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Welding development simulation software

Virtually welding

March 11, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Today several companies offer technologies that help beginning welders get that hand motion just right. None claims that the technology will replace the real thing, of course, but they do say that training in the virtual world can give students a significant leg up by the time they weld for the first time. It helps teach students what really happens between the welding arc and workpiece, why certain hand motions produce good beads while other motions don't. And it also may help introduce welding to students who wouldn't have given the trade a second thought.

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Brennan Palmiter with his car

Go! Brennan

February 26, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Who can inspire a young person to pursue a welding career better than a peer who welds? How about a peer who also is a stock car driver? Racer and welder Brennan Palmiter has teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce more young people to manufacturing careers.

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Innovative workholding streamlines

Innovative workholding streamlines welding at Vermeer

February 12, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Lean manufacturing drove equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corp. to organize weld cells for maximum productivity. In each cell, fixtures are placed within the welder's reach, and equipment is placed for optimal ergonomics.

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GMAW 101: Setting the correct parameters

February 12, 2008 | By Jon Ertmer

Are you producing quality weld beads? If not, perhaps your parameters need tweaking. This article presents guidelines that can help you identify which parameters to adjust and how to adjust them. It also offers a good buddy-system tip for achieving correct settings.

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Benchtop Positioner

Putting the spin on benchtop positioners for tube and pipe welding

January 29, 2008 | By Keith Honhart

Welding around any kind of circular piece can be a challenge. To make a fillet weld in the horizontal position, you will have to maneuver around the workbench, maintaining a constant arc if you wish to make a continuous weld. This type of work may be acceptable if you need only a few pieces, but can become tedious on production runs. One solution is to rotate the workpiece past the welding arc with a rotating welding positioner, such as a small- to medium-size benchtop machine.

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Vertical smaw

Vertical SMAW: It's a stick up

January 15, 2008 | By Bill West

Stick welding on vertical surfaces is an important and in-demand skill. Luckily, a few tips can help make a welder a much more valuable resource in the fabricating shop.

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GTAW adjustable output frequency

What's your frequency

January 15, 2008 | By John Luck

More knowledge about adjustable-output frequency has played a significant role in the development of new technologies that have made GTAW applications more reliable and adaptable.

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Why in the heck would you want to weld?

January 15, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Two years ago, welding expert and reader-favorite author Marty Rice took a hiatus from writing for Marty has returned, and in this, his first article for 2008, he discusses why he welds and offers insights that may help others decide if welding is a viable career choice.

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Salvaging damaged shafts

January 15, 2008 | By Elia Levi

Shafts are critical components of many machines, and a damaged shaft can hamper or halt production. Some failed shafts can be repaired and others can't. This article can help you determine which can be repaired and what to consider when attempting repairs.

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Flux cored welding

Start with the basics: Understanding flux-cored wires

January 15, 2008 | By Keith Packard

Arming yourself with basic information about flux-cored wires can help you decide if these consumables are right for your welding application. Available in gas-shielded and self-shielded, flux-cored wires require less skill to use than other filler metals and commonly are used for general fabrication, pressure vessels, petrochemical piping, and heavy-equipment manufacturing

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Metal Pier

Holding up under 'pier' pressure

November 6, 2007

A manufacturer and installer of steel docks in Ontario, Canada, purchased new welding equipment that gave the company increased reliability in adverse weather conditions.

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Up to speed

November 6, 2007

The success of a racecar depends heavily on the quality of its welds. The welding team for Penske Racing's NASCAR® automobiles must stay on top of their game to ensure that their vehicle is not only fast but safe. This article provides a brief look at Penske Racing and describes how its welders push toward the fast track to success and safety.

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Laser welding machine

9-1-1: Weld Emergency!

November 6, 2007 | By Amanda Carlson

Toolweld Inc., a microwelding shop run by a father/son duo, faces the challenges of providing quality welds while working against the clock. The shop utilizes both micro-GTAW and laser equipment to meet the demands of a variety of customers.

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GTAW welder

The whats, whys, and whens of GTAW

November 6, 2007 | By Jack Fulcer

More difficult to learn than some welding processes, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) can be used to weld a greater range of materials than most other processes. This article explains GTAW, examines its advantages and disadvantages, describes appropriate and inappropriate applications, and discusses how important cleanliness is in GTAW

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Orbitally welded stainless steel

Orbital welding of stainless steel pipe for water systems

October 9, 2007

Needing to provide a product line with standard, repeatable, and interchangeable components, American Water Technology, a manufacturer of water treatment systems, integrated stainless steel tubing and orbital welding.

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