MIG, TIG and Robotic Welding – What’s the Difference?

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MIG, TIG and Robotic Welding – What’s the Difference?

When choosing a welding technique, there are several characteristics of both the material you are working with and the scope of the project itself to consider. Thickness of the material being welded, the length of the weld and the cleanliness of the weld are among the most important pieces to consider.

Which type of welding is ideal for your application?

MIG Welding

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is used on components that require longer welds without starts and stops. A benefit of MIG welds is that they typically require minimal post-weld cleanup.MIG welding can be used on most types of metals and is often used when working with thicker materials.

Another key benefit of MIG welding is that it is faster making it ideal for applications that call for quicker production speeds. Beginners typically start in MIG welding as it is usually easier to control.

TIG Welding

TIG (tungsten inert gas)welding is used to complete high-precision and clean welds with no slag or spatter. Commonly used in smaller applications using thinner metals, TIG offers versatility.

While it is a slower and more tedious form of welding, TIG welds offer higher quality and level of detail.Unlike MIG welding, TIG requires the operator to hold not only the welding torch, but the filler material in the other hand. TIG welding is typically performed by more experienced welders due to its difficulty.

Robotic Welding

Robotic welding completely automates the welding process. The robot performs the welding and handling of parts. This form of welding is a good choice for customers requiring precision, increased accuracy and repeatability. In order for robotic welding to be most effective, there should be a large volume.

Spectrum’s Welding Capabilities

Spectrum Metalcraft is a full production metal fabrication shop with a variety of welding options for our customers. Our highly skilled welders provide MIG welding, TIG welding and robotic welding. MIG (metal inert gas) welding is used when components require long welds without starts and stops, TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding provides high-precision welds with no slag or spatter, while robotic welding completely automates the welding process.

To learn more about our services and how we can assist in your metal fabrication needs, visit www.spectrum-metalcraft.com or call 785-825-5612.