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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Synchronized welding

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.

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3 tips for building an effective welding workforce

April 9, 2015 | By Jeff Keen, Mike Canter

Shapiro & Duncan Inc., a third-generation mechanical contractor serving the mid-Atlantic region offers some tips for building an engaged and talented welding team.

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Building a winning motorsports weld shop

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.

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Cliché lawn art, be gone

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.

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Improving deposition rates with submerged arc welding

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.

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Fabricating for the win

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.

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Arc Welding 101: How to inspect a coated weldment

March 16, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: How can I inspect/verify welds on painted product without being destructive? Eric D. A: Coatings come in many varieties on fabricated products. Galvanizing, painting, and even oxidizing a weathering steel will have a negative impact on the weld inspection process. For visual inspection, which...

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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston

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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Art in motion

January 22, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

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 | By Paul Cameron

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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Fabrication minus the relaxation

January 15, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

No-niche southwest Florida fabricator grows big in small time frame

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Managing welding information more efficiently

December 16, 2014 | By Caleb Krisher, Todd McEllis

A company can improve only those areas of production that can be tracked and measured. In welding, information management systems can help to provide the support to bolster production efficiencies.

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Boatbuilder switches from aluminum to steel

December 11, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Burger Boat Co. has weathered many a storm in its 150-year history, often changing direction to incorporate new technologies and adapt to changing market conditions. When the pleasure craft industry sank in 2009, it went after commercial work, and in the process had to develop a program for working in steel, which it hadn’t done in five decades or so. With the new process came new consumables from ESAB.

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Friendship and loss on the job

December 3, 2014 | By Marty Rice

A young ironworker learns the value of job friendships, how to make work fun, and how devastating an on-the-job accident can be.

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Arc Welding 101: Those dang CVN requirements

November 21, 2014 | By Paul Cameron

Q: Table 4.6 of AWS D1.1: 2010 is a list of supplementary essential variable changes that would require weld procedure specification (WPS) requalification due to Charpy V-notch (CVN) testing requirements. Under base metal (item 2) it indicates: Minimum thickness qualified is T or 5/8 inch...

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