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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GMAW Gun Feedability

Straightening out GMAW gun feedability

January 13, 2009 | By Kyle Stuart

Don't let GMAW wire feed tie you into knots. Familiarize yourself with how to identify wire feedability issues and how to fix them to ensure that you get optimal weld strength and appearance.

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Wire feed assist enhanced

January 13, 2009

ELCo Enterprises Inc. has made several changes to its Wire Pilot® wire feed assist. The unit is designed to help a wire feeder move large-diameter wire or long runs through the conduit in welding applications.The unit now features hard-chromed, U-groove drive rolls with rounded shoulders along...

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Self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire designed for X80 pipeline applications

January 13, 2009

Hobart Brothers offers Fabshield X80 self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire for use in X80 pipeline applications. According to the manufacturer, the wire creates welds with high tensile strength and Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact values from 107 ft.-lbs. at -20 degrees F to 96 ft.-lbs. at -40 degrees...

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Low-hydrogen stick electrode designed for flat, horizontal position structural fabricating

January 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric offers the Excalibur® 7028 low-hydrogen stick electrode, designed for structural fabricators working in the flat and horizontal positions. Applications include ships and bridge structures, storage tanks, and general heavy industrial fabrication jobs.According to the company,...

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Western Enterprises donates equipment to local community college

January 13, 2009

Western Enterprises, Westlake, Ohio, has partnered with Lorain County Community College (LCCC) to supply equipment for the new National Center for Welding Education and Training to be built this year. The center will be housed in LCCC's Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Nord Advanced...

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Symposium raises welding awareness among high school educators

January 13, 2009

More than 100 Wisconsin high school counselors, educators, and administrators attended a recent symposium on welding careers sponsored by Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Airgas, Miron Construction, and AZCO Inc.Designed to inform attendees about the salary potential and variety of careers that can...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Brazilian brazing products manufacturer

January 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired a 90 percent interest in Brastak, a Brazilian manufacturer of brazing products. The company is based in Sao Paulo and has annual sales of about $30 million."The Brastak acquisition represents the expansion of our brazing product line as well...

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Welding for all seasons - TheFabricator.com

Welding for all seasons

December 16, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Tom Young has lived an unconventional life full of opportunities that happened because he could do what others could not: He could weld.

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Flux-cored wire intended for general purpose welding, repairs

December 16, 2008

Hobart Brothers offers the Fabshield® 23 self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire for general purpose welding and repairs on thin gauge mild or galvanized steel and coated materials. The wire produces a soft, smooth arc with good wetting action and is suitable for use on multiple welding...

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Stainless steel electrodes manufactured for high-temperature welding

December 16, 2008

Arcos Industries LLC offers Arcos 310 bare-wire and covered stainless steel electrodes, which are manufactured for high-temperature welding applications.The bare-wire version, ER310, is designed to deliver high-temperature oxidation resistance up to 2,100 degrees F. This electrode is suitable for...

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GTAW/SMAW power sources enhanced to eliminate guesswork

December 16, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced that the Dynasty® 200 AC/DC GTAW/SMAW and Maxstar® 200 DC GTAW/SMAW power sources now feature Blue Lightning™ technology to help provide consistent high-frequency arc starting from 200-amp to microthin, 1-amp applications. The operator enters the...

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Modular heavy-duty welding table provides 2-ton load capacity

December 16, 2008

Strong Hand Tools™ manufactures the BuildPro™ series of welding tables. Designed for modular, simplified use, the table is constructed of precision, hardened steel plates with 5/8-in. holes in a 2-in. grid pattern. Each plate can be removed and reconfigured to extend the width of the...

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Hobart Brothers expands manufacturing operations

December 16, 2008

Hobart Brothers Co. has announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations into a new, 65,000-sq.-ft. facility located in Troy, Ohio. The new facility will be used to increase production capacity for the company's welding consumables. Forty employees are expected to be added to the work force...

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Handy & Harman Precious Metals Group unites its brands

December 16, 2008

The Handy & Harman Precious Metals Group, a family of companies that supply brazing and soldering materials and technical services to OEMs and aftermarket distributors, has announced plans to unify all of its brazing companies under a single brand name—LucasMilhaupt—beginning in January...

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Pulse welding

Pulse welding eases exotic-metal fabrication

December 14, 2008

Pulsed gas metal arc welding helps AmeriFab Inc., a maker of steelmaking furnaces and related equipment, streamline its welding operations.

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