Welding equipment and soldering tools are used to create a joint on a workpiece. They include soldering irons, stick welders, TIG welders, MIG welders, and gas welders as well as the torches, electrodes, filler metals, solder, and other welding supplies that are used with them. Plasma-cutting and arc-cutting equipment cut or gouge materials. Welding helmets, gloves, blankets, and other safety equipment are designed to withstand hazardous glare, sparks, spatter, and heat generated during welding to prevent injury to workers and avoid damage to equipment and surfaces. Welding tables and accessories support the workpiece to improve efficiency and accuracy during welding tasks.
Gas welding equipment, also known as oxy-fuel or oxyacetylene welding equipment, uses oxygen and fuel gases to cut workpieces or join them together. Gas welding doesn’t require electricity, unlike arc welding, and can be used to cut or weld a wide variety of metals. The oxygen and fuel gas mixture is ignited to create a high-heat flame at the tip of a gas welding or cutting torch, and the heat from the flame welds or cuts the material. Gas welding rods provide filler material for creating secure joints between two surfaces in gas welding tasks. Gas cylinders hold the gases used in the welding or cutting application, and gas regulators control the gas pressure and flow of the gases to the torch. Accessories such as gas mixers and hose reels enhance or maintain the performance of the welding equipment. Gas welders are commonly used for welding or cutting heavy metal workpieces such as aircraft, automobiles, pipe, and building materials.
Welding safety equipment is designed to withstand hazardous glare, sparks, spatter, and heat generated during welding to prevent injury to workers and avoid damage to equipment and surfaces. Welding helmets and goggles protect the head and eyes, and some even have auto-darkening lenses that adjust the level of glare protection to suit the welding task. Welding protective gear such as welding gloves, welding aprons, welding sleeves, and welding jackets protects the torso and limbs from burns. Welding protection equipment such as screens and booths keeps the welding area contained to prevent contamination of nearby areas. Welding blankets cover surfaces and equipment to protect them and minimize fire hazards.
Multiprocess welders and engine-driven welders can be used for more than one type of welding process, including stick, arc, TIG, MIG, and flux-cored welding jobs. They are ideal for facilities where welding is performed at different locations and more than one type of welding process is used. Engine-driven welders are powered by a gasoline, diesel, or propane-fueled engine that keep welders running even if the power goes out. Accessories such as cables, roll cages, and covers enhance or maintain the performance of these welders and help extend their life. Multiprocess welders and engine-driven welding machines are commonly used in fabrication or construction applications.