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.