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Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics -

Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics

December 6, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

When a well-known architect was hired to design student housing complex at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she teamed up with Lisa Schirmer and a fabricator to develop a fence-and-gate system that would look good, invoke local flora, and provide security for the residents. The result is part fence, part art.

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Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time -

Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time

December 5, 2013 | By Karl Hoes

A welder tackling gas tungsten arc welding of thin aluminum for the first time might find it more difficult, but in reality, it's just different from the gas metal arc welding that he or she originally learned. Following these guidelines can help the welder make a smooth transition into thin aluminum welding.

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Lowering the learning curve -

Lowering the learning curve

November 27, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

A Pennsylvania crane fabricator relies on virtual weld training to kick-start weld training for new hires.

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Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW? -

Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW?

November 18, 2013 | By Blaine Guy

If you are considering making the change to self-shielded FCAW from SMAW, remember to consider the proactive measures you’ll need to take to make that transition successful. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the characteristics and operating requirements of the new filler metal being used to weld successfully with it.

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Using GMAW-P with aluminum and stainless steel

November 5, 2013 | By Kodi Welch

Welding aluminum and stainless steel can be challenging. Pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P), can help meets those challenges, while boosting productivity and reducing weld defects.

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Attractive sculptures, day or night -

Attractive sculptures, day or night

October 7, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Solar Sculptures™, which comprises an artist, a public spaces planner, and an electrical engineer, designs sculptures that use motion sensors and LEDs to come alive at night.

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What does a certified welding inspector do in a small, mostly rural state?

September 24, 2013 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding inspectors in some small, mostly rural areas don’t lack for exciting, challenging work. Their inspections often are just as critical as those in more congested, urban areas.

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Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines -

Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines

August 9, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

An automobile enthusiast since he has a youngster, Ariel Banco started developing custom-made air intakes after he graduated from college. Eventually he had such a backlog that he quit his professional career to become a full-time fabricator, making air intakes for automobiles, motorcycles, and occasionally airplanes and personal watercraft.

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Process Pipe Welding

Process pipe welding: Filler metal options to improve productivity and quality

August 6, 2013 | By Joe Ryan, Keith Packard

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.

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The welder’s helper

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.

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Choose wisely when welding thin sheet -

Choose wisely when welding thin sheet

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.

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Improving GTAW for producers, fabricators -

Improving GTAW for producers, fabricators

July 19, 2013 | By Dr. Yehuda Baskin, Dr. Ian Harris

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.

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ASME certification

Building your first ASME code vessel, start to finish

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.

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Accepting the torch, carrying a legacy -

Accepting the torch, carrying a legacy

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.

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Welding supply and equipment distributorships, then and now

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.

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