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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Arc Welding 101: Explaining essential and nonessential variables for a WPS

November 30, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I am unclear on the American Petroleum Institute’s Standard 1104 regarding a weld procedure specification (WPS). Section 5.3.2.3 says: The ranges of specified outside diameters (ODs) and specified wall thicknesses over which the procedure is applicable shall be identified. Groupings are shown...

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Asia Pacific remains most lucrative market for welding equipment, says report

November 29, 2016

According to a report published by persistence market research (PMR), the global market for welding equipment is expected to expand at a CAGR of over 7 percent during the forecast period 2016 to 2024. By the end of 2016, the market is estimated to surpass $10.4 billion. The Asia Pacific, the most...

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Miller Electric integrates Jetline welding automation products into Miller brand

November 21, 2016

Arc welding product manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced the integration of welding automation products from Jetline Eng. Inc. into the Miller brand. Jetline Eng. Inc. now is branded Jetline by Miller. Jetline was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2000 and...

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Welding power source delivers up to 160 amps for light industrial applications

November 16, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the launch of the Maxstar® 161 welding power source. The portable machine allows welding operators to keep the arc lit, even on difficult-to-run electrodes such as E6010. The company’s Stick-Stuck technology detects if the electrode is stuck to the part and...

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Workstation extends training capabilities to SMAW process

November 15, 2016

The LiveArc™ welding performance management system from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. now includes an option for SMAW. The LiveArc WorkStation with SmartStinger extends training capabilities to the SMAW process in addition to the previous training capabilities available for GMAW and FCAW. The...

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So, you want to be a CWI—Part III

November 10, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Continuing his series to help you prepare to become a certified welding inspector, Carlisle Smith focuses on welding wires and rods with some metallurgical information thrown in for good measure.

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Multiprocess welding system performs GMAW, brazing, cladding

November 10, 2016

Kemppi is developing the X8 MIG Welder, a multiprocess system for GMAW, brazing, cladding, and heavy-duty gouging. The system, enabled by IoT-based technologies and connectivity, will be available in 2017. Features include a focused, intense arc; digital WPS; and full integration with WeldEye...

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Artist keeps ’em guessing

November 3, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Chris O’Rourke goes a little further than most artists do, focusing on attention to detail. Many fabricators are more than a little mystified as to just how he did what he did, and most are equally perplexed when they realize how much time and effort he puts into his work.

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Self-contained blowtorch redesigned

November 2, 2016

Gala Gar has changed the design of its Aerogala self‐contained blowtorch, adding a faster, more reliable ignition and a safety catch to prevent undesired ignition. The blowtorch is designed for professional work both in DIY and plumbing. It handles soft and hard welding of up to 0.87 in. dia. The...

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60 isn’t old, and other things I learned from dad

November 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton

If you reflect on who and where you are in life, chances are you’ll find yourself thinking of your childhood and those who had a significant influence on your development, both in terms of character and career. Maybe you followed in someone’s footsteps?

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Rotary positioner positions welding tabletops at 15-degree increments

November 1, 2016

The BuildPro® rotary positioner from Strong Hand Tools® allows horizontal mounting of BuildPro® or Siegmund® welding tabletops for plane rotation. The gear-driven, free-turning mechanism enables smooth operation, stability, and controlled turning and positioning at 15-degree increments with...

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7 reasons cast-iron platen tables make sense for welding

October 31, 2016 | By Paul Cunningham

Cast-iron platen tables have been around for decades, but many metal fabricators don't know about the usefulness or flexibility of these durable work surfaces.

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Still Building America—Randy follows the money and loves what he finds

October 30, 2016 | By Josh Welton

People choose careers for many reasons. Sometimes it really is about the money. It truly is a thing of beauty when following the money leads to a career you love—the reverse of the oft-given advice: Do what you love and the money will follow. It happens.

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On the crazy train to SEMA

October 27, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Some people are busy, and some are crazy-busy. Crazy-busy coupled with serious challenges isn’t for the fainthearted. Yet, the show must go on, and Josh Welton is on the road with the fruits of 100-hour weeks. Take a look.

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3 ways that welding vision systems boost production efficiency

October 27, 2016 | By Catherine Cline

Consistent torch alignment, in-process quality checks, and postprocess reviews are three examples of how weld camera technology is helping to take these activities to the next level.

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