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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Off-the-shelf chamber designed for titanium welding

May 8, 2015

West Country Welding Supplies has partnered with Mbraun to introduce an off-the-shelf welding chamber for the titanium and special metals welding market. The chamber reaches 10 PPM oxygen in about 10 min. The chamber is equipped with a shaded, sliding eye shield and internal lighting, as well...

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Synchronized welding

May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis

No one doubts that welding equipment has advanced to the point where it has greatly improved welding results and productivity when compared to the technology of previous decades. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Fronius has attempted to address some of GMAW’s shortcomings with its LSC welding platform.

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Fronius USA hires sales/system engineer

April 29, 2015

Fronius USA LLC, a provider of welding technology in Portage, Ind., has hired Terrence Stiff as sales/system engineer. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he qualified to be an aviation electronics technician. Stiff currently is enrolled at DeVry University, where he is working toward his...

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Beware promises of jobs and money, money, money

April 27, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Yes, it’s important to make a good wage. But it’s also important to work at something you enjoy. Don’t pursue a career simply because you’ve been told that good-paying jobs are available in that field.

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A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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ESAB’s FDTC welding competition raises $10,000 for student scholarship fund

April 22, 2015

For the sixth consecutive year, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products sponsored the Florence-Darlington Technical College Welding Sculpture Competition to support the school’s welding education program and student scholarship fund. This year's competition, held April 11 at the Francis Marion University...

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CWA Foundation offers equipment, funding to secondary, postsecondary institutions

April 21, 2015

CWA Foundation, Milton, Ont., has introduced the Secondary and Post-Secondary Institution Equipment and Funding Support program to improve the quality of welding facilities across Canada. Teachers from welding programs within schools across Canada have the opportunity to apply to receive...

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Still Building America: Trenton’s story—24 years old and a lead fabricator

April 15, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Bitten by the welding bug as a child, Trenton Bennett progressed in his craft and mastered TIG welding to become the lead fabricator at a large dairy plant in Ohio. As skilled as he is, he wants to be better. And he wants the older welders to cut the young guys some slack. “Everyone starts somewhere.”

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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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