TIG Welding Automation
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is an inherently challenging operation, but robotic TIG welding automation systems from Midwest Engineered Systems can reduce reliance on highly skilled labor while increasing product quality and throughput.
What is TIG Welding
At the process’ core, TIG welding creates a small intense arc between a non-consumable tungsten electrode and the work surface. With its small intense arc, TIG is the most ideal welding process for high-quality and high precision operations. The welding process utilizes a shielding gas that is made of an inert atmosphere of argon or helium. The purpose of the shielding gas is to protect the weld pool from any airborne contamination to create the purest weld. All of these operations have to be properly managed by a successful robotic system.
This type of welding can be performed vertically or in an overhead position, and requires less complex equipment to operate, whereas TIG welding doesn’t require a spool to feed in. Also, TIG welding can be operated without filler metal in certain applications and can work in a larger range of different metals than MIG welding.
TIG welding tends to be a slower process that is primarily focused on fine detail and quality over speed. This aspect makes it highly compatible with robotic welding systems. Well-programmed automation can keep much more precise and repeatable operations than a human operator, especially at lower speeds.
All of this put together indicates TIG welding to be a high precision operation that requires deep knowledge and experience to automate properly. Midwest Engineered Systems has been designing, building and installing custom robotic TIG welding systems for many years. We have designed automated welding systems to handle a wide range of capabilities and weld procedures. To ensure the highest quality results, MWES employs Certified Robotic Arc Welding Technicians from a project’s onset to develop and guaranty the highest production performance of every system.
If your business is looking to automate your Tungsten Inert Gas welding operations, please contact us today!