We often get questions about the type of welding we use and why. Recently, we’ve seen more inquiries regarding X-Ray quality welds. These are superior quality welds used in some very specific applications.
What is TIG Welding?
Let’s start with a quick look at TIG welding services. TIG is an abbreviation for Tungsten Inert Gas and is also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or GTAW. In this process, a tungsten electrode carries current to the welding arc. The weld is usually cooled with argon gas. Prior to the widespread use of TIG welding in the 1930’s, many steel and aluminum welds took extensive time as torches were used.
Advantages to TIG
There are a lot of advantages to TIG welding including a smoother appearance. This makes it a good choice for consumer products where a finished look is desirable.
TIG welding allows you to throttle up and down on the amperage that is being used. This feature is particularly valuable when alloy steels are being welded. Since you can throttle up the heat and then throttle it down when completed, it allows for “soft” starts and stops. This prevents temperature shocks to the metal.
High Quality Welds
When you need an X-Ray quality weld, TIG welding services are your best option unless the material is too thin. TIG can be more time-consuming than MIG welding, but again, it delivers a smoother weld bead. If you would like to know a bit more about the differences between TIG and MIG welding and the advantages of each, we encourage you to read our previous blog on the subject.
The craftsmen at Wiley Metal take pride in delivering X-Ray quality welds that provide the desired strength and appearance our clients desire. When you are in search of TIG welding services and need a metal fabricator that can provide X-Ray quality welds, you can count on the team at Wiley Metal.
Wiley Metal is a third generation metal fabrication company that was built on a Midwestern work ethic and values. Our clients range from major world-wide truck trailer and recreational vehicle companies to small start-ups looking to bring a product to market. We enjoy partnering with our clients and are always searching for better, more productive processes. Our engineers carefully listen to our customers to best provide effective solutions. We appreciate our long-standing customer base that has been with us for decades and we are grateful for every new contact that is made to us.
When you are in need of X-Ray quality welds or any welding services, contact us. Let’s discuss your project and how we can assist you.