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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Self-cleaning treatment enhances welding nozzle life

November 10, 2009

Secoa Technology has introduced a treatment process that transforms customers' current welding nozzles into PerfectArcs™ self-cleaning weld nozzles. The nozzles are suitable for almost any manual or robotic GMAW process, including operations using tandem and/or custom weld nozzles. The...

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Backing tape for pipeline joints permits arc welding up to 240 amps

November 10, 2009

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd. has published a four-page leaflet about weld backing tape for pipes and pipelines. Weld backing tape is used to allow pipeline welding from one side only, producing a smooth, flat, slag-free weld on the back side, the company reports.The literature shows three...

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Welding simulator provides real-time technique feedback

November 10, 2009

Lincoln Electric has developed a new way to teach welding techniques through a virtual welding system called VRTEX™ 360. The system incorporates technology Lincoln recently acquired from VRSim Inc., an East Hartford, Conn.-based developer of training software and graphic simulation for...

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Lightweight welding helmets feature enhanced field of vision

November 10, 2009

Fronius offers the Vizor 3000 welding helmets in Standard, Plus, and Professional styles, along with corresponding Air models. The field of vision has been increased by 33 percent over the previous Vizor 1000 welding helmet, while the weight has been decreased by 15 percent.On all models, the cover...

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Orbitform opens new applications lab

November 10, 2009

Orbitform Group, Jackson, Mich., has announced additional capacity to provide prototype services for the assembly of parts within the new Application Engineering Lab at the company's headquarters.Specializing in forming, joining, and fastening, the 6,000-sq.-ft. lab facility within the company's...

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ESAB adds new manufacturing lines in Ohio plant

November 10, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, based in Florence, S.C., has added two new wire drawing lines at its Ashtabula, Ohio, manufacturing facility. These lines produce wire for high-production SAW applications, increasing the company's SAW wire capacity.The new lines descale, clean, and draw the wire to...

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Submerged Arc Welding

Submerged arc welding optimization

November 10, 2009 | By Elia Levi, Naddir M. Patel

Suitable for welding various materials and plate thicknesses, submerged arc welding is considered an economical, efficient process. Yet, in the search for fine tuning this process, obvious solutions have been ignored in favor of exotic and expensive welding heads and power sources. Applying sound expertise and creative insight can lead to less costly solutions.

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Frost & Sullivan recognizes ESAB as 'Best Partner for Welding & Cutting Systems for Energy Generation'

November 5, 2009

Frost & Sullivan has presented its '2009 Global Best Partners Welding & Cutting Systems for Energy Generation Award' to ESAB. In 2009, the company accounted for nearly 18 per cent of the global welding and cutting market for energy generation.Key performance drivers for ESAB have been its unique...

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Hypertherm, Lincoln Electric discuss no-layoff business model on NPR

November 5, 2009

Metal fabricating industry suppliers Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., and Cleveland, Ohio-based Lincoln Electric, were featured today on a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast discussing companies that operate with a no-layoff policy, even during tough economic times.A written transcript of the program...

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AC/DC welding power source produces GTAW, SMAW welds in various materials

October 13, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the CaddyTig 2200i AC/DC power source, designed to produce GTAW and SMAW welds in a variety of materials. The compact power source features advanced inverter technology and an impact-resistant, lightweight polymer and aluminum casing.The unit's control...

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Lincoln Electric hosts wind tower welding seminars

October 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric recently hosted more than 120 industry professionals interested in learning more about wind tower fabrication for several daylong seminars.Seminar attendees traveled from across the U.S. and as far away as Brazil and Portugal to the company's Cleveland headquarters. Each seminar...

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ESAB appoints president – CEO, North America

October 5, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced the appointment of Andrew Masterman as president and chief executive officer of ESAB North America, effective August 17, 2009. Masterman is based in Florence, South Carolina, and replaces Brendan Colgan, who has assumed the role of chairman of The ESAB...

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High rise welder

Newbie mistakes made, experience gained

September 29, 2009 | By Marty Rice

All welders are newbies at some time in their careers. Following Marty Rice's advice for newbies can help you with more than your welding career. Learn from the man who's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it.

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Journeyman pipe welder

Cutting cable clutter

September 29, 2009 | By Neal Borchert

Working on a project at the world's largest nuclear waste treatment plant, Bechtel National found that it could simplify the operation, enhance weld quality, and promote safety by using inverter technology.

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pamela olin artist

Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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