The basics of shielded metal arc welding

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.

The basics of shielded metal arc welding


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.

RobotWorx 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. RobotWorx’ 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 RobotWorx, contact us online or at 877-762-6881.