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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The Gates: remembering 9-11

September 10, 2003

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Two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, most people's lives have returned to some degree of normalcy, but what happened on that day will never be forgotten. For one metal sculptor, remembering has become a crusade to create from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center a lasting memorial of the tragic event and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Unique fireplace items can fire up your income

August 28, 2003

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Fireplace screens don't have to be boring. Fireplace tools don't have to be ordinary. Re-thinking the function of fireplace screens and tools can add a new dimension to these items and attract customers like moths to a flame.

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Efficient use of compressed gases can increase productivity

August 28, 2003

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The metal fabrication industry has used compressed gases for more than one hundred years. Oxy-fuel cutting and welding have existed since the beginning of the 20th century. The more automatic welding processes, such as gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), began as early as 1920.

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Washington women weld at the 'Y'

August 28, 2003

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It's a drizzly, blustery Pacific Northwest morning in November with the gray light of dawn coming up behind the Cascade Mountain Range.Crew Leader Cheryl Boxx, clad in Carhartts®, squares her hard hat in place and begins checking scaffolds, rigging, welding equipment, and her teammates'...

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Mastering the art of welding—it's all about proper technique

August 14, 2003

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One of the stupidest things I ever did as a parent was to buy my son a book about kyusho-waza (pressure point attack) written by master martial artist, George A. Dillman. I then became the recipient of painful ambushes in the hall, kitchen, and even driving down the road in my truck. I...

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Using inverter technology

July 24, 2003

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Businesses feel a constant pressure to gain an advantage and control their processes better. However, the decision to embrace new technology often leaves them feeling vulnerable. In the realm of hand-held metal cutting operations, one such decision is choosing between traditional technology and an inverter-based plasma cutting system.

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Found art

June 12, 2003

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Watching the sparks fly as his dad welded a temperamental posthole digger mesmerized Derek Arnold. "I found the immediacy of something so permanent absolutely fascinating," he said. "I knew I wanted to weld."A hands-on welding education on the family farm drove Arnold to take his skills and creativity to the next level. In 1993 he graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. "I've been welding regularly since my freshman sculpture class," he said.

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Art From the Forge

May 29, 2003

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Those of you who are busy fulfilling commissions for gates, fences, staircases, and the myriad items that keep food on the table might want to look at artwork created by people whose backgrounds are based in the arts. Metalworkers often are so tuned to traditional designs that they are unaware of a swelling modern movement that could generate new ideas, new visions, and new clients.

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SMAW Basics—How much do you know?

May 15, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article covers basic SMAW questions and answers. Preceding the SMAW section is the author's opinion about the importance of retaining federal funding for vocational programs. If you would like to express an opinion about this topic, please feel free to do so. What...

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Riding on the cusp of something great

May 15, 2003

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Kevin Robb's sculptures seem to defy gravity, arrest time, encroach space. Each sculpture is a moment freeze-framed; each element seems to be impossibly suspended.

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Reviving the past

May 15, 2003

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When he looked at the outside of his building, Bellingham, Wash., YMCA Director Dave Harding realized he faced a challenge.The original Bellingham, Wash., YMCA building.The YMCA's main downtown facility was located in an early-1900s, four-story building. In recent years the interior had been...

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Using narrow-gap GTAW for power-generation equipment

April 10, 2003

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Narrow-gap gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) frequently is used to weld regular and multilayer high-chromium steel for power generation boilers, stainless steel for nuclear power generation equipment, INCONEL® alloy and other high-alloy steels, and thick-wall stationary pipes.

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There are welders, and there are dobbers

March 13, 2003

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I once worked for an ironworker general foreman named Wheeler. He was a great guy to work for because he was good with the men, and he knew his stuff. When he told you something was to be done, you knew there was a good reason for it, and that he had thought it out carefully. That's what it's all about in the field, knowing your stuff.

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Optimizing repair welding in oil refineries

February 27, 2003

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A refinery is a complex array of pressure vessels, piping, structural carbon steel, and other components that depends on welding for its structural integrity. A minor problem can have enormous cost and safety implications.

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Christmas All Year

December 12, 2002

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Near Conway, Mo., alongside Interstate 44, lighted reminders of Christmas greet travelers year-round. Conway is home to the Den of Metal Arts, where owner Richard Kerb; his wife, Judy; their son, Ron; and three employees hand-fabricate and sell metal silhouettes depicting holiday signs, scenes, and characters; military, western, and sports themes; animals; and custom figures.

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