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.
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
July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
Shapiro & Duncan Inc., a third-generation mechanical contractor serving the mid-Atlantic region offers some tips for building an engaged and talented welding team.
April 7, 2015 | By Jim Watson
Jeremy McGrath, a Supercross racer making the transition to off-road truck racing, recently set up a state-of-the-art motorsports welding shop geared toward component builds and repair work. If you’re setting up a motorsports welding and fabrication shop for the first time, there are some vital pieces of equipment that will help you be successful. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a renowned off-road truck racer to have a professional-grade motorsports fabrication shop.
April 1, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.
March 26, 2015 | By Zak Stapp
Understanding the submerged arc welding process, and the overall equipment needs, and selecting the proper wire and flux combination for the application can help an operation realize its full potential.
March 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.