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Odessa, oil, and the welding arc

February 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Investors worry about how the drop in oil prices will affect the energy boom. The people on the front lines—including the fabricators and pipe welders—don’t seem to be terribly worried. Some even welcome a slight slowdown, because it will give everyone time to catch up.

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Art in motion

January 22, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

Welder and artist Ed Kidera uses his engineering background to create unusual works of art, many of which are dynamic rather than static.

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Arc Welding 101: Put your finger on it

January 20, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I'm a welding instructor at a steel mill in northwest Indiana. We attended the “Train the Trainer” class at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology 12 years ago to certify in all positions, limited and unlimited thickness plates with backing, using all shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)...

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Fabrication minus the relaxation

January 15, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

No-niche southwest Florida fabricator grows big in small time frame

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Managing welding information more efficiently

December 16, 2014 | By Caleb Krisher, Todd McEllis

A company can improve only those areas of production that can be tracked and measured. In welding, information management systems can help to provide the support to bolster production efficiencies.

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Boatbuilder switches from aluminum to steel

December 11, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Burger Boat Co. has weathered many a storm in its 150-year history, often changing direction to incorporate new technologies and adapt to changing market conditions. When the pleasure craft industry sank in 2009, it went after commercial work, and in the process had to develop a program for working in steel, which it hadn’t done in five decades or so. With the new process came new consumables from ESAB.

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Friendship and loss on the job

December 3, 2014 | By Marty Rice

A young ironworker learns the value of job friendships, how to make work fun, and how devastating an on-the-job accident can be.

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Arc Welding 101: Those dang CVN requirements

November 21, 2014 | By Paul Cameron

Q: Table 4.6 of AWS D1.1: 2010 is a list of supplementary essential variable changes that would require weld procedure specification (WPS) requalification due to Charpy V-notch (CVN) testing requirements. Under base metal (item 2) it indicates: Minimum thickness qualified is T or 5/8 inch...

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Arc Welding 101: Wire-feed welding, stick welding with the same machine

November 17, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Q: I would like to know if a wire-feed welding machine can double as a modest-amperage DC shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) machine if I attach an electrode holder to the output. I have been told that aluminum welding works well and is convenient using SMAW and DC. I have the aluminum roller kit...

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Arc Welding 101: Advice for MIG welding a motorcycle frame

November 14, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Q: I just ran across the article you wrote about gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machines in the July/August 2004 issue of Practical Welding Today. Your article was very informative. I will be purchasing a welding machine soon and would like to know if a GMAW machine can handle a motorcycle frame. Any...

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Arc Welding 101: Electrodes and machine settings

November 13, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Q: I know how to arc weld. I took arc welding classes in high school and was certified in the state of California. Unfortunately, they never taught me about the settings and what electrodes were best for what jobs. For example, I’m rebuilding a motorcycle and I want to straighten a minor bend...

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Arc Welding 101: Blowing out metal when welding car panels

November 12, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Q: I only have a 110-V arc welding machine, and I want to weld car panels, but I keep blowing out the metal. What can I do to stop this? Can I use aluminum rods? Dan F. A: You can use aluminum rods on aluminum only, and they typically are used only for really thick pieces, about 0.25 inch and...

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Arc Welding 101: Advice for a first-time welder

November 11, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Q: I’m thinking about learning how to weld. I want a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine so I can box my 1955 GMC truck frame and install an independent front suspension. Where should I start? William S. A: Books, the Internet, videos, cable TV shows, and classes offer more information about...

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Creativity springs forth from the darkness

November 10, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

A freak accident changed the life of a materials science professor at Texas Tech University. Not only does he appreciate the second chance at living, he also discovered a talent for giving discarded metal objects a second chance at living through metal sculpture.

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Arc Welding 101: Don't spare the rod—Electrode storage myths

November 10, 2014 | By Marty Rice

Welders often ask me, “Can I dry welding rods in my oven if they have gotten wet?” and “Can I put 7018 welding rods in my freezer for a certain amount of time if they are old?” The 7018 electrode is a low-hydrogen rod, which means it doesn’t tolerate moisture in its flux. If you’ve...

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