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 package features new heavy-plate parameters for 5/8 in. and thicker

March 10, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced an industrial ready-to-weld GMAW package, the Migmaster® 275. Rated 275 amps at 40 percent duty cycle and 200 amps at continuous 100 percent duty cycle, the machine features DC welding output from 30 to 300 amps with new heavy-plate parameters for...

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Multiquip appoints GCE president

March 10, 2009

Mike Howlett has been appointed as the new president of Multiquip's General Construction Equipment internal division. He joined the company in 1995 as operations manager and was promoted to vice president of operations after two years.Howlett has more than 25 years of experience in business...

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Think females can't weld? Think again

March 10, 2009 | By Marty Rice

During World War II, many females filled work force roles in traditionally male occupations. After the war, most left these jobs, but that doesn't mean women are any less able to fill them. Experience has taught welding instructor Marty Rice that females make danged good welders.

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It takes two, baby

March 10, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Hybrid laser-arc welding has been around for a while, but only recently has it gained steam, with more industries turning to the technology for a faster way to make components lighter with less heat input and minimal distortion while still maintaining part tolerance.

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Book offers tips, tricks for machinists, welders, fabricators

February 20, 2009

Metalworking Sink or Swim, by Tom Lipton, is a collection of tips, tricks, skills, and experiences for machinists, welders, and fabricators. It features shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of skills and observations from the author's almost 40 years in the metalworking trades, including a...

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Wireless GTAW pedal has 100-ft. range, multichannel adjustability

February 10, 2009

The Freedom Pedal® serves as a wireless replacement for a GTAW machine's corded pedal. It offers a 100-ft. range, an elevation positioning system, steer tabs, ergonomic shaping, and multichannel adjustability.The pedal can be set up in seconds, according to the manufacturer. Each system...

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Subarc tractor designed for welding large joints on heavy plate

February 10, 2009

Lincoln Electric's new Cruiser™ self-propelled tractor for SAW is designed for welding large joints on heavy plate, such as on barges, ships, large tanks, bridges, and offshore platforms. The tractor has a rated output of 1,000 amps at a 100 percent duty cycle and weld deposition rates up to...

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ESCO Tool moves to new building

February 10, 2009

ESCO Tool has acquired and refurbished a 60,000-sq.-ft. building in Holliston, Mass. The company has been located in nearby Medfield, Mass., since 1980.According to Matthew Brennan, president, "We have been the beneficiary of a growing power industry and are moving into a larger building in...

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Airgas acquires Great Lakes Oxygen

February 10, 2009

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., has completed the acquisition of Great Lakes Oxygen, also doing business as Welder's Supply, Westside Welders Supply, Great Lakes Propane, and Lake Erie Iron and Metal.Great Lakes Oxygen, a distributor of industrial gas and welding supplies, generates annual revenues of...

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Lincoln Electric announces cost-saving measures

February 2, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today announced actions to lower its fixed and variable cost structure to align its business with the current economic environment. These measures include the continuation of previously announced reduced work hours, cutting expenses and discretionary spending in all...

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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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