Arc Welding

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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Welcome to the world of “positioneering”

May 13, 2015

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A welding positioner can eliminate potential waste associated with inefficient material handling and help to improve weld quality. The key is finding the right positioner for the job.

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Lessons learned in a welding career

May 13, 2015

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The importance of saving money and of being safe on the job are among the lessons welding instructor Marty Rice learned throughout his welding career. Among those who taught him these lessons was Charlie.

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Arc Welding 101: Plugging holes and pinholes

May 12, 2015

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Q: I am machining a bearing housing made out of 1045 and I have to plug and weld some cross holes. I am also using gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to eliminate a weld that is too large. My problem is that I am getting pinholes in my weld. Is it because I am welding 1018 to 1045? We didn’t machine...

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Replica cars? There’s a kit for that

May 12, 2015

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A component (kit) car manufacturer in Wareham, Mass., made two big process changes that helped streamline its manufacturing operations.

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OTC Daihen announces executive management change

May 11, 2015

After 3.5 years as president/CEO of OTC Daihen Inc., Tipp City, Ohio, Masahiko “Matt” Sakida has returned to Daihen Corp.’s Rokko office near Kobe, Japan. Sakida has been succeeded by Masanobu Uchida, who leaves the recent position of president of Daihen Stud Co. in Japan. He previously...

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Off-the-shelf chamber designed for titanium welding

May 8, 2015

West Country Welding Supplies has partnered with Mbraun to introduce an off-the-shelf welding chamber for the titanium and special metals welding market. The chamber reaches 10 PPM oxygen in about 10 min. The chamber is equipped with a shaded, sliding eye shield and internal lighting, as well...

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Synchronized welding

May 7, 2015

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No one doubts that welding equipment has advanced to the point where it has greatly improved welding results and productivity when compared to the technology of previous decades. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Fronius has attempted to address some of GMAW’s shortcomings with its LSC welding platform.

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Fronius USA hires sales/system engineer

April 29, 2015

Fronius USA LLC, a provider of welding technology in Portage, Ind., has hired Terrence Stiff as sales/system engineer. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he qualified to be an aviation electronics technician. Stiff currently is enrolled at DeVry University, where he is working toward his...

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Beware promises of jobs and money, money, money

April 27, 2015

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Yes, it’s important to make a good wage. But it’s also important to work at something you enjoy. Don’t pursue a career simply because you’ve been told that good-paying jobs are available in that field.

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A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015

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The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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ESAB’s FDTC welding competition raises $10,000 for student scholarship fund

April 22, 2015

For the sixth consecutive year, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products sponsored the Florence-Darlington Technical College Welding Sculpture Competition to support the school’s welding education program and student scholarship fund. This year's competition, held April 11 at the Francis Marion University...

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CWA Foundation offers equipment, funding to secondary, postsecondary institutions

April 21, 2015

CWA Foundation, Milton, Ont., has introduced the Secondary and Post-Secondary Institution Equipment and Funding Support program to improve the quality of welding facilities across Canada. Teachers from welding programs within schools across Canada have the opportunity to apply to receive...

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Still Building America: Trenton’s story—24 years old and a lead fabricator

April 15, 2015

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Bitten by the welding bug as a child, Trenton Bennett progressed in his craft and mastered TIG welding to become the lead fabricator at a large dairy plant in Ohio. As skilled as he is, he wants to be better. And he wants the older welders to cut the young guys some slack. “Everyone starts somewhere.”

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Global welding products market is expected to reach $23.78 billion by 2020

April 13, 2015

Transparency Market Research, Albany, N.Y., has released "Welding Products Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 -2020.” According to the report, the global welding products market, valued at $17.47 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $23.78 billion...

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Troubleshooting TIG

April 9, 2015

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Struggling to get a strong arc and clean puddle in your TIG welding? Most of the time the answer lies between the machine and the torch, and occasionally the bottle.

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