AWS Certified Welding: Why It Makes A Difference

There are many companies that provide welding services, and when selecting a welding company one of the standards of quality is to select a firm that offers AWS-certified welding. At Wilkins Manufacturing, all of our expert welders are AWS-certified, but you might be wondering what this means to you as a customer.


AWS simply stands for American Welding Society. This nonprofit organization, which was founded nearly a century ago, provides several different welding certification programs. A welder becomes AWS-certified, once he or she has demonstrated expertise in a specific skill by passing a qualification test.


There are several different types of certifications that the AWS offers to its members, and the welders at Wilkins Manufacturing have been AWS-certified in several different categories. These categories are represented by special codes. For instance, our welders have earned D1.1 certification, which pertains to the structural welding of steel. Our welders also are D1.6 certified which pertains to structural welding of stainless steel. We also have D17.1 certified welders, which includes aerospace fusion welding. These are just a few of the certifications our welders have earned.


There are dozens of different AWS certified welding codes, and as a customer, it can be helpful to ensure that the welders you selected are certified in the type of welding that you need. For instance, if you needed stainless steel pipe welding, you would want to select welders with a D10.18 certification. If you needed bridge welding, then you would select someone with D1.5 welding certification.


If you aren’t certain of which type of certification pertains to the type of welding you need, it can be wise to select a company with welding expertise in the specific materials or type of welding you need. At Wilkins Manufacturing, our team of AWS-certified welders works primarily with materials such as aluminum, steel, stainless steel, magnesium and titanium. We can provide you with many different types of welding, including MIG welding, spot welding, TIG welding, torch blaze and solder.


In addition to providing customers with AWS-certified welding, we also feature an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C-certified quality system. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization. This nonprofit group sets standards for quality management systems. In order to earn ISO certification, a company must have designed a quality management system that adheres to the ISO’s exacting standards.


The ISO 9001:2008 requirements are used to provide a basis for quality management systems for a variety of types of companies and organizations, and not just welding, so you will see that many different firms will have ISO 9001:2008 certification. Our additional AS9100C certification indicates that we have special certification as a company that works with the aviation, space and defense industries.


Of course, we work with many other industries so no matter what type of welding, machining, turning or mechanical assembly you might need, our team is always equal to the task. If you need any of these services, give us a call today and we can get started on your unique project.

4 Fun Facts About MIG Welding

At Wilkins Design & Manufacturing, we provide a myriad of services for our clients and this includes many types of welding. MIG welding, for instance, is perhaps the most common type of welding within the sheet metal industry and this is just one of the types of welding services we offer. If you don’t know much about welding or MIG welding, the following facts might prove interesting.


  1. MIG Welding Has Several Names


MIG welding is a process known by many other monikers. MIG actually stands for metal inert gas welding, but it also is called gas metal arc welding (GMAW) as well as metal active gas welding or MAG welding. No matter what you call it, this is a type of welding where one uses a shielding gas which protects the area where the welding occurs from gases such as oxygen or nitrogen. These gases can cause certain types of defects as well as embrittlement, and the shield gases prevent this problem. The shield gas we use depends upon what type of material we are welding and sometimes we will use a mixture two or three gases to achieve the best results. Some of the main gases we use include argon, carbon dioxide and helium.


  1. MIG Welding Is Relatively New


Welding, in one form or another, has been around for centuries. MIG welding, however, was developed only about 70 years ago. During the 1940s, this process was created and mainly was used to weld aluminum. MIG welding officially was created at the Batelle Memorial Institute, which is a nonprofit science and tech company in Ohio. In addition to developing MIG welding, this company also developed solar energy cells and a method of dry copying that eventually led to the creation of Xerox.


  1. MIG Welding Is Ideal For Many Materials


While it all began with aluminum, MIG welding now is an option for many other metals. At Wilkins Manufacturing, we use the process of MIG welding for a huge array of metals including stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, steel and titanium. One of the main advantages of this type of welding is that it can be used with so many types of metals. Additionally, this is a relatively expedient type of welding as well as a cost-effective welding option.


  1. MIG Welding Is A Semi-Automated Process


Some types of welding are known as automatic or automated welding, which means that a welder has little to no part in the actual process of welding.  This is also true of robotic welding, which, as the name suggests is welding carried out by robotic equipment. In some cases, MIG welding can be completed robotically, however usually a welder holds the device, known as a MIG welding gun, to complete the welding process.  It is “semi-automatic” because the MIG gun continuously feeds a solid wire electrode through the gun and into what is known as a weld pool.


If you need welding services, the team at Wilkins Manufacturing can help. In addition to MIG welding, we also offer TIG, solder, torch braze and spot welding. Our typical products include enclosures, motorcycle components, steel cabinets, structural assemblies, industrial equipment, tubular assemblies, structural sub-frames and more. All of our expert welders are AWS Certified and we have implemented an AS9100C Certified Quality Management System, ensuring that we provide each of our clients with the highest quality products and services.