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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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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Autodarkening helmet offers brightest view in light state

October 19, 2015

The vegaview2.5 autodarkening welding helmet from optrel inc. offers the brightest view in light state with a shade level 2.5, says the company. Shade level 2.5 offers welders a 400 percent brighter view of their environment than a typical shade level 4 in light state, according to the...

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A new spin on welding

October 19, 2015

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SpinArc, a kind of gas metal arc welding, rotates the wire at a controlled speed, diameter, and direction. This feature reportedly improves weld quality and productivity, and it makes more types of weld joints possible.

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Shields maintain argon gas coverage during weld cooling to prevent oxidation

October 16, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers Trailing Shields® designed to ensure that welds stay under a protective argon gas cover while the hot weld metal is cooling to prevent oxidation on contact with air. They are available in a flat style for sheet metal welding or in a curved style for...

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Multiprocess welding machine withstands harsh environments

October 16, 2015

The Flextec® 500 multiprocess welding machine from Lincoln Electric delivers up to 500 amps of inverter welding power. Designed for harsh operating conditions, it withstands environments such as construction, fabrication, and shipbuilding. Compatible with a variety of wire feeder types,...

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SMAW/GTAW machine available with digital meter

October 15, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers the SMAW-/GTAW-capable CST™ 280 series machine with an optional digital meter for precise control when presetting and monitoring welding amperage. The machine is suitable for welding pipe and plate in power plant construction, petrochemical construction,...

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The new era of welding data collection

October 12, 2015

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Welding technology developers have moved beyond simply collecting welding information for later review to creating software that allows fabricators to control production and assembly processes.

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When imagination meets craftsmanship

October 8, 2015

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The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship

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How the mental game applies to welding—lessons from Yogi

October 8, 2015

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Various factors help determine success in any field, be it baseball or welding. Skills and physical stamina are important. So is your mentality.

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Women welders get start in ironworker preapprenticeship program

October 8, 2015

Seventeen women recently graduated from a preapprenticeship class in the University of Iron, the apprenticeship program of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of California and Vicinity, Benicia, Calif. The women attended classes six days a week for three weeks, working nine hours a...

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Uniweld regional sales manager to receive AWS Life Member Certificate

October 7, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Uniweld has announced that Regional Sales Manager Thomas McCormack has been named the recipient of an AWS Life Member Certificate. McCormack, a longtime member of AWS, joined Uniweld more than 15 years ago. The company manufactures tools for the HVAC/R industry, as...

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