Do you know the difference between mig and tig welding? Both procedures rely on an electric arc to make the weld. However, one process involves a continuously feeding wire, while the other employs long welding rods, which are slowly fed into the weld puddle. One method is fast and efficient, while the other is appropriate for more detailed, delicate techniques. At American Products Contract Manufacturing, we perform both mig and tig welding on metal enclosures composed of carbon, aluminum, and stainless steel. To learn more about mig and tig welding, please scroll down.
Mig and Tig Welding
Metal inert gas (mig) welding, sometimes called “wire welding,” utilizes a continuous solid wire electrode, fed through a welding gun into a weld pool. This wire burns and melts the metals, whether carbon, aluminum, or stainless steel, to fuse them together. This simple and flexible welding process can tackle a variety of metal thicknesses, from the very thin and delicate to heavy, structural pieces. It’s also faster and easier to learn when compared to tig welding, making it a great choice for amateur welders.
Tungsten inert gas (tig) welding, sometimes called Heli-arc welding, utilizes a non-consumable tungsten electrode, which delivers the current to the welding arc. It was developed during the 1930s and came in handy during the construction of aircrafts in WWII. It works best on thinner gauge materials, because you can turn down the power to prevent blowing through the metal. Tig welding is commonly used for fine welding techniques and precision work, but it is also more versatile than mig welding. With the right tig welder, generating an adequate amount of power, you can also perform heavier tasks and pipe welding. In addition, tig welding is precise and produces a clean finish, because the welder has more control over the weld.
Unfortunately, tig welding is also more difficult to learn and use, requiring a highly skilled operator, and it’s quite slow when compared to mig welding. It’s better for short, technical welds than lengthy, standard welds.
At American Products Contract Manufacturing (APCM), our collection of welding equipment includes both mig and tig welders. In fact, we are the proud owners of fourteen mig welders and five tig welders. We also employ resistance welders for high-volume and specialty applications. To ensure exceptional quality, we require that all of our welders receive certification in the standards of the American Welding Society (AWS). And after welding, our talented craftsmen use a thorough deburring process to clean up the edges of the products.
So if you’re on the hunt for a company that can manufacture premium metal enclosures on your behalf, check out APCM. Our high-quality, innovative enclosures enable our customers to assist the telecommunications industry in expanding and improving their network services. We offer NEMA type 1, type 2, type 3, type 3-R, type 3-X, type 4, and type 4-X metal enclosures, and we form these enclosures from aluminum, galvanized steel, carbon steel, and stainless steel to create a rugged and reliable structure. Give us a call at 1-877-736-2228 to learn more, or request a free quote online.