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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Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore -

Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore

August 3, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

After working for a few years making leather belts and belt buckles, Anthony “AJ” Patti moved on to designing and manufacturing leather goods for Harley-Davidson, then went on to pewter casting to make jewelry for the venerable motorcycle manufacturer. An artist always striving for efficiency and mass production, Patti’s latest venture is making sculptures and adornments for gardens.

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SMAW: The lowdown on the lingo

July 25, 2012 | By Joe Gitter, Bruce Morrett

Welding novices might be confused by terminology commonly used by fellow welders but not found in standard glossaries. This article defines some of these terms used in shielded metal arc welding.

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Welding fascination leads to spinoff writing career

July 23, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.

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Cracking down on weld cracks

July 16, 2012 | By Phil Evans

The major cause of a crack is when internal stresses exceed the strength of the weld metal, the base metal, or both. Knowing the basics behind why cracks happen, a welder can prevent those cracks from occurring in the first place.

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The gravity of one weld instructor

July 10, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Jaime Shaker, head instructor at Calumet Welding Center, is driven and tough. His goal is to push each student to strive for excellence and reject the notion that good enough is good enough.

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Aluminum MIG -

Aluminum MIG

May 25, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

The push for lighter, corrosion-resistant components has brought aluminum to the forefront of the minds of traditional steel fabricators. Those that approach the material the same as steel often run into weld quality issues that can prove costly. But those who are committed to putting together a topnotch, aluminum-friendly system before striking an arc—from equipment and setup to material preparation and welder education—are better equipped to find success afterward.

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A character sketch of the code welder

April 16, 2012 | By Tim Heston

A career in code-level welding involves an odd concoction of hands-on work, excellent hand-eye coordination, on-the-job focus, and a dash of lawyerlike thinking. Some can be loud extroverts who get the most attention, but others can be quiet introverts. Many share a dedication to the welding craft, and the best strive to do the job right the first time.

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Cup walking on stainless steel tube, pipe

April 11, 2012 | By Brent Williams

Cup walking, a tube or pipe gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) technique suitable for some stainless steels, can improve weld quality. The method involves resting the torch’s cup on the workpiece and making a weaving motion across the weld joint. Used properly, it also reduces operator fatigue and can improve weld speeds.

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Vessel fabricator bases hiring on attitude, not experience

April 3, 2012 | By Tim Heston

In a 2010 survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, respondents cited welding as the most sought-after, difficult-to-find technical skill. But at Mitchell's Specialized Fabrication, managers don't look for that experience. They look for someone with a good attitude, eager to learn.

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How metal-cored wires reduce hidden welding costs

April 3, 2012 | By Amanda D'Arcy

Metal-cored wire typically costs more than solid wire, but the benefits often offset the per-unit price. In reality, any consumable comprises a relatively small portion of overall welding costs; in fact, material and labor make up the lion’s share of welding expenditures. But in the right application, an increase in filler metal costs may lead to greater savings elsewhere.

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Learning MIG welding

March 20, 2012 | By Marty Rice

Welding instructor Marty Rice teaches his students to short-circuit MIG weld to create a unique coin holder, a project that provides plenty of opportunity for practice.

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Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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Taking cost out of the welding fixture

February 28, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Owsley “Oz” Cheek--a tool and die engineer who recently launched his own fixture company--shows how he reduces fixture build costs. For instance, who says fixtures need to be made out of machined components?

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Llegando al fondo de la pérdida de productividad del proceso de soldadura

February 16, 2012 | By Phil Evans, CWI

Las operaciones de fabricación no pueden permitirse largos periodos de tiempo improductivo en sus departamentos de soldadura. Afortunadamente, varias causas de tiempo prolongado de arco apagado pueden atenderse con algunos ajustes sencillos.

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GMAW guns, consumables, and more: 7 common questions answered

February 7, 2012 | By Andy Monk

Following a few guidelines when selecting and using GMAW equipment and consumables can help improve productivity and quality in your welding operation.

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