Squeeze time is the first sequence of a weld schedule. It is designed to allow the electrodes to close and build up full force on the parts before current is applied. If squeeze time is too long it does not hurt the welding operation but it does increase the cost of the total operation by increasing the total time of the weld schedule and thus fewer parts per shift.
Edge distance is a very important design criteria in resistance welding. Any weld on an edge can expel metal and or result in a partial weld nugget. This type of weld is considered deficient in quality programs. Edge welds should be avoided in all design and set up situations.
Burrs on the edges of stampings can cause problems because they prevent the part from seating properly or the burrs can break off and become particles which can be expelled during the welding operation.
Dirt, oil, burrs or scale on the surface of the parts being welded can affect resistance welding. They can cause expulsion from the surface, the interface or cause defects in the weld nugget.
If one alters the weld time from the desired range and exceeds the extreme either too long or short you risk surface expulsion, electrode mushrooming, and excessive indentation. If weld times are short you risk small nuggets and low weld strength or no welds.
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