There are two basic types of stud gun welder systems, one is for capacitor discharge stud welding, and one is for drawn arc stud welding. The hand held weld tools, another name of the stud weld gun, combined with a power source and cables make up the entire system.
Within the two types of stud gun welder systems, there is also the option to consider automated types of stud welding processes. While not common with the smaller diameter capacitor discharge stud welding systems, the fixture mounted weld tools are increasingly important in the drawn arc systems for large-scale manufacturing and fabrication.
The Power Source
The power source is more than just a way to provide electricity to the hand held tool. It is also the control center for the operator, allowing the stud gun welder to adjust the pilot arc, to switch the system to hammer mode to penetrate through paint or rust or to create pre-set programs to easily switch been stud welding requirements on the job.
Different power sources will have various levels of technology and features. Increasing the technology at the power source allows for greater control and efficiency when welding.
The Hand Held Tool
With drawn arc equipment, in particular, a standard and a heavy-duty hand held tool may be essential on the job. The heavy duty stud welding gun is designed for the larger sizes of stud welds as well as for continual use.
The capacitor discharge hand held tools can be either contract or gap stud weld tools. Both offer specific benefits and are ideal for smaller diameter weld studs and thinner base metals.
The cables in the stud welding system include ground cables and extension cables. Both are essential for both safety on the job and flexibility in being about to move and work in comfort on any type of project.
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