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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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Consumables Corner: Selecting the right welding process and filler metal for repair work

January 29, 2016

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The Consumables crew assists a reader tasked with repairing a tower crane.

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Aluminum Workshop: What not to do when excessive contact tip burnback occurs

January 29, 2016

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Frank Armao explains why contact tips are important in the welding process and what you shouldn't do to remedy burnback problems.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using 3-D geometry for more than creating 2-D drawings

January 27, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates file linking between 3-D CAD and published literature. Some published formats are easier to produce with postprocessing software.

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Industry 4.0 arrives in Düsseldorf and in the manufacturing sector

January 27, 2016

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The term Industry 4.0 has been a frequently used buzzword for several years, but these days it’s more than a buzzword: It’s a reality, and it has begun to make inroads in the tube and pipe industry.

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Cutting processes displayed and debuted at FABTECH®

January 27, 2016

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A tour of FABTECH revealed that many changes are afoot regarding cutting, especially among laser manufacturers. Editor Eric Lundin provides an overview of some of the technologies that were display at the 2015 expo.

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Add-on equipment makes a difference in SMAW

January 27, 2016

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An optional digital meter for SMAW power sources allows welders to lay beads within set parameters.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016

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How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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1 + 1 = Weld shop staffing success

January 27, 2016

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One aspect of the welding industry remains challenging for company management: determining staffing levels for tradespeople and supervisors at the front lines of industrial manufacturing systems and construction projects. While many people do not like crunching basic numbers, nothing beats simple math to come up with money-saving options to get through those tough economic times. The good news is that this is not rocket science. In fact, the number-crunching is so simple that it can be done quickly without any brain-numbing work.

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From kaizen to kata

January 27, 2016

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Camfil APC is known for its dust collection equipment, but it’s also a metal fabricator. It makes the equipment in its Jonesboro, Ark., facility. Like any other modern fabricating operation, it is looking to eliminate waste where it can. That’s why launching and sustaining a lean manufacturing initiative is so important.

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Press brake basics: 10 tips for bottom bending aluminum

January 27, 2016

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Bottom bending can work well for some aluminum grades, but it requires knowledgeable operators who fully grasp the bending method and know what precautions to take.

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Taking high heat and spatter out of nonpulsed GMAW

January 26, 2016

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Waste reduction in manufacturing helped to make Japanese manufacturing a mighty power, and that push for process improvement continues today. It was a big motivator for OTC DAIHEN to develop its Controlled Bridge Transfer-Expanded technology for robotic GMAW applications.

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At WITS end with wrinkles, tears, springback in AHSS?

January 26, 2016

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: Stamping AHSS comes with forming challenges such as wrinkling, tearing, and springback. A servo’s controlled force can help resolve some of those problems—and keep you from tearing your hair out.

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2015 updates for ISO 9001, 14001 align with other standards

January 26, 2016

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In September 2015, the widely recognized global standards body International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released its 9001:2015 standards for quality management systems (QMS) and 14001:2015 environmental management systems (EMS). Key changes to both the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards are that they are structured to align with other standards bodies; are less prescriptive; require greater upper management involvement; and require less documentation but more emphasis on defining processes, risk and opportunities planning, and context.

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FABTECH flashback

January 21, 2016

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With the boisterous holidays and end-of-the-year cinematic wave behind us and a long stretch of quiet winter still ahead, you could not be faulted for pining for the fun, clamor, and intrigue of FABTECH® 2015 only a few short months ago. “Star Wars” has nothing on the special effects, precise automation, heavy metal, whirring bots, and heart-pounding thrills there. Here is a flashback.

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