Welding is an important part of product development, as this technique is commonly used to process raw materials and add value to end products. Structural welding techniques have been used for many years to modify, cut and prepare metallic objects. From shielded metal arc welding to flux core arc welding, there are many tried and true welding procedures that are fundamental during product development.
Technology has also advanced the welding field, making it easier and more efficient for welders to cut, wash or modify steel. For example, laser cutting technology delivers precise cuts across both thick and thin substrates. CNC machines also allow welders to automate the fabrication process, introducing a new realm of possibilities during product development.
If you're looking for new ways of processing your raw materials and improving the quality of welds, here are 3 technologies that you should consider for your projects.
1. Plate welding
Plate welding isn't new. It has been used for many years to weld plates that have open grooves and even modify steel into various shapes and positions. However, technology has significantly improved the welding process. Plate welding can now be used to form intricate grooves, add metal supports and modify existing structures. By using tools such as weld guns and gas flow metres, your welding contractor can further customise raw materials and produce high-quality end products.
2. Arc welding
Arc welding is an important technique for preparing substrates for downstream processes. It is often used to clean metal objects, grind uneven surfaces and join components together. Technology has made the arc welding process highly efficient even during complex tasks. For example, plasma cutting equipment can be used to slice through thick substrates in a shorter time frame and without much material wastage. In cases where the weld pool is relied on to turn solids into temporary liquid pools, very specific types of welding techniques will be necessary to ensure strong and quality structures.
Electric arc welding also gives welders more control over horizontal, overlapping or overhead welds. This creates more opportunities for you to develop products that have multiple attachments and moving patterns.
3. Laser cutting during the fabrication process
Laser technology has revolutionised the welding industry. By packing lots of energy into a tiny beam, both thick and thin substrates can be sliced and combined in many different unique patterns. The breadth of laser technology being used during welding is what's really exciting. For example, CO2, solid-state and diode lasers each work with different levels of efficiency depending on the type of substrate being used. This means that you can effectively process metals, wood, plastic and other similar materials within a highly customised environment.
For more information, reach out to a local welding service.