Joining Metals With Heat

The modern form of arc welding has been in practice in the U.S. since the early 20th century.  It is a versatile and relatively inexpensive method of joining metals.  The process works by melting an area of the workpiece and adding a filler material which forms a pool of molten material that  when cooled,  forms a strong joint .


We Can Do It

Hipsher Tool & Die, Inc. has arc welding capabilities in a number of  tried and true methods of arc welding as well as brazing.  


  • Stick Welding or  shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is also known as manual metal arc (MMA) welding.  It is one of the most common forms of arc welding and is normally limited to ferrous  metals.  Stick welding is a manual process that uses a consumable flux covered steel electrode rod.  Stick welding, though slower than other methods, is  particularly useful in "less than ideal" conditions such as dirty areas or outdoors in misty weather. 

  • MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding, also known as gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is an automatic or semi-automatic process that uses a continuous feed wire electrode and an inert gas or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination.  MIG welding is the best choice for general fabrication of steel because of its speed.

  • TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is also known as gas tungsten arc welding.  The manual process generates heat by an electrical arc jumping from a tungsten electrode to the workpiece, and uses an inert shielding gas and filler material.  TIG welding produces a very nice looking weld and is commonly used for thin sections of metal, stainless steel, aluminum or dissimilar metals.