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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Rotary positioner positions welding tabletops at 15-degree increments

November 1, 2016

The BuildPro® rotary positioner from Strong Hand Tools® allows horizontal mounting of BuildPro® or Siegmund® welding tabletops for plane rotation. The gear-driven, free-turning mechanism enables smooth operation, stability, and controlled turning and positioning at 15-degree increments with...

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7 reasons cast-iron platen tables make sense for welding

October 31, 2016 | By Paul Cunningham

Cast-iron platen tables have been around for decades, but many metal fabricators don't know about the usefulness or flexibility of these durable work surfaces.

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Still Building America—Randy follows the money and loves what he finds

October 30, 2016 | By Josh Welton

People choose careers for many reasons. Sometimes it really is about the money. It truly is a thing of beauty when following the money leads to a career you love—the reverse of the oft-given advice: Do what you love and the money will follow. It happens.

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On the crazy train to SEMA

October 27, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Some people are busy, and some are crazy-busy. Crazy-busy coupled with serious challenges isn’t for the fainthearted. Yet, the show must go on, and Josh Welton is on the road with the fruits of 100-hour weeks. Take a look.

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3 ways that welding vision systems boost production efficiency

October 27, 2016 | By Catherine Cline

Consistent torch alignment, in-process quality checks, and postprocess reviews are three examples of how weld camera technology is helping to take these activities to the next level.

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From pilot to fabricator

October 24, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

When opportunity called, Navy veteran and barbecue grill fabricator Fred Moss was ready and willing to answer.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional announces winners of Jackson Safety scholarships

October 21, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., has awarded Jackson Safety scholarships to three experienced welding instructors selected by the American Welding Society for their commitment to welding safety. The award winners are: Adam Lynnes, Lynnes Welding Training Inc., Fargo, N.D. Dayton...

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Autodarkening helmet features blue-optical coating technology for clarity

October 6, 2016

Weldcote Metals offers the UltraviewPlus autodarkening helmet. High-definition true-color filter optics allow the user to see the full spectrum of colors. Blue-optical coating technology provides optical clarity in a 12.93-sq.-in. viewing area.The helmet uses standard 4-1/2- by 5-1/4-in. cover...

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Welding equipment market expected to reach $19.1 billion by 2024

October 5, 2016

In a new report, "Welding Equipment Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016 -2024,” New York-based Persistence Market Research estimates the global welding equipment market will be valued at $10.5 billion by the end of 2016, with a CAGR of 7.9 percent from 2016 to 2024. Sustained...

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An Oktoberfest story for fabricators

October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.

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GAWDA installs officers for 2016-2017

October 4, 2016

The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA), Hollywood, Fla., has installed a new president, named a new executive committee member, and appointed three new vice presidents for service to the organization in the coming year.Mark Raimy, CEO of GAWDA member Welders Supply Co. - Raimy Corp....

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Adjusting to a new workspace

September 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

After months looking for a new workspace following a move to Detroit, Josh Welton revisited a site he looked at a year ago. While this spot is not ideal for his operation, sometimes, out of necessity, you have to make do with what’s available. Adapting is a process.

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Still Building America—“When there is an opportunity, take it”

September 28, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Justin Webster’s fabricating career began as a spark ignited by his father, who advised him to take a welding class in his freshman year of high school. His journey did not take a linear path, but he now has his own shop and is living his dream. Here’s how he got there.

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Arc Welding 101: Understanding acceptable undercut

September 23, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I find myself rejecting a lot of welds. I don't want to fail them and find out that I misinterpreted something. When there are small amounts of undercut throughout the length of the weld, I'm still not clear on what AWS means by "... in 2 inches up to 12 inches" [AWS D1.1, Table 6.1(7)]. So I...

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Abicor Binzel to sell Weld Revolution torch

September 21, 2016

Abicor Binzel has partnered with Weld Revolution LLC to be a national seller of Weld Revolution’s SpinArc torch, a 400-amp, air-cooled machine torch with a rotating welding wire, designed for welding and cladding in pipe, plate, and structural manufacturing applications.The partnership gives...

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