If you want to connect two pieces of metal you have several choices. The traditional method involves riveting the two parts together to create strong joint. That was the way much of our engineering heritage was built and it served manufacturers well. However, today a more common approach is to weld the two pieces directly to each other and to avoid the use of rivets.
The growth of welding in recent years has seen it largely displace riveting in many industries. In particular, welders are now a common sight in the shipbuilding and structural industries where riveting was once the preferred assembly technique. If you are considering any form of metal assembly today you will probably want to consider employing welders to complete the assembly for you.
Why is welding so successful?
Professional welders are able to produce a joint that is not only more efficient than a riveted joint but also looks more aesthetically pleasing than a bulky riveted joint. That is important, but it is not the main reason that welders are in such high demand.
Welding is cheaper
Welded joints are quicker and cheaper to create than riveted joints. They are cheaper because they need less material and they are less labour intensive, meaning the entire assembly can be completed more quickly and efficiently.
Welding is technically better
Welders don't need to create a rivet hole in the metal so there is no reduction of surface area and structural members can more effectively bear the load. Welders are also able to create joints that are movement-free and completely rigid. This offers exciting new design possibilities that riveting would never allow.
A welded joint weighs less
Weight reduction is another reason that welding is replacing riveting in many areas. Gusseted plates, connecting angles and filler plates are no longer required in the assembly. Less material means less weight and less cost for manufacturers.
Welding offers ease of construction
Welding is far quieter than the riveting process. In a busy assembly area the noise of riveting is unmistakable, yet welders go about their work making very little noise by comparison. That is better for them, better for health and safety concerns and more pleasant for everyone who shares their working environment.
Finally, welding takes up much less space than riveting. Factory floorspace is always at a premium and the ability to make better use of this valuable asset is a powerful reason to consider switching from riveting to bringing in some welders to complete the assembly process for you.