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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Vessel fabricator bases hiring on attitude, not experience - TheFabricator.com

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 - TheFabricator.com

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 - TheFabricator.com

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 - TheFabricator.com

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 - TheFabricator.com

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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New year, new welding helmets - TheFabricator.com

New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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SMAW is in session - TheFabricator.com

SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Juggling the variables of GTAW - TheFabricator.com

Juggling the variables of GTAW

December 9, 2011 | By Todd Bridigum

Gas tungsten arc welding isn’t the easiest process to learn. With so many things going on at once, GTAW is a little like juggling while riding a unicycle. With practice, the welder’s eye, arm, hand, and foot coordination will improve.

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What employers expect from welders

November 8, 2011 | By Marty Rice

In his inimitable style, Marty Rice shares his thoughts on the welding job market and what today’s employers want from their welders. He also gives examples of some deficiencies employers are seeing.

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Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity - TheFabricator.com

Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity

November 8, 2011 | By Phil Evans, CWI

When a welder is not welding, he's not making the company money. Fabricating operations can't afford their welding departments. Luckily, several reasons for extended arc-off time can be addressed with some simple adjustments.

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New process, new welding dynamics - TheFabricator.com

New process, new welding dynamics

November 8, 2011 | By Ed Craig

A process called TIP TIG uses a constant-feed hot-wire that imparts additional energy to the weld. The wire also is superimposed by a secondary high-speed oscillation. The hot-wire’s current combines with the weld-pool agitation to disrupt the surface tension and change the weld dynamics.

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Where the rubber meets the road - TheFabricator.com

Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson, Tom Wermert

Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables

November 7, 2011

When designing and operating a robotic welding cell, don't overlook the consumables. Choosing the wrong consumables can over time lead to serious costs.

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