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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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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GTAW torch withstands high-amperage applications without overheating

October 14, 2008

Weldcraft's WP-12 water-cooled GTAW torch is designed to withstand high-amperage applications without overheating, minimize downtime, and improve operator comfort. It is rated at 500 amps at 100 percent duty cycle for DC GTAW.The torch features 100 percent copper construction to help ensure maximum...

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Reconditioning system for welding gas cylinders removes contaminants

October 14, 2008

Viking Blast & Wash Systems' welding gas cylinder reconditioning system, the GC440, removes rust, enamel paint, and other surface contaminants from gas cylinders ranging in size from 12 in. dia. to an SSPC-SP6 surface finish on a continuous-flow basis.In an 8-hour day, the system can clean...

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Portable weld curtain sets up, breaks down in seconds

October 14, 2008

A & A Mfg. has released a new portable weld curtain. The curtain sets up and breaks down in seconds, according to the company, and can be transported to new workstations with its roller wheels.When extended, maximum height is 72.0 in. Width is 74.5 in. When retracted, the curtain stands only 4 in....

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Industrial chairs ergonomically designed for welders

October 14, 2008

Synetik Design Inc. has developed a line of ergonomic seating products for welders.The company's patented Stag4 and Flex chairs are designed to provide a safe, comfortable position while...

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American Welding & Tank acquires Certified Cylinder

October 14, 2008

American Welding & Tank LLC (AWT), Mechanicsburg, Pa., a division of Taylor-Wharton Intl. LLC, recently acquired Certified Cylinder Inc., Crossville, Tenn.AWT says the acquisition will significantly expand its refurbishing services. The purchased company will operate as Certified Cylinder a...

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ESAB opens flux plant

October 14, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added a new flux plant to its filler metal manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pa. The company says the plant significantly upgrades its manufacturing capacity.The company already operates one flux plant, which opened in 2002. The addition of the new, larger flux...

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Thermadyne Honors Distributor Cee Kay Supply

October 14, 2008

Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, recently honored one of its distributors, Cee Kay Supply, St. Louis, on Cee Kay's 60th anniversary. Cee Kay is an independent supplier of industrial gases, welding and cutting equipment, and supplies.Thermadyne Executive Vice President of Global Sales and...

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President Bush visits Lincoln Electric

October 14, 2008

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. welcomed President George W. Bush to its world headquarters and manufacturing plant in Cleveland on July 29.Bush toured the facility and learned about the company's welding products, including its automated welding technology. He participated in live robotic and...

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Welding hazards and how to prevent them

September 30, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Four of 1,000 welders lose their lives each year, and many more are seriously injured because they fail to follow safe welding practices. Welding hobbyists who follow the examples set on television are particularly susceptible to injury. In this article, Marty Rice reflects on moments in his welding career that illustrate the importance of welding safety.

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Understanding ultrasonic welding

September 30, 2008 | By Karl Graff, Matt Bloss

Ultrasonic metal welding, around since the 1950s, has proven itself useful in a variety of industries where joining applications involve thermally conductive materials. While the process does have its disadvantages—joint configurations, thickness limitations, and difficulty welding high-strength materials, to name a few—ultrasonic metal welding has a bright future with the rising popularity of lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries. This overview of the process will outline the principles of ultrasonic metal welding, describe the key weld process parameters, and note a number of process applications.

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Hardsurfacing wires are impact, abrasion resistant

September 16, 2008

Designed to provide impact and abrasion resistance, Hobart Brothers McKay® VertiWear® 600 and VertiWear® AP hardsurfacing wires help increase part life, prevent excessive equipment wear, and reduce the need for extra parts inventory, the company states.The 600 wires are suitable for...

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Arc welding technology to be showcased at FABTECH

September 16, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers a variety of equipment for arc welding that will be on display at the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show.The PipePro system, suitable for field and shop fabrication, features the company's RMD (Regulated Metal Deposition) process, a precisely controlled...

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Power sources, components optimized for sub-arc process

September 16, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced two Sub Arc DC Series power sources; the heavy-duty, four-wheel-drive Sub Arc Tractor; and complete sub-arc system components.The Sub Arc DC 650 (650 amps at 100 percent duty cycle) and Sub Arc DC 1000 (1,000 amps at 100 percent duty cycle) are the company's...

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High-deposition welding guns feature durable, heat-resistant handle with rubberized grip

September 16, 2008

Bernard offers its HD Q and S-Guns designed for high-deposition welding. The welding guns feature a durable and heat-resistant handle with a rubberized grip for maneuverability. They also have an armor-protected locking trigger with an optional dual-schedule switch.The guns use Stay-Tite technology...

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