The basics of shielded metal arc welding

Aug 25, 2013

Shielded metal arc welding is one of the many welding applications on the market today. Depending on your specific needs, the shielded metal arc welding uses a consumable electrode coated with flux. Once the weld is produced, the flux disintegrates and produces a vapor as a shielding.


There are sev­er­al weld­ing appli­ca­tions on the mar­ket today that per­form dif­fer­ent func­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ers. The type of weld­ing appli­ca­tion used is usu­al­ly decid­ed by the type of mate­r­i­al being weld­ed and the type of weld need­ed for the part. Shield­ed Met­al Arc Weld­ing, also known as stick weld­ing, is one of the more com­mon weld­ing appli­ca­tions avail­able in the indus­try today.

SMAW is a process that uses a con­sum­able elec­trode that is coat­ed with flux when weld­ing. This process can use alter­nat­ing cur­rent or direct cur­rent pow­er sup­ply to com­plete the stick weld­ing process. Once the weld is made, the flux dis­in­te­grates and gives off a vapor that serves as a shield­ing gas against contaminants.

This type of weld­ing is fair­ly sim­plis­tic and ver­sa­tile. As one of the world’s most pop­u­lar weld­ing process­es, it offers easy main­te­nance and upkeep, as well as the abil­i­ty to be used in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent indus­tries, includ­ing steel con­struc­tion and indus­tri­al fabrication.

A shield­ed met­al arc welder usu­al­ly welds met­als like iron or steel, includ­ing stain­less steel. How­ev­er, this appli­ca­tion can also han­dle alu­minum, nick­el and cop­per alloys if nec­es­sary, giv­ing it a great amount of flex­i­bil­i­ty in the man­u­fac­tur­ing facility.

Robots​.com pro­vide robots from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA robot­ics, has sev­er­al shield­ed met­al arc weld­ing robots avail­able for pur­chase and cus­tomiza­tion in our Mar­i­on, Ohio facil­i­ty. Robots​.com’ high­ly-trained staff can help you find the sys­tem you need. Our staff will work with you to design and build the right SMAW sys­tem for your facil­i­ty to your exact specifications.

For more infor­ma­tion on automat­ing your SMAW process­es with Robots​.com, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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