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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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Fronius Perfect Welding Division under new management

August 24, 2016

Fronius Intl. GmbH has named Harald Scherleitner as the new head of its Perfect Welding Division. He succeeds Wolfgang Lattner, who plans to retire in 2017. Scherleitner has been with the company since 1994 and has spent the last eight years as head of the Perfect Charging Division. He began his...

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Robot deposits welds in high gear with Tip TIG

August 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston

A new robot welding cell incorporates TIP TIG, a hot-wire welding process that feeds an oscillating wire under a tungsten electrode. In some applications, the method reportedly allows the robot to weld at speeds close to those of gas metal arc welding.

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ESAB names AGT Robotics as first North American automation partner

August 12, 2016

Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has announced that AGT Robotics, Trois-Rivières, Que., has become its first North American automation partner in its Integrator Partnership Program. Under the arrangement, ESAB provides AGT Robotics with deep access to ESAB’s technical,...

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IWDC hires distribution center operations manager

August 11, 2016

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) has hired Eric Schwamberger as distribution center operations manager. In this role, he is responsible for installing supply chain best practices to drive service level, efficiency, and productivity gains in the company’s Indianapolis and...

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AWS releases new technical standards

August 10, 2016

Miami-based American Welding Society (AWS) has released two new technical standards. AWS C2.20/C2.20M:2016, Specification for Thermal Spraying Zinc Anodes on Steel Reinforced Concrete, covers the application of zinc thermal spray coatings to steel-reinforced concrete using arc and flame spray...

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Miles ahead with design and welding

August 4, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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New technology enhances ability

August 4, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Change, even for the better, often meets with resistance. If you are skilled at your trade, why do you need newer technology? Here’s why.

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Overcoming nerves to spread the gospel of metal

August 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Being nervous in day-to-day interactions can be problematic, more so for some than others. It’s amazing how conversing about something you have a passion for can send nerves packing.

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ESAB announces promotion to win a multiprocess welding system

August 1, 2016

Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced its “No Road. No Map. No Problem.” promotion, which offers an opportunity to win an ESAB Rebel™ EMP 215ic multiprocess welding system. The promotion runs from July 29 to Oct. 20. To enter, go to ESAB.com/offroadgiveaway....

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SMAW/GTAW inverter line expanded

August 1, 2016

ESAB now offers an expanded line of single-phase SMAW/GTAW and AC/DC GTAW/SMAW inverters. Previously sold under the Thermal Arc and Tweco brands, the inverters now are labeled ET, ES, and Fabricator® series. The company also has introduced the ET 141i AC/DC, which it says is the first 120-V...

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New-school knowledge transfer

July 27, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Three welders embrace all aspects of digital communication as they share welding tips and tricks.

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Arc Welding 101: All’s not fair in welding between U.S. and Canada

July 22, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I know what you're thinking—another early Saturday morning question.... I've been looking at the requirements for obtaining a Canadian Welding Bureau CWB) inspector certification. Am I seeing this correctly? A CWB inspector can apply for an AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) by reciprocity...

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There’s something about Marty

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Marty Rice’s time as Arc Welding 101 columnist was relatively short, but his breadth of work online and in print has educated, inspired, and entertained readers for more than 10 years.

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Inside Frank’s Aluminum Workshop

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Practical Welding Today’s Aluminum Workshop columnist Frank Armao is the magazine’s longest-tenured contributor. Read how he landed the gig and what he’s learned during his 14-year journey.

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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