Today’s cars and trucks are very different than those produced 40 or 50 years ago, and with some ambitious mile-per-gallon mandates on the horizon, we’re bound to see more changes in the coming years. Specifically, by 2025, vehicles will be expected to average 52 mpg. In order to meet that standard, manufacturers are looking for every opportunity to cut down on weight without compromising safety. Aluminum is a big part of the answer, and combining this lighter material with stronger steel is a big hurdle. Here’s a look at the techniques used to join these important metals today and those in development for the future.
When you think about welding tools, you might not automatically picture welding helmets or jackets, but these items are an important part of your arsenal. They protect you while you work and help you get the job done right. So whether it’s time to replace a worn-out jacket or you just need some ideas for your holiday wish list, here’s a look at the latest in welding wear.
It’s no question that you need to occasionally update your equipment, techniques and technology to keep up with changes in the industry and customers’ needs. While you’re doing that, don’t forget to update your safety training and standards, as well. Aluminum welding has some unique challenges and requirements, and the safety rules have changed a bit, too. Get to know the risks associated with aluminum to help keep your techs safe.
If you’re working with aluminum in your shop, you’re probably taking some extra precautions because you know that aluminum particles from welding and sanding are serious business. Fume extractors keep your techs from breathing in toxic fumes, and dust extractors trap the potentially explosive particles kicked up when sanding aluminum panels. If you’re using these tools, that’s a great first step. Like any equipment, maintaining them is the next. In this post, lets look at the Chief dust extractor.
MIG welders are versatile and easy to use. With a little bit of practice, they can also be easy to set up. Your MIG welder’s user manual may contain recommendations for power settings and wire feed speed, but there are also a few universal setup guidelines to follow to ensure you end up with clean, strong welds.
If you’re in the structural repair business, you may have already started to see aluminum-based vehicles come through your shop. And that’s a trend that will continue as manufacturers work to build lighter vehicles that are more efficient, have higher load capacities and perform better. Prepare for the shift by making sure you have the proper (and best) welding equipment for the job. Working with aluminum alloys is a whole new ballgame, so you’ll need different tools for the task. Here’s a breakdown of what makes aluminum different, plus what to look for when choosing welding equipment.