Compared to many other manufacturing operations, stud welding is a relatively young technology. The first uses of stud welding didn’t occur until after World War I in the early 1900s. Early stud welding was used in composite construction to fasten wood to steel beams in the shipbuilding industry. Today, stud welding is still used in shipbuilding, but it’s also heavily utilized across multiple industries for a vast range of applications. As a fastening system, stud welding creates powerful connections quickly without needing access to two sides of a work surface and without leaving marks on the reverse side of the weld. If you’re working with any kind of stud welding process you can find all the supplies you need with Northland Fastening Systems (NFS).
Stud Welding Supplies
NFS provides a complete supply of studs, welding tools, accessories, repair work, and the advice of our own expert technicians. The reach of the stud welding process across industries is broad, and we work with many customers to help them complete all kinds of projects.
Stud Welding Process
The full scope of stud welding as a manufacturing operation includes the following industries:
- Automotive: For cars and other vehicles, stud welding is used to install heat shields, power steering components, electrical routing, insulation, exhaust components, instrumentation, trim, hydraulic system components, and more.
- Infrastructure: Because the stud welding process can install shear connectors that combine steel to concrete, it can be used for large-scale infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, piping, conduits, drainage systems, and more.
- Construction: Stud welding is often used to build multistory buildings, such as apartments, offices, municipal buildings, and even skyscrapers.
- Agricultural equipment: Farming equipment relies on stud welding for the installation of many parts, including brackets, cabs, spreaders, threshers, fenders, hoses, shrouding, and more.
- Appliances: Both large and small appliances are often built using the stud welding process. Commercial and residential dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, stoves, microwaves, ovens, and many other common appliances are built with studs.
- Shipbuilding: Ships of all sizes are built with stud welding to this day.
- Electronics: From hydraulic lines and transformers to terminals and enclosures, many electronics are built with studs.
- Industrial: Signs, cover plates, enclosures, controls, and floor indicators are some examples of industrial equipment made with stud welding.
- Furniture: Many metal furniture items are made with studs, such as filing cabinets, shelving, racks, and desks.
- Lawn and garden: Lawn mowers, seeders, tractors, and some other gardening and landscaping equipment are built with stud welding.
- Power and energy: Transformers, tanks, transducers, and other energy equipment use studs as fasteners.
- Cookware: Pots and pans, utensils, and other kitchen supplies are built with food-grade stud welding.
- Jewelry: Pins and thin studs can be used for decorative purposes like jewelry.
- Hardware: Tool handles, interior design hardware, brackets, and other systems can be installed with stud welding.
- Doors: insulation doors, escutcheon plates for door knobs, and some commercial doors are installed with studs.