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.

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