Poor or Varying Part Fit-up
Fit-up is defined as a measure of the closeness or degree of contact between mating parts.
The metal being welded does not have intimate contact in the area to be welded. The application of welding force and current causes one or both sheets to distort.
- Cracks and Holes
- Excessive Indentation
- Expulsion/Burn Through
- Inconsistent Weld Quality
- Mislocated/Edge Weld
- Missing Weld
- Nonround Weld
- Poor Class A Appearance
- Sheet Metal Distortion
- Stuck Weld
- Undersized Weld
- Interfacial expulsion
- Poor electrode life
- Visible gap between parts
Quality, Workplace Issues, Cost, Downtime, Maintenance, Throughput (cycle time; PPH), are all potentially affected by this condition.
- Joint design; design with built-in gap
- Fit-up gap from part dimensional variation
- Non-matching panel contour
- Part damage due to material shipping and handling
- Geometry, design, motion, and operating condition of locators
- Design and operating condition of clamps