Arc Welding

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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AC/DC inverter-based GTAW power source introduced

March 17, 2015

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Aspect 375 GTAW power source for use in critical welding applications. The constant-current SMAW and GTAW machine provides GTAW output of 2 to 375 amps (single-phase range is 2 to 250 amps). It is rated at 330 amps at 40 percent duty cycle and 300 amps at 60...

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Arc Welding 101: How to inspect a coated weldment

March 16, 2015

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Q: How can I inspect/verify welds on painted product without being destructive? Eric D. A: Coatings come in many varieties on fabricated products. Galvanizing, painting, and even oxidizing a weathering steel will have a negative impact on the weld inspection process. For visual inspection, which...

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Hobart Institute adds career development representative

March 16, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio, has named Calvin Scharrer as career development representative. He previously served as a high school admissions representative at Lincoln College of...

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It’s all in how you shape it

March 11, 2015

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When creating his sculptures, Josh Welton achieves the same form by shaping many different materials to fit his vision. It’s just metal; it’s all in how you shape it.

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IWDC names hardgoods product manager

March 2, 2015

The IWDC, Indianapolis, a cooperative of independent welding distributors, has hired Sean Norton as hardgoods product manager. In this role, he is responsible for driving profitable growth of key programs, vendor partner brands, and the Weldmark® brand. Norton previously spent 15 years at ESAB...

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Welding machine/generator equipped for field welding

March 2, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the new Big Blue® 800 Duo Pro welding machine/generator with FieldPro™ Smart Feeder compatibility for field welding applications. The multiprocess system can run conventional SMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and GMAW, as well as advanced Regulated Metal Deposition...

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Separating craftsmen from hacks—it’s in the details

February 26, 2015

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What quality do you think is most important in creating good work? The answer is in the details.

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nexAir acquires Welders Supply & Equipment Co.

February 25, 2015

Memphis, Tenn.-based nexAir, a distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, has agreed to acquire the assets and operations of Welders Supply & Equipment Co. Inc., a distributor of welding and medical equipment, gases, and safety supplies with locations in Montgomery and Andalusia, Ala....

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ESAB launches The ESAB Blog

February 25, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has introduced The ESAB Blog at www.esabna.com. The biweekly blog shares tips and product and technical information to help educate and inform visitors on such topics as arc welding, welding automation, plasma cutting, mechanized cutting, and filler...

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Features added to reality-based weld training system

February 25, 2015

Miller has added features to its LiveArc™ reality-based weld training system, which uses motion-tracking technology to provide students with immediate feedback to help them advance their welding skills. The system now is available with a welding positioning arm for training in out-of-position...

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Power source supplies up to 600 amps of welding current

February 23, 2015

Fronius has introduced the TPS 600i. The power source can supply up to 600 amps of welding current at a welding voltage of 44 V and a 60 percent duty cycle. The unit is suitable for use in mechanized and robot-assisted welding within the heavy steel construction and mechanical engineering sectors,...

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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015

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Investors worry about how the drop in oil prices will affect the energy boom. The people on the front lines—including the fabricators and pipe welders—don’t seem to be terribly worried. Some even welcome a slight slowdown, because it will give everyone time to catch up.

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Catalog highlights welding, cutting products

February 18, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has released the WE BUILD™-themed 2015 full-line catalog of welding and cutting products. The 112-page catalog provides specifications for and comparisons of GMAW machines, GTAW machines and torches, SMAW machines, and metal-cutting and engine-driven welder...

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Welding machine delivers 520 amps with Tier 4 final engine

February 11, 2015

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Vantage® 520 SD engine-driven welding machine/generator, equipped with a Tier 4 final- (T4F-) compliant engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards. The unit is designed to handle SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, pipe welding, FCAW, and arc gouging. New...

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Next-generation skilled-welder training program set to launch

February 9, 2015

Milwaukee-based Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) to launch a collaborative welder skills development program to train and place the next generation of manufacturing talent in welding careers. This program is a part of the HCCW Welder Training...

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