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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Correct Roll Feed Pressure

Ensure good feeding with FCAW electrodes

August 8, 2007

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The FCAW process in the United States is currently estimated at more than 245 million pounds a year and still growing in popularity and use in all segments of the welding industry. One of the common issues often portrayed as a wire problem, commonly referred to as "birdnesting," is actually due to...

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Antispatter sprayer is refillable, rechargeable

August 7, 2007

The Wizard Shield™ metal-protectant spray can from ELCo Inc. is a refillable and rechargeable sprayer that applies the company's Blue Magic™ or Blue Chill™ welding antispatter...

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Covered electrode welds nickel-copper alloys

August 7, 2007

Arcos Industries LLC offers 9N10, a covered electrode used primarily to weld nickel-copper alloys to themselves and to steel. It is also used for cladding steel joints with nickel-copper alloy and for...

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GMAW work space system provides organization

August 7, 2007

The Bottle Bug from Western Fabricators is a storage system designed to help welders organize GMAW machines and surrounding work space.The laser-cut system, formed from 10-ga. steel, includes a...

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Harris Products Group creates scholarship in honor of retiree

August 7, 2007

The Harris Products Group, Gainesville, Ga., has established a scholarship in honor of Larry Schweikert, who recently retired after 32 years with the company. The Larry and Patti Schweikert...

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BTD Manufacturing acquires Pro Engineering

August 7, 2007

BTD Manufacturing Inc., Detroit Lakes, Minn., has acquired Pro Engineering, Minneapolis. The transaction involved an exchange of cash for assets.An operating company of Otter Tail Corp., BTD offers...

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Autodarkening welding helmets have three arc sensors

July 24, 2007

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced two designs to its Performance Series™ line of autodarkening welding helmets.The Motorsports™ helmet features a competition yellow background with...

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Vicking 41 mini baja

Let 'er rip

July 10, 2007

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Bob Hollingsworth, a member of Practical Welding Today's advisory board, details the journey of the 2006 Western Washington University Mini Baja vehicle fabrication team and their quest to build a winning off-road, student-designed racing machine.

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Flux-cored wires suitable for high-pressure steam, gas piping

July 10, 2007

Hobart Brothers Co. offers low-alloy, gas-shielded, flux-cored wires suitable for high-pressure steam and gas piping, boiler manufacturing, and certain casting applications.Designed for steels...

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Water-cooled, air-cooled torches designed for confined, harsh environments

July 10, 2007

Weldcraft's WP-22 and WP-23 machine torches, available in 7-in. or 4-in. sizes, are designed for mechanized GTAW in confined and harsh environments.All four torch models have front or back...

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Fabricator finds new opportunities in energy sector

July 10, 2007

Founded in 1988 in Miami, CMN Steel Fabricators Inc. has carved out a niche for itself in fabricating tubular sections, mainly structural steel and pipe for the waste energy, waste management, and quarry industries. It also performs maintenance during scheduled plant shutdowns. Roughly half of its...

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Michael Ulman Sculpture 'Gone Postal'

Lost and found

July 10, 2007

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A welder from Boston makes realistic scupltures depicting boats, motorcycles, cars, and planes using discarded junk found in garbage piles, yard sales, flea markets, and dumps.

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SFI welder

Extreme weld makeover

July 10, 2007

A Memphis, Tenn., custom fabricator completed the redesign of its welding operations by purchasing and integrating new welding equipment and software to help increase productivity and to diversify its capabilities.

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Stuck on SMAW?

July 10, 2007

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Using SMAW can be just as complicated for the hobbyist as it is for the professional welder. Answering common questions about electrode classification, capability, and how each differs from one another can help ensure success.

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Mig welder

Why welders need advanced training

July 10, 2007

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Becoming a skilled welder involves both hands-on and technical training from secondary and postsecondary instruction. Who should teach what and when to ensure that today's welders have the necessary skills? Longtime welder and welding professor Carl Smith shares his views.

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