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Sawing potential -

Sawing potential

October 20, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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GTAW welding

From GTAW torches to accessories:

September 27, 2011 | By Joshua Sprinkle

Learning the facts about five common misconceptions about gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) equipment can help you optimize this highly versatile process.

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Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers

September 9, 2011 | By Sev Johansson, Patric Wahlen

Advancements in consumables for the submerged arc welding process have made it possible to increase the strength of welds in wind turbine components while also increasing production efficiency.

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A welding inspector’s tools of the trade

September 9, 2011 | By David Lucas

Weld inspectors, especially those who are new to the trade, put a lot of emphasis on the equipment needed to do the job: flashlight, mirror, high-low gauge, pit gauge, bridge camera, and a borescope. However, this isn’t the entire toolkit. A weld inspector also must be cognizant of the applicable codes, knowledgeable about the project owners’ specifications, and should carry a personal log book for making notes about conversations and inspections.

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Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about -

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011 | By David Veverka

Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011 | By David Bell

Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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Titanium glasses

Adventures in titanium—3 questions about repairing titanium eyeglasses by welding

June 2, 2011 | By David Hass

Nguyen needs his titanium eyeglasses repaired and wants some expert advice about how this can best be achieved. The answers to his questions about the process provide valuable insight into some aspects of welding titanium.

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Beam welders

Subarc for structurals

May 10, 2011 | By Sean Moran, SCWI

SAW offers a cost-effective and efficient means for automated welding of plates, beams, flanges, and profiles found in structrual steel environments. Technology advancements in flux combinations and SAW equipment have helped boost arc-on times, which have elevated productivity levels within the process.

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Arc welder welding

A journey of 1,000 welds

May 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Seven years ago Doug Wilkinson of Reinke Mfg., Deshler, Neb., set out to start up a welding education program for high school and adult students that would give them the opportunity to earn AWS D1.1 or D1.2 qualification. It's been an uphill battle but Wilkinson is still at it--and the welding program continues to grow.

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Mioshi Neal welding instructor

Little by little

May 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Determined to make a life for herself and provide for her family, Mioshi Neal juggled full-time work,night classes, and single-parent duties to ultimately land her dream job—welding instructor.

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Adventures in titanium—Why is my stovepipe hat assembly warping, turning blue, and cracking?

March 21, 2011 | By David Hass

Fabricating a titanium stovepipe hat assembly had one shop perplexed. What was causing the material to turn blue, warp, and crack? Why was it so difficult to make this part fit into the next assembly?

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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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Arc welder

Answers to 6 FAQs about FCAW-SS

March 7, 2011 | By Andy Monk

A reliable process for heavy-duty applications, self-shielded flux-cored welding (FCAW-SS) has its challenges. Here are some FAQs about these challenges and suggestions for overcoming them.

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Arc welding

What would-be MIG welders want to know: Where can I learn, and what equipment do I need?

February 22, 2011 | By Marty Rice

Welding instructor and reader-favorite author Marty Rice answers the two questions he’s most often asked by those interested in learning to MIG weld.

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