Professional Mig Welding | Cliff's Welding - Mesa, Phoenix - AZ
MIG Welding Advantages
Gas metal arc welding (MIG Welding) is a type of welding that uses a spool of wire that is continuously fed through the welding gun. It is surrounded with a blanket of inert argon gas. This helps protect the molten metal from being contaminated by atmospheric conditions around the weld. One of the major advantages of MIG welding is long stretches of welding can be done without stopping. This makes it faster and it makes the weld more uniform. Stick welding has to be stopped to insert each individual stick making visible breaks in the continuity of the weld.
MIG Welding is applicable on all thicknesses of aluminium, steel, nickel and even on stainless steel and more. It is most common in commercial welding fabrication and manufacturing. The only real limitation to MIG welding is that it can not be done overhead or in a vertical position. This is because the material being welded is liquid and gravity will cause the material to drip and fall out of place. For overhead or vertical welding TIG or stick are better alternatives.
How To Do MIG Welding Right
The difference between anyone who’s starting a new trade or skill and the salty dogs that have been doing it for decades is experience. Here are a few tips and tricks we use that differentiate our MIG welding services to better serve our clients.
Start Your MIG Welding Machine Right
Unlike some of the other welding techniques, MIG welding requires very precise attention to how the machine is set before you start. TIG and Stick welding tend to be a little more forgiving and workable without having the machine dialed in just right. To know how to set up the MIG welder correctly you need to know what type of metal you’ll be working on. You’ll also need to know how thick the metal is. Based on these factors you will be able to accurately set up the gas type, gas flow rate, wire feed speed, and the voltage.
Prepping The Joint For MIG
They say cleanliness is next to Godliness, and it couldn’t be truer for welding. All welding jobs need to start with clean surfaces for the weld to be any good. Debris that is in the area that gets into the weld will cause it to be less strong. And we all know weak welds can fail. Don’t fail to realize that this is a critical step in producing a quality weld.
Comfort Is Key In MIG Welding
It might not be a nice leather sofa that you get to weld off of, but it’s important to be comfortable when welding. MIG welding requires focus and precision. Having to reach or strain while doing the weld can mean that you’re less steady and risk not making the weld you want to make. Much like getting comfortable behind a rifle to get the best shots, ensuring that you’re well grounded in the area that you need to weld is what really separates the best from the rest.
Use The Right MIG Welding Technique
Depending on what you are welding and how thick the metal is you might choose to use one of two different MIG welding techniques. The two MIG welding techniques are back handed welding and fore handed welding. Back handed MIG welding is similar to Stick welding in that you drag the MIG welding gun towards you and create the weld. This creates a deep level of penetration in the metal and makes a narrow and high centered weld.
Fore handed MIG welding goes the opposite direction. You push the MIG welding gun towards the direction you are welding and it produces a shallower weld. In contrast the weld you create will be smoother and wider.
Professional MIG Welding Services in Mesa AZ
If your or your company needs professional MIG welding done in Mesa Arizona Cliff’s welding offers services at our shop, and mobile welding to the entire Phoenix Valley. Give us a call or stop by to talk about your welding projects.