Arc Welding Articles

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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GTAW anodized aluminum

Mastering GTAW of anodized aluminum

March 24, 2009

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Performing GTAW on anodized aluminum poses a unique set of challenges, even to the most experienced welder. To address these challenges, welders must be aware of the special equipment and consumables required, properly prepare materials, and employ the correct technique to lay the bead.

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Smooth moves with GMAW

March 24, 2009

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Getting comfortable and attaining a clear view of the arc can make gas metal arc welding a lot easier.

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Brennan Palmiter

Focus, passion, integrity

March 14, 2009

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Be True To Your School winner Lebanon Technology & Career Center gets visit from 17-year-old welding and racing phenom Brennan Palmiter.

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It takes two, baby

March 10, 2009

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Hybrid laser-arc welding has been around for a while, but only recently has it gained steam, with more industries turning to the technology for a faster way to make components lighter with less heat input and minimal distortion while still maintaining part tolerance.

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Think females can't weld? Think again

March 10, 2009

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During World War II, many females filled work force roles in traditionally male occupations. After the war, most left these jobs, but that doesn't mean women are any less able to fill them. Experience has taught welding instructor Marty Rice that females make danged good welders.

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GMAW Gun Feedability

Straightening out GMAW gun feedability

January 13, 2009

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Don't let GMAW wire feed tie you into knots. Familiarize yourself with how to identify wire feedability issues and how to fix them to ensure that you get optimal weld strength and appearance.

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Welding for all seasons - TheFabricator.com

Welding for all seasons

December 16, 2008

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Tom Young has lived an unconventional life full of opportunities that happened because he could do what others could not: He could weld.

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Pulse welding

Pulse welding eases exotic-metal fabrication

December 14, 2008

Pulsed gas metal arc welding helps AmeriFab Inc., a maker of steelmaking furnaces and related equipment, streamline its welding operations.

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Measuring up as a welder

November 25, 2008

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Among the skills employers look for in their welders is the ability to read a tape measure correctly. Surprisingly, not everyone can do so. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares an anecdote from his welding career that illustrates how critical it is for welders to master this skill.

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Manufacturing Dump Bodies

Truckin' along

November 25, 2008

A fabricator of dump truck bodies reduced spatter, improved deposition, and increased productivity when it incorporated in new inverter power sources and weld monitoring software.

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GTAW Welder

Tips for TIG torches

November 11, 2008

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Proper installation of GTAW torches—whether air- or water-cooled—is just one bullet on a long list of reasons that GTAW is so complex. The best way to simplify torch installation is to become familiar with the components and how to assemble them properly.

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GTAW common joint designs

November 11, 2008

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Understanding common gas tungsten arc weld (GTAW) joints, knowing when to use them, and mastering the proper method for each can help you achieve better welds. This article focuses on butt, corner, and T joints and discusses considerations such as material type and thickness.

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The root causes of weld defects

October 28, 2008

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Bad welds can be traced back to poor workmanship, poor design, or a little of both.

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TIG Titanium Tubing

TIG for titanium tubing

October 28, 2008

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Although titanium has a reputation for being difficult to weld, it doesn't have to be problematic. Paying close attention to filler metal selection, cleanness, and use of the shielding gas are three steps to successful GTAW on titanium tube and pipe.

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Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

October 14, 2008

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Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone's creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding.

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