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X – Ray Welding

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X – Ray welding is one of the experimental welding processes that use a high-powered X-ray source to provide thermal energy required to seal materials.

The phrase X –Ray welding also has an older, unrelated usage in quality control.

It is trusted by the Quality Control Department of a production or manufacturing shop that the welding works by an X-ray welder would pass an X-ray inspection. This is to detect the defects like:

  • Cracks
  • Porosity
  • Cold laps
  • Concavities
  • Tungsten inclusions
  • Slag
  • Lack of fusion and penetration

In this context, an X-Ray welder is a tradesman who regularly welds at such a high expertise that they rarely introduce defects into the weld pool, and is able to recognize and correct defects in the weld pool, during the welding process.

X – Ray MIG welding or also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding of aluminum is easily done and only requires few extra equipment and skills. Extra equipment will always be needed no matter what and if welding out of position it will require a journeyman skill level. Aluminum welds very well with MIG and it is best used on thicker materials that are in the flat position.

You can weld thinner materials and out of position but those areas are only for the highly skilled and experienced aluminum MIG Welders. Most often than not, even if you are an experienced welder this is going to be very difficult to learn still because of the way the puddle looks and the fast travel speeds used to weld out of position.

The point is if you need to deposit a lot of filler wire in a production driven environment, then this is the right choice for this nonferrous material. This all depends on the thickness of material that will be welded. You need the base material to be thick enough to handle the heat and most welds should be in structural shape form. The main trade off is the skill level needed to weld out of position. For most situations this makes MIG the choice of production welding used in:

  • Shipyards
  • Trailer building
  • Aluminum tank construction

If you have a choice of processes for welding aluminum then it all depends on the thickness of the material. MIG welding is great on anything that is 1/8 of an inch or thicker and is in position. TIG welding works best on thinner stuff and pipe.

See Also:
Specialty Welding
Aluminum Welding
On-Site Welding

Equipment For Mig Welding Aluminum

If you want to weld aluminum you are going to need some additional equipment to add to your MIG welders wire feeder. The reason is the aluminum filler wire is so soft it gets jammed and tangled in a regular wire feed system. Your choices come down to adding either of this:

  • Push-Pull Wire Feed
  • Spool Gun

The push – pull wire feed system is most commonly used on factory floors. The way it works is the wire feeder pushes the wire as it normally would. Then the pull system is another feeder in the handle of the MIG gun that pulls it. This system works great when everything is set-up properly. The trick is to set – up the push – pull system properly (the hard part) then everything else is fine. An advantage of this system is large wire spools can be used and downtime is minimal.

Aluminum Mig Welding Settings

The settings needed to MIG weld aluminum are pretty much the same for all positions. In most cases, it will take 21 to 23 volts to get the arc to spray transfer. If welding out of position you will want the wire feed speed fast enough to keep the weld full of metal at a fast crackle. Aluminum requires the wire feed speed to push the wire into the joint. If it slows for any reason you get a fused tip or get a weld that does not stick. Don’t be scared to turn up the wire feed speed.

Our Valued Customers

For x-ray welding services, most of our clients are the following:

  • Fuel plants
  • Chemical industry
  • Mixers/mixer tanks
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Food processing
  • Beverage processing
  • Hot oil skids
  • Batch processing
  • Oil filtration plants

Unique Services

Our services set us apart from the rest because we can assure you the quality of our works.

  • Our welds are pretty.
  • We hold our welders to a higher standard.
  • Our welders are extremely talented.
  • We have extensive specialty welding experience.
  • We have years of experience and history, giving our customers exactly what they need.
  • Our welders are certified.
  • Our welds will pass an x-ray test.

Why You Need Our Service

Our consumers might need this service for:

  • Industrial plant shutdowns
  • Breakdowns
  • Machine failure
  • Planned shutdowns
  • Unplanned maintenance

See also: Carbon Steel Welding Companies

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Interested in our x-ray welding service? IMS is always within reach.

Our telephone number is 901-531-9996

Our fax number is 901-348-0373

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3325 Millbranch Road
Memphis, TN, 38116

We are right near where I-55 and I-240 meet.

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