Arc Welding

The arc welding technology area focuses on the most commonly used arc welding processes, mainly GMAW/MIG, GTAW/TIG, SMAW/stick, and plasma. The articles and press releases cover processes and power sources, plus all of the related items—electrodes and wire, wire feeders, fixtures, manipulators, positioners, and power sources. If you need information on personal protective gear, ventilation systems, and safety practices for welders, see our Safety coverage area.

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IWDC names hardgoods product manager

March 2, 2015

The IWDC, Indianapolis, a cooperative of independent welding distributors, has hired Sean Norton as hardgoods product manager. In this role, he is responsible for driving profitable growth of key programs, vendor partner brands, and the Weldmark® brand. Norton previously spent 15 years at ESAB...

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Welding machine/generator equipped for field welding

March 2, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the new Big Blue® 800 Duo Pro welding machine/generator with FieldPro™ Smart Feeder compatibility for field welding applications. The multiprocess system can run conventional SMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and GMAW, as well as advanced Regulated Metal Deposition...

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Separating craftsmen from hacks—it’s in the details

February 26, 2015

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What quality do you think is most important in creating good work? The answer is in the details.

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nexAir acquires Welders Supply & Equipment Co.

February 25, 2015

Memphis, Tenn.-based nexAir, a distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, has agreed to acquire the assets and operations of Welders Supply & Equipment Co. Inc., a distributor of welding and medical equipment, gases, and safety supplies with locations in Montgomery and Andalusia, Ala....

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ESAB launches The ESAB Blog

February 25, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has introduced The ESAB Blog at www.esabna.com. The biweekly blog shares tips and product and technical information to help educate and inform visitors on such topics as arc welding, welding automation, plasma cutting, mechanized cutting, and filler...

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Features added to reality-based weld training system

February 25, 2015

Miller has added features to its LiveArc™ reality-based weld training system, which uses motion-tracking technology to provide students with immediate feedback to help them advance their welding skills. The system now is available with a welding positioning arm for training in out-of-position...

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Power source supplies up to 600 amps of welding current

February 23, 2015

Fronius has introduced the TPS 600i. The power source can supply up to 600 amps of welding current at a welding voltage of 44 V and a 60 percent duty cycle. The unit is suitable for use in mechanized and robot-assisted welding within the heavy steel construction and mechanical engineering sectors,...

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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015

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Investors worry about how the drop in oil prices will affect the energy boom. The people on the front lines—including the fabricators and pipe welders—don’t seem to be terribly worried. Some even welcome a slight slowdown, because it will give everyone time to catch up.

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Catalog highlights welding, cutting products

February 18, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has released the WE BUILD™-themed 2015 full-line catalog of welding and cutting products. The 112-page catalog provides specifications for and comparisons of GMAW machines, GTAW machines and torches, SMAW machines, and metal-cutting and engine-driven welder...

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Welding machine delivers 520 amps with Tier 4 final engine

February 11, 2015

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Vantage® 520 SD engine-driven welding machine/generator, equipped with a Tier 4 final- (T4F-) compliant engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards. The unit is designed to handle SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, pipe welding, FCAW, and arc gouging. New...

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Next-generation skilled-welder training program set to launch

February 9, 2015

Milwaukee-based Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) to launch a collaborative welder skills development program to train and place the next generation of manufacturing talent in welding careers. This program is a part of the HCCW Welder Training...

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Arc-Zone.com seeks female welders to profile in blog column

February 5, 2015

Arc-Zone.com, Carlsbad, Calif., has announced it is looking for female welders to profile for the “New Rosies” column on the company’s blog at www.carmenelectrode.com. Since its inception in 2007 the column—named for Rosie the Riveter—has showcased various women working in many facets of...

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GMAW system made for piping applications

February 5, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced an orbital GMAW system suitable for industries such as pipeline, construction, and process piping. The system is driven by the APEX® 3000 mechanized controller and pairs with the HELIX® M85 weld head and track ring. Each component in the system can...

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Why I still use 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten

February 5, 2015

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Despite concerns some have about radiation emanating from 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten electrodes, welder Josh Welton sees little risk. The electrode continues to be his first choice.

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AC/DC inverter offers modes for GTAW, MMA welding

February 5, 2015

The new Parweld 320A XTI 353 AC/DC inverter is a lightweight, portable machine for production applications. The unit can be used in both AC and DC modes for GTAW or MMA welding. Square-wave AC output and power pulsing help maximize productivity and reduce heat input, the company reports. The AC...

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