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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Measuring up as a welder

November 25, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Among the skills employers look for in their welders is the ability to read a tape measure correctly. Surprisingly, not everyone can do so. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares an anecdote from his welding career that illustrates how critical it is for welders to master this skill.

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Manufacturing Dump Bodies

Truckin' along

November 25, 2008

A fabricator of dump truck bodies reduced spatter, improved deposition, and increased productivity when it incorporated in new inverter power sources and weld monitoring software.

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Miller Electric announces job cuts

November 19, 2008

Appleton, Wis.-based Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced plans to cut 95 jobs, because of the economic downturn and slowing demand for its products. The layoffs represent about 6 percent of the company's 1,500 employees.According to company spokesperson Vickie Rhiner, most of the job cuts will...

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GTAW Welder

Tips for TIG torches

November 11, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Proper installation of GTAW torches—whether air- or water-cooled—is just one bullet on a long list of reasons that GTAW is so complex. The best way to simplify torch installation is to become familiar with the components and how to assemble them properly.

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GMAW inverter has built-in programs

November 11, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s Invision 350 MPa GMAW/pulsed-GMAW inverter features built-in programs. The inverter is designed to solve distortion, burn-through, and spatter issues associated with welding light-gauge material. When combined with the S-74 MPa wire feeder, the machines create a synergic...

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Stainless steel electrodes suitable for surfacing, welding over gaps

November 11, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced two self-shielded, flux-cored stainless steel electrodes designed to weld stainless steels and for the cladding of carbon steels. The lower penetration of the wires makes them suitable for surfacing and for welding over gaps.SelectAlloy 308LTO-3 contains a nominal...

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Cladding system applies corrosion-resistant alloys to pipeline inner walls

November 11, 2008

The ARC-05P from ARC Specialties is a PLC, GTAW, vertical-bore cladding system that circumferentially overlays corrosion-resistant alloys to the inner wall of carbon steel pipeline. The end result is a pipeline with the strength of carbon steel to withstand the pressure of deep sea, and the...

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Torch series introduced

November 11, 2008

Victor Equipment Co. now offers a series of cutting, welding, and heating torches and outfits.The Performer® is the lightest outfit in the series and can weld from 1/32 in. to 1-1/4 in. and cut 1/8 in. to 6 in. The SuperRange® II is a medium-duty outfit suitable for cutting and heating with...

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Cored welding wire manufacturer launches facility in Ohio

November 11, 2008

RevWires LLC, a cored welding wire manufacturer in Troy, Ohio, is scheduled to open an 80,000-sq.-ft. research and manufacturing facility this fall, with production to begin early 2009. The company is investing more than $14 million in the project.The highly automated plant, which will incorporate...

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GTAW common joint designs

November 11, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Understanding common gas tungsten arc weld (GTAW) joints, knowing when to use them, and mastering the proper method for each can help you achieve better welds. This article focuses on butt, corner, and T joints and discusses considerations such as material type and thickness.

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TIG Titanium Tubing

TIG for titanium tubing

October 28, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Although titanium has a reputation for being difficult to weld, it doesn't have to be problematic. Paying close attention to filler metal selection, cleanness, and use of the shielding gas are three steps to successful GTAW on titanium tube and pipe.

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The root causes of weld defects

October 28, 2008 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Bad welds can be traced back to poor workmanship, poor design, or a little of both.

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Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

October 14, 2008 | By John Luck

Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone's creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding.

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Sherry Moser Icicle Necklace

Mining her talent

October 14, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Imagine growing up thinking you really have no artistic ability and then taking a class that rekindles childhood interests and blows that belief sky high. Such was the case for jewelry-maker Sherry Moser, whose unique and beautiful creations pay homage to her upbringing and her deep love of her surroundings.

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Gooseneck system for GMAW guns facilitates quick style change

October 14, 2008

Tregaskiss now offers a QUICK LOAD™ gooseneck system for its curved-handle TOUGH GUN™ GMAW guns. The system allows welding operators to change gooseneck combinations quickly, minimizing downtime and providing the exact angle for specific welding applications, states the manufacturer....

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