There are many reasons why companies need to invest in welding services. As with any investment, it’s important to do your research to make sure you’re getting the best value for your dollar. It’s also important to understand that there are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of welding services.
The more experienced, better equipped and properly staffed a welding services provider is, the better they should be able to minimize the overall costs. Therefore, when shopping for a welding services provider, you should find out what systems each organization has in place to provide the highest quality products in the timeliest and most cost-effective manner.
The Main Factors
Welding is a time consuming process, no matter how experienced the welder. Time, therefore, is often the most expensive factor to consider. Of course, a more experienced and skilled welder will be faster by default, and will be more likely to find efficient ways to save time, which will ultimately affect the overall cost.
Some examples of processes included in welding services where time is significant factor include:
- Preparing joints
- Preparing materials to be welded (such as removing oils, blasting, etc.)
- Assembling joints
- Preheating joints when necessary
- Welding (time will vary depending on how automated the process is)
- Removing slag when necessary
- Removing splatter
- Inspecting welds and joints
- Changing electrodes
- Moving welders from one location to another
- Changing welding machine settings
- Repairing/reworking defective welds
Each of these processes takes time. However, when done carefully and skillfully, time can be managed with an eye to efficiency. For example, repairing and/or re-working defective welds is something that shouldn’t occur often if an expert welder is performing the services, although it will happen from time to time.
Materials & Equipment
Material selection is an obvious component of price, but so is the equipment necessary to perform the services. Materials and equipment costs to be considered include:
- Shielding materials
- Electric power use
- Fuel gas used for preheating
- Type of alloys being welded
- Maintenance of necessary equipment
Estimating Welding Costs
When requesting estimates for welding services, there are three basic methods for estimating costs, which include: 1) cost per unit, 2) cost per length, and, 3) cost per weight. Which approach is used will depend on what type of welds are being performed, what type of materials are being welded, and the scope of the overall services needed.
Choosing a Welding Services Provider
Because the cost of welding services can vary depending on the time required for each of the processes listed above, and the materials and equipment being used, it’s best to work with an organization like Axenics that specializes in providing cost efficient and quality welding services.