting in connection points stronger than the stud and base material put together. Stud welding also only requires access to one side of a work surface and does not require cutting a hole. Compared to other fastening systems, stud welding is leak proof, making it more resistant to corrosion, and offers a sleeker appearance. In addition to these factors, stud welding has many advantages over other fastening systems, whether it’s used by a welding technician to manually install studs or on an automated downstream production floor. For both manual work and automated applications, Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) has a complete supply of welding equipment, from tools and studs to efficient automation technology.

Welding Equipment

Any downstream production line that already utilizes stud welding or a comparable fastening system that could easily be replaced by studs will find multiple benefits with an automated system. This is especially true for fabricators working with sheet metal and steel parts.

Advantages of Welding Equipment

Some of the many advantages that automated stud welding equipment could offer your production line include:

  • Energy efficiency: Automated systems are programmable to exact tolerances so they can work within the lowest energy parameters possible. Our automated equipment can reduce industrial energy consumption, saving you money and lowering your facility’s carbon footprint.
  • Speed: With a programmable automated system, you will see increased production speeds in two ways. First, because it is controlled to exact degrees, the automated equipment itself will move over a part quickly, some as fast as 60 meters per minute. Second, stud welding operations can be completed as rapidly as 0.01 seconds, making them one of the fastest connector techniques.
  • Reliability: With an automated system, stud welding results have an accuracy of around ± 0.15 mm for steel and ± 0.2 mm for aluminum in most cases. This makes it the most reliable system you can integrate into your production line for fastening techniques.
  • Low maintenance: Most stud welders require little to no rigorous maintenance. Even automated systems that routinely install hundreds of studs only need minimal upkeep. High-quality automated designs will save you time and money, thanks to their low demand for maintenance.
  • Safety: One of the biggest advantages to incorporating an automated system on your downstream production line is worker safety. With a completely self-sufficient operating system running on a controllable software program, workers avoid injury, fatigue, and other risks on the job.

Summary

These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll see when you integrate an automated stud welding system into your production line. To learn more about the automated welding equipment and other tools, studs, and accessories we provide, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.

Our Favorite Automated Production Welding Equipment

Manually operated stud welding tools are practical and convenient for many applications across industries. Portable welding equipment that can be quickly set up on job sites are key for many operations in the construction industry, such as thru-deck stud welding, composite construction, and sheet metal fabrication. While handheld stud welding tools have many uses, automated production welders also have an important part in the manufacturing world. Automated equipment may have a limited flexibility in terms of different operations it can perform, but for the stud installments it can do, it beats handheld tools in speed and consistency. Some automated systems can even weld upward of 40 studs a minute. While a weld done with a handheld gun usually takes less than 1 second to connect, the time spent in reloading the gun and positioning a new stud means manual welding is much slower than automated welding. For either type of stud welding, you can find everything you need at Northland Fastening Systems (NFS). We provide a complete supply of studs, accessories, tools, and other welding equipment. We also offer repair services for most welding models.

Welding Equipment

Automated welding equipment typically is installed in a facility where it becomes part of a complete production line. Production welders perform hundreds to thousands of rapid stud installments with precision over extended periods of time. Because they get such heavy use, production welders are durable and intelligent. Our automated tools are computer numerical control (CNC) machines with programmable software direction systems.

Favorite automated production welders

CPW 0604: The CPW 0604 performs capacitor discharge (CD), drawn arc, and short cycle welding operations. It can work in a welding range of 600 x 400 x 120 mm and can install studs with diameters of 3-8 mm. With a 9″ touchscreen display, it’s easy to calibrate and adjust the high performance PLC IEC 61131-3 controller. This model can weld up to 30 studs per minute and has an axis movement speed of 25 m per minute along the X and Y axes and 20 m per minute on the Z axis. The single welding head is automatically fed with up to three different stud lengths at a time. The software is user friendly and multilingual, and the unit is compact for such a high-production machine.

PC-S: The PC-S is another great production welder for all types of stud welding operations. It can be manually fed to a single welding tip or automatically fed for a 30% faster load rate. The working plate is 500 x 375 mm. This machine is especially precise with a positioning tolerance of ± 0.2 mm. Stud diameter capabilities are 3-8 mm and 10-12.7 mm. The PC-S is an advanced welder with a microprocessor controller. It’s a reliable option for any facility that works with high precision production.

Summary

For more information about these tools and our other stud welding equipment, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.

