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									TOP 3 - Welding Equipment

The job of a welder can be dangerous, unless there is strict adherence to all safety measures. Although the task at hand is hazardous, there are five important pieces of Welding equipment every welder must have. The five important pieces of equipment are: • • • The power supply The electrodes The source material

There are many types of welding procedures and welding sources or materials. But, they all have one thing in common. Each welding process must have one of the three pieces of equipment mentioned above. Each welding process large or small will not be able to be performed if they are missing either one of those parts. It is a must to to have a steady supply of power, this electricity is what will give the heat to the metal. This heat will cause the metal to melt and form what is called a weld. The weld will create the manufactured good or goods. The power supply can be one that is portable or fixed. They can have either AC (alternate)/DC (direct) power output source. The power supply of any welding equipment can come with one of three backup resources such as: • • • A gas backup source option A diesel backup as an option Or even a rechargeable battery pack

An electrode is used to carry current to the source material or manufactured part. The electrodes are unique for each job and there are many to choose from. There are some made of non consumable material or consumable, meaning the will or will not disintegrate will transferring the heat to the source material. They are important

in the welding process not only for their heat transferability but also they have coatings that burn creating gases that shield the material being worked on. This process is called a shielding gas and they protect the metal from the air. Air will cause damage to the metal or contaminate the surface, yielding defects in the manufactured good or goods. The source material or manufactured good can be anything from parts of an automobile to a steel pan or bucket. The source material can exist in a miners cave or an large industrial building. You may even find some welders using equipment underwater, not to mention even on aerospace equipment. In my opinion, the welders and their welding equipment aren’t escaping many of our industries worldwide. There are welders needed and for the long haul, even in spite of automation of welding making its presence, in the industry. There are some tasks only a skilled welder can perform. They are the welders who use high powered welding equipment everyday to do repairs or even to create structures like buildings. The welders profession may be one of the most viable jobs in our society. Source:

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