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.
June 15, 2016
The new Big Blue® 600 Air Pak welder/generator from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is suitable for field-based work that requires single-operator power for welding, carbon-arc gouging, auxiliary power, or running an air compressor. This 600-amp machine, which features an EPA Tier 4 Final–compliant...
June 1, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A fed-up masonry contractor from Scottsdale, Ariz., closed his business, taught himself how to weld, began sculpting in metal and bronze, and now happily makes a living as a metal artist.
May 25, 2016
Fronius has developed the TransPocket 150 and the TransPocket 180 single-phase SMAW systems. A digital resonance inverter helps ensure perfect weld properties in a variety of applications. Power factor correction technology helps make the compact systems energy efficient. The new models can use...
May 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Interested in a career in welding and fabrication? Take advantage of opportunities to learn more, and you might find yourself on a fulfilling career path, just like Jonathan Lewis.
May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.
May 23, 2016
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has launched its Rebel™ to the Rescue promotion, which offers participants an opportunity to win an ESAB Rebel EMP 215ic multiprocess welding system. The promotion continues until July 10, 2016. The promotion stems from the May 22 episode of...
May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.
May 19, 2016
Miller Electric has introduced Insight Centerpoint™ welding information management system, which communicates in real time with an automated welding cell’s power supply and robotic welding arm via Ethernet. The software also can be applied to power supplies from other manufacturers with the...
May 19, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Times have changed. We live in the information and stimulation age. Many things vie for our attention, and it can be difficult to focus on a single activity or life plan. Is that good or bad? Here’s Josh Welton’s take, based on his own experience.
May 18, 2016
Amada Miyachi America Inc. has announced that its MAWA-300A pulsed micro GTAW machine now features a touch start feature that controls and identifies weld location. The unit is suitable for welding small coils and terminals, bus bars, and covered wires as found in the automotive, medical, battery,...
May 13, 2016 | By Paul Cameron
Q: I'm auditing a fab shop and have a question regarding the AWS D1.1 code. The shop is referring to the corner joints in the plates encompassing the columns as fillet welds, yet there is no faying surface. D1.1 says a fillet can have up to 3/16-in. misalignment (with certain stipulations), which...
May 10, 2016
Welding and production automation company Pemamek Ltd. has announced plans to expand its production premises in Loimaa, Finland. The new facilities will enable the company to improve deliveries of its laser welding and intelligent robot systems. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end...
May 9, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
Working for a steady paycheck isn’t for everyone. Welding artist Kirk Yazel did that for nearly 20 years, but eventually his entrepreneurial spirit took over. He had been making steel garden decorations for some time, and he managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job.
May 5, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
The oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process continues to be useful in equipment repair, both in industry and the home. This article focuses on specific uses and provides some how-to instructions.
May 4, 2016
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the hiring of two new employees. Brian Sheward has joined the company to teach students in the structural welding program and the combination structural and pipe welding program. A graduate of Hobart Institute, he has more than 25...