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.
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.
June 1, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A fed-up masonry contractor from Scottsdale, Ariz., closed his business, taught himself how to weld, began sculpting in metal and bronze, and now happily makes a living as a metal artist.
May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.
May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.
May 13, 2016 | By Paul Cameron
Q: I'm auditing a fab shop and have a question regarding the AWS D1.1 code. The shop is referring to the corner joints in the plates encompassing the columns as fillet welds, yet there is no faying surface. D1.1 says a fillet can have up to 3/16-in. misalignment (with certain stipulations), which...
May 9, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
Working for a steady paycheck isn’t for everyone. Welding artist Kirk Yazel did that for nearly 20 years, but eventually his entrepreneurial spirit took over. He had been making steel garden decorations for some time, and he managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job.
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.
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.
March 28, 2016 | By Paul Cameron
When a code requires a repair weld procedure specification (WPS), what exactly does that mean? PWC explains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.