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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So, you want to become an AWS CWI

June 28, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Becoming an AWS certified welding inspector is a challenging task that takes serious preparation and study. Shortcuts don’t cut it.

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Catalog highlights GMAW/GTAW equipment, accessories

June 27, 2016

D/F has released a new product catalog featuring its GMAW and GTAW equipment. The literature also highlights accessories and...

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Still Building America—The proof is in the weld

June 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton

The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.

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Lincoln Electric names executive VP/CIO

June 22, 2016

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys, has promoted Michele R. Kuhrt to executive vice president and CIO, effective July 1, 2016. She joined the company in 1997...

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Merrill Institute accepts VA education benefits to cover welding program tuition

June 16, 2016

Merrill Institute, Alma, Mich., has announced that U.S. veterans can use their VA education benefits to cover tuition costs for its 12-week, 522-hour welding program. Because the program is an AWS SENSE Level 1 program, successful graduates receive AWS certification. The welding program includes...

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Welder/generator designed for critical repair and maintenance applications

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...

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No experience necessary

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.

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Single-phase SMAW systems offered

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...

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Still Building America—Jump into your trade with both feet

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.

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Grill or be grilled

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.

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ESAB promotion to give away multiprocess welding machine

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...

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Still waters run deep

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.

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Welding information management system monitors welds in real time

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...

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The ability to multitask—a gift and a curse

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.

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GTAW machine’s touch-start feature controls, identifies weld location

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,...

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