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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Arc Welding 101: Use and identify tungsten electrodes correctly

April 22, 2014

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Q: Can you tell me how to identify tungsten after the paint is worn off? Anonymous A: The two most common processes that use a nonconsumable tungsten electrode are gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and plasma arc welding (PAW). These electrodes come in a variety of compositions or alloys, and...

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Arc Welding 101: Short-circuit MIG not prequalified in AWS D1.1? No problem …

April 21, 2014

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Q: The company I work for welds with GMAW-S, and all of the weld procedure specifications (WPS) that we have are from prequalified AWS D1.1 welds. When I look in D1.1, I find that GMAW-S is not a prequalified transfer mode. Are all of our WPSs null? If I understand D1.1 correctly, we would need to...

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Arc Welding 101: Grooming tips for welding equipment (and the men who use it)

April 21, 2014

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Instead of a Q&A column this issue, we’re going to talk PPE and hygiene. The idea was inspired by my wife Dianne, who bought me an issue of Esquire magazine before our trip to Oregon. She was adamant that I read it, so finally I picked it up. Among the advertisements for men’s fragrances,...

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Art of the Steel

April 21, 2014

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Welder Josh Welton, Brown Dog Welding, has found success far beyond the work he does in his shop. Through social media, Josh has created a brand in demand by an ever-increasing following. The latest venture in the shop’s evolutionary process is Art of the Steel, a book that features Josh’s metal art and more.

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Welding gear designed for female welders

April 16, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Jessi Combs Women’s Welding Gear Ready-Pak®. It includes essential PPE designed for female welders. The kit includes an industrial duffle bag, VIKING™ Jessi vs. The Robot™ 3350 series auto-darkening helmet, Jessi Combs Women’s...

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ESAB announces completion of Colfax’s acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings

April 15, 2014

ESAB, Florence, S.C., a member of the Colfax group of companies, has announced that Colfax Corp. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings Inc., a global manufacturer of cutting, gas control, and specialty welding systems. Colfax is a diversified global...

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Optimize your welding processes with the right gas and expertise

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Air Products

Length: 60:00

Air Products brings welding expertise and optimal performance to your shop floor. You'll see a live demonstration of our MAXX™ shielding gas blends and how they compare to a traditional industry standard gas blend.

Optrel opens first office in North America

April 10, 2014

Optrel AG, a provider of auto-darkening filter technology for welding helmets, has opened its first office and distribution center in North America. Operating as Optrel Inc., the East Greenwich, R.I., office manages all customer service, sales, marketing, and distribution for the company’s...

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Choose your weapon

April 10, 2014

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Each welding process has its pros and cons, and a wise welder has them all in his or her arsenal.

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You’re fired!

April 8, 2014

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You may have the skills, but if you can’t follow rules and don’t have a good work ethic, your skills won’t get you very far. Marty Rice shares personal stories of workers who have learned this lesson the hard way.

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IWDC celebrates 20th anniversary by supporting military foundation

April 7, 2014

In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative, Indianapolis-based IWDC is organizing a fundraising drive for The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, located in Noblesville, Ind., grants wishes for active-duty military soldiers and their families. The...

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ESAB launches redesigned website

April 7, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website for North America at www.esabna.com. The new site has a cleaner, contemporary look and uncluttered layout. Drop-down navigation menus and better functionality throughout allow visitors to...

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Cleanliness is godliness ...

March 27, 2014

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In my opinion, the lack of emphasis on clean materials carries over as much as the muscle memory from running stringers.

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Straight-cutting torch’s gas-mixing technology reduces flashback potential

March 26, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the Oxweld® SCT-1500 TR manual straight-cutting torch as part of its Elite series of gas apparatus products. The torch features patent-pending universal swirl injector gas-mixing technology to provide the optimum mix of gas...

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Arc welding system designed for production of spiral pipes

March 25, 2014

SMS Meer offers Perfect Arc®, a precision-controlled system for arc and submerged arc welding production of spiral pipes. A digitalized current source generates the “perfect arc,” reports the company, while cutting energy usage by 30 to 40 percent. Welding speed is up to 39...

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