Arc Welding Products

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 machine automatically selects wire feed speed, voltage

April 14, 2009

By integrating the exclusive Auto-Set™ feature into a GMAW machine, Miller Electric has created the Millermatic® 212 Auto-Set™. Auto-Set automatically selects wire feed speed and voltage after the operator inputs wire diameter and material thickness.The machine is equipped with...

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Lightweight, compact GMAW gun introduced

April 14, 2009

Tweco® has introduced the Spray Master™ GMAW gun. It is lighter and smaller than the company's No. 4 GMAW gun, with an ergonomically designed platform.The gun includes a rotatable conductor tube with an articulating head that helps lock the gun angle for certain positions, making it easier to...

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Welding distortion prediction software useful for preliminary design and planning

April 14, 2009

ESI Group has released Weld Planner software, which enables the evaluation and control of welding distortion engineering at the early stage of preliminary design and planning.The application provides access to welding-induced distortion simulation for people unfamiliar with finite elements...

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Welding power source supports ferrous, nonferrous alloys

April 14, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MTS 3500i multiprocess, fourth-generation inverter power source for GMAW, GTAW, or SMAW.The unit supports a selection of ferrous and nonferrous alloys in GMAW mode, using fixed slope and inductance controls. Digital preset of voltage and amperage...

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GMAW gun offers ergonomic front end handle

April 14, 2009

American Torch Tip manufactures a Binzel® MB-style GMAW gun, including all the replacement parts from front end to rear end. The parts include power pins for Tweco®, Miller®, and Lincoln®.The gun offers an ergonomic front end handle with a Lightning® rear end assembly and...

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Welding generator produces 6,500 W peak power

March 10, 2009

The new Wildcat® 200 welding generator from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is a compact unit that produces 6,500 W of peak generator power and 200-amp DC SMAW and GTAW output. It features a fully enclosed case that protects the engine and internal welding components from damage by falling objects,...

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Autodarkening welding helmet suitable for maintenance and construction workers, hobbyists

March 10, 2009

3M has introduced the 3M™ Speedglas™ 100 welding helmet and welding filter series. It is available in several graphic patterns or standard black.The helmet is suitable for maintenance or construction workers and hobbyists who weld occasionally but still need a quality autodarkening...

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Metal-cored wires suitable for robotic, hard automation applications

March 10, 2009

Lincoln Electric has added two new consumables to its line of metal-cored wires. The wires are suitable for single- and multiple-pass welds and are designed to achieve optimal performance in robotic and hard automation applications, the company states. They are made to deliver Charpy V-notch...

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Metal-cored welding wire designed for HSLA steel welding applications

March 10, 2009

Hobart Brothers offers two gas-shielded, metal-cored welding wires designed for HSLA steel welding applications. Tri-Mark® Metalloy® Vantage™ D2 and Tri-Mark Metalloy 80D2 wires provide high deposition rates and fast travel speeds along with the necessary mechanical properties to...

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Automated orbital welding system introduced

March 10, 2009

Gullco Intl. has introduced its Pipe KAT® welding system, which automates a variety of orbital welding applications. The system uses a variable-speed welding travel carriage with a maximum speed of 40 IPM, complete with integrated wire feeder, linear oscillation with motorized adjustable weave...

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GMAW package features new heavy-plate parameters for 5/8 in. and thicker

March 10, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced an industrial ready-to-weld GMAW package, the Migmaster® 275. Rated 275 amps at 40 percent duty cycle and 200 amps at continuous 100 percent duty cycle, the machine features DC welding output from 30 to 300 amps with new heavy-plate parameters for...

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Book offers tips, tricks for machinists, welders, fabricators

February 20, 2009

Metalworking Sink or Swim, by Tom Lipton, is a collection of tips, tricks, skills, and experiences for machinists, welders, and fabricators. It features shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of skills and observations from the author's almost 40 years in the metalworking trades, including a...

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Wireless GTAW pedal has 100-ft. range, multichannel adjustability

February 10, 2009

The Freedom Pedal® serves as a wireless replacement for a GTAW machine's corded pedal. It offers a 100-ft. range, an elevation positioning system, steer tabs, ergonomic shaping, and multichannel adjustability.The pedal can be set up in seconds, according to the manufacturer. Each system...

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Subarc tractor designed for welding large joints on heavy plate

February 10, 2009

Lincoln Electric's new Cruiser™ self-propelled tractor for SAW is designed for welding large joints on heavy plate, such as on barges, ships, large tanks, bridges, and offshore platforms. The tractor has a rated output of 1,000 amps at a 100 percent duty cycle and weld deposition rates up to...

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Wire feed assist enhanced

January 13, 2009

ELCo Enterprises Inc. has made several changes to its Wire Pilot® wire feed assist. The unit is designed to help a wire feeder move large-diameter wire or long runs through the conduit in welding applications.The unit now features hard-chromed, U-groove drive rolls with rounded shoulders along...

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