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So, you want to be a CWI—Part III

November 10, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Continuing his series to help you prepare to become a certified welding inspector, Carlisle Smith focuses on welding wires and rods with some metallurgical information thrown in for good measure.

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Multiprocess welding system performs GMAW, brazing, cladding

November 10, 2016

Kemppi is developing the X8 MIG Welder, a multiprocess system for GMAW, brazing, cladding, and heavy-duty gouging. The system, enabled by IoT-based technologies and connectivity, will be available in 2017. Features include a focused, intense arc; digital WPS; and full integration with WeldEye...

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Artist keeps ’em guessing

November 3, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Chris O’Rourke goes a little further than most artists do, focusing on attention to detail. Many fabricators are more than a little mystified as to just how he did what he did, and most are equally perplexed when they realize how much time and effort he puts into his work.

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Self-contained blowtorch redesigned

November 2, 2016

Gala Gar has changed the design of its Aerogala self‐contained blowtorch, adding a faster, more reliable ignition and a safety catch to prevent undesired ignition. The blowtorch is designed for professional work both in DIY and plumbing. It handles soft and hard welding of up to 0.87 in. dia. The...

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60 isn’t old, and other things I learned from dad

November 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton

If you reflect on who and where you are in life, chances are you’ll find yourself thinking of your childhood and those who had a significant influence on your development, both in terms of character and career. Maybe you followed in someone’s footsteps?

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Rotary positioner positions welding tabletops at 15-degree increments

November 1, 2016

The BuildPro® rotary positioner from Strong Hand Tools® allows horizontal mounting of BuildPro® or Siegmund® welding tabletops for plane rotation. The gear-driven, free-turning mechanism enables smooth operation, stability, and controlled turning and positioning at 15-degree increments with...

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7 reasons cast-iron platen tables make sense for welding

October 31, 2016 | By Paul Cunningham

Cast-iron platen tables have been around for decades, but many metal fabricators don't know about the usefulness or flexibility of these durable work surfaces.

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Still Building America—Randy follows the money and loves what he finds

October 30, 2016 | By Josh Welton

People choose careers for many reasons. Sometimes it really is about the money. It truly is a thing of beauty when following the money leads to a career you love—the reverse of the oft-given advice: Do what you love and the money will follow. It happens.

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On the crazy train to SEMA

October 27, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Some people are busy, and some are crazy-busy. Crazy-busy coupled with serious challenges isn’t for the fainthearted. Yet, the show must go on, and Josh Welton is on the road with the fruits of 100-hour weeks. Take a look.

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3 ways that welding vision systems boost production efficiency

October 27, 2016 | By Catherine Cline

Consistent torch alignment, in-process quality checks, and postprocess reviews are three examples of how weld camera technology is helping to take these activities to the next level.

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From pilot to fabricator

October 24, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

When opportunity called, Navy veteran and barbecue grill fabricator Fred Moss was ready and willing to answer.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional announces winners of Jackson Safety scholarships

October 21, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., has awarded Jackson Safety scholarships to three experienced welding instructors selected by the American Welding Society for their commitment to welding safety. The award winners are: Adam Lynnes, Lynnes Welding Training Inc., Fargo, N.D. Dayton...

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Autodarkening helmet features blue-optical coating technology for clarity

October 6, 2016

Weldcote Metals offers the UltraviewPlus autodarkening helmet. High-definition true-color filter optics allow the user to see the full spectrum of colors. Blue-optical coating technology provides optical clarity in a 12.93-sq.-in. viewing area.The helmet uses standard 4-1/2- by 5-1/4-in. cover...

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Welding equipment market expected to reach $19.1 billion by 2024

October 5, 2016

In a new report, "Welding Equipment Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016 -2024,” New York-based Persistence Market Research estimates the global welding equipment market will be valued at $10.5 billion by the end of 2016, with a CAGR of 7.9 percent from 2016 to 2024. Sustained...

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An Oktoberfest story for fabricators

October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.

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