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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Beating the welder shortage, recession blues

March 14, 2002

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Seven OEMs of welding torches and guns talk about fabricator challenges and how they see gun and torch technology changing to help them in the future. Some challenges fabricators face are a skilled welder shortage, an economic recession, and welder safety.

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How to Improve Your Welds: Helpful hints for GMAW

February 19, 2002

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A guide to the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. The benefits of the process include its high deposition rate, efficient use of filler matel, elimination of slag and flux removal, and the reduction of smoke and fumes.

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A dream come true

January 24, 2002

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By the time he was 12, John Rubino was on a quest: He wanted to weld sculptures.

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Selecting a GTAW power source

January 10, 2002

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The author is an end-user of power sources who shares his knowledge of how to pick a GTAW power source for an application. He considers the application, materials to be welded, power requirements, usage, time constraints, and additional capacity.

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It's all about precision, craftsmanship

December 13, 2001

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A case study looking at how Superior Joining Technologies Inc. got into the microwelding business, the welding equipment they use, how the meet customer requirements, and how they use a solid foundation in welding to keep up with today's stringent requirements.

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Gun Control: GTAW torch design innovations enhance productivity, quality

November 15, 2001

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This article discusses improvements to the GTAW torch that should enhance the productivity and quality of welding operations. It specifically discusses the welding gun's affect on ergonomics and cooling capacity.

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Remote GTAW of spent fuel canisters: How this process reduces operator exposure to radiation

October 11, 2001

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This off-the-beaten-path article defines a remote GTAW process that allows weld operators to minimize their exposure to radiation when welding spent fuel canisters used to contain nuclear fuel.

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GMAW vs. FCAW for beginners: Choose the best process for your small operation

August 16, 2001

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There are several pros and cons to using the gas metal arc welding process versus the flux cored arc welding process in compact applications.

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One person's trash is another person's ... seahorse?

August 16, 2001

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Washington artist Dan Klennert and his quest to renew the spirit of old scrap metal in new sculptures is distinctive, to say the least. He welds uses the shielded metal arc welding process and creates dinosaurs, horses, fish, giraffes, and almost anything else he sets his mind on.

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Examining the GTAW environment

July 12, 2001

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The author outlines basic components of a welding booth suitable for GTAW, and offers possible solutions to a decline in availability of the thoriated tungsten used in a GTAW electrode. He also offers ideas for providing a clean air supply for the GTAW operator.

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Whale watching: A doctor's love of whales leads to a complex welding project

June 15, 2001

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Metal artist James Berry constructed a large whale display by making healthy use of Gas Metal Arc Welding. Here's how he did it, and why.

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Making structural repairs in the field

May 30, 2001

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Planning, gas, rigs, tips, location, and cutting all have significant effects on field welding jobs. Taking these into account may save you a lot of time and trouble when doing repair on structural members.

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Ironworkers and contractors adapt to FCAW trends

May 15, 2001

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Welders who want to become proficient in a technology whose time has come should look into getting certified for flux-cored arc welding.

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The fundamentals of gas tungsten arc welding: Preparation, consumables, and equipment necessary for the process

February 19, 2001

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Learning the fundamentals of the GTAW process will increase the welder's ability to produce quality weldments. Knowing the correct consumables, equipment, and preweld preparation necessary will help the welder troubleshoot welding problems.

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Joining aluminum with GTAW: Advice for the novice

February 19, 2001

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Aluminum is a real challenge to weld, especially for beginners. A knowledge of the gas tungsten arc welding equipment that is available to do the job as well as required accessories, preparation tips, and proper techniques is a good thing to have before jumping in.

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