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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One size does not fit all

November 24, 2009 | By Nick Peterson

Fewer skilled welders combined with an ever-increasing range of welding applications have created a demand for more precise, application-specific welding systems. Equipment suppliers now are tailoring systems for different applications, and fabricators are embracing the new technology.

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GMAW Push Button

One size does not fit all

November 24, 2009 | By Nick Peterson

Fewer skilled welders combined with an ever-increasing range of welding applications have created a demand for more precise, application-specific welding systems. Equipment suppliers now are tailoring systems for different applications, and fabricators are embracing the new technology.

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Submerged Arc Welding

Submerged arc welding optimization

November 10, 2009 | By Elia Levi, Naddir M. Patel

Suitable for welding various materials and plate thicknesses, submerged arc welding is considered an economical, efficient process. Yet, in the search for fine tuning this process, obvious solutions have been ignored in favor of exotic and expensive welding heads and power sources. Applying sound expertise and creative insight can lead to less costly solutions.

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Newbie mistakes made, experience gained

September 29, 2009 | By Marty Rice

All welders are newbies at some time in their careers. Following Marty Rice's advice for newbies can help you with more than your welding career. Learn from the man who's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it.

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Journeyman pipe welder

Cutting cable clutter

September 29, 2009 | By Neal Borchert

Working on a project at the world's largest nuclear waste treatment plant, Bechtel National found that it could simplify the operation, enhance weld quality, and promote safety by using inverter technology.

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Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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SMAW: A welder's guide

September 15, 2009 | By Harry Sadler

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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Enhancing the GTAW process

September 15, 2009 | By Ed Craig

Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW or TIG), a popular process for high-quality manual welding, has its limitations and requires highly skilled operators. A process used in Europe addresses those limitations, enhances productivity and weld quality, and reduces the skill level required to GTAW.

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Robotic GTAW or GMAW: No longer a clear-cut choice

September 6, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Gas tungsten arc welding is easier than ever to automate. At the same time, robotic GMAW technology now can produce welds that are close to GTAW quality

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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 | By Chris Hsu, Terry Sterling, Doug Phillips

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 | By Todd Bridigum

  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 | By Brad Hemmert

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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Learn your trade, pay your dues

July 28, 2009 | By Marty Rice

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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Offshore Energy

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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