Throughout manufacturing history, many methods of fastening one component to another have been implemented, ranging from the most rudimentary nails to the most advanced industrial adhesives. The best fastening systems in any given situation depend on several factors, such as materials, dimensions, function, and finish. When it comes to fastening steel, aluminum, copper, bronze, and many other metal components, stud welding is often the superior choice. When properly applied, welded studs have a connection point that is quickly applied, mark-free, and powerful. In addition to stud welding’s use for metal fasteners, it’s also a key part of composite construction for steel and concrete builds. Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) is a supplier of all the necessary tools, studs, and accessories for drawn arc, CD, and short cycle stud welding operations. We offer customers a complete selection of welding materials and equipment, including our own technicians’ expert advice and guidance.
While stud welding is just one of many fastening systems for multiple applications, there are several ways it outperforms other techniques and provides greater advantages in comparison. Some of the most common fastening techniques that stud welding outperforms include:
- Bolting: Conventional bolting is a frequently used fastener because it’s highly accessible and generally cost effective. In comparison, stud welding installation costs are actually lower and faster. Two-sided access is not required to install studs, and they can be installed without a visible head. Stud welding is also resistant to leaks and vibration, and does not require through-hole preparations.
- Boring, drilling, and tapping: Stud welding is a faster process than any boring, drilling, and tapping operations. It has a lower install cost, does not require through-hole preparation, and has better resistance to resonance and leakage. Most important, stud welding doesn’t leave marks on the reverse side of the installation surface.
- Soldering: Unlike soldering, stud welding can be applied to painted surfaces and it generally calls for less training time. Stud welding is faster than soldering and has lower installation expenses.
- Clinch fastening: Clinch fastening requires high-pressure application and two-sided access to the connection surface. Stud welding needs neither of these for a successful connection, and it doesn’t leave marks or a visible head. Stud welding requires no preparation for a through-hole, and it resists leaks and vibration. Also, clinch fastening equipment is not portable, whereas many stud welding units can be easily moved throughout a job site.
In almost every instance in which one of these common fasteners can be used, stud welding can replace it for faster, stronger, cheaper, and better-looking results. If you’re working with any of these fastening systems, consider replacing those operations with stud welding. For more information, contact NFS at (651) 730-7770. You can also request a quote online to get started with us today.