Arc Welding Articles

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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No experience necessary

June 1, 2016

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A fed-up masonry contractor from Scottsdale, Ariz., closed his business, taught himself how to weld, began sculpting in metal and bronze, and now happily makes a living as a metal artist.

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Grill or be grilled

May 23, 2016

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A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.

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Still waters run deep

May 23, 2016

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Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.

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Arc Welding 101: Defining a fillet weld with D1.1

May 13, 2016

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Q: I'm auditing a fab shop and have a question regarding the AWS D1.1 code. The shop is referring to the corner joints in the plates encompassing the columns as fillet welds, yet there is no faying surface. D1.1 says a fillet can have up to 3/16-in. misalignment (with certain stipulations), which...

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Salesman turns entrepreneur, artist, welder

May 9, 2016

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Working for a steady paycheck isn’t for everyone. Welding artist Kirk Yazel did that for nearly 20 years, but eventually his entrepreneurial spirit took over. He had been making steel garden decorations for some time, and he managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part III

May 5, 2016

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The oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process continues to be useful in equipment repair, both in industry and the home. This article focuses on specific uses and provides some how-to instructions.

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Welding for oil: This bust shall pass

March 30, 2016

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Odessa, Texas, has changed. In 2014 traffic was a nightmare; now, not so much. At the heart of the Permian Basin, Odessa is feeling the brunt of the oil and gas bust.

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Arc Welding 101: What does a “repair WPS” mean?

March 28, 2016

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When a code requires a repair weld procedure specification (WPS), what exactly does that mean? PWC explains.

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Recruiting, retaining welders with dollars and sense

March 21, 2016

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While the Great Recession was a calamity for many businesses, some also had a bit of trouble recovering from the downturn. Trailer builder Featherlite had trouble retaining workers, but realized that it could compete against higher wages offered elsewhere by improving the way it went about recruiting, hiring, and training newly hired workers.

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Ready, set, interview

March 17, 2016

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Yuba College welding instructor and Practical Welding Today Editorial Advisory Committee member Dan Turner has been on both sides of the interview process. In this first installment of Viewpoint, Turner shares advice for job-searching welders on the art of the job interview.

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6 tips for better GTAW results

March 16, 2016

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Keep these tips in mind for GTAW applications to help you save time and money in rework and to help ensure a quality finished weld. Taking some extra steps in preparation and setup can help you complete the job on schedule and avoid the cost and hassle of troubleshooting or rework later in the welding process.

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Hot tubbin' and grillin'

March 2, 2016

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Omaha, Neb., man with the need to create found two unique uses for a couple of old '57 Chevy cars. The first, a working grill. The second, a hot tub and tabletop bar.

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Welder training—The fundamentals, Part II

February 23, 2016

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Oxyacetylene welding and brazing are among the first processes beginning welding students learn. This article focuses on the uses and techniques that may be unfamiliar to much of the welding community.

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Thinking about submerged arc welding?

February 18, 2016

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Knowing your applications will help you determine what auxiliary equipment you need to manipulate a submerged arc welding head and get the productivity you want.

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Arc Welding 101: Writing a WPS for an unlisted material

January 29, 2016

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Q: Can you point me in the right direction for procedure qualification record (PQR)/welding procedure specification (WPS) testing of pipe/tube to plate for fillets and partial-joint-penetration (PJP) grooves? The joint is a bevel groove covered by a fillet. The pipe/tube is unlisted AWS D1.1...

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