Best Cable and Welding Gear Management for Job Site Safety

Active job sites in any industry should have safety systems, checks, and manufacturing process regulations in place for the protection of workers, construction materials, and equipment. In the stud welding industry, safety is equally important for all those factors, especially because stud welding operations are so prolific across many different types of job sites. From multi-story constructions and major infrastructure to automated in-house production lines, safety systems and precautionary practices are critical. If you are working with stud welding for any project, Northland Fastening Systems can provide the supplies and support you need to get the job done. We offer a broad range of welding gear, which includes tools for rent or purchase, welding studs, accessories, and even repair services.

Safety in the Workplace

Although manufacturing in general has been industrialized since as early as the 1760s, universal safety standards have been slow to develop. In the U.S., OSHA wasn’t established as part of the U.S. Department of Labor until 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed.

Welding Gear

Today, OSHA helps make a broad range of work environments, from offices to construction sites, safer for workers, employers, and third parties. For worksites where stud welding gear is active, OSHA dictates several safety conditions, which include cable management.

The Need and Importance of Cable Management

Stud welding equipment on job sites often needs to be moved far from power sources, requiring cable extensions that can spread across trafficked areas and throughout other equipment and building materials. These cables present several hazards:

  • Tripping hazards, which can lead to more severe fall risks
  • Tangle hazards with other electrical equipment and power tools
  • Electrical issues that arise if a surge occurs or cables are damaged
  • Electrocution risk if cables are damaged from mismanagement
  • Falling object hazards if items are pushed by cable movement
  • Fires or explosions due to sparking from damaged cables
  • Ineffective installation of studs caused by poor power supply to welders

Welding Gear Includes Cables

To prevent any of these safety issues, deliberate cable management is important. Cable management starts with planning the layout of extensions and the movement of cables throughout a job site. Care must be taken to ensure cables will not build up through walkways or stretch underneath other equipment. Always make sure cables and any other electrical systems are properly grounded. Cable ties and links are small but mighty components that can keep cables tidy, in place, and away from areas of a worksite where they might be damaged or cause other problems.

Summary

Cable management and stud welding safety only work with the right equipment. To learn more about the welding gear, supplies, and cable management options we offer, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770. Request a quote online to get started with us today.

Benefits of Renting Stud Welding Equipment

There are many industries that utilize stud welding operations to manufacture parts, build structures, and create infrastructure. From electronics and food service equipment to multistory buildings and ships, stud welding has a wide range of applications. The powerful, quick, and clean connection points that stud welding offers have clear benefits to quality fabrication. If you are working with stud welding in your industry, you have probably weighed the question of whether to invest in purchasing your own welding units or rent out tools. There are advantages to both renting and buying stud welding equipment, and choosing what’s best for you depends on your circumstances as a manufacturer. For many, renting is an excellent option even for long-term stud welding operations. If you are looking to rent or buy tools, supplies, and other welding accessories, Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) has what you need. We provide a comprehensive range of welding tools for rent or purchase, drawn arc and CD welding studs, welding accessories, tool repair services, and the advice of our own expert technicians.

Manufacturers choosing to rent stud welding equipment rather than purchase their own is a common practice due to the expense of purchasing and maintaining owned tools. Stud welding units can range in price depending on their size and capability, but even the most cost-effective models can go over a project budget.

If you are in need of a rented welding tool, NFS offers a variety of models with differing capabilities that fit the majority of worksite requirements, including portable generators. From thru-deck welding to automated systems, you can rent tools that will help you keep your project schedule on time.

Some of the most significant benefits of renting over owning stud welding tools include:

  • You can try out the most current models and the newest technology when you choose to rent from NFS. We swap out-of-date models when newer and higher performance ones are on the market so renters get the latest units.
  • You aren’t responsible for tool maintenance and maintenance expenses; we do that for you.
  • In addition to avoiding regular maintenance costs, you also won’t have to deal with unexpected repairs that force your production line to halt. Rented tools are kept in peak condition and can be swapped out the moment a possible issue arises.
  • With rented tools, we provide extra studs and welding accessories for just-in-case manufacturing scenarios.
  • Rented tools are perfect for short-term jobs or one-time use so you don’t have to invest in purchasing supplies that will sit on a shelf after one project is completed.

Summary

There are many other benefits of renting stud welding equipment over purchasing, but owning tools also has its advantages. To learn more about renting or purchasing tools and other supplies, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote online.