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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GMAW Gun Feedability

Straightening out GMAW gun feedability

January 13, 2009 | By Kyle Stuart

Don't let GMAW wire feed tie you into knots. Familiarize yourself with how to identify wire feedability issues and how to fix them to ensure that you get optimal weld strength and appearance.

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Welding for all seasons

December 16, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Tom Young has lived an unconventional life full of opportunities that happened because he could do what others could not: He could weld.

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Pulse welding

Pulse welding eases exotic-metal fabrication

December 14, 2008

Pulsed gas metal arc welding helps AmeriFab Inc., a maker of steelmaking furnaces and related equipment, streamline its welding operations.

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Image Measuring Tape

Measuring up as a welder

November 25, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Among the skills employers look for in their welders is the ability to read a tape measure correctly. Surprisingly, not everyone can do so. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares an anecdote from his welding career that illustrates how critical it is for welders to master this skill.

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Manufacturing Dump Bodies

Truckin' along

November 25, 2008

A fabricator of dump truck bodies reduced spatter, improved deposition, and increased productivity when it incorporated in new inverter power sources and weld monitoring software.

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GTAW Welder

Tips for TIG torches

November 11, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Proper installation of GTAW torches—whether air- or water-cooled—is just one bullet on a long list of reasons that GTAW is so complex. The best way to simplify torch installation is to become familiar with the components and how to assemble them properly.

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GTAW common joint designs

November 11, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Understanding common gas tungsten arc weld (GTAW) joints, knowing when to use them, and mastering the proper method for each can help you achieve better welds. This article focuses on butt, corner, and T joints and discusses considerations such as material type and thickness.

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TIG Titanium Tubing

TIG for titanium tubing

October 28, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Although titanium has a reputation for being difficult to weld, it doesn't have to be problematic. Paying close attention to filler metal selection, cleanness, and use of the shielding gas are three steps to successful GTAW on titanium tube and pipe.

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The root causes of weld defects

October 28, 2008 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Bad welds can be traced back to poor workmanship, poor design, or a little of both.

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Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

October 14, 2008 | By John Luck

Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone's creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding.

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Sherry Moser Icicle Necklace

Mining her talent

October 14, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Imagine growing up thinking you really have no artistic ability and then taking a class that rekindles childhood interests and blows that belief sky high. Such was the case for jewelry-maker Sherry Moser, whose unique and beautiful creations pay homage to her upbringing and her deep love of her surroundings.

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Welding hazards and how to prevent them

September 30, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Four of 1,000 welders lose their lives each year, and many more are seriously injured because they fail to follow safe welding practices. Welding hobbyists who follow the examples set on television are particularly susceptible to injury. In this article, Marty Rice reflects on moments in his welding career that illustrate the importance of welding safety.

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Understanding ultrasonic welding

September 30, 2008 | By Karl Graff, Matt Bloss

Ultrasonic metal welding, around since the 1950s, has proven itself useful in a variety of industries where joining applications involve thermally conductive materials. While the process does have its disadvantages—joint configurations, thickness limitations, and difficulty welding high-strength materials, to name a few—ultrasonic metal welding has a bright future with the rising popularity of lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries. This overview of the process will outline the principles of ultrasonic metal welding, describe the key weld process parameters, and note a number of process applications.

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GTAW Welding

GTAW the thin line

August 26, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Gas tungsten arc welding thin metals can bring up an array of problems. Fortunately, best practices can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place.

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ASME Section IX, production welding positions

Welder training essentials: Positioning it right

August 26, 2008 | By Walter Sperko, P.E.

Communicating the right welding position is vital for any welding application. Otherwise, a welder might find himself welding in positions for which he is not qualified--and that's not a good thing.

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