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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Robotic Welding

Welding with vision

April 14, 2009 | By Terry Tupper

Vision technology adds flexibility and intelligence to the robotic welding cell.

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Sub-arc welding viewing system operates in high-temperature, EMI environments

April 14, 2009

The XVC-S from Xiris Automation Inc. is designed for viewing sub-arc welding processes. It provides the operator with a real-time view of the weld during welding; acts as a setup tool to position the welding torch before welding; and can be used to adjust the welding position or parameters.The...

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GMAW machine automatically selects wire feed speed, voltage

April 14, 2009

By integrating the exclusive Auto-Set™ feature into a GMAW machine, Miller Electric has created the Millermatic® 212 Auto-Set™. Auto-Set automatically selects wire feed speed and voltage after the operator inputs wire diameter and material thickness.The machine is equipped with...

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Lightweight, compact GMAW gun introduced

April 14, 2009

Tweco® has introduced the Spray Master™ GMAW gun. It is lighter and smaller than the company's No. 4 GMAW gun, with an ergonomically designed platform.The gun includes a rotatable conductor tube with an articulating head that helps lock the gun angle for certain positions, making it easier to...

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Welding distortion prediction software useful for preliminary design and planning

April 14, 2009

ESI Group has released Weld Planner software, which enables the evaluation and control of welding distortion engineering at the early stage of preliminary design and planning.The application provides access to welding-induced distortion simulation for people unfamiliar with finite elements...

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Welding power source supports ferrous, nonferrous alloys

April 14, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MTS 3500i multiprocess, fourth-generation inverter power source for GMAW, GTAW, or SMAW.The unit supports a selection of ferrous and nonferrous alloys in GMAW mode, using fixed slope and inductance controls. Digital preset of voltage and amperage...

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GMAW gun offers ergonomic front end handle

April 14, 2009

American Torch Tip manufactures a Binzel® MB-style GMAW gun, including all the replacement parts from front end to rear end. The parts include power pins for Tweco®, Miller®, and Lincoln®.The gun offers an ergonomic front end handle with a Lightning® rear end assembly and...

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Lincoln Electric begins Green Initiative Awareness Program

April 14, 2009

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has announced its new Green Initiative Awareness Program to promote the company's initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes and products.To help customers identify the products connected to these initiatives, the company is labeling...

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Lorain County Community College to lead national welding education and training effort

April 14, 2009

Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Ohio's top-ranked community college, has been named project leader for a $4.9 million National Science Foundation (NSF) program establishing a National Center for Welding Education and Training on the LCCC campus. The Center will increase the number of...

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Building the bridge to anywhere

April 1, 2009 | By Kate Eidam

Stinger Welding Inc. has only been around for 12 years but quickly has established itself as a premier fabricator of bridges and bridge components in the southwestern U.S. Two years ago a project involving an Oakland, Calif., bridge sent the company into the spotlight for its efforts in fabricating 12 girders in just eight days.

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Piping in productivity on heavy-gauge stainless steel

April 1, 2009 | By Craig Spindler

Stainless Piping Systems Inc., Toronto, is no stranger to demanding applications. The company specializes in engineering, fabricating, and installing complete piping systems for industries such as industrial process, pharmaceutical, water treatment, food and beverage, automotive, semiconductor,...

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Birdnesting causes downtime

Smooth wire feeding, smooth welding

March 24, 2009 | By Viwek Vaidya, Ed Cooper

A recent study analyzed wire feed practices, tested variables, and took initial steps at developing a scientific knowledge base that ultimately could take the trial and error out of wire feed setup.

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GTAW anodized aluminum

Mastering GTAW of anodized aluminum

March 24, 2009 | By Jack Fulcer

Performing GTAW on anodized aluminum poses a unique set of challenges, even to the most experienced welder. To address these challenges, welders must be aware of the special equipment and consumables required, properly prepare materials, and employ the correct technique to lay the bead.

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Smooth moves with GMAW

March 24, 2009 | By Todd Bridigum

Getting comfortable and attaining a clear view of the arc can make gas metal arc welding a lot easier.

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Lincoln Electric announces agreement for acquisition in China

March 17, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. has announced that its Asian subsidiary, The Lincoln Electric Company (Asia Pacific) Pte., Ltd. ("Lincoln Asia Pacific"), has signed definitive agreements to expand its welding consumables business in China by acquiring 100 percent control of Jinzhou Jin Tai Welding...

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