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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Lincoln Electric welding machine wins 2015 SEMA Global Media Award

November 17, 2015

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has announced that its new Square Wave® TIG 200 welding machine has won a Global Media Award (GMA) from the 2015 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). Automotive journalists from 15 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa, and South America...

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The double-edged sword of success

November 16, 2015

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For people who are truly good at what they do, the opportunities never end. That’s both the good and the bad news. Can you identify with Josh Welton’s state of mind these days?

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Arc Welding 101: For the record: Grounding, work leads are not the same

November 16, 2015

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Q: I am writing this in regards to an article you wrote last year about grounding and grounds (“Achieving a good work lead connection,” Practical Welding Today, July/August 2014, p. 58). You mentioned that grounding to a structure should not be used if at all possible. My question is this: If...

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Rolling inductor available with infrared temperature sensor

November 9, 2015

The ProHeat™ rolling inductor heating system from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. now is available with an optional infrared temperature sensor. The system is designed to distribute heat evenly into the workpiece. Temperature measurement allows operators to set and achieve targeted preheat...

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Battery-powered welding machine allows mobile stud welding

November 5, 2015

HBS offers the Pegasar 500 accu battery-powered stud welding machine. It allows mobile stud welding with capacitor discharge for diameters of up to M6, with constant welding capacity since the capacitors are completely decoupled from the battery during welding. The battery can handle up to 400 M6...

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Using a purge dam to cut welding time for UHP applications

November 4, 2015

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In welding high-purity and ultrahigh-purity piping systems, quite a bit of the welder’s time is idle, time spent waiting for the purge system to remove the oxygen from the system. Most purge dams mark or scratch the pipe’s ID, neither of which is acceptable on HP and UHP systems. This led to the development of a purge dam specifically for these applications.

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Miller announces acquisition of Impact Eng.

November 4, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of arc welding products in Appleton, Wis., has announced its acquisition of Impact Eng. of Jackson, Mich., a manufacturer of weld data monitoring systems. Impact Eng. has previously partnered with Miller on welding information product development. As...

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Compact welding machines handle GMAW, GTAW

November 4, 2015

Fronius has introduced the TPS 270i C Pulse and TPS 320i C Pulse with integrated wire-feed unit. Designed for welding currents of up to 270 amps and 320 amps respectively, the compact welding machines are suitable for GMAW, GTAW, and electrode welding. In addition to the pulse welding package...

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Arc Applications Inc. announces staff addition

October 30, 2015

Arc Applications Inc., York, Pa., has announced the hiring of Jason R. Rausch. He has a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering from The Ohio State University. Rausch brings to the company experience in production and procedure development for industries including oil and gas and heavy...

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Lincoln Electric to invest $30 million in Ohio welding technology center

October 30, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co., a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has announced plans to invest about $30 million in a new welding technology center on its Euclid, Ohio, campus. The center will focus on the training of welding educators and industry leaders to address the rising demand for...

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College of DuPage introduces welding technology degree program

October 29, 2015

College of DuPage (COD), Glen Ellyn, Ill., has launched a new welding technology degree program to prepare students to earn credentials from the American Welding Society (AWS). Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the program trains graduates for occupations in production,...

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100-hour workweeks and the art of welding

October 29, 2015

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Imagine 100-hour workweeks. Overload, fatigue, and burnout are to be expected. But it’s also very rewarding when your hard work bears fruit.

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Merrill Institute’s manager of operations receives 2015 Excellence in Welding Award

October 27, 2015

Alma, Mich.-based educational welding organization Merrill Institute has announced that Jason North, manager of operations and industrial training, has received the 2015 Excellence in Welding Award for his dedication to promoting the image of welding in his community. The award is issued by the...

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Praxair Skills Pipeline students graduate from Louisiana colleges

October 23, 2015

Danbury, Conn.-based Praxair Inc. has announced that nearly 100 welding students are graduating from the company’s inaugural Skills Pipeline program in Louisiana. The company will continue to support the program in 2016 through the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS)....

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Coldwater Machine named exclusive distributor for Avant Garde Technology

October 21, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer of specialized equipment and solid-state welding/joining systems in Coldwater, Ohio, has established a business agreement with Avant Garde Technology, Lake Mary, Fla., providing Coldwater exclusive sales representation and turnkey manufacturing rights to Avant...

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