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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Lincoln Electric Employee of the Century dies at 99

January 13, 2017

Welding industry pioneer and Lincoln Electric’s Employee of the Century, Omer W. Blodgett, died on Jan. 11, 2017, at age 99. A world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections, he spent 60 years working at Lincoln Electric, retiring as a senior design consultant. Blodgett became...

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GAWDA offering scholarships for welding career studies 2017

January 13, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) Foundation, Hollywood, Fla., is continuing its scholarship program, an initiative that awards tuition assistance funds to young people who are following educational paths that can lead them to careers in the...

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SMAW unit’s digital control adjusts power source to suit welding electrode

January 13, 2017

TransPocket 180 from Fronius is a new-generation, single-phase, 180-amp SMAW machine. A digital resonance inverter allows a large number of stick electrode types to be used. Power Factor Correction technology helps make the machine energy-efficient. The hand-held welding torch is designed primarily...

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How Carl, Jackie, and Wally began their welding careers

January 12, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

How did you find yourself where you are in your career? Are you happy with your profession and your current job? At least three individuals in the welding industry can answer “yes” to both parts of that last question. Read about their career journeys.

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Portable electrode welding machine withstands harsh environments

January 12, 2017

EWM AG has introduced the Pico 160 cel puls portable electrode welding machine. Weighing about 10 lbs., the unit can be used for vertical-down CEL welding and GTAW pulse welding for the 230-V lighting main. The machine features a splash-proof housing made of plastic and aluminum and a transparent,...

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Fronius MTW700i torch in action

Fronius MTW700i torch in action

January 11, 2017

By: Fronius USA LLC

Fronius' new torches feature an optimized water cooling system. Learn more. Contact us sales.usa@fronius.com / 1 877 Fronius

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Women in welding on the rise

January 11, 2017 | By Tom Danowski

Many skilled-labor jobs continue to go unfilled. To help alleviate the shortage, more programs are being designed to attract women to the trades. Cultivating a safe manufacturing environment that offers fair, equal wages also can help.

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Praesidian Capital exits $8.5 million investment in Arc Machines

January 10, 2017

New York-based Praesidian Capital, a provider of senior and subordinated capital for small and midsized businesses, has exited its $8.5 million investment in Arc Machines Inc., a Pacoima, Calif., manufacturer of automated orbital welding equipment. The investment was made initially to support a...

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The peculiar world of metal sculpture

January 9, 2017 | By Amanda Carlson

A Missouri man’s fairly recent immersion in metal sculpture has yielded confidence and surprising results, at least to him.

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TPJTV: Refurbishing a Modern Aircraft Supercarrier

TPJTV: Refurbishing a Modern Aircraft Supercarrier

January 3, 2017

Learn about the only refueling stop in the 50-year service life of a USN Aircraft supercarrier; the refueling and complex overhaul, or RCOH. Every system gets either overhauled or replaced.

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Augmented reality welding system delivers real-time feedback for training

December 23, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the AugmentedArc™ augmented reality welding system for welding education, designed for use by beginner and intermediate welding students. The system simulates multiprocess GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and SMAW, blending real-world and computer-generated images into...

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Lincoln Electric general counsel to retire; successor named

December 16, 2016

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has announced that Frederick G. Stueber will retire from the company as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary in April 2017 after 22 years in that position. Stueber’s retirement caps a 36-year career in law. Before joining the company,...

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Welding helmet is infinitely adjustable with five contact points

December 15, 2016

ESAB has introduced the Sentinel™ A50 automatic welding helmet. It features Halo™ infinitely adjustable five-point headgear, a 4- by 2.4-in. viewing area, an externally activated grind button, a color touchscreen control panel, and a front-loading convex cover lens that comes in different color...

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Multiprocess welding machine delivers up to 230 amps of power

December 13, 2016

The new Multimatic™ 215 from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. delivers all-in-one multiprocess capabilities for GMAW, FCAW, DC GTAW, and DC SMAW and welds up to 3/8-in.-thick mild steel in a single pass. The 38-lb. unit provides up to 230 amps of power for GMAW projects. With the addition of an electrode...

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So, you want to be a CWI—Part IV

December 13, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Joints and symbols are an important part of the test to become a certified welding inspector. This article covers the components of a symbol and discusses different joint types.

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