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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orbital welding electronics

We've come a long way, baby

May 5, 2010 | By Bill Bonow

The orbital welding process has seen significant advancements in electronic control technology that have helped open the door to a wider array of applications while making it more cost effective to use.

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ultra international

Teaming up to clean up

May 4, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Like many companies, Ultra Machine and Fabrication Inc., Shelby, N.C., a fabricator of armored military vehicles, believed the welders should clean up their own weldments for spatter, slag, and other discontinuities. But when welders were spending less and less time under the hood, Ultra re-evaluated this philosophy and, as a result, implemented a separate postweld cleaning team.

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AWS issues call for entries in 8th Annual Image of Welding Awards

May 3, 2010

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has issued a call for entries in the 8th Annual Image of Welding Awards program. This competition salutes the year's most outstanding public initiatives and programs that promote the image of welding. The entry deadline is July 12, 2010. The competition...

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Gauge detects welding wire level in drums, boxes

May 3, 2010

The Wire Wizard® wire level gauge from ELCo Enterprises Inc. detects the amount of wire left in weld wire drums or boxes. The gauge, which attaches to the cover of the drum or box, features magnetic wire detection that slides down the drum or box as wire is depleted. The level of wire...

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right filler metal

Welding metals of dissimilar strengths

April 30, 2010 | By Dean C. Phillips

Welding metals of dissimilar strengths requires that a welder consider some specific factors, to ensure a solid joint.

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butt joint geometry joining

Welding thin with GMAW

April 1, 2010 | By Wesley Doneth

A unique method of metal transfer allows gas metal arc welding to tackle thin-gauge and cosmetically sensitive workpieces.

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welding minimal distortion

Pulsed GTAW for stainless steel

April 1, 2010 | By Kirk Webb, Mark Kadlec, Brad Hemmert

Some welders swear that stainless steel warps if you just look at it wrong. This is an exaggeration, but it does reflect the metal's low rate of thermal conductivity, which causes the input heat to remain localized; localized heating and cooling promotes distortion. Adding more heat doesn't...

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Retaining heads upgraded

March 30, 2010

Tregaskiss has upgraded the design of its TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads. At no additional cost to its customers, the TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads now feature the company's dual taper technology—a second rear taper between the gooseneck and the contact tip. This design further improves electrical...

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GMAW guns enhanced with new look, more flexibility

March 30, 2010

Tregaskiss has brought a new look and more flexibility to its line of TGX™ Semi-Automatic GMAW Guns—at no additional charge. Designed for light- to medium-duty welding applications, the following TGX guns are available: XL 400 amp, XL300 amp, XS 300 amp, XS 260 amp, and XS 180 amp....

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Flex-neck torches offer improved joint access

March 30, 2010

To help provide better joint access, Weldcraft offers several GTAW torches with flex-neck designs. The company's WP-9, WP-17 and WP-26 Series of air-cooled torches all feature an optional 'F' or flex-neck model (e.g. WP-17F) for welding applications with limited joint access and/or difficult joint...

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Water-cooled GMAW guns, consumables introduced

March 30, 2010

Bernard introduces its customizable W™-series water-cooled GMAW guns and new water-cooled Centerfire™ consumables to meet the wide ranging needs of high-amperage, water-cooled MIG applications. Featuring exceptional durability and hundreds of possible configurations, W-Guns offer users...

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Self-shielded flux-cored welding gun enhanced

March 30, 2010

Bernard Welding Equipment has announced improvements to its Dura-Flux self-shielded flux-cored welding gun. A variety of trigger guards, cable lengths, neck styles, and direct plugs allow users to customize the gun for their applications. The company now offers six different cable lengths ( 8 ft....

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Lincoln Electric celebrates 115 years in business

March 24, 2010

Welding equipment manufacturer Lincoln Electric is celebrating its 115th year anniversary in 2010. In 1895, John C. Lincoln founded the company with a capital investment of $200. His younger brother, James F. Lincoln, joined the company in 1907, and together the two brothers built a solid...

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Swagelok® welding system receives award

March 23, 2010

The M200 power supply from Swagelok Co., Solon, Ohio, has been recognized by Gases & Instrumentation International with a 2010 Golden Gas Award. The power supply received the only Gold Award in the weld category. The Golden Gas competition evaluates products on their ability to solve an important...

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Wire feeder/welding machine designed for GMAW, FCAW on mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum

March 23, 2010

Lincoln Electric has updated its POWER MIG® 216 wire feeder/welding machine line with the new 216 model for GMAW and FCAW on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The machine, which provides 30 to 250 amps, arrives spool gun-ready, allowing welders switch quickly to aluminum wire welding...

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