The most commonly used types of stud welding processes are the Capacitor Discharge method, usually called "CD," and Arc Stud Welding. Below is an explanation and comparison of the two systems and how they are used in various industries. The information should help you make a well informed choice, especially if you are just starting out. The right welding system can help your business get off the ground..
Capacitor Discharge System – How It Works
Arc Stud Welding – How It Works
Use of the Two Systems in Various Industries
While the arc stud system lends itself to heavy duty welding, such as in ship manufacturing or building construction, the CD welder is used for more delicate work or when you want a flawless surface.:
CD stud welders are used to prepare or assemble heat shields, power steering systems, parts of dashboards, brake lines, lighting and other electrical systems. While arc welding systems are used for items such as the chassis, the CD system comes in handy when installing smaller parts that just might be visible when the vehicle is completed.
Farm Equipment Manufacturers
Uses in the farming equipment industry are similar to the auto industry. Tractors, combines and other machines must stand up to the rigors of nearly non-stop use. Arc stud welders are used in the manufacturing of fenders, driver cabs, and various heavy duty farm attachments. CD welders are used for supplementary parts, such as electrical systems. On a smaller scale, CD stud welding is often used in manufacturing ride-on home mowers and seeders.
Commercial and Retail Appliances
Those in the restaurant trade rely on heavy duty refrigerators, dishwashers and cooking equipment, all created using the arc or CD systems. Heating and air conditioning units are also on that list. That oversized barbeque in the backyard and that outdoor kitchen usually benefit from CD welding because of its flawless capabilities. The same goes for home appliances, where looks are usually as important as function. Cookware manufacturers prefer CD stud welding to make pots, pans and utensils. Electrical appliance manufacturers use CD welders in making cookers, toasters and electric frying pans.
Since CD stud welding can be used for lighter metals, jewelers often prefer this method to make pins, earrings and other pieces.
For more information about stud welding and its various uses, contact a company like Northland Fastening Systems.
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