Utilizing robotic welding equipment, our Production Team Members take component parts and join them to make thousands of complex finished parts each day. FIA utilizes several welding processes to meet our customer needs including laser, resistance (spot), projection and MIG (ARC) welding.
Laser beam welding is a welding technique used to join pieces of metal through the use of a laser. The beam provides a concentrated heat source, allowing for narrow, deep welds and high welding rates. FIA utilizes laser welding to make Instrument Panel Reinforcements (IPRs)--complex parts which house the electronic harnesses for vehicles as well as brackets for air bags, displays and media equipment.
RESISTANCE (SPOT) WELDING
Electric resistance welding (ERW) refers to a welding process which is also called spot welding. The heat which forms the weld is generated by the electrical resistance of material combined with the time and the force used to hold the materials together during welding. This type of welding makes up a large part of our body-weld production work.
Projection welding is a modification of spot welding. In this process, the weld is localized by means of raised sections, or projections, on one of the work-pieces to be joined. Heat is concentrated at the projections, which permits closer spacing of welds and greater strength for mechanical fasteners like nuts, bolts, pins, collars or studs. Many of our parts utilize this type of welding technology.
MIG (ARC) WELDING
MIG (metal inert gas) welding is an arc welding process in which a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through a welding gun and into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together. A shielding gas is also sent through the welding gun and protects the weld pool from contamination. Robotic and manual MIG welding are utilized at FIA.