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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When imagination meets craftsmanship

October 8, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship

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Arc Welding 101: Qualified versus certified—What’s the difference?

September 28, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: While browsing the AWS website I found listings for accredited test facilities. After a little more digging, I found AWS QC4-89, the standard for accreditation of test facilities. I was of the understanding that my endorsement as a certified welding inspector (CWI) permitted me to certify...

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Fabricating skills travel

September 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc., Hutchinson, Minn., is working with oil and gas customers thousands of miles away because it can handle almost every aspect of production on its one campus, which gives the company complete control of quality and the delivery date.

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Dodging the drought – in business

August 4, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

While the much-publicized drought in California has wreaked havoc on the state overall, from the economy to simple daily living, one Santa Ana fabricator is versatile enough to avoid a drought in new and returning business.

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The cycle continues

July 29, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Glenn Kay II, the 2015 PWTeacher of the Year, is a self-described workaholic with a passion for welding that was first fueled by competition. Today the 37-year-old has instilled that same passion in his students.

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Arc Welding 101: Cleaning material with brake cleaner before welding

July 24, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Combining welding and brake cleaners can lead to serious illness, permanent damage to your internal organs, or even death.

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3 drivers of welding throughput

July 20, 2015 | By Ed Crum

Three principal drivers increase welding throughput in the modern shop: welding process advances, smart use of automation, and having the right information

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Layer by layer

July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.

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Catching the right waveform

July 15, 2015 | By Judah Henry

The advent of the electrical waveform helped to take a lot of guesswork out of welding. A lot more of the guesswork was taken out of the welding process with the move to the digitally controlled power source and even more waveforms.

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When life hands you lemons, build a sign

June 23, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

After the sign for his auto repair business fell off the building, Dominick Alia tried his hand at fashioning his own sign. One thing led to another, and metal sculpture became a hobby.

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An artist and welder in equal measure

May 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.

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Welcome to the world of “positioneering”

May 13, 2015 | By Don Burgart

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 | By Marty Rice

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 | By Paul Cameron

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 | By Amanda Carlson

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

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