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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Arc Welding 101: All’s not fair in welding between U.S. and Canada

July 22, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I know what you're thinking—another early Saturday morning question.... I've been looking at the requirements for obtaining a Canadian Welding Bureau CWB) inspector certification. Am I seeing this correctly? A CWB inspector can apply for an AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) by reciprocity...

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There’s something about Marty

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Marty Rice’s time as Arc Welding 101 columnist was relatively short, but his breadth of work online and in print has educated, inspired, and entertained readers for more than 10 years.

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Inside Frank’s Aluminum Workshop

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Practical Welding Today’s Aluminum Workshop columnist Frank Armao is the magazine’s longest-tenured contributor. Read how he landed the gig and what he’s learned during his 14-year journey.

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Welding trends, technology advancements, and tales

July 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A collection of PWT Editorial Advisory Committee members discuss what they believe to be the most important advances in welding technology, trends, and education.

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Long live the “Welding Queen”

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Her energy was genuine and her love of welding and welders was as real as the smile on her face. Ten years after leaving Practical Welding Today®, former editor Stephanie Vaughan shares her fondest memories of an industry she still loves.

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Shelving bad habits with your GMAW gun

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welder tired of accidental triggering or incidental damage to his gun developed a holster that can be mounted to a worktable, welding cart or in any way necessary.

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Lincoln Electric names VP finance, Americas Welding

July 8, 2016

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Co., a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys, has promoted Daniel E. McMillin Jr. to vice president finance of the Americas Welding segment. He succeeds John...

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Lincoln Electric names president, business development for Americas welding

July 7, 2016

The Lincoln Electric Co., a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys in Cleveland, has promoted John T. Bronstrup to the newly created position of president, business development for the Americas...

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Welding is not black magic, it’s science

June 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Nonwelders who aren’t interested in learning more about the science don’t have an appreciation for what it takes to repair different items. One repair may take a few minutes, and another considerably longer. It depends on many things.

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Pipe welding system allows use of multiple torches

June 29, 2016

Otto Arc Systems offers a pipe welding system that offers optional GTAW/GMAW or GTAW/SAW with a flip of a switch, allowing the use of multiple torches. The system is equipped with a patented open headstock, allowing for optional weld flanges and elbows on each side, while adjustable rollers...

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So, you want to become an AWS CWI

June 28, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Becoming an AWS certified welding inspector is a challenging task that takes serious preparation and study. Shortcuts don’t cut it.

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Catalog highlights GMAW/GTAW equipment, accessories

June 27, 2016

D/F has released a new product catalog featuring its GMAW and GTAW equipment. The literature also highlights accessories and...

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Still Building America—The proof is in the weld

June 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton

The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.

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Lincoln Electric names executive VP/CIO

June 22, 2016

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys, has promoted Michele R. Kuhrt to executive vice president and CIO, effective July 1, 2016. She joined the company in 1997...

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