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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Boilermakers seek experienced welders

September 2, 2015

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Kansas City, Kan., has announced that its Construction Division has an increasing need for experienced welders nationwide as a result of expanded project opportunities. Boilermakers in this division are engaged in constructing, maintaining, and...

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Building a “third hand”

August 27, 2015

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Sometimes you need a third hand to stabilize parts for welding. Here’s how to build one from scratch.

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ESAB launches 2015 student cutting, welding, and essay contest

August 25, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has launched its 2015 “A Cut Above” student contest, which is open to students in welding, cutting, and related programs at secondary and postsecondary schools. The company will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of the...

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Still Building America—An unusual interest leads to a career

August 18, 2015

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As a teenager, Brian Tarter developed an interest in lawnmower derbies, which sparked an interest in welding and led to a career—an enviable career path.

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Wire feeder reaches 800 IPM

August 17, 2015

ESAB has introduced the Warrior® Feed 404 HD, a heavy-duty benchtop wire feeder designed to feed 0.030- to 0.09375-in. wire at speeds of 50 to 800 IPM in applications such as high-volume fabrication, structural steel fabrication, heavy fabrication, and shipbuilding. The wire feeder’s drive...

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Training for the trades—where to look

August 11, 2015

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People of all ages often ask Josh Welton about how to break into a career in the trades. Here are his suggestions. What are yours?

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Stoody names technical and applications specialist

August 5, 2015

Stoody®, Bowling Green, Ky., an ESAB Welding & Cutting Products brand, has announced the promotion of Jonathan Cropper to technical and applications specialist. As part of his responsibilities, he attends the new Stoody Tech Services hotline. With a background as a welding fabricator, Cropper...

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Dodging the drought – in business

August 4, 2015

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While the much-publicized drought in California has wreaked havoc on the state overall, from the economy to simple daily living, one Santa Ana fabricator is versatile enough to avoid a drought in new and returning business.

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Fronius USA adds to support staff

August 3, 2015

Fronius USA, Portage, Ind., has hired Terrence Norris as an application technician for its Portage headquarters. Norris earned his certification in structural plate welding from Calumet Welding Center after an internship at Power Construction, Chicago. He also attended the Milwaukee School of...

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The cycle continues

July 29, 2015

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Glenn Kay II, the 2015 PWTeacher of the Year, is a self-described workaholic with a passion for welding that was first fueled by competition. Today the 37-year-old has instilled that same passion in his students.

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Arc Welding 101: Cleaning material with brake cleaner before welding

July 24, 2015

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Combining welding and brake cleaners can lead to serious illness, permanent damage to your internal organs, or even death.

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Building ICONic vehicles in America

July 23, 2015

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A gearhead’s dream, ICON 4 x 4 turns out 24 vehicles a year that are highly functioning works of art. Go behind the scenes with Josh as he visits with owner Jonathan Ward.

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3 drivers of welding throughput

July 20, 2015

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Three principal drivers increase welding throughput in the modern shop: welding process advances, smart use of automation, and having the right information

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Layer by layer

July 16, 2015

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Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.

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Catching the right waveform

July 15, 2015

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The advent of the electrical waveform helped to take a lot of guesswork out of welding. A lot more of the guesswork was taken out of the welding process with the move to the digitally controlled power source and even more waveforms.

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