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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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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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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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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More arc-on, less arc-off

January 27, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A North Georgia fabricator analyzes welder productivity and revamps its operations so that welders spend more time actually welding, and less time moving material and fixtures, as well as typing in data.

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FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required -

FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required

December 3, 2010 | By Tom Myers, Frank Dragolich Jr.

In a nation striving to upgrade its infrastructure, FCAW-S has become the process of choice for many. It combines the efficiency of wire welding with the portability and flexibility of SMAW.

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22 possible causes of weld metal porosity -

22 possible causes of weld metal porosity

November 1, 2010 | By Phil Evans

Porosity is a weld defect that is fairly common, but also fairly easy to fix. What issues contribute to weld porosity? This checklist gives a welder a good idea of what might be causing the problem.

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Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding -

Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding

October 21, 2010 | By Tim Heston

After an automative supplier examines its automated and manual welding operations, it discovers greater efficiencies after analyzing and optimizing shielding gas flow.

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Better cladding, better inspection -

Better cladding, better inspection

October 14, 2010 | By Chris Kahlich

Hot-wire GTAW and inspection advances are meeting the oil and gas industry's ever-increasing need for cladding.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? -

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010 | By David Bellamy

From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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Specialty fabricator goes wireless with GTAW foot pedals

October 4, 2010 | By Brent Williams

Tangled up in cable clutter in your welding shop? An Orlando, Fla.-based fabrication shop reduced clutter and improved safety by using wireless GTAW foot pedals.

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The small world of welding large fixtures -

The small world of welding large fixtures

September 13, 2010 | By Jeff Grivas

Every welder is likely familiar with fabricating a fixture for a job, but only a select few work on fixtures for very large weldments. Those unfamiliar with large fixture-making may be surprised to learn about

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Welding the fast and narrow

September 13, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Advancements in SAW concentrate on faster deposition rates and narrow-groove welding. And today's controls, power supplies, and consumables are meeting industry's demand for process efficiency.

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Automatic orbital welding simplified - TheFabricator

Automatic orbital welding simplified

August 4, 2010 | By John Glessman

Automatic orbital gas tungsten arc welding is used in a variety of industries in which maximum leak integrity, high performance, or ultra-cleanliness is important. Automatic orbital welding provides enhanced precision and reliability compared to manual techniques. Small, portable inverter power supplies, advanced control systems, and other advancements have made orbital welding systems practical for a range of applications.

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Accelerating business with EB welding - TheFabricator

Accelerating business with EB welding

July 16, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Thanks to a specific vision and a high-end equipment purchase, C.F. Roark Welding & Engineering Co. Inc. is anything but ordinary. Founded in 1949, the company specializes in electron beam (EB) welding of complex, specialty parts and components for the aerospace, defense, and research industries. In a short amount of time it has carved a niche as the premier EB welding firm of the Midwest.

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Autogenous orbital GTAW of large, high-purity tubes - TheFabricator

Autogenous orbital GTAW of large, high-purity tubes

July 15, 2010 | By Barbara K. Henon, Y.K. Tan

Autogenous orbital welding on large projects has become nearly routine with large numbers of successful welds completed with very low reject rates. Thus it is very easy to become complacent. However, installers need to be alert to potential problems and take immediate action when a problem occurs.

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