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.

Repair Services for All of Your Essential Welding Gear

Maintaining your welding gear is a vital part of the professional welding process, but in some cases, you might hit a snag that requires more than some basic TLC. At Northland Fastening Systems (NFS), we provide comprehensive repair services for a wide variety of stud welder brands and models so you can meet your deadlines even if your equipment falters.

Repair Services for Welding Gear

Noticing early warning signs of failing gear can prevent faults during live welding. Sometimes the signs that your welding equipment might be in need of some repair can be almost subtle. Power supplies can start running too warm, welding guns can develop loose connections, and even the most basic regulator can suffer from pressure cracks and valve issues. These problems can be mitigated by some additional cleaning, attention, and careful use. The risk of total failure increases with each instance of utilizing a weakening part or piece of equipment. Rather than leaving your welds to the risk of problems and poor welds, you should instead rely on professional repair services that can extend the life of current equipment and make it safer to use.

Experts Evaluate Condition

Our gear experts can evaluate the condition of your current gear and help you decide if repairs are necessary and/or possible. Our repair services keep gear running longer, but only if we’re able to restore it to a high-quality, workable state. For equipment that’s too far-gone to repair, NFS provides replacements and even rentals that will bridge the gap until you get the new welding gear you need.

If you’re looking for a welding support team that can provide everything from new gear to thorough repairs, look no farther than NFS. Welding professionals can reach out to us at (651) 730-7770 or visit our website to find out more about our repair services, rentals, and new welding gear available for purchase.

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.