Welding – TIG, MIG & Stick

Houghton International provide a comprehensive range of welding services. To learn more about our welding services click on a welding type below.

TIG Welding

Houghton International have extensive experience in TIG welding to meet the needs for light to medium steel manufacturing, fabrication projects and production welding. We specialise in TIG for armatures and commutators.

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) is a process where high quality and precision is required. TIG can be used for carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium and other alloys, ferrous and non-ferrous. TIG is also referred to as GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding).

The benefits of TIG:

  • Stronger high quality welds
  • Welds can be made with or without filler metal
  • Precise control of welding variables (heat)
  • Free of spatter
  • Low distortion
  • Greater control over the weld than competing procedures, such as shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding

MIG Welding

Houghton International have extensive experience in MIG welding for light to medium steel manufacturing & fabrication projects and production welding.

MIG is a semi-automatic or automatic arc welding process preferred for its versatility and speed. MIG can be used for the following materials: carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, other alloys, ferrous and non-ferrous. MIG is also known as MAG (Metal Active Gas) welding or GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding).

The benefits of MIG:

  • All position capability
  • Long welds can be made without starts and stops
  • Minimal post weld cleaning is required
  • Higher deposition rates than SMAW
  • Gain extra life out of product

Stick Welding

Stick welding’s primary benefit is due to the versatility of the process and the simplicity of its equipment and operation.

Stick is used predominantly to weld iron and steels (including stainless). However aluminium, nickel and copper alloys can also be welded using this method. Stick is more formally referred to as SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) or MMA (Manual Metal Arc) welding.

The benefits of Stick:

  • Suited for windy, outdoor conditions
  • Forgiving on dirty or rusty metal
  • Can weld at a long distance from machine
  • Electrode provides and regulates its own flux
  • All position capability
  • Extremely versatile
  • Gain extra life out of product