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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Global welding products market is expected to reach $23.78 billion by 2020

April 13, 2015

Transparency Market Research, Albany, N.Y., has released "Welding Products Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 -2020.” According to the report, the global welding products market, valued at $17.47 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $23.78 billion...

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Troubleshooting TIG

April 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Struggling to get a strong arc and clean puddle in your TIG welding? Most of the time the answer lies between the machine and the torch, and occasionally the bottle.

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Welding machine line expanded

April 9, 2015

Forney Industries has introduced six new welding machines: 140 MP, 190 MP, 140 MIG, 190 MIG, 210 MIG, and 270 MIG. The 210 MIG and 270 MIG machines are designed with increased output for welding a variety of thicker, larger materials. The MP multiprocess welding machines offer GMAW, SMAW, and...

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Battery-powered GTAW system offers mobile welding

April 9, 2015

Fronius has introduced the AccuPocket 150/400 battery-powered GTAW system. It offers touchdown ignition, TIG Comfort Stop (TCS), and two- and four-step switchover to facilitate the welding of thin sheets. The unit’s GTAW pulse function helps reduce heat input, improve gap-bridging ability,...

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3 tips for building an effective welding workforce

April 9, 2015 | By Jeff Keen, Mike Canter

Shapiro & Duncan Inc., a third-generation mechanical contractor serving the mid-Atlantic region offers some tips for building an engaged and talented welding team.

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Building a winning motorsports weld shop

April 7, 2015 | By Jim Watson

Jeremy McGrath, a Supercross racer making the transition to off-road truck racing, recently set up a state-of-the-art motorsports welding shop geared toward component builds and repair work. If you’re setting up a motorsports welding and fabrication shop for the first time, there are some vital pieces of equipment that will help you be successful. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a renowned off-road truck racer to have a professional-grade motorsports fabrication shop.

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DVD demonstrates welding of titanium

April 6, 2015

The International Titanium Association and EWI have released a DVD about the welding of titanium. The DVD demonstrates welding techniques used routinely by fabricators in the shop and field to construct pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and chemical and food processing equipment from...

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Cliché lawn art, be gone

April 1, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.

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Improving deposition rates with submerged arc welding

March 26, 2015 | By Zak Stapp

Understanding the submerged arc welding process, and the overall equipment needs, and selecting the proper wire and flux combination for the application can help an operation realize its full potential.

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Fabricating for the win

March 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.

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MIG welding troubleshooting tips

March 25, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Having problems with your MIG welding equipment? Maintenance and troubleshooting knowledge can help you keep it running like a top.

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Welding machines perform several processes

March 24, 2015

Castolin Eutectic has introduced two new groups of welding equipment to the European market. The XuperArc series comprises three models at 320, 400, and 500 amps with advanced touchscreen control. These multitasking machines, suitable for GMAW, GTAW, and MMAW, are designed for joining, repair,...

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AWS revamps website

March 23, 2015

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has revamped its website at At a glance on the home page, visitors can view upcoming events, featured resources, and quick links to areas of special interest. A new search function facilitates quick access to information. The top menu...

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Still Building America: Lexi’s story—Do what you love, and love what you do

March 19, 2015 | By Josh Welton

School boards across the country considering canceling shop classes need to hear from students like Lexi Noonan, a young welder who would have been “absolutely lost” if she had graduated from high school without learning a trade.

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AC/DC inverter-based GTAW power source introduced

March 17, 2015

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Aspect 375 GTAW power source for use in critical welding applications. The constant-current SMAW and GTAW machine provides GTAW output of 2 to 375 amps (single-phase range is 2 to 250 amps). It is rated at 330 amps at 40 percent duty cycle and 300 amps at 60...

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