Did you know that April is National Welding Month? It’s true, and this is a time of year where we can appreciate welding professionals everywhere — people who play a major role in a number of different processes, one of which is metal fabrication.
At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer the very best metal fabrication services in Utah, helping with products from range hoods and cupolas to post caps, window covers and more. What is the important role of welding in metal fabrication, and what are some of the simple processes used to carry it out? Here’s a simple rundown.
Welding Within Metal Fabrication
There are some who simply think welding and metal fabrication are the same thing, but this isn’t accurate. Rather, welding is one process that’s used within the fabrication process. It generally involves using heat and pressure to join two pieces of metal together, and there are a few different types of welding that can be employed in this context.
The Different Types of Welding
There are three primary types of welding used in metal fabrication:
- MIG welding, which is a semi-automatic or automatic process that’s often used for larger projects
- TIG welding, which is a more precise manual process often used for thinner metals or metals that are difficult to weld
- Stick welding, which is a manual process using an electrode that’s melted to join the two pieces of metal
Of these, MIG welding is the most commonly used in the metal fabrication process.
Specific Processes or Techniques
A number of different processes or techniques may be used by welders within metal fabrication, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Die cutting
- Roll forming
These processes or techniques will generally be used to create the desired shape from a piece of metal before it’s welded to another.
Safety Equipment and Precautions
Because welding is generally done with high heat and pressure, it’s important for those carrying out this process to take proper safety precautions. This generally includes wearing gloves, a welding helmet and other protective clothing, as well as ensuring that the area is well-ventilated. Hearing protection is another common precaution, as the noise generated by welding can be quite loud.
In addition, many welders who do this job regularly will also take welding classes to ensure they’re up-to-date on the latest safety procedures. These classes can also teach them new techniques that they can use in their work.
Risks of Poor Welding Quality
It’s vital for metal fabrication welders to carry out their work with precision and care, as poor welding quality can lead to a number of risks. This includes the risk of metal fatigue, which is when the metal becomes weaker and more brittle over time due to being placed under too much stress. Poor welding quality can also lead to cracking, warping or other damage that can cause the metal to break or fail.
This is why, at Cypress Metals, we only work with the very best welders in the business. Our team has years of experience and takes great pride in their work, ensuring that every project is carried out to the highest standards. For more on this or any of our metal fabrication, laser cutting or other services for Utah clients, speak to the team at Cypress Metals today.