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Welding Services

Welding with Salamander

With our expert welders and depth of industry-relevant knowledge, we are one of the UK’s most trusted providers of welding services. We are happy to deliver a wide range of high-quality welding solutions to commercial clients nationwide.

Salamander Fabrications is at the forefront of welding in the sheet metal industry, with a wealth of knowledge and more than 50 years of experience within the manufacturing and welding industries. 

All of our welding operators are highly skilled coded welders working with sheet metal – including steels, stainless steels, and aluminium – as well as numerous exotic materials.As we specialise in end-to-end metal fabrication techniques, we can also handle every stage of your welding project in-house for increased efficiency.

The UK’s Go-To Choice for Expert Welding Services

Established in 1968, Salamander Fabrications found its home in the West Yorkshire market town of Huddersfield. 

Since then, we have honed our expertise in welding & fabrications, enabling us to give our customers not only reliable services but also a range of products truly built to last.

Whatever your company’s welding project requirements, rest assured that we have a team of expert welder professionals capable of meeting them. We place quality firmly at the forefront of all of our metal fabrication projects.

Why Clients Choose Us

Companies across the UK know that our remit covers many metal fabrication solutions. These include: 

Salamander Fabrications welding capabilities stretch far into numerous different sectors, including: 

  • Oil and gas industries 
  • Chemical sector 
  • Food industry 
  • Health industry 

We work closely with all of our customers to provide them with confidence that our team is the best choice when it comes to the quality of service and the quality of work. 

Types of Welding We Provide

In essence, welding involves joining separate pieces of material together. More than that, though, it applies heat, pressure, or both to bind these pieces together.

The parts being fused are referred to as the ‘parent materials’, while the join arises partially due to the use of an additional material called the ‘filler’ or ‘consumable’.

Here at Salamander Fabrications, we specialise in welding metals. For any given welding project, we can select from various metals – including steels, aluminium, copper, and cast iron.

What material(s) we choose for a job will factor into what welding method we use. Our bespoke welding services cover all of the techniques outlined below.

MIG Welding

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is a type of arc welding that tends to be reserved for use on large and thick materials.

How it works

MIG welding generates heat through an electrical current to melt materials in a way that will enable them to form a solid joint when cooled. At the melting stage, a consumable wire does double duty, acting as both the electrode and the filler. 

Benefits of MIG welding

  • Incurs shorter lead times than TIG welding 
  • Requires little or no cleaning or finishing of the welds  
  • Relatively low production costs  
  • Can be used on various metals 

TIG Welding

Though another take on arc welding, TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is, compared to the MIG alternative, more suitable for use on small and thin materials.

How it works 

TIG welding is a similar process to MIG welding. However, the TIG approach differs in using a non-consumable tungsten electrode – with the addition of a filler being optional.

Benefits of TIG welding 

  • Works on an extensive range of materials 
  • Offers the welder greater control compared to MIG welding
  • Achieves strong welds
  • Means welds can be created with precision

Robotic MIG Welding

Otherwise known as gas metal arc welding (GMAW), this is basically where the MIG process is carried out by a robotic welding system.

How it works 

A filler wire is fed continuously to the robotic system, which features a high-heat electrified tip designed to melt the wire. GMAW is considered a semi-automatic process, as the welder operates the system remotely.

Benefits of robotic MIG welding 

  • The welder is safer throughout
  • The welds are kept consistent in quality 
  • More work can be done within the same space of time
  • Production costs are reduced  

Spot Welding

This is one of the most traditional welding processes. Sometimes called resistance spot welding, it is mainly used for uniting multiple metal sheets. 

How it works 

Copper alloy electrodes are brought into contact with the metal sheet surfaces, leading an electric current to pass through them and exert heat and pressure.

The material reacts by melting. As the parts are fused together, the welder withdraws the electrical current but not the pressure – and the joint is formed.

Benefits of spot welding 

  • Allows energy to be quickly delivered to a specific spot
  • Makes efficient use of heat
  • Easy to automate 
  • Has applications in many different industries 
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How We Ensure Quality with Our Welding Services

At Salamander Fabrications, our team consists of qualified, well-trained welders who have meticulously built up their expertise and use cutting-edge tools on every job.

Our welding capabilities are also coded in line with numerous standards and specifications.

Our Welding Specifications

  • EN 15614-1: Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials. Part 1: Arc and gas welding of steels and arc welding of nickel and nickel alloys.
  • EN 15614-2: Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials. Part 2: Arc welding of aluminium and its alloys.
  • EN 9606-1: Qualification testing of welders. Fusion welding – steels.
  • EN 9606-2: Qualification test of welders. Fusion welding – aluminium and aluminium alloys.

This quality-first approach is of paramount importance to our team, and we are always working to improve and expand our skills ahead of the industry curve.

Sectors We Work With

One major advantage of welding is its broad range of applications. Often referred to as the ‘glue’ that holds structures together, welding plays a pivotal role in a wide range of sectors. From towering skyscrapers to intricate automotive parts, welding is an essential process that ensures the structural integrity of countless products.

At Salamander Fabrications, the core sectors we operate in include:

  • Construction & Security Services: These sectors need products that stay resilient for the long haul. Our welding services for construction companies include merging pieces for metal frameworks and non-structural components.
  • Retail & Leisure Services: Do you have exciting new products to sell? We can create product displays for clients in the retail sector. We can also be trusted with putting together bespoke displays for leisure establishments, such as bars.
  • Science & Food Services: The smoother that welded joints happen to be, the easier they can be to clean. This is one reason why we weld for the science and food sectors, where environments must be kept especially hygienic.
  • Transportation Services: We can use arc welding to help in the creation of vehicle components such as exhausts and axles. We know how to create the kind of high-quality welds on which the transportation sector relies.
  • Kiosk, Vending & Enclosure Services: These companies can require welding at numerous stages. We can weld enclosures and other elements for kiosks and vending machines.

