Cutting and Weld Prep Articles

A good weld starts with good preparation. This is the place to find information on equipment for beveling, deburring, grinding, and sanding.

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Markal industrial markers

Choose the right industrial marker for your next job

August 8, 2007

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On any welding job, the right tools are essential for precision, efficiency and safety, and selecting the right marking tool is a key decision that is sometimes overlooked.LA-CO®/Markal® provides the welding trade with durable options for high performance industrial markers, ensuring the...

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Manual plasma system

The many faces of plasma cutting

May 8, 2007

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Manual and mechanized plasma cutting systems serve different purposes and require different equipment to perform well. It is up to the user to decide which system is best-suited for the application. This article provides a detailed introduction to both systems, their capabilities, and which applications they are tailored for.

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Band saw

Material separation anxiety

November 7, 2006

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Material separation with a band saw machine is the beginning of most fabrication and many manufacturing operations, but it doesn't have to cause headaches with the proper preventive maintenance.

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How to perform tack welding successfully

April 11, 2006

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Tack welding, a necessary preliminary step in many welding projects, must be performed correctly to achieve optimal results from the final weld and to minimize part defects. Quality is as important in tack welding as it is in the final weld. This article describes proper tack welding conditions.

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Productivity: From pipe dream to reality

March 7, 2006

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As pipe fabricators continue to employ more modern welding processes, they also should consider the role that end preparation plays in productivity. Cutting and clamping methods are two areas to study when it comes to pipe fabrication efficiency.

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Plasma cutting with a robot

March 7, 2006

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Robotic plasma arc cutting can make cutting and weld preparation operations more flexible once you know which equipment, controls, and shielding gas will work best for your application.

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Advanced materials require advanced knowledge

November 8, 2005

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Given the range of advanced high-strength steels to be introduced into automotive bodies over the next decade, automakers must recognize the implication of non-traditional resistance spot weld failure modes.

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Just say no to rework

November 8, 2005

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Most imperfections related to band sawing that cause rework can be avoided by following proper band sawing techniques and strategies including preventive maintenance, choosing the proper band saw blade, and using less fluid.

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Details on Domex 700 MC

November 8, 2005

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Domex 700 MC, an extra-high-strength HSLA steel, can use milling and thermal cutting to prepare a joint for welding and most common fusion welding methods to joint it -- but a few specifics regarding filler metal are important to know before welding this steel.

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Get your schedule in order

September 13, 2005

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The quality of resistance-welded components depends on the weld schedule, which comprises several machine settings. Although many resistance welding machine and electrode suppliers offer standard weld schedules for common metal combination, special weld schedules often are necessary to address increased use of special metals, joint combinations, coatings, and weld-through sealants and adhesives.

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Time and money

July 12, 2005

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To choose the best tubular electrode, you should consider some basic factors relevant to any welding application: base metal, gas, weld size, and joint position requirements.

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Incorporating beveling economically

April 11, 2005

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While beveling is known as a common procedure used to shape the edges of thick plates or pipes for welding, not everybody knows how to make the process cost-efficient in the overall welding operation.

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Frequently asked questions about hardfacing

March 8, 2005

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This robot is hardfacing an agricultural tool.At first glance, hardfacing can be confusing and troublesome; in reality, it isn't. Understanding some of the basics about hardfacing can go a long way toward instilling confidence in your hardfacing product selection.The following 19 answers to...

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Three optional techniques for beveling

February 26, 2004

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Many fabricators use standard plasma cutters and abrasives to create beveled edges. Along with these traditional methods, welders also have the option of using three alternative beveling techniques: punch and nibble, peeling and shearing, and milling and routing. Each has advantages and drawbacks.

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Selecting the right abrasives for your operation

August 14, 2003

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When it comes to weld preparation, choosing the right abrasive wheel for your grinder can make your job easier. Just grabbing your grinder and cleaning up the weld area can result in poorly prepared joints, cross-contaminated welds, and more wear and tear on the tool and the operator.

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