In most industries today, manufacturers have a range of technician-operated and automated tools and equipment they can utilize for production. In most cases, a facility will have a combination of hand-operated and CNC or robotic fabrication tools. Even fully-automated production lines, however, require human interaction at some point in the process. Stud welding is a versatile manufacturing operation that has both automated and handheld operations. Because there are benefits to both kinds of operations, it’s important to understand the best applications for each before purchasing equipment, establishing a fabrication setting, training employees, or investing in additional welding materials. Whether you’re working with technician-operated handheld tools or fully automated production systems, Northland Fastening Systems has the supplies you need. We provide a complete selection of stud welding equipment, including tools for rent or purchase, welding studs, accessories, and more. Our own welding technicians also offer expert advice for fabricators working on all kinds of projects, and we service and repair most welding tool models.
Stud welding as an operation in general is versatile and offers simple, yet powerful, solutions to fastening and composite building. When it comes to choosing automated or manual stud welding equipment, consider the application, materials, welding process, location, and volume of your targeted production.
Handheld (manual) models:
Most welders are trained to use handheld welding guns for drawn arc and capacitor discharge (CD) operations. The main benefits of a handheld model are the flexibility and portability of the tool. Handheld welders can be easily transported from place to place for onsite welding, and it’s relatively easy to train new operators on manual tools. Manual welding tools are also usually cheaper than full production systems, and they can often be calibrated quickly to accommodate studs in various dimensions, different welding materials, and the type of stud.
Robotic (automated) welding:
If you have the facilities for production welding systems and require rapid, large-scale welding with significant repetition, you may want to consider different automated welding setups. Production welding technologies are highly advanced for the manufacturing process. They are built to be fully programmable and handle automatic feeds of studs and welding surfaces quickly. Using an automated welding system also reduces the risk of operator injury and fatigue with heavy duty, rapid load jobs. Most automated welders can perform 40 to 60 stud welds a minute or more with integration into a production line.
Stud Welding Equipment
Both automated and manual stud welding equipment offer precise, strong connection points for fasteners and composite construction. Either option also gives you variety in the materials, dimensions, and additional specifications. For more information about both types of welders, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770. Request a quote online to get started with us today.