Manual Welding Fixtures

What types of Manual Welding Fixtures are commonly built by Stryver to help their customers reduce costs but still accurately constrain parts?

There are two types of Manual Welding Fixtures:

Manual Welding Fixtures & Tack Welding Fixtures are tools designed to be used by a human welder to complete a welding process, whether it is completing a full weld or tack welds only. The fixtures may be automated with pneumatic clamping, or the fixtures may be able to use manual clamping for effective part holding. For large workpieces, hydraulic welding fixtures may be required to handle the load the part exerts on the tooling. Manual welding fixtures are designed to assist the human welder and produce more reliable results in a production welding process.

Manual Clamping Fixtures are fixtures designed with manual hand clamps. These fixtures may be used in manual welding or robotic welding setups. These fixtures rely more on the operator to properly position parts than is required for a pneumatic or hydraulic welding fixture. Generally manual clamping is used to reduce costs of tooling implementation and eliminate the need for electrical or pneumatic/hydraulic buildout on a fixture.

Stryver has built both fixture types over the years and has recommended different manual weld tooling strategies based on the application. We have worked with customers to replace hastily made manual weld tools with quality tooling intended to last for 10, 20, 30+ years. Those tools also included the mechanical drawing package to allow for easy component modification or replacement over the lifecycle of the production program.

See below for examples of manual welding tooling we have built.

Manual welding jigs improve product quality and reduce workplace injuries due to poor ergonomic process setup. Hand clamping welding jigs are a great solution to reduce cost in exchange for increased part loading time. Manual clamping jigs eliminate the need to run electrical or pneumatic connections to the welding tooling or welding station.

Welding is a tough, physically demanding job for human operators. Aside from the physical complications of precision welding, complications can also result from poor placement of the parts to be welded together. Hastily made fixturing on the job can cause severe quality problems down the line, making your welder’s job more difficult and less accurate. To ensure your welder is performing to the best of their ability, it is imperative that they have the right tools and ergonomic setup to do the job right the first time.

Stryver’s team can design a custom holding solution for your manual welding process that is both durable and cost efficient. From designing and building durable tack stations to intricate rotating manual welding jigs and fixtures, our team has the experience to get the job done right the first time.