Technox Machine & Manufacturing, Inc. is a full-service machine shop specializing in a wide range of metal fabrication services, including welding. Our welders have extensive experience in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding. Technox proudly serves multiple niche industries including automation, food processing, printing equipment, and more.
As an ISO 9001:2015-certified business, quality assurance is central to our business philosophy. Our welding services are OSHA-compliant and AWS-certified, and we take all steps necessary to ensure that the custom-made products we fabricate for our customers are of the highest quality possible.
The welding process joins two unconnected metal sections together into a single workpiece using pressure and heat. At Technox, our in-depth welding capabilities allow us to support assembly, repair, and maintenance operations for components such as bearings, bearing housings, and bushings.
As the most commonly used type of welding, MIG welding uses a consumable wire electrode fed through the welding gun. The gun’s heat causes the electrode to melt, which creates a filler material used in joining the two metal components together. The process gets its name from the gas mixture dispersed over the electrode, which shields it from outside contamination. MIG welding is easier to perform than TIG welding, but also less precise. MIG is commonly used by the automotive and construction sectors.
TIG welding utilizes a non-consumable tungsten filament as the electrode. The heat generated by the tungsten filament melts the workpiece materials so they can be joined together. In some cases, a separate filler material may be added to improve the properties of the weld. An inert gas is injected during the TIG process to protect the electrode from external contaminants.
TIG welding is a slower, but more precise method of welding meant to join difficult-to-combine surfaces together with a clean seam. TIG welding is frequently employed in automotive, process piping, and aerospace applications.
Different types of metals respond differently to heat. Each has a different melting point, tensile strength, and level of ductility. A welder must understand the properties and limitations of the material prior to welding in order to get the best results possible.
Technox specializes in welding the following types of metal:
- Carbon steel. Carbon steel includes a broad range of steel subtypes with different elemental compositions. The percentage of carbon present in the compound determines how the metal will react to the welding process. Low-carbon mild steel is one of the most weldable metal materials available, since it possesses few elements that might interfere with the quality of the weld.
- Stainless steel. Stainless steel contains chromium, which imparts the material’s prized heat resistance but also acts as a heat sink. The stainless steel medium retains heat, making speed and precision necessary to prevent warping or scratching the surface. Depending on the project and precision required, stainless steel works with both MIG and TIG welding.
- Aluminum. Aluminum is much less susceptible to corrosion and lighter in weight than other materials. Aluminum conducts heat more easily than the other metals and melts at a much lower temperature. TIG welding is typically preferred for aluminum welding, though MIG welding can be used in some situations.
Benefits of Welding
Welding offers numerous benefits over fasteners or other methods for joining disparate components. Some of the advantages provided by welding include:
- Versatility. Welding is used across industries because it works with a variety of materials and project types.
- Permanence. Metal welding forms a permanent bond between two surfaces.
- Strength. If done correctly, the weld creates a joint far stronger than the components joined.
- Cost-effectiveness. Welding cost varies depending on the welding method and project specifications, but welding is generally a cost-effective process. Most welding projects are relatively fast, which also limits project costs.
By working with an experienced welding provider like Technox, you can ensure the long-lasting integrity of your welds.
Quality Welding Services Through Technox
Technox has years of experience in welding and metal fabrication. Our welders work with a variety of mediums using the latest in welding techniques and equipment. We look forward to working with you on your custom fabrication design. To see how our welding capabilities can support your needs, please request a quote or contact us today.