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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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015

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Investors worry about how the drop in oil prices will affect the energy boom. The people on the front lines—including the fabricators and pipe welders—don’t seem to be terribly worried. Some even welcome a slight slowdown, because it will give everyone time to catch up.

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Catalog highlights welding, cutting products

February 18, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has released the WE BUILD™-themed 2015 full-line catalog of welding and cutting products. The 112-page catalog provides specifications for and comparisons of GMAW machines, GTAW machines and torches, SMAW machines, and metal-cutting and engine-driven welder...

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Welding machine delivers 520 amps with Tier 4 final engine

February 11, 2015

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Vantage® 520 SD engine-driven welding machine/generator, equipped with a Tier 4 final- (T4F-) compliant engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards. The unit is designed to handle SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, pipe welding, FCAW, and arc gouging. New...

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Next-generation skilled-welder training program set to launch

February 9, 2015

Milwaukee-based Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) to launch a collaborative welder skills development program to train and place the next generation of manufacturing talent in welding careers. This program is a part of the HCCW Welder Training...

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Arc-Zone.com seeks female welders to profile in blog column

February 5, 2015

Arc-Zone.com, Carlsbad, Calif., has announced it is looking for female welders to profile for the “New Rosies” column on the company’s blog at www.carmenelectrode.com. Since its inception in 2007 the column—named for Rosie the Riveter—has showcased various women working in many facets of...

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GMAW system made for piping applications

February 5, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced an orbital GMAW system suitable for industries such as pipeline, construction, and process piping. The system is driven by the APEX® 3000 mechanized controller and pairs with the HELIX® M85 weld head and track ring. Each component in the system can...

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Why I still use 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten

February 5, 2015

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Despite concerns some have about radiation emanating from 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten electrodes, welder Josh Welton sees little risk. The electrode continues to be his first choice.

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AC/DC inverter offers modes for GTAW, MMA welding

February 5, 2015

The new Parweld 320A XTI 353 AC/DC inverter is a lightweight, portable machine for production applications. The unit can be used in both AC and DC modes for GTAW or MMA welding. Square-wave AC output and power pulsing help maximize productivity and reduce heat input, the company reports. The AC...

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Fronius USA adds to staff

January 28, 2015

Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., a provider of equipment for manual and fully automatic welding applications, resistance spot welding, and cladding, has announced the addition of two staff members. Scott Hansen has been named area sales manager for its central region. He has more than 33 years of...

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Welding equipment catalog updated

January 28, 2015

Lincoln Electric’s 2015 equipment catalog details its GMAW, GTAW, and multiprocess welding equipment, as well as plasma cutting systems, welding automation, fume control systems, training products, orbital welding systems, accessories, and welding gear. The catalog has been released in print,...

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Uniweld Products names international sales executive

January 26, 2015

HVAC/R tools and welding and cutting equipment provider Uniweld Products Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has appointed Mario Portillo as international sales executive, focusing on sales and marketing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Portillo most recently worked as a sales account executive...

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DOT Quality Services offers three new code compliance certifications

January 26, 2015

DOT Quality Services, a Chicago-based registrar specializing in U.S. certifications and codes, has announced that it now offers three new ANSI-accredited certifications. The first is for welding firms compliant to AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel. This program can enhance welding...

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Art in motion

January 22, 2015

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Welder and artist Ed Kidera uses his engineering background to create unusual works of art, many of which are dynamic rather than static.

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Arc Welding 101: Put your finger on it

January 20, 2015

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Q: I'm a welding instructor at a steel mill in northwest Indiana. We attended the “Train the Trainer” class at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology 12 years ago to certify in all positions, limited and unlimited thickness plates with backing, using all shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)...

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Welding systems provide remote control of power source

January 19, 2015

The new multiprocess XMT® ArcReach™ systems from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. allow welding operators to set voltage at the weld joint without the use of control cables. This capability minimizes unnecessary trips to the power source. Voltage control at the weld joint also helps minimize operator...

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