Stud welding offers a fast, effective and precise way to weld studs of all types to weldable surfaces. Unlike other types of welding that required the operator to adjust and manage each weld, with stud welding guns and system the system is set to perform the welding process, all the operator has to do is position the gun and start the process.
Both drawn arc and capacitor discharge (CD) welding can be used to attach the stud weld to a base piece of metal. This allows for the use of stud welders without the need to use fasteners, to drill the base piece or to have access to the other side to facilitate tightening.
Additionally, with the use of the CD and drawn arc stud welders, there is no marring or burning to the other side of the base piece. This welding method is used in everything from fine, detailed projects such as jewelry or utensil manufacturing to shipbuilding and to install bridge decks.
CD Stud Welding
CD stud welding uses smaller diameter stud welds and can be used with thinner base metals. The process allows for both contact and gap CD welding and allows for full customization of the settings for capacitance to address varying materials.
Systems can gap automatically and have feedback through LED systems and data on the power source. This is a very easy option for operators with limited experience with welding of any type.
The use of stud welders for larger projects is typically reserved for drawn arc systems. This type of stud welding uses a ferrule that surrounds the stud weld to contain the molten pool and produce a uniform seal on the weld all the way around the stud.
This type of weld will be found where strength and durability are essential. Drawn arc welding is common in construction, bridge building, shipbuilding and other similar types of applications.