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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Arc Welding 101: Cleaning material with brake cleaner before welding

July 24, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Combining welding and brake cleaners can lead to serious illness, permanent damage to your internal organs, or even death.

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Building ICONic vehicles in America

July 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton

A gearhead’s dream, ICON 4 x 4 turns out 24 vehicles a year that are highly functioning works of art. Go behind the scenes with Josh as he visits with owner Jonathan Ward.

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3 drivers of welding throughput

July 20, 2015 | By Ed Crum

Three principal drivers increase welding throughput in the modern shop: welding process advances, smart use of automation, and having the right information

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Layer by layer

July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.

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Catching the right waveform

July 15, 2015 | By Judah Henry

The advent of the electrical waveform helped to take a lot of guesswork out of welding. A lot more of the guesswork was taken out of the welding process with the move to the digitally controlled power source and even more waveforms.

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Multiprocess welding power source designed for primary power flexibility

July 15, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Warrior™ 400i MV CC/CV, a multivoltage, multiprocess welding machine with the flexibility to accept three-phase primary power from 220 to 460 V +/- 10 percent, 50 or 60 Hz. The 133-lb. unit provides up to 400 amps at 60 percent duty cycle and has...

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Still Building America—Taking it to the limit and then some

July 15, 2015 | By Josh Welton

To pursue his passion for racing, Shane Whalley taught himself how to weld. He designs and fabricates parts for the GTO he drives in drifting events and pushes them to the limit.

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How welding torch assembly affects performance and wear

July 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Paying attention to the torch assembly process and following proper procedure can minimize equipment malfunction and help prevent welding issues.

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Miller Electric Mfg. Co. launches Build & Win sweepstakes

July 6, 2015

Appleton, Wis.-based Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the 2015 Miller Build & Win sweepstakes as part of the WE BUILD™ brand campaign. Sweepstakes participants should visit and share a project built with welding equipment up to once monthly until Nov. 30,...

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Practice and preparation produce better athletes and welds

June 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Practices professional athletes use to improve their skills translate to producing high-quality welds and products.

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When life hands you lemons, build a sign

June 23, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

After the sign for his auto repair business fell off the building, Dominick Alia tried his hand at fashioning his own sign. One thing led to another, and metal sculpture became a hobby.

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RoMan Mfg. appoints COO

June 22, 2015

RoMan Mfg., Grand Rapids, Mich., a manufacturer of water-cooled, high-current, low-voltage welding power sources, has promoted Nelson Sanchez to the newly created post of COO. Sanchez, who joined the company in 2013, previously served as chief financial officer. In his new role, Sanchez oversees...

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Daihen Inc. (OTC) to open second Mexico office

June 18, 2015

Tipp City, Ohio-based Daihen Inc. (OTC), a manufacturer of arc welding equipment including robots and peripheral devices, will open an office and demonstration center in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, on July 7. The office—the company’s seventh in North America—will include a live demonstration...

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Still Building America—It’s a family affair

June 16, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Craig Montgomery of M&L Fabrication credits his family for much of his success in developing and sustaining his skills and passion for working with metal. The business he owns with his brother is thriving and growing.

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Electronic weld head system suitable for safety-critical applications

June 16, 2015

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has released the series 320 electronic weld head system, designed for applications requiring precise position and force control. It is suitable for safety-critical applications in the medical, aerospace, precision electronics, and automotive markets. Typical...

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