Since 1957, Southern Spring & Stamping has been committed to providing customers with the highest quality springs, stampings, and sheet metal fabrications. For over six decades, this dedication has resulted in an ISO 9001-certified quality management program that enables us to produce high-quality products on time at fair prices. As a result of our dedication to excellence, we are able to offer laser welding services for metal, inert gas (MIG) and Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding as well as laser welding aluminum and stainless steel.
Our Welding Capabilities
Typical autogenous keyhole laser welding is a precision operation with tight fit-up comparable to E-Beam welding. The required gap or fit-up tolerances for the keyhole welding method are approximately 3% thickness. To seal the gap and produce a high-integrity welded connection, there must be enough material melted. This eliminates the need for added filler metal. Our laser welding process is similar to other keyhole welding machines and can be used with a variety of consumables, such as stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium alloys. Robotic welding is used to weld MIG and TIG. Any sort of metal may be welded using robotic MIG welding, which can be done at almost any thickness.
In order to produce a sturdy production weld, the standard industry choices are Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA). They lose the cost savings from greater process speeds and the ability to use thinner gauges due to a distortionless weld process.
Metal, inert gas (MIG) welding, often known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), is a type of welding that uses an adjustable wire feed with a shielding gas made of argon and CO2 to shield the weld from outside contamination. The only control a welder has over the process is the welding gun.
To weld with MIG, you need a source of electricity and an electrode to fill the weld junction. A power arc is created when the two metals make contact, producing intense heat to melt the workpiece components and form a weld. Furthermore, in order for MIG welding to operate properly, it must be fed with shielding gas at all times in order to safeguard the process; thus, it’s ideal for indoor use or in places that are protected from high winds.
Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, also referred to as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), is an arc-welding technology that creates the weld by using a non-consumable tungsten electrode.
In the 1940s, tungsten inert gas welding achieved popularity among magnesium and aluminum welders. The process was a highly attractive alternative to gas and manual metal arc welding since it used an insulating shield rather than a slag to protect the weld pool. The TIG welding technique has played a major part in the acceptance of aluminum for high-quality welding and structural applications.
TIG Welding Applications
TIG welding is used in various industries, but it’s especially beneficial for high-quality welding. The small arc associated with manual welding is ideal for thin sheet material or controlled penetration (in the root run of pipe welds) because the small arc is very focused and can avoid unwanted penetration. The TIG process offers excellent control of the heat input to the joint, resulting in superior weld fusion with minimal distortion when compared to MIG welding.
Welding with TIG is also utilized in mechanized systems either automatically or after the application of filler wire. However, several ‘off-the-shelf’ orbital welding machines are available for pipe welding in chemical plants and boilers. The equipment does not need any manual dexterity, but the operator must be thoroughly trained.
MIG welding—i.e., metal inert gas welding—is mostly used for big and thick materials. It takes the form of a consumable wire that serves as both an electrode and a filler substance. MIG is widely utilized in a range of industries and accounts for more than half of all welded metal deposited. However, it should be noted that while MIG welding is great for ‘squirting’ metal, TIG does a better job of welding thin materials.
Benefits of Laser Welding
Laser conduction mode autogenous welding, in terms of distortion and material thickness required for a repeatable, defect-free weld process, compares favorably to traditional welding techniques.
Some of these advantages include:
- Minimal deformation or shrinking is observed in its application.
- Welding with lasers is successful for carbon steel, high-strength steel, stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, and precious metals as well as dissimilar materials.
- There is no direct contact between the material and laser head.
- Only one side of the component has to be accessible for laser welding, which is preferable to spot welding.
- The small, tightly controlled laser beam allows for precise micro-welding of tiny components.
- The laser weld has a high strength and depth-to-width ratio.
Advantages of Robotic Welding
Welding robotic systems provide a slew of benefits over traditional welding processes. Production quality improves, allowing you to stay in line with worldwide norms while lowering operational expenses. There are additional advantages:
The amount of heat that a welder can withstand is another aspect that affects consistency in manual welding. During welding, precision is possible with robotic welders. This reduces the number of weld passes needed to complete a task, which lowers heating from the surrounding material and minimizes distortion in the finished product.
Performance and Quality
Robotic welding systems can help you increase your output considerably. They also complete tasks with high precision, saving time by avoiding the need to repeat actions. You may run the systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you understand how to set them up and program them for each weld.
Control of Raw Materials
Welders frequently make mistakes that result in material and energy waste. Using robotic welding, you can control everything, including power, allowing you to save energy. Robotic systems run continuously over time, putting off equipment startups while saving electricity.
Reduction in Hazardous Conditions
Welding causes workers to be exposed to hazardous gases, smoke, shocks, and weld flash burns. With remote supervision, robotic welding systems reduce the risk of these hazards. You’ll also have fewer people working in the vicinity of the welding process, lowering the chance of incidents.
Robotic systems enhance efficiency, allowing you to save time, money, and resources. You increase consistency, productivity, and quality by using robots. Other cost-cutting possibilities include lower wages for staff and energy savings. Cost savings decrease the manufacturing costs of a product, possibly lowering the overall price of the end result. Or when offering quotations to clients, you have the potential to profit more.
Southern Spring & Stamping is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality parts and services available.
Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, family-owned and operated metal fabrication company that has provided springs, stampings, and sheet metal fabrications for over six decades in the USA. More than 100,000 square feet of contemporary workspace gives us the tools to make your custom products quickly and precisely from beginning to end. From robotic welding to laser welding services, we can help your business grow by improving production quality, reducing costs, increasing consistency of performance, and minimizing distortion in finished products with their precision. If you are interested in our laser or robot welding services, please contact us today!