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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SMAW: A welder's guide - Advice and troubleshooting tips for beginners

September 1, 2009

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Small studs, big impact

September 1, 2009

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Stud welding, an often-overlooked process, can have a significant effect on the life-cycle cost of a product.

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Preparing for GMAW, back to basics: All about setup

September 1, 2009

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  Of all the welding processes, gas metal arc welding is the easiest to learn. However, setting up a GMAW system isn't quite so straightforward. The wire feed process is all about setup, really, and improper setup can lead to some major problems. If machine settings are incorrect, the welder...

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Stick welding: Tips for top performance

August 1, 2009

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A beginning stick welder can produce better welds by paying attention to the five basic elements to establish a good, consistent technique: current setting, length of the arc, angle of electrode,manipulation of electrode, and speed of travel.

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Trends in offshore energy

July 28, 2009

The welding industry is known for a persistent shortage of skilled workers, and the energy sector is no exception; meanwhile, offshore welding is getting more rigorous. The easiest-to-find oil sources were discovered long ago; with each passing year, energy companies go into harsher environments (deeper waters) to find petroleum and natural gas. Drilling into deeper waters means dealing with higher pressures and colder temperatures, and many companies have been switching too high-strength pipe, which tends to be more difficult to weld than common pipe.

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Learn your trade, pay your dues

July 28, 2009

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Welding jobs may not be as plentiful as they once were, but welding instructor Marty Rice believes a lot of welding work is "waiting to bust loose once the economy straightens out, and there's always work in welding, if you're willing to pack a suitcase." Rice has some advice for those embarking on a welding journey.

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A streetcar to desire [again]

July 27, 2009

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Welder/fabricator Bernie Bisnette takes the corroded, worn-down,and skeletal remains of trolley cars and restores them to their originalappearance for the Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine.

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The GTAW top 10

July 1, 2009

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Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) often is specified to meet strict aesthetic, structural, or code/standard requirements. The process is complex, and it is undisputedly the most difficult of all the welding processes to learn. The appearance of a GTAW bead can tell you a lot about what you're...

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Field welding repair

June 9, 2009

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Welding to repair damaged components in broken equipment involves three stages, each of which must be performed meticulously to ensure that the machinery runs properly and the repair lasts a reasonable length of time. What are these stages, and what equipment do you need to complete them?

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Stick welding fundamentals

May 26, 2009

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With instruction, some mild steel, the right welding rods, and a cracker box, the hobbyist can begin stick welding, also known as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Novice welders can learn more about the process by reading this article and by visiting the links shown at the end.

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Welding Update for Infrastruture:Building the bridge to anywhere

May 15, 2009

Stinger Welding Inc. has only been around for 12 years but quickly has established itself as a premier fabricator of bridges and bridge components in the southwestern U.S. Two years ago a projectinvolving an Oakland, Calif., bridge sent the company into thespotlight for its efforts in fabricating 12 girders in just eight days.

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Automating to grow

May 1, 2009

Over the past several years G&W has ramped up its robotic welding operations to the point where the company offers 2,500 available welding hours every week.

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Welding with vision

April 14, 2009

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Vision technology adds flexibility and intelligence to the robotic welding cell.

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Building the bridge to anywhere

April 1, 2009

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Stinger Welding Inc. has only been around for 12 years but quickly has established itself as a premier fabricator of bridges and bridge components in the southwestern U.S. Two years ago a project involving an Oakland, Calif., bridge sent the company into the spotlight for its efforts in fabricating 12 girders in just eight days.

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Piping in productivity on heavy-gauge stainless steel

April 1, 2009

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Stainless Piping Systems Inc., Toronto, is no stranger to demanding applications. The company specializes in engineering, fabricating, and installing complete piping systems for industries such as industrial process, pharmaceutical, water treatment, food and beverage, automotive, semiconductor,...

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