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What is welding?

Welding is the art of heating metal to the melting point and then allowing parts of the metal and filler metal to flow together. Welding is a diverse technology, and there are 94 different welding and allied processes.


What types of welding services do you offer?

Advantage Fabricated Metals' welding staff has decades of complex welding experience. Our skilled welding staff provides a full range of welding services. We can provide welding services ranging from structural and plate welding to light gauge tubular steels, stainless, and aluminum.

Specifically we offer the following welding types:

  • TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas),
  • Cold Wire TIG ,
  • MIG (Metal Inert Gas),
  • Fluxcore , and
  • Stick

Additionally, we provide robotic welding services.


Do you offer certified welding services?

No. However, our weld procedures are all qualified through over thirty years of practical application and testing. If your particular project does require a welder certification our Welders have the expertise and knowledge to obtain the certification required.


How do you finish the welds?

Every welding job's requirements are different, but Advantage Fabricated Metals’ welders often grind the welds, polish the welds, descale the welds, prepare the welded surfaces for painting, and prime the prepared surface after the welding process is completed all based on individual customer requirements.


What is robotic welding?

Robotic welding is the use of mechanized programmable robots which completely automates a welding process by both performing the weld and handling of the component. Robotic welding is commonly used for resistance spot welding and arc welding in high production applications, such as the automotive industry and high volume manufacturing.


Does Advantage Fabricated Metals offer robotic welding?

Yes we do. Advantage Fabricated Metals provides robotic MIG welding using a machine with a 55-inch reach. Our management and welding staff understand the special requirements of robot cells in welding environments such as parts design, part and gap tolerances, fixture design, weld process expertise, and the quality of the operating programs. Our cell is equipped to execute most MIG, TIG, Cold Wire TIG, and Fluxcore welding applications and has an integrated rotary positioning station.


What materials do you weld?

We provide welding services for both common and more exotic metals. Our welders have years of experience working with the materials listed below.

  • Air Hardening Alloys
  • Aluminum
  • Chrome Moly
  • High Speed Steel
  • High Carbon
  • Hot Work Alloys
  • Inconnel
  • Low Carbon Steel
  • Monel
  • Oil Hardening Alloys
  • Powdered Metals
  • Shock Resisting Alloys
  • Stainless
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten Alloys and
  • Water Hardening Alloys

If your project requires a different material that is not listed above, please give us a call and we will work with you towards a welding solution.


What other welding-related services do you provide?

Advantage Fabricated Metals offers a number of welding-related services including:

  • tool and die repair,
  • hardfacing,
  • Cobalt overlays,
  • Brazing,
  • Silver soldering and
  • soft soldering.


What is hardfacing?

Hardfacing, which is also known as hardsurfacing, is the application of buildup, or wear-resistant, weld metals to a part's or component's surface by means of welding or joining. Hardfacing provides a continuous nonporous wear and or impact resistant surface.


How do you inspect your welds?

We visually inspect all of our welded components for size and quality of the weld deposit. When required, we can additionally provide Dye Penetrant, Magnaflux, and Radiograph inspection to meet a customer's requirements.


What is the maximum size work piece you can work on?

That's a hard question to provide a direct answer for. It depends on what exactly needs to be done to the piece and if the piece needs to be preheated. However, we do have 20-ton overhead cranes to move pieces around our facility.


What is your policy for prototypes and samples?

We offer the ability to produce prototypes and samples depending on the individual situation. It helps if drawings are available. However, we are capable of performing some R&D and developing a needed prototype.

What types of CAD files an you accept and use?

We can work with the most common CAD file types including DXF, DFX, and DWG files.

How thick a work piece can you weld?

That really depends on a number of factors. The thickness we can weld is dependant on the type of joint, the configuration of the base material and the actual welding process we need to use.

How can I get a quote for your welding services?

Give us a call at 815-323-1310 and we will gladly discuss your welding services needs and provide a quote. Depending on the exact nature of the services required, the quote will be either a fixed fee quote or a time and expense quote.


For more information about Advantage Fabricated Metals and the specialized standard and robotic welding services we provide, please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-815-323-1310.

Advantage Fabricated Metals
a division of Corrugated Metals, Inc.
We invest in our customers.™
3575 Morreim Drive • Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Phone: 1-815-323-1310 • Fax: 1-815-323-1317

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