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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Lincoln sponsors NASCAR Fantasy Weekends Sweepstakes

March 7, 2006

Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, has announced its NASCAR® Fantasy Weekends Sweepstakes, that offers individuals a chance to win one of three NASCAR prizes.The grand prize is a VIP race package...

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ESAB earns ISO 14001

March 7, 2006

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has earned environmental management system certification for ISO 14001. The company says it is one of the first welding and cutting businesses in the...

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Tregaskiss hires regional sales manager

March 7, 2006

Tregaskiss® Welding Products has added Butch Hyde as regional sales manager for the Northeast region.Hyde has more than 25 years' experience in sales and reports to the director of sales, Steve...

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Female student achieves first for school, state

March 7, 2006

Jessica Jelinski takes pride in doing her best when it comes to welding -- that's what propelled her to win first place in the SkillsUSA Wisconsin state welding competition in 2005. Today she uses that work ethic to further her welding career and teach other young people about the trades.

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Staying grounded

March 7, 2006

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Because a typical arc welding setup may consist of several electrical circuits, it's critical to apply and maintain proper grounding methods within the welding area to promote electrical safety in the workplace.

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Head of her class

March 7, 2006

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At a time when it's becoming more and more difficult to find skilled workers, it's encouraging to read about people like 18-year-old Jessica Jelinski who are studying and pursuing careers in metalworking. Jelinski is putting her welding training to good use winning competitions and working on interesting projects.

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Guidelines for tungsten electrodes

March 7, 2006

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Choosing one of the six commonly available tungsten electrodes is a crucial first step in successful gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). In addition, tip preparation is critical. The electrode choices are pure tungsten, 2 percent thoriated, 2 percent ceriated, 1.5 percent lanthanated, zirconiated, and rare earth. The end preparations are balled, pointed, and truncated.

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A tale of two welders

March 7, 2006

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George Bright and David Anthony were two welders with the same goal: to upgrade their GTAW system. Learn about their experiences and gain some insight into what you need to know to upgrade from an air-cooled to a water-cooled GTAW system.

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EWI announces high-power ultrasonics initiative

February 22, 2006

EWI today announced a new initiative intended to expand the use of high-power ultrasonics (HPU) in the manufacturing, materials processing, biomedical, and energy fields. In collaboration with Case...

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Up with energy prices and wind towers - Automation, consultation help plate fabricator meet demand for wind tower masts

February 7, 2006

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With the recent increases in gasoline and natural gas prices, more attention than ever is focused on alternative energy sources. One fabricator, Aerisyn LLC, investigated manufacturing towers for use in the wind power industry. To produce towers efficiently enough to compete against imports from Asia, Aerisyn relied on an equipment vendor that had experience in demanding fields such as aerospace, nuclear, and wind power.

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Electrodes meet military specifications

February 7, 2006

Select-Arc Inc. offers two low-alloy steel, gas-shielded, flux-cored electrodes with military specification approvals.The Select 820-Ni1 produces 1 percent nickel weld deposit and welds steels that...

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AWS to hold arc welding conference

February 7, 2006

The American Welding Society (AWS) will present All in the Family: The Gas-Shielded Arc Welding Conference, March 7-8 in Las Vegas.The conference encompasses a variety of welding-related processes,...

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Praxair acquires Constar LLC

February 7, 2006

Praxair Distribution Inc., Danbury, Conn., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., has acquired the packaged gas business and facilities of Constar LLC, Norcross, Ga., and its affiliates, Airstar Carolina,...

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Team Metal Fabricators updates Web site

February 7, 2006

Team Metal Fabricators, Addison, Ill., has updated its Web site, www.teammetalfabricators.com, to promote its custom fabrication services.The site features the company's products and services,...

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Hanging it up

February 7, 2006

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In his farewell article for thefabricator.com, reader-favorite author and welding instructor Marty Rice reflects on his life, his welding career, writing for the Web site, and his appreciation for the readers who have contacted him throughout the years. He also expresses his view about the decline of welding training programs.

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