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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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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Plasma arc welding

Advantages of plasma welding: Often-overlooked PAW offers speed and affordability

February 19, 2001

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Plasma arc welding sometimes offers greater welding speed than gas tungsten arc welding at lower cost than laser beam welding.

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Advanced variable-polarity plasma arc welding

November 29, 2000

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This article examines variable-plasma arc welding and its uses in the welding of tailor-welded blanks.

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