Aluminum Welding

The aluminum welding technology area has instructions, tips, and product information geared specifically toward welding this lightweight, versatile material.

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Aluminum Workshop: The burning question behind welding aluminum with FCAW/SAW

November 11, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: I heard recently that there is a flux-cored wire available for aluminum GMAW. Is this true? If so, can you tell me who makes it? Also, why isn’t flux-cored wire more commonly available for aluminum GMAW? A: First of all, as far as I know, there is no flux-cored wire available for aluminum...

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Aluminum Workshop: Differentiating between residue and oxide on your aluminum wire

November 10, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: I think I have a problem with the 5356 aluminum wire I am using for gas metal arc welding (GMAW). If I take a clean white cloth, wrap it around a length of the wire, and rub it vigorously, I get a pretty big black mark on the cloth. I think the wire is dirty. The company that sold it to me says...

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Aluminum Workshop: Sizing up processes, power source capabilities for aluminum welding

November 7, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: I have a small shop at my home and would like to add a piece of welding equipment to increase my capabilities to weld aluminum. But, I’m confused. I don’t know whether to buy a gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) machine or a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine. Any suggestions? A: In general,...

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Aluminum Workshop: Aluminum TIG with DCEN

November 6, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: I do a lot of aluminum GTAW, and I have always used alternating current (AC). Recently a friend told me that I can GTAW aluminum using direct current electrode negative (DCEN). Is this true? A: Yes, it is true, but using DCEN requires some changes in the process. Let’s find out what they are....

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Aluminum Workshop: Choosing tungsten for aluminum TIG

November 5, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: I am just getting into aluminum GTAW and I have heard many recommendations about which tungsten electrode I should use. Can you tell me how to make the right choice? A: I will certainly try. First, let’s look at the commonly available tungsten electrodes (see Figure 1). Each type is given an...

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Aluminum Workshop: Busting the universal filler myth

November 4, 2014 | By Frank Armao

Q: My friend told me that he never worries about what grade of aluminum alloy he is welding on. He always uses 1100 filler. He says since 1100 is essentially pure aluminum and doesn’t contain any alloying elements, that you can use it to weld any aluminum alloy. Is this true? It would eliminate a...

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Aluminum GMAW push-pull welding system targets truck trailer manufacturing

June 10, 2014

The POWER MIG® 350MP Trailer Manufacturing One-Pak™ from Lincoln Electric provides push-pull wire feeding capability for trailer manufacturing sheet metal applications. The multiprocess package includes a Magnum® PRO AL air-cooled, push-pull gun; aluminum drive roll kits; SuperGlaze 5356...

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AWS presents Extraordinary Welding Award to Times Square New Year's Eve ball

January 10, 2014

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has presented an Extraordinary Welding Award to the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. The award recognizes technical design or outstanding development in welded fabrication, as well as welding excellence in construction, fabrication, and manufacturing....

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Welding system module allows welding process customization

November 18, 2013

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced the Power Wave® Advanced module with AC welding capability to run aluminum processes. The welding system module performs several processes: SMAW, GMAW, pulsed GMAW, GTAW, and Surface Tension Transfer® (STT®). STT is a controlled GMAW...

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Lincoln Electric receives presidential award for exports

May 23, 2013

The U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank has presented Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, with the President's "E" Award for Exports. According to the company, the award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S....

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ESAB wins 2013 sales and customer service award

May 21, 2013

ESAB Cutting Systems, a provider of welding filler metals, equipment, and accessories in Florence, S.C., has been awarded the 2013 Gold Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service. The company was recognized as the Sales Turnaround of the Year from more than 1,200 entries from organizations in...

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Underwater aluminum GMAW

May 3, 2013

The U.S. Navy has been searching for new weld-repair methods on its aluminum-hulled ships beyond dry docking, which is impractical and costly. Phoenix Intl., an underwater services company that has held the Navy’s Diving Services contract for the past 15 years, may have found one: underwater aluminum GMAW in a hyperbaric chamber.

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AlcoTec offers aluminum welding technology program

April 18, 2013

AlcoTec's School of Aluminum Welding Technology: Theory & Practice Program is designed to incorporate both a theoretical and practical approach to welding aluminum alloys. Designed for welding engineers, product design engineers, and sales personnel, the program includes comprehensive classroom...

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5 tips for successful aluminum GTAW

March 1, 2013 | By Jim Watson

Aluminum has garnered a reputation for being difficult to weld, especially when using gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Mastering the process isn’t as daunting as you might think. All you really need for successful aluminum GTAW is an understanding of the metal’s unique properties and the welding preparation techniques and tools you’ll need to address those properties.

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Weld-Ed establishes summer workshop series for welding educators

February 4, 2013

The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), located at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio, has announced its 2013 professional development workshop series, which includes five training modules. The hands-on, instructional workshops offer welding educators...

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