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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Drip by Drip

March 20, 2014

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Ever wonder about the backstories behind the people with the funny screen names on welding message boards? This is the story of a tool and die welder who discovered a talent for drawing with a TIG torch.

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Portable welding unit powered by built-in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

March 19, 2014

According to Fronius, its AccuPocket 150/400 is the world's first MMA welding system with a high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With an overall weight of 24.25 lbs., the system is portable for manual electrode welding and GTAW. A fully charged battery delivers power to weld up to...

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Using virtual reality welding to evaluate and train welders

March 18, 2014

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Virtual reality welding technology is increasingly being used as a tool to streamline the hiring and evaluation process for welders. Manufacturers that have incorporated the technology are finding several benefits.

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High demand for welders sparks certification competition

March 17, 2014

More than 4,000 new welding certifications were administered in 2013, thanks to a competition sponsored by the labor-management unit of the International Association of Iron Workers, Washington, D.C. The 12-month, inaugural Welding Certification Contest drew thousands of participants from among...

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Gas apparatus products suitable for light fabrication

March 17, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the SabreCut™ series of gas apparatus products. These straight cutting and combination torches, regulators, regulator-flowmeters, cutting tips, and complete outfits address a variety of welding and cutting needs for light,...

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Optimize your welding processes with the right gas and expertise

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Air Products

Length: 60:00

Air Products brings welding expertise and optimal performance to your shop floor. You'll see a live demonstration of our MAXX™ shielding gas blends and how they compare to a traditional industry standard gas blend.

Lincoln Electric partners with WCTC to open welding training center

March 13, 2014

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric has joined forces with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) to open a welding demonstration and training facility, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Officially known as the Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center at Waukesha County...

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The 'right way'

March 13, 2014

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I’m a big proponent of doing things the “right way.” I know that seems like an obvious statement, but I think too many people equate the right way of doing a thing with the only way of doing a thing (which is usually their way of doing a thing). I’ve worked with plenty of “my way or... Continue Reading

Fronius names area sales manager

March 11, 2014

Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., a subsidiary of Fronius Intl. GmbH and manufacturer of welding equipment, has promoted Mark Carter to area sales manager for Minnesota and North Dakota. He joined the company in April 2012 as an application engineer. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a...

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Auto-darkening welding helmet features four sensors, grind/weld modes

March 11, 2014

The new Tweco® four-sensor, auto-darkening welding helmet from Victor Technologies™ can be used in both weld mode and grind mode. It darkens during GTAW, even at 5 amps. Available in three styles — Patriot Eagle, Skull & Fire, and Yellow Dragon — the solar-powered helmet has a...

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Rexarc marks 90th anniversary

March 3, 2014

This year Rexarc celebrates its 90th year in business. Incorporated as The Sight Feed Generator Co. in 1924, the company was the first to introduce a portable carbide-water acetylene gas generator that featured a glass hopper to monitor carbide usage. Today the fourth-generation family-owned...

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Airgas recognized as John Deere Partner-level Supplier for 2013

February 26, 2014

Airgas Inc., a Radnor, Pa., supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, as well as welding equipment, has been recognized as a Partner-level Supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The status is Deere & Co.'s highest supplier rating. Suppliers that participate...

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Bellingham Technical College's welding program earns new accreditation

February 25, 2014

Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Wash., has announced that its welding program has been newly accredited as a certified test facility by the American Welding Society. It is the second school in the state and the only college in northwest Washington to offer this type of accreditation....

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Cladding machine enables welding with stainless steel, INCONEL alloy

February 25, 2014

Climax offers the AC5000 AutoClad on-site cladding machine. According to the company, the machine helps manufacturers of processing equipment such as pressure vessels, valves, and flow-control devices get the right weld in the right place, even during difficult welding jobs. The machine enables...

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Welding tables spatter-resistant

February 24, 2014

Forster America offers 3-D welding tables and accessories in the U.S. The tables come in gray cast or AlCu for stainless steels. Both versions are spatter-resistant. The tabletop comprises beams that can be rearranged, moved, and adjusted at any time during the welding process to accommodate the...

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