Welding Techniques for Industrial Heaters

Welding is at central to the equipment and systems of every major industry and process.

Without welding, industries such as mining and refineries would be missing vital tools needed in day-to-day operations such as industrial heaters. Welding may be a necessity for major industries to function, however, if welding is practiced incorrectly the results could be catastrophic. The structural integrity of bridges, buildings, and even airplanes could fall apart if improper or incorrect welding techniques were utilized.

To prevent the structural integrity of welds from failing, from occurring, welding techniques have been developed that accommodate different metals, material thinness/thickness, and even environments that withstand enormous amounts of pressure.  

Environments that are under high amounts of pressure like underwater welding require techniques that accommodate for mathematics and extreme precision so that structures can be optimally fortified, even under 200PSIG’s of pressure. The welding industry has four commonly used welding techniques that are practiced globally in a variety of industries. Each welding technique is utilized under separate circumstances and should not be interchangeably used as that may jeopardize the structural integrity of the weld.

MIG (Metal Inert Gas)

The metal inert gas technique is versatile and can be used on every type of metal. It’s primarily used for heavy and thick metals. It’s the fastest technique to learn as industry experts claim that the MIG welding technique only takes around one-two weeks to master. However, the metal inert gas method leaves behind the most amount of metal splatter. So other methods of welding may be considered before resorting to the metal inert gas welding technique.

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas)

The process of welding can cause metal splatter that needs to be cleaned and removed before the material being worked on cools down. Unlike other welding techniques, the tungsten inert gas method leaves behind the most precise and clean finish. It should be noted that mitigating splatter is important within the industry as the process of cleaning up is expensive.

Furthermore, the tungsten inert gas welding technique is the most difficult method to master due to the surplus of tools involved and the unparalleled accuracy needed to make a successful weld. 

Silver Brazing

Certain jobs require specific alloys to be used when welding. Silver brazing is effective for heater welds due to the use of silvers when welding two very close-fitting parts with unique dimensions. It’s a method that also takes a lot of time to master but isn’t as challenging as learning how to utilize the tungsten inert gas method. Silver brazing is primarily used to weld leak-proof, sleek, finished parts that are electrically conductive.

Although it uses silver, the silver brazing technique is a cost-effective options. A significant  percentage of the alloy consists of zinc, tin, copper, and other less expensive metals. 

Automized welding

Years of research & development have now lead to industries producing industrial heaters significantly faster than ever before because of automized welding technology. Heater welds are not only performed faster but more welds can be performed at the same time depending on how much automation is used Automized welding has a higher initial cost but yields a massive return on investment for enterprises that leverage these tools.

Automized welding is commonly found in factories that produce vehicles, construction equipment, and electric heaters.

Electric Industrial Heaters

Wattco uses advanced welding techniques in the construction of our custom-manufactured electric heaters. We design industrial heaters for all major industries. From process immersion heaters to radiant comfort heating, professionals trust the quality and reliability of Wattco heating system. Our team of engineers work with your specifications to choose the right heaters, designs, and settings to match your projects needs and budget.

Contact us today for industrial heater quotes and information.