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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

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

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 -

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 -

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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Adventures in titanium—WPS

October 26, 2011 | By David Hass

Your customer wants two pieces of metal welded together. Why should you bother with a welding procedure specification? Because conformity leads to quality and enhances safety.

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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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A welding inspector’s tools of the trade -

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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Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers -

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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Adventures in metal sculpture -

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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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes -

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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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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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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