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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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part III

May 5, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

The oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process continues to be useful in equipment repair, both in industry and the home. This article focuses on specific uses and provides some how-to instructions.

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Welding for oil: This bust shall pass

March 30, 2016 | By Gerry Timms

Odessa, Texas, has changed. In 2014 traffic was a nightmare; now, not so much. At the heart of the Permian Basin, Odessa is feeling the brunt of the oil and gas bust.

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Arc Welding 101: What does a “repair WPS” mean?

March 28, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

When a code requires a repair weld procedure specification (WPS), what exactly does that mean? PWC explains.

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Recruiting, retaining welders with dollars and sense

March 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

While the Great Recession was a calamity for many businesses, some also had a bit of trouble recovering from the downturn. Trailer builder Featherlite had trouble retaining workers, but realized that it could compete against higher wages offered elsewhere by improving the way it went about recruiting, hiring, and training newly hired workers.

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Ready, set, interview

March 17, 2016 | By Dan Turner

Yuba College welding instructor and Practical Welding Today Editorial Advisory Committee member Dan Turner has been on both sides of the interview process. In this first installment of Viewpoint, Turner shares advice for job-searching welders on the art of the job interview.

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6 tips for better GTAW results

March 16, 2016 | By Mark Kadlec

Keep these tips in mind for GTAW applications to help you save time and money in rework and to help ensure a quality finished weld. Taking some extra steps in preparation and setup can help you complete the job on schedule and avoid the cost and hassle of troubleshooting or rework later in the welding process.

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Hot tubbin' and grillin'

March 2, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Omaha, Neb., man with the need to create found two unique uses for a couple of old '57 Chevy cars. The first, a working grill. The second, a hot tub and tabletop bar.

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Welder training—The fundamentals, Part II

February 23, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Oxyacetylene welding and brazing are among the first processes beginning welding students learn. This article focuses on the uses and techniques that may be unfamiliar to much of the welding community.

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Thinking about submerged arc welding?

February 18, 2016 | By Paul Rieder, Paul Rieder

Knowing your applications will help you determine what auxiliary equipment you need to manipulate a submerged arc welding head and get the productivity you want.

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Arc Welding 101: Writing a WPS for an unlisted material

January 29, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: Can you point me in the right direction for procedure qualification record (PQR)/welding procedure specification (WPS) testing of pipe/tube to plate for fillets and partial-joint-penetration (PJP) grooves? The joint is a bevel groove covered by a fillet. The pipe/tube is unlisted AWS D1.1...

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Add-on equipment makes a difference in SMAW

January 27, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

An optional digital meter for SMAW power sources allows welders to lay beads within set parameters.

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Taking high heat and spatter out of nonpulsed GMAW

January 26, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Waste reduction in manufacturing helped to make Japanese manufacturing a mighty power, and that push for process improvement continues today. It was a big motivator for OTC DAIHEN to develop its Controlled Bridge Transfer-Expanded technology for robotic GMAW applications.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part I

January 7, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Although welder training has advanced over the years, the fundamentals remain essentially the same. What should beginning welders be taught first?

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Degree or pedigree? That is the question.

January 6, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Stephen Christena left Flint, Michigan, but Flint didn’t leave Christena. He has the eye of an artist, backed up by a degree, but the sturdy, industrial look he favors is testimony to his roots.

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Full remote control at the weld joint can improve productivity, safety

December 21, 2015 | By John Leisner

Advancements in remote control technology make it more beneficial to employ the technology in welding operations, particularly those that involve extended distances between the power source and the welder.

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