At Stafford Manufacturing Corp., we produce premium quality shaft collars, rigid couplings, coupling adapters, and other mechanical components used in motion control, power transmission, mounting, and clamping applications. One of the common inquiries we receive from customers is regarding the weldability of our products. The following article discusses some basic things to consider when looking to weld your shaft collar or coupling.
Our products are made from a variety of metallic and non-metallic materials, including:
Regarding metallic materials, we recommend that only the standard products made from AISI 1018 steel, C1026 steel, or 316 stainless steel be welded to protect the integrity of the part and the safety of workers. There are many reasons for this recommendation, which vary depending on the material in question. For example:
For non-metallic materials, specialized welding techniques are required. For example:
According to the American Welding Society (AWS), weldability refers to the capacity of a material to undergo fabrication operations and result in structures that meet the intended design specifications and performance requirements. There are many factors that affect the weldability of a material. The primary one is the material’s susceptibility to cracking.
Many metals are prone to cracking and tearing when subjected to welding operations. Testing procedures are available to determine and/or verify their susceptibility to this weakening.
In addition to the inherent weldability of material, the final quality of a weld assembly is dependent on the welder. The welder must have the knowledge and skills to perform the welding operation correctly.
Stafford Manufacturing is an ISO 9001:2015 company that specializes in the manufacture and distribution of shaft collars, rigid shaft couplings, and other products for power transmission, motion control, automation, and other OEM and MRO applications. Equipped with over 45 years of experience, our team can produce standard and custom products that accommodate virtually any customer specifications. If a weldable part is required and is not available among our standard product offerings, we are happy to manufacture your special design from a weldable material with the desired part features.
For additional information about weldability and how we utilize this knowledge when designing and manufacturing our products, contact us today.