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Mastery of GTAW Welding: A Blend of Art, Science and Passion

by Published on Feb 20, 2024Welding

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The intricate art of gas tungsten arc welding aka GTAW welding requires a technique that demands not only technical skill but a deep passion for precision craftsmanship. Axenics’ welders bring unparalleled expertise in joining a variety of materials, marking us as leaders in this specialized field.

Let’s delve into the world of GTAW welding at Axenics, enriched by the insights of our seasoned welders.

Crafting Experts

The journey of each welder at Axenics narrates a unique story of growth and learning. From a mechanic with no prior welding experience to a Lowell Tech graduate, our team’s trajectory showcases our investment in nurturing talent and encouraging continuous skill development. This ethos has led to the formation of a team adept in both orbital and GTAW welding, capable of handling the most intricate and high-purity welding tasks.

“The group we have right now, they are eager to learn,” said longtime Axenics welder Brian Thessen. “Take Mya Jones, for example. She’s just turned 20 and she’s already a B31.1 certified, full penetration, high purity stainless steel welder. Quite remarkable at such a young age… Generally, you start out with oxyacetylene welding, then stick welding, followed by some MIG welding, and a whole lot of grinding before finally getting to the clean, pristine, stainless GTAW welding.

But Mya essentially leaped over these initial steps and demonstrated exceptional skill at GTAW welding right out of school. It’s impressive to witness such talent and determination. To see a young apprentice laying down remarkably precise welds is truly remarkable.”

The Crucial Role of Argon in GTAW Welding

The choice of a GTAW welding gas for shielding is as crucial as the skill of the welder. Our preference for 99.9999% pure argon is a strategic decision, rooted in the gas’ unmatched ability to shield the weld puddle from atmospheric contaminants. This meticulous approach is particularly vital in high-stakes industries such as semiconductor manufacturing and medical devices, where even the smallest impurity can have far-reaching consequences.

Embracing Challenges and Innovation

The evolution of GTAW welding at Axenics reflects our commitment to embracing challenges and staying abreast of technological advancements. Our welders, who have transitioned from large-scale industrial welding to the precision-required in microchip development, epitomize this adaptability. Their journey is marked by a willingness to explore new technologies and methodologies, from laser welding prospects to the integration of 3D printing for creating bespoke welding fixtures.

“This isn’t a [job] for everyone. We’re dealing with high-purity, precision work, aiming for nothing less than perfection,” said Tom Hammer, another longtime welder with Axenics. “Some items we work on are tiny, and when we say zero contaminants, we really mean it. Even a speck of dust can damage a $100,000 microchip wafer. Quite a lot of our work on the shop floor is dedicated to microchip development. And we take pride in it. It’s fascinating to grapple with these minute components… I’m happy to say that my skills have significantly improved over time.”

Upholding Safety and Precision

Safety is a cornerstone of our welding operations. Rigorous testing for contaminants such as hexavalent chromium underscores our commitment to providing a safe working environment. This focus on safety goes hand-in-hand with our pursuit of precision in welding, a hallmark of our team’s expertise honed through years of dedicated practice.

Innovative Projects and Tailored Solutions

Our portfolio of projects demonstrates our capacity to handle diverse and unique welding challenges. From crafting lightning rods for wind turbines to intricate components for microchip development, each project is approached with a customized solution, ensuring that the specific needs of each industry we serve are met with precision and care.

Collaboration and Team Synergy

The collaborative mindset at Axenics is pivotal to our success. Our welders, with varied experiences and backgrounds, bring a variety of perspectives to every project. This synergy fosters innovative thinking and a culture of continuous improvement, essential in the dynamic field of GTAW welding.

“Speaking of custom solutions, we often have to create custom parts from raw materials,” Hammer said. “This is due to the fact that many of our clients use unique components in their parts that can’t be easily found on the market. More often than not, these custom parts have to be machined carefully from the raw material, before being utilized in the welding process.”

The Future of Welding at Axenics

Axenics is poised to continue its legacy of excellence in GTAW welding. We are committed to staying abreast of advancements in the field. Our focus remains on refining our craft, ensuring that we consistently meet and exceed the evolving demands of our clients.

“To tackle new projects, we often join forces,” Thessen added “As [Tom and I] both have nearly identical backgrounds diverging in few areas, this allows us to challenge each other’s perspectives. Despite having the same degrees and over 20 years of experience, our diverse professional backgrounds open an array of problem-solving techniques, offering us different insights and ways to approach our tasks.”.

A Beacon of Welding Excellence

At Axenics, GTAW welding transcends being a mere process – it’s an embodiment of our passion for precision, quality and innovation. Our dedication to mastering this craft, combined with our unwavering commitment to safety and continuous learning, positions us as a leader in the industry. As we forge ahead, we remain dedicated to pushing the boundaries of GTAW welding, upholding our reputation for excellence in every weld we create.

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