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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SMAW is in session - TheFabricator.com

SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012

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Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Juggling the variables of GTAW - TheFabricator.com

Juggling the variables of GTAW

December 9, 2011

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Gas tungsten arc welding isn’t the easiest process to learn. With so many things going on at once, GTAW is a little like juggling while riding a unicycle. With practice, the welder’s eye, arm, hand, and foot coordination will improve.

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What employers expect from welders

November 8, 2011

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In his inimitable style, Marty Rice shares his thoughts on the welding job market and what today’s employers want from their welders. He also gives examples of some deficiencies employers are seeing.

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Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity - TheFabricator.com

Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity

November 8, 2011

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When a welder is not welding, he's not making the company money. Fabricating operations can't afford their welding departments. Luckily, several reasons for extended arc-off time can be addressed with some simple adjustments.

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New process, new welding dynamics - TheFabricator.com

New process, new welding dynamics

November 8, 2011

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A process called TIP TIG uses a constant-feed hot-wire that imparts additional energy to the weld. The wire also is superimposed by a secondary high-speed oscillation. The hot-wire’s current combines with the weld-pool agitation to disrupt the surface tension and change the weld dynamics.

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Where the rubber meets the road - TheFabricator.com

Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011

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Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables

November 7, 2011

When designing and operating a robotic welding cell, don't overlook the consumables. Choosing the wrong consumables can over time lead to serious costs.

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Adventures in titanium—WPS

October 26, 2011

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Your customer wants two pieces of metal welded together. Why should you bother with a welding procedure specification? Because conformity leads to quality and enhances safety.

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Sawing potential - TheFabricator.com

Sawing potential

October 20, 2011

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Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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From GTAW torches to accessories:

September 27, 2011

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Learning the facts about five common misconceptions about gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) equipment can help you optimize this highly versatile process.

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A welding inspector’s tools of the trade - TheFabricator.com

A welding inspector’s tools of the trade

September 9, 2011

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Weld inspectors, especially those who are new to the trade, put a lot of emphasis on the equipment needed to do the job: flashlight, mirror, high-low gauge, pit gauge, bridge camera, and a borescope. However, this isn’t the entire toolkit. A weld inspector also must be cognizant of the applicable codes, knowledgeable about the project owners’ specifications, and should carry a personal log book for making notes about conversations and inspections.

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Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers - TheFabricator.com

Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers

September 9, 2011

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Advancements in consumables for the submerged arc welding process have made it possible to increase the strength of welds in wind turbine components while also increasing production efficiency.

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Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011

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Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes - TheFabricator.com

Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011

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Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about - TheFabricator.com

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011

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Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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