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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Mioshi Neal welding instructor

Little by little

May 9, 2011

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Determined to make a life for herself and provide for her family, Mioshi Neal juggled full-time work,night classes, and single-parent duties to ultimately land her dream job—welding instructor.

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A journey of 1,000 welds

May 9, 2011

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Seven years ago Doug Wilkinson of Reinke Mfg., Deshler, Neb., set out to start up a welding education program for high school and adult students that would give them the opportunity to earn AWS D1.1 or D1.2 qualification. It's been an uphill battle but Wilkinson is still at it--and the welding program continues to grow.

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Adventures in titanium—Why is my stovepipe hat assembly warping, turning blue, and cracking?

March 21, 2011

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Fabricating a titanium stovepipe hat assembly had one shop perplexed. What was causing the material to turn blue, warp, and crack? Why was it so difficult to make this part fit into the next assembly?

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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011

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Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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Answers to 6 FAQs about FCAW-SS

March 7, 2011

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A reliable process for heavy-duty applications, self-shielded flux-cored welding (FCAW-SS) has its challenges. Here are some FAQs about these challenges and suggestions for overcoming them.

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What would-be MIG welders want to know: Where can I learn, and what equipment do I need?

February 22, 2011

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Welding instructor and reader-favorite author Marty Rice answers the two questions he’s most often asked by those interested in learning to MIG weld.

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More arc-on, less arc-off - TheFabricator.com

More arc-on, less arc-off

January 27, 2011

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A North Georgia fabricator analyzes welder productivity and revamps its operations so that welders spend more time actually welding, and less time moving material and fixtures, as well as typing in data.

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FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required - TheFabricator.com

FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required

December 3, 2010

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In a nation striving to upgrade its infrastructure, FCAW-S has become the process of choice for many. It combines the efficiency of wire welding with the portability and flexibility of SMAW.

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22 possible causes of weld metal porosity - TheFabricator.com

22 possible causes of weld metal porosity

November 1, 2010

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Porosity is a weld defect that is fairly common, but also fairly easy to fix. What issues contribute to weld porosity? This checklist gives a welder a good idea of what might be causing the problem.

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Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding - TheFabricator.com

Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding

October 21, 2010

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After an automative supplier examines its automated and manual welding operations, it discovers greater efficiencies after analyzing and optimizing shielding gas flow.

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Better cladding, better inspection - TheFabricator.com

Better cladding, better inspection

October 14, 2010

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Hot-wire GTAW and inspection advances are meeting the oil and gas industry's ever-increasing need for cladding.

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Specialty fabricator goes wireless with GTAW foot pedals

October 4, 2010

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Tangled up in cable clutter in your welding shop? An Orlando, Fla.-based fabrication shop reduced clutter and improved safety by using wireless GTAW foot pedals.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? - TheFabricator.com

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010

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From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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Welding the fast and narrow - TheFabricator.com

Welding the fast and narrow

September 13, 2010

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Advancements in SAW concentrate on faster deposition rates and narrow-groove welding. And today's controls, power supplies, and consumables are meeting industry's demand for process efficiency.

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The small world of welding large fixtures - TheFabricator.com

The small world of welding large fixtures

September 13, 2010

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Every welder is likely familiar with fabricating a fixture for a job, but only a select few work on fixtures for very large weldments. Those unfamiliar with large fixture-making may be surprised to learn about

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