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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Marines to start nonprofit aimed at connecting veterans with the skilled trades

October 24, 2014

Veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps have rallied together to start the Guns to Arcs Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, aimed at connecting unemployed veterans with the welding industry and skilled trades. Launching its initial fundraising campaign on Jan. 7, 2015, the group hopes to...

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Arc Welding 101: API 1104 qualifications

October 24, 2014

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Q: What is the procedure to qualify welding procedure specifications (WPS) as well as a welder to American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 1104, Welding Pipelines and Related Facilities? What tests are necessary to qualify? A: Your questions are good ones. I often receive similar questions...

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Metal sculpting for SEMA—Derelicts and Hellcats

October 23, 2014

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Metal artists find inspiration in many places. Derelicts and Hellcats inspired Josh Welton to create his versions of classic vehicles and motorcycles to be displayed at SEMA’s Art Walk in November.

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Arc Welding 101: A WPS lesson for beginners

October 23, 2014

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Q: Recently I was given a weld procedure specification (WPS) from a contractor to review. It’s still lying on my desk. Do you have any tips for a beginner like myself on how to review a WPS? Habeeb R. A: It’s time to pick up that WPS off your desk and give it a good, hard look. The first...

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Arc Welding 101: Earning D1.1 compliance

October 22, 2014

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Q: The company I work for has welded steel to make web truss frames for steel buildings for 20 years but has never been certified in any way. Some bids that we see require certification from a national organization. Do you know what our best approach should be to becoming certified? Larry S....

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ESAB to be featured on “Two Guys Garage”

October 21, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., will be featured on MAVTV’s “Two Guys Garage” automotive aftermarket program on Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. EDT. During the 5 p.m. airing, ESAB will host a live question contest on its Facebook (www.facebook.com/esabna) and Twitter...

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Arc Welding 101: Tackling trailer troubles

October 21, 2014

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Q: A routine preventive maintenance inspection on a steel flatbed trailer revealed cracking in the main frame beams. The trailer was purchased through a distributor, so it was returned the next day. We asked the manufacturer to send a qualified representative to inspect it and send us a proposal...

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Arc Welding 101: Certified to weld?

October 20, 2014

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Q: What does it mean to be an AWS-certified welder? Joe C. A: Certification can open doors, present opportunities, and put you out front in a tough job market. However, not all welders are AWS-certified. My younger brother Joe, a service manager for an import car dealership on the West Coast,...

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Part-time job brings full-time satisfaction

October 17, 2014

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After a career in welding and fabricating, Charlie Wolfe is semi-retired and working 25 hours a week at the local community college. However, his network of friends is vast and his reputation as a go-to guy for one-off projects and repairs is sterling, so he’s actually busier now then he was back when he worked 40 hours a week

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Fronius USA hires sales/application engineer

October 14, 2014

Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., has hired Jeffrey Iley as sales/application engineer for its Southeast location. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Iley is a graduate of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology and currently is pursuing his associate’s degree in welding engineering technology from...

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Weld shop 101

October 13, 2014

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According to the American Welding Society (AWS), there will be a shortage of approximately 290,000 welders in the U.S. by 2020. Education doesn’t fall on the shoulders of just high schools, community colleges, and technical programs, it also rests with industry professionals who have the space, equipment, and the expertise on staff to demonstrate the best practices. Arming educators with this information will only help make the next generation of welders that much stronger. For those of you who are in areas where getting hands-on training for industry leaders isn’t possible, here are a few questions educators tend to ask.

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Lincoln Electric hosts Girl Scouts for STEM learning event

October 10, 2014

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio for a STEM learning program on Oct. 4, designed to introduce many of the girls to the welding and manufacturing fields. Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6, 7, and 8 met with some of the women who help run Lincoln...

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Humans and machines: The possibilities are endless

October 9, 2014

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The strength of human will and spirit joined with the power and permanence of machines could be a fascinating future.

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Arc Welding 101: Negatives to whipping and weaving

October 9, 2014

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Q: When using GMAW on carbon steel materials 1/8 inch thick or greater, we use a whipping technique that you have described as a bad work habit. What are the negative effects of whipping or weaving?John S. A: As with many welding techniques, there is a time and place for everything, even whipping...

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Live welding guidance system helps welders establish proper technique

October 8, 2014

Realityworks® Inc. has introduced the guideWELD™ LIVE welding guidance system to its line of Real Career® welding products. The system takes the step from simulation to real life, providing live welding guidance to help users establish proper position and technique while welding. The system...

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