TIG Vs. MIG Welding

Friday, February 09, 2018

When your company is creating parts that need to be welded, you will have the option of doing either TIG or MIG welding. While their names are very similar, the processes behind them are actually quite different, which means you should carefully consider which one will work best for you before choosing. You should think about everything from the cost of the two options to the setup involved with each one before deciding which would be best for you.

MIG Welding

MIG, or Metal Inert Gas, welding or molding is a process that involves taking two pieces of metal and using a consumable wire utilizing an electrode current to bring them together. The wire that is used passes through a welding gun along with an inert gas to complete the welding process. The inert gas is there in order to protect the electrode from mixing with any contaminants that might be around during your weld.

TIG Welding

TIG, or Tungsten Inert Gas, welding or molding, on the other hand, relies on both a non-consumable tungsten gas as well as an inert gas in order to complete the welding process. The tungsten electrode is used to provide the electricity during welding but not the filler for it. As a result, this type of weld often results in one part melting into the other to form a bond.

Both MIG and TIG molding can be utilized during the welding process with successful results. But in order to decide which one would be best for you, you should work with a company that has experience with both. Lowrance Machine Shop has been in the machining business for 50 years and can help you choose the best option and automate it for you. Call us at 281-449-6524 today to learn more about the processes and to hear about how they can benefit you.