Need CNC Turning? Welding? Laser Cutting? We Can Help!

Often when a company needs services such as TIG welding, laser cutting and CNC turning, they must search for multiple companies to complete these tasks. At Wilkins Manufacturing, however, our facility includes multiple departments to serve all of your manufacturing needs. Here is a look at the services we provide.

CNC Turning
Our facility includes two precision CNC turning machines for versatile, fast and efficient production. For a little background, the CNC in this process stands for Computer Numerical Control. This means that we take a design we created using computer software and this design is converted into numbers. Our CNC turning machines then uses this information to craft your parts. Through this high level of technology, we are able to handle even the most complex designs with extreme accuracy and tight tolerances.

On our website, we feature a CNC turning video that brings this process to life for clients that might not have ever observed the process. This video showcases both the speed and accuracy of our CNC turning machines. You can take a look by going under the Departments tab and selecting CNC turning.

There are several types of CNC machines, and our facility includes CNC milling and CNC turning equipment, and we also have the capability of turning with live tooling as well as manual machining if that is what you need. We can provide these services for prototype and production runs. Of course, our machining department works closely with all of our other departments to provide that one-stop shop experience we provide for all of our customers.

Another department at Wilkins Manufacturing handles welding tasks. Our certified welding services include TIG welding, MIG welding, spot welding, torch blaze and solder. We work with materials such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, steel and titanium. Our certifications include AWS, which stands for the American Welding Society. In order to be listed as AWS-certified welders, each of our welders must pass rigorous qualification tests. We are certified in multiple AWS categories including D 1.1, D1.6 and D17.1 and several more.

Laser Cutting
Whether you need one piece of metal processed or 100,000 pieces, we provide fast, efficient laser cutting services for any size job. Our high-speed Bystronic Bystar 4020 features an 80”x160” table capable of handling over-sized sheet of aluminum, steel and stainless steel. We can cut aluminum and stainless steel up to ½-inch thick and steel up to ¾-inch thick.

Sheet Metal Fabrication
No matter how complex or difficult your project might be, our sheet metal department is up to the challenge. We can provide you with services including sheet metal shearing, forming, bending and stamping. The team at Wilkins Manufacturing has created unique tooling to provide faster and more efficient services for our clients.

In addition to these services, we also can provide you with turnkey manufacturing. Whether you need us for metal fabrication services, the creation of a single part or turnkey mechanical assemblies, we are can provide anything you might need.

5 Interesting Facts About TIG Welding

Recently we shared some interesting information about MIG welding, but at Wilkins Manufacturing, we provide many other types of welding services, including TIG welding. TIG welding, which stands for tungsten inert gas welding, is one of the most common types of welding processes. Here are a few quick facts about TIG welding and our welding services.

1. TIG vs. MIG Welding

While these two types of welding sound similar and both use inert gas, the welding processes are quite different. With MIG welding, which stands for metal inert gas, a continuous spool of wire is used to fuse metals and with TIG welding, welding rods are fed slowly into a weld puddle. With both types of welding, however, an inert gas is used to protect the weld from contamination.

2. TIG Welding Is A Delicate & Precise Process

If you are working with thin gauge metals, TIG welding is often your best welding option. Likewise, if you have a particularly delicate project, TIG welding provides extremely high quality welds. However, you can use TIG welding on heavier gauge metals and we do have the quality industrial equipment on hand to provide TIG welding services for a wide range of products.

3. TIG Welding Takes Longer Than MIG Welding

We often use MIG welding for larger production runs simply because it is faster process. TIG welding is a slower process, but again it can be a better option for those delicate welds, thin gauge materials or welds that need extreme precision. From the perspective of a hobby welder, TIG welding is a more difficult process to learn, which is why many hobbyists prefer MIG welding even if the results aren’t quite a smooth or polished. Of course, our team of professional welders has many years of experience and can handle even the most difficult of TIG welding tasks with ease.

4. TIG Welding Was Perfected In The 1940s

While welding has been around since the Bronze and Iron Ages, TIG welding has not yet reached its 100th birthday. The first patent for a modern TIG welding production tool was applied for in early 1941, although major developments in both TIG and MIG welding processes were made in the previous two decades. It was engineer Russell Meredith, of Northrop Aircraft, who filed the patent for the TIG welding process. He called this process Heliarc because helium was used as the shielding gas, and it is still sometimes referred to as heli-arc or Heliarc welding.

5. TIG Welding & World War II

Meredith’s advancements in TIG welding and his patent could not have come at a better time for America. In less than a year from the patent filing, the United States became embroiled in World War II and TIG welding was a crucial welding process in the construction of aircraft.

Today, TIG welding is needed by a wide range of industries, and we are here to help with any of your welding needs. Our welding fabrication department includes MIG, TIG and spot welding equipment, allowing us to provide you with virtually any type of welding that you might need. We regularly work with aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, steel and titanium to create products such as enclosures, industrial equipment, structural sub-frames, motorcycle components and much more. If you need any type of AWS-certified welding, give us a call today.