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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Welding machines/generators feature increased output

March 11, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has increased the output of its Bobcat 250 and Trailblazer 302, Kohler gas-powered and Kubota diesel-powered welding machines/generators, to an Accu-rated 11,000 W of usable...

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Robotic aluminum GMAW system added to product line

March 11, 2008

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America has added TAWERS-Aluminum MIG to its TAWERS robot line. Suitable for high-performance, push-pull aluminum feeding, the system uses a three-motor system to...

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Hardsurfacing electrodes have extended wear life

March 11, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced two complex carbide hardsurfacing electrodes designed to extend wear life by 33 percent over standard chromium carbide alloys, reports the company.SelectWear 63 is an...

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3M welding helmet wins international design award

March 11, 2008

The Speedglas™ SL (super-light) welding helmet and autodarkening filter (ADF) from 3M™, St. Paul, Minn., recently received an international Red Dot Design award. With more than 7,000...

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AWS seeks nominations for Image of Welding Awards

March 11, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, and its Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO) seek nominations for the AWS sixth annual Image of Welding awards.Award winners will be announced...

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AWS appoints managing director of certification

March 11, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, an organization working to advance the science, technology, and application of welding, recently appointed John Filippi as managing director of certification...

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AWS plans automatic welding conference

March 11, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, will hold a conference May 13 and 14 dedicated to automatic welding, automatic controls, and training and management.Speakers will explore automation...

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Hobart Brothers launches online filler metal selection resource

March 11, 2008

Hobart Brothers Co., Troy, Ohio, has added an interactive Product Approval Guide to its Web site.Located at www.hobartbrothers.com/product-approvals/, the resource allows visitors to locate filler...

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Welded metal art sculpture

Flat, straight, and shiny

March 11, 2008

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Two community college weld instructors and a student collaborated to create a welded metal art sculpture for a silent auction benefiting the college's foundation.

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Rotary weld positioner

Spin city

March 11, 2008

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Welding workpieces with circular components can leave welders spinning, literally. By keeping three considerations in mind, welders can stop spinning and start welding.

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Brennan Palmiter with his car

Go! Brennan

February 26, 2008

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Who can inspire a young person to pursue a welding career better than a peer who welds? How about a peer who also is a stock car driver? Racer and welder Brennan Palmiter has teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce more young people to manufacturing careers.

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GMAW 101: Setting the correct parameters

February 12, 2008

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Are you producing quality weld beads? If not, perhaps your parameters need tweaking. This article presents guidelines that can help you identify which parameters to adjust and how to adjust them. It also offers a good buddy-system tip for achieving correct settings.

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Innovative workholding streamlines

Innovative workholding streamlines welding at Vermeer

February 12, 2008

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Lean manufacturing drove equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corp. to organize weld cells for maximum productivity. In each cell, fixtures are placed within the welder's reach, and equipment is placed for optimal ergonomics.

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Electrically heated tempering furnace features air-operated vertical lift door

February 12, 2008

The Grieve Corp.'s No. 837 is a 1,450-degree-F, electrically heated tempering furnace used for preheating prior to welding and for postwelding heat treatments.Measuring 60 in. by 60 in. by 60 in., the...

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Recyclable 900-lb. welding wire drum reduces downtime

February 12, 2008

Hobart Brothers has introduced a 900-lb. recyclable drum for metal-cored welding wire, intended to reduce downtime associated with drum changeovers. According to the manufacturer, the X-Pak drum...

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