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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Robot deposits welds in high gear with Tip TIG

August 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston

A new robot welding cell incorporates TIP TIG, a hot-wire welding process that feeds an oscillating wire under a tungsten electrode. In some applications, the method reportedly allows the robot to weld at speeds close to those of gas metal arc welding.

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Miles ahead with design and welding

August 4, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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Arc Welding 101: All’s not fair in welding between U.S. and Canada

July 22, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I know what you're thinking—another early Saturday morning question.... I've been looking at the requirements for obtaining a Canadian Welding Bureau CWB) inspector certification. Am I seeing this correctly? A CWB inspector can apply for an AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) by reciprocity...

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There’s something about Marty

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Marty Rice’s time as Arc Welding 101 columnist was relatively short, but his breadth of work online and in print has educated, inspired, and entertained readers for more than 10 years.

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Inside Frank’s Aluminum Workshop

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Practical Welding Today’s Aluminum Workshop columnist Frank Armao is the magazine’s longest-tenured contributor. Read how he landed the gig and what he’s learned during his 14-year journey.

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Welding trends, technology advancements, and tales

July 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A collection of PWT Editorial Advisory Committee members discuss what they believe to be the most important advances in welding technology, trends, and education.

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Long live the “Welding Queen”

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Her energy was genuine and her love of welding and welders was as real as the smile on her face. Ten years after leaving Practical Welding Today®, former editor Stephanie Vaughan shares her fondest memories of an industry she still loves.

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Shelving bad habits with your GMAW gun

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welder tired of accidental triggering or incidental damage to his gun developed a holster that can be mounted to a worktable, welding cart or in any way necessary.

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So, you want to become an AWS CWI

June 28, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Becoming an AWS certified welding inspector is a challenging task that takes serious preparation and study. Shortcuts don’t cut it.

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No experience necessary

June 1, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

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 | By Amanda Carlson

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 | By Amanda Carlson

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 | By Paul Cameron

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 | By Eric Lundin

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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