MIG Welding: Description And Definition

by | Mar 14, 2017 | Metal Fabrication

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Welding is a century old craft and trade. Today, a metal fabricating company can use any of approximately 30 different kinds of welding to produce products and their components. In Cleveland, many companies continue to use one of the most popular methods available. This is metal inert gas or MIG welding.

What Is Metal Inert Gas Welding?

No matter what the type of welding, it involves the uniting of diverse joints or parts using heat and force. MIG is one type of welding. It has several different names. These include:

  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
  • Metal active gas (MAG) welding
  • Metal arc gas-shielded (MAGS) welding
  • CO2 welding

This process utilizes various gasses, most commonly are:

  • Argon
  • Argon and a 5% oxygen mix
  • Argon mixed with a maximum of 10% to 25% carbon dioxide
  • Carbon dioxide

In addition to the gas, MIG welding tools consist of a welding or weld control gun.

Metals and Applications

In many welding shops in Cleveland, MIG is an effective means of welding together various metals including metal alloys. A list would usually contain the following:

  • Aluminum
  • Carbon steel
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Silicon bronze
  • Stainless steel
  • Steel

Those who do automotive bodywork use this welding because it delivers in terms of speed. It is also very easy to utilize for many other applications. The addition of CNC makes MIG effective in plants where robot workers perform e.g. automobile plants. However, MIG performs well as both an automatic or even semi-automatic process.

MIG Welding

MIG is an acronym for a specific kind of welding. It is a common type found in fabrication, finishing and metal shops in Cleveland today. It is easy to use, and speedy. MIG welding also offers the advantage of being inexpensive when compared to other welding and fabrication types. In combination with the latest technology, it proves to be an effective and efficient way to produce automotive components quickly and easily.