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.
When welding process pipe, welders need to determine which wires can provide the most appropriate results for every weld pass—root, fill, and cap—and be certain that they are selecting the highest-quality filler metal.
August 5, 2013 | By Vicki Bell
Not everyone involved in welding wields a torch. Welders’ helpers play integral parts in welding projects and sometimes command a higher salary than the welder.
August 1, 2013 | By Jerry Mathison
Gas metal arc welding is an effective method for joining thin-gauge materials-- from 24-gauge to 0.1875-in. carbon steel and 18-gauge to 0.1875-in. stainless steel. But extra attention should be paid to the equipment and the welding technique to minimize burn-through and distortion.
Gas tungsten arc welding, a joining process developed decades ago, has been improved by many technology developments over the years, but the essentials are unchanged: It uses an electric arc between a nonconsumable tungsten electrode and the workpiece to produce a weld pool, and it uses a shielding gas. Experiments with brushing on or pasting on mixed metal oxide slurries have shown how this decades-old process can improve dramatically in penetration and speed.
July 16, 2013 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Taking your shop to the next level might involve ASME certification. Just what does this entail? It begins with an agency.
July 12, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
Scott Schreiber, head welding instructor at Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash., possesses an innate ability to connect with his students, a tenacious drive for excellence and continuous improvement, ingenuity, and a commitment to improving the welding trade. It is for these reasons and many more that Schreiber is the 2013 PWTeacher of the Year.
June 12, 2013 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Welding distributorships have changed dramatically over the years. Longtime welder Carl Smith reflects on the changes and offers a history lesson on how they came about.
May 22, 2013 | By Marty Rice
Welder and educator Marty Rice has led a colorful life in his welding career. He’s learned some lessons the hard way and met some interesting characters along the way.
May 15, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
As the welding instructor at Albion Correctional Facility in Albion, N.Y., Jeffrey Benfer is constantly dealing with teaching new batches of inmate workers the ins and outs of production gas metal arc welding, keeping up with their mandatory vocational qualifications, and meeting project deadlines. But there’s one thing that has provided an unexpected yet relaxing outlet: metal art.
May 6, 2013 | By Ross Fleischmann
With so many GMAW guns available, it may be confusing to know which one is right for you. These 8 tips will help you in your journey to select the appropriate gun or you and your welding operation.
May 3, 2013
The U.S. Navy has been searching for new weld-repair methods on its aluminum-hulled ships beyond dry docking, which is impractical and costly. Phoenix Intl., an underwater services company that has held the Navy’s Diving Services contract for the past 15 years, may have found one: underwater aluminum GMAW in a hyperbaric chamber.
Chronic exposure to manganese oxide fumes, which occur when manganese metal is heated and reacts with oxygen, can lead to damage to the central nervous system. Welders are especially susceptible to this disease, called maganism by the National Institutes of Health, because manganese is found in many welding rods and filler metals to promote hardness. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists recently issued guidance that dramatically reduced suggested threshold limit values. Because many metal fabricators use this guidance to manage worker exposure, they now are having to rethink how they approach personal protective equipment.
April 19, 2013 | By Steve Massey
Submerged arc welding is known as a process that can result in high welding speeds and deposition rates. However, in today's manufacturing reality, engineers are always looking to boost productivity—even for already productive processes. Fortunately, companies have three common approaches to consider to increase the performance of their submerged arc welding systems.
April 17, 2013 | By Pam Farley
A shop is only as productive as its constraint process—that is, its bottleneck. All that adaptability in upstream processes may not make a part cost less if it takes days or weeks to build a new weld fixture. A modular approach to weld fixturing can help.
April 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson
Mississippi metal artist Stephanie Dwyer never knew she was an artist until she relocated from Washington and began building bottle trees. Today her bottle trees can be found all over the U.S., which has led to opportunities in custom metal art fabrication.