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Welding Equipment

Welding Equipment

You can define welding equipment as all the machinery, tools, and consumables welders use when welding. These items include items such as welding machines, angle grinders, arc welding rods, cutting torches, welding wire, welding pliers and clamps.

 Although these tools are important, safety equipment the welder has to use for safety and self-protection reasons is just as important. Safety equipment includes items such as welding helmets, steel-toe boots, welding jackets and gloves.

In this article, we’ll discuss welding safety equipment and also have a general look at the future of welding equipment.

Welding Safety Equipment

As we’ve mentioned above, welding safety equipment forms a very important part of a welder’s equipment. Let’s look at some of the safety equipment you can purchase at reliable welding suppliers such as “Bilba Industries” or any “Cigweld” welding equipment outlet near you.

1. Welding Helmets and Lenses

Welding helmets are helmets welders use to protect their eyes, face, and neck. Flash burns, sparks, and infrared and ultraviolet rays can harm the welder seriously. You can choose a helmet from a variety of available brands. Speedglas welding helmets with auto-darkening filters are good examples. 

2. Gloves and Protective Clothing

Welding jackets are, just like welding helmets, a very important part of the safety equipment and protective clothing of a welder. Manufacturers make welding jackets from fire-resistant material. The jackets protect welders from high heat and metal splatter.

Welders use thick welding gloves with heat-resistant linings to protect their hands from extreme heat. For most welding jobs you use MIG and Stick Welding gloves, but for gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) you need specialised TIG gloves.

Steel-toe boots protect the welder’s lower legs, feet and toes and form part of a welder’s protective clothing. 

3. Respiratory Protection

Welders use respirator masks to increase comfort and safety. Some welding respirators filter the air for maximum comfort and safety for the welder, while others fit under the welding helmet or use the helmet’s respiratory system.

4. Ear Protection

Ear protection protects the ears from the loud, prolonged sounds of welding. You can wear fire-resistant foam or silicone custom-molded earplugs, or ear muffs to protect your ears from the sounds of welding.  

Future of Welding Equipment

Advanced technologies often bring benefits such as lower costs, greater productivity, and improved quality. Welding technologists are also developing new and better welding procedures and we’ll have a look at some of the important trends that will also influence future welding equipment.

Many evolutions in welding technology are already in place. The level of precision today, for instance, was not possible only a decade or two ago. Welding equipment manufacturers believe that the welding industry will advance even faster in the next few years. This will have an enormous influence on the type of welding equipment that welders will need in future.

The Trends of Robotic and Laser Welding

Robotic welding is here to stay. Machine learning, computer vision, cloud computing, sensors, etc. have raised the bar regarding the capability of programmed welding. The new technologies mean for the welding industry flexible manufacturing, better data, near-perfect accuracy and quality. Welders are already using robotics for some time now.

Another trend which can totally change the welding industry and the equipment needed in the industry is Laser Beam welding (LBW). LBW is a welding method that eliminates the need for filler materials. It is also a non-contact process.


In conclusion, welders need to use the right equipment to successfully complete any welding job. Depending on the type of welding the welder must have at least

  • a welding machine in good working condition,
  • the welding rods or wire he will be using,
  • welding pliers and
  • clamps.

The welder should also have safety equipment such as

  • a welding helmet,
  • gloves and other protective clothing, and
  • ear protectors.


1. What are the types of Welding Equipment?

The machinery, tools, and consumables welders use when welding is one main type of welding equipment and the other type is the safety-related equipment such as helmets, welding gloves and jackets. 

2. What safety equipment is needed for Welding?

Welders use at least welding helmets, gloves, boots, and jackets and also ear and respiratory protection.

3. What factors should be considered when selecting Welding Machines?

The welder has two basic factors to consider when selecting a welding machine. The welder has to know what method of welding he is planning to do, and what amount of amperes or gas he will need.


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Welding and Industrial Supplies

Before we briefly discuss aspects regarding Australian welding supplies, let’s first establish what we mean by “welding supplies.”

When some welders think of welding supplies, they often only have the actual tools needed to do the job in mind. Depending on the type of welding they do, the supplies they have in mind are normally available at most industrial supplies outlets and include articles such as

  1. Chipping hammers,
  2. Wire brushes,
  3. Gas nozzles,
  4. Contact tips,
  5. Tungsten rods, and
  6. Abrasive angle grinder discs.

But professional welders agree that the term “welding supplies” refers to more than only the supplies you need to execute a welding job successfully. Welding supplies also refer to everything you need to protect you and your workers from accidents while welding, Personal protective equipment is important because of the potential hazards such as exposure to metal fumes and UV radiation, burns, shocks, cuts, and even broken toes. These safety products are also available at industrial supplies outlets.

The safety supplies include at least

  • welding gloves,
  • safety helmets, and
  • dust masks.

It is therefore always good to get your welding supplies from established industrial suppliers. In Australia, welding supplies are available at reliable outlets, such as “Bilba Industries,” a welding supplier in Sutherland Shire. Reliable Australian welding suppliers and other industrial suppliers have competent sales consultants who help you to ensure that you have all the welding and safety supplies you need.

Factors to Consider when Choosing Welding Supplies

You have to consider different factors when choosing the welding supplies you will use for a specific welding job.  Some of the factors are the following:

Type of Welding Process

The type of welding you have to do will determine the welding supplies you need.

1. Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)

For this process, you use a thin wire as an electrode and you have to use shielding gas, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, helium or argon, to protect the weld from contaminating the air. Ensure that you have the correct welding supplies before you start.

2. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)

You produce this type of weld by using a non-consumable tungsten electrode and an external gas supply.

3. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) – “Stick Welding”

For this process, you should include a consumable flux-coated electrode as part of your industrial supplies.  “Stick welding” refers to the electrode which comes in the form of a “stick.”

4. Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

For this process, you need a semi-automatic arc which provides high welding speed and portability as part of your welding supplies.


Deposited weld metal thickness refers to the thickness of the weld you deposit with a specific welding process. For professional welders, there are code limitations regarding the thickness of the weld. The International Standard code recommends the minimum size of the weld. 

Welding Position

The term “welding position” refers to the different angles of joining metals. Generally speaking, the four types of welding positions are

  • horizontal,
  • flat,
  • vertical, and
  • overhead.

Type of Material

You use different materials for the different welding positions.  You can get advice regarding these materials from reliable outlets, such as “Bilba Industries.”


The capacity of your amp unit determines the thickness of the material you can weld. For example, a  140-amp unit can weld up to about 1/4” steel and a 250-amp unit can weld 1/2” steel. Ensure that you use the correct industrial supplies in this regard.


When you want to purchase welding and industrial supplies your budget always plays a role. Keep your expenditure low by buying only the welding supplies you need.


1. What are welding supplies?

It is the tools and material you use to do the actual welding and keep yourself and other workers safe during the job.

2. What are the different types of welding supplies?

Welding supplies include electrodes and their holders, welding pliers and cables, and welding machines, as well as safety gear such as welding helmets, gloves and jackets. 

3. What factors should I consider when choosing welding supplies?

You have to consider aspects such as the type of welding process, the type of material, the amperage you need and your budget.

4. How do I maintain my welding supplies?

Clean and/or replace contact tips, liners and other worn parts in the welding machine when necessary. Also, keep the software updated and benefit from a service contract.