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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Autodarkening helmets offer optical clarity in large viewing area

April 29, 2016

Weldcote Metals’ Ultraview and UltraviewPlus autodarkening helmets allow a wide range of colors to be viewable while in light mode, providing optical clarity in a large viewing area. Both helmets feature standard 4-1/2- by 5-1/4-in. cover lenses, four sensors, solar power with battery backup,...

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Still Building America—Welding big birds, pursuing big dreams

April 25, 2016

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Welder and inspector Lucca Ilbert, who trained at the Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, loves fabricating and repairing aircraft parts. He hopes one day to have his own FAA-approved custom fabricating shop.

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Lightweight welding helmet offers full coverage

April 25, 2016

ArcOne® has added the Croc welding helmet to the Carrera™ line. The lightweight, full-coverage helmet features a modern design. It comes with all of the Carrera filters, including the new 4500-V filter, with a 7-sq.-in. viewing area and four...

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Welding helmet comes with four filter options

April 22, 2016

ArcOne® has introduced the ZigTig welding helmet as part of its Vision® series. The lightweight helmet provides full coverage and a sleek, modern design, the company reports. It comes with ComfaGear® II headgear and four filter options: iDF81, X81VX, X54V, and...

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Running stringers—an exercise in utility

April 20, 2016

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Repeating certain exercises is a fundamental part of learning a skill. Running stringers is one such exercise for anyone learning to weld. It also helps to listen to the instructor explain how it’s done.

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Wired remote control units offered for welding machines

April 20, 2016

Lincoln Electric has introduced two wired remote control units for pipeline welders and those working in construction applications. The wired remote controls, available with or without a 115-VAC power duplex receptacle, include a 125-ft. detachable cable. A customizable min./max. range sets in...

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Technology gives welders remote control of voltage at the weld joint

April 19, 2016

Miller has expanded its ArcReach™ remote control technology to three additional power sources for portable welding applications: the XMT® 350 CC/CV, XMT 450 CC/CV, and Dimension™ 650. The technology allows welding operators to adjust and set voltage at the weld joint without the use of control...

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Autodarkening filter offers 7-sq.-in. viewing area

April 12, 2016

ArcOne® has introduced the 4500V autodarkening filter. It has a light state of 4, dark state of 9-13, four sensors, and a 7-sq.-in. viewing area. The filter comes with a replaceable battery and fits in any of the company’s Carrera™ welding...

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ESAB announces winners of 2015 student cutting, welding, and essay contest

April 8, 2016

Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced the six winners of its 2015 “A Cut Above” contest for students in welding and cutting programs at secondary and postsecondary schools. Three individual winners won a $250 cash prize for their essays describing how cutting...

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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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AC/DC GTAW system delivers strikes as low as 5 amps

March 22, 2016

The CK Worldwide MT200-AC/DC GTAW system is compact and portable for use in tight workspaces. It features an interface that provides simple welding parameter adjustments. The unit offers two dynamic modes for GTAW and SMAW for use by novice to master welders. Delivering arc strikes as low as 5...

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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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