Check Out Our Welding Services in Action…

Our expert welding services are in high demand, and keep us engaged with a variety of commercial projects. Check out key projects recently completed by Salamander Fabrications. With us, you can expect a full end-to-end process for our metal fabrication and welding services, with an expert team at work on your project every step of the way.

Automated Welding vs Manual: Which Is Best for Your Project?

The emergence of automated welding technology has led some people to wonder whether its use should be increasingly prioritised over manual welding procedures. However, it is ultimately best to decide on a project-by-project basis.

Here is how human welders and welding machines compare: 

  • Productivity: The output of automated welding can be at least double that of manual welding. Human workers can fill in for machines when the latter malfunction, and vice versa when the former get sick.
  • Quality: Robotic welding systems are designed to produce welds to the same precise standards over and over again. Still, when a finished weld needs just some minor touching up, a human welder can do this more quickly.
  • Flexibility: Automatic systems can be adjusted for various welding operations. At our Huddersfield site, we have set up a number of workstations designed to facilitate fluidity so our human welders can also switch quickly between tasks.

We have also invested in welding automation in order to achieve higher production volumes more quickly. With this strategy, we are able to supplement our employees’ expertise, as well as manage welding projects ranging hugely in scale.

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To find out more about Salamander Fabrications and the work we do or to see how we can help with your next project, please contact or call to speak to a member of our Sales Team on 01484 843599, and we’ll be happy to help.

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FAQs: Our Welding Services Explained

We know that you might have a few questions about our specialist welding services. Here, we aim to provide you with valuable insights, practical tips, and expert advice on what your options are.

 Common Welding Terms to Know

  • Arc cutting: With this process, the arc between the metal and the electrode heats up, leading the metal to melt.
  • Arc voltage: This occurs between the circuit breaker’s contacts during arcing.
  • Arc welding: Here, an electric arc heats the materials set to be joined.
  • Base metal: This is the metal intended to be welded.
  • Brazing: This welding method distributes a liquefied filler metal within a joint.
  • Shielding gas: An inert gas used for safeguarding a welding area as electric arc welding takes place.
  • Tempering: A process of reheating hardened steel before letting it cool so that it strengthens.
  • Weld pool: A small, molten area of the base metal where it will solidify.

What Materials Can Be Welded?

Exactly how we weld a material depends very much on what type of material it is. Here are selected examples of materials often chosen for welding: 

  • Aluminium: Though typically used for TIG welding, aluminium is more malleable than other metals, making it a viable choice for MIG welding, too. 
  • Cast iron: The exceptional durability of cast iron lends it well to use in making items required to meet high levels of resilience. 
  • Copper: In a welding context, this material is impressive on multiple counts – including thermal and electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance.
  • Stainless steel: When you need an especially corrosion-resistant alloy, combining stainless steel with other metals can do the trick.  
  • Low-carbon steel: Here, the low amount of carbon makes the already welding-appropriate material of steel even more versatile.

At Salamander Fabrications, we specialise in working with metals. Our understanding of how various metals differ in their qualities is one major reason why we are able to create a wide range of custom metal structures for our customers.

What Is the Purpose of Shielding Gas?

Our expert welders’ use of shielding gas plays a major part in their ability to continue undertaking welding work to their customary high standards.

This is because, as the molten weld solidifies, shielding gas can protect – i.e. ‘shield’ – it from oxygenation as well as air moisture and impurities. Otherwise, we would be risking making the weld porous or weakening its durability.

Depending on the welding method, we will use either an inert or active shielding gas. These options are so-called as only the active shielding gas affects the welding process itself, stabilising the arc while easing the material’s hold on the weld.

What Is the Difference between MIG and TIG Welding?

MIG and TIG welding can sometimes be confused with each other, as they both constitute forms of arc welding. This arc welding uses a power supply to create an electric arc between the electrode and the base metal. 

With MIG welding, the electrode’s role is taken by a consumable wire, which also serves as the filler material. In contrast, TIG welding relies on a non-consumable tungsten electrode – and the welder can choose to omit a filler.

Though MIG welding is quicker and less expensive than TIG welding, TIG typically results in stronger, cleaner, and more precise welds.

Generally, MIG welding ought to be reserved for large and thick materials, while TIG welding excels when it comes to small and thin materials.

How Does Welding Affect the Material Properties?

A welder can bring about changes to all the following properties of a metal when creating something new with it:

  • Strength: In order for a metal to be welded, a certain amount of heat needs to be exerted on it. However, as excessive heat at this stage would risk destroying the base material’s chemistry, a careful balance is vital.
  • Hardness: As strength and hardness tend to go hand in hand in metals, our welders are strategic with how they not only apply heat but also combine them with others to form alloys.
  • Ductility: Here, too, temperature is key. Though a weld that cools off quickly can reduce ductility, applying welds that make and keep the material excessively hot can soften the weld zone.
  • Corrosion resistance: This would be especially vulnerable if stainless steel is overheated when welded, as the alloy elements could come apart and cause carbide precipitation

High-Quality Welding in West Yorkshire and Beyond

If you’re looking for specialist welding services for your next project, we’re here to help. As a full-service sheet metal fabrication company, our team is committed to delivering exceptional quality and quick turnarounds to match your deadlines. 

Learn more about Salamander and the work we do or check out some of our recent projects for a glimpse of our welding services in action.

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