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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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft....

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AISI, STI/SPFA publish steel pipe design manual

January 15, 2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., and the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., jointly published a steel pipe design...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the...

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Tregaskiss appoints regional business manager in western Canada

January 15, 2008

Tregaskiss, Windsor, Ont., has added Norm Greenlay as a regional business manager in western Canada. Greenlay, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and a background in engineering,...

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Salvaging damaged shafts

January 15, 2008

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Shafts are critical components of many machines, and a damaged shaft can hamper or halt production. Some failed shafts can be repaired and others can't. This article can help you determine which can be repaired and what to consider when attempting repairs.

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Why in the heck would you want to weld?

January 15, 2008

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Two years ago, welding expert and reader-favorite author Marty Rice took a hiatus from writing for thefabricator.com. Marty has returned, and in this, his first article for 2008, he discusses why he welds and offers insights that may help others decide if welding is a viable career choice.

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GTAW adjustable output frequency

What's your frequency

January 15, 2008

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More knowledge about adjustable-output frequency has played a significant role in the development of new technologies that have made GTAW applications more reliable and adaptable.

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Vertical SMAW: It's a stick up

January 15, 2008

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Stick welding on vertical surfaces is an important and in-demand skill. Luckily, a few tips can help make a welder a much more valuable resource in the fabricating shop.

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Overlay welding strip intended to reduce production time

December 11, 2007

Sandvik says its new welding strip, Sandvik 24.29.5.LCu, reduces production time by half in overlay welding applications.The material allows users to attain the required grade for 904L overlay in a...

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Multipurpose welding machine suitable for GMAW, GTAW, SMAW

December 11, 2007

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MultiMaster® 300X, a multipurpose, ready-to-weld package for GMAW, DC GTAW, and SMAW electrode. Designed for use with the company's Dual Shield X...

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American Weldquip appoints district managers

December 11, 2007

American Weldquip Inc., Sharon Center, Ohio, recently appointed two district sales managers, naming Ray Trudell as manager for Ontario, Canada, and Todd Harris as manager for the Mid-South...

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The whats, whys, and whens of GTAW

November 6, 2007

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More difficult to learn than some welding processes, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) can be used to weld a greater range of materials than most other processes. This article explains GTAW, examines its advantages and disadvantages, describes appropriate and inappropriate applications, and discusses how important cleanliness is in GTAW

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9-1-1: Weld Emergency!

November 6, 2007

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Toolweld Inc., a microwelding shop run by a father/son duo, faces the challenges of providing quality welds while working against the clock. The shop utilizes both micro-GTAW and laser equipment to meet the demands of a variety of customers.

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Nozzle spray station helps reduce spatter buildup in single spray

November 6, 2007

The Torch Wizard™ nozzle spray station from ELCo helps reduce spatter buildup on GMAW nozzles in a single spray. It coats the nozzle bore, face, and exterior simultaneously.Two models are...

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Spool gun allows aluminum welding with GMAW machines

November 6, 2007

The Spoolmate 100 series spool gun from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. allows aluminum welding with Millermatic® 140, Millermatic® 140 with Auto-Set™, and Millermatic® 180 GMAW machines....

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