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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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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Digital FCAW orbital pipe welding system uses push-pull system for positive feeding

September 16, 2008

A new Pipeliner model from Magnatech uses a push-pull system for positive feeding. The 30-lb. standard wire spool helps lower consumable cost, according to the manufacturer. The head welds pipes from 6 in. to 60 in.The system allows contractors to use standard 30-degree V bevels to help eliminate...

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Hobart Institute expands training area

September 16, 2008

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has added 8,000 sq. ft. of training area to include two additional, large classrooms and lab space equipped with new technology.Enrollment has doubled at the institute during the last three years, which required a second shift to be added during...

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FABTECH to include welding competition

September 16, 2008

The 2008 FABTECH® Intl. & AWS Welding Show Including METALFORM will host the AWS Skills Competition Weld-Off, an event that tests students' welding skills. FABTECH is scheduled to run Oct. 6-8 in Las Vegas.Six finalists, selected from 24 student welders who participated in the SkillsUSA...

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American Weldquip hires district sales managers

September 16, 2008

American Weldquip Inc., Sharon Center, Ohio, has hired four district sales managers.Ray Trudell has 25 years of experience in the welding industry, employed most recently for more than 11 years by Praxair – Canada as territory manager. He is responsible for the Ontario, Canada, market.Todd...

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Arc welding robot has dresspack routed inside upper arm

September 3, 2008

ABB's IRB 1600ID (integrated dressing), robot has its dresspack routed inside the robot's upper arm, which makes it suitable for arc welding.The dresspack carries all the media necessary for arc welding, including power, welding wire, shielding gas, and pressure air.On conventional robots, the...

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GTAW Welding

GTAW the thin line

August 26, 2008 | By Jack Fulcer

Gas tungsten arc welding thin metals can bring up an array of problems. Fortunately, best practices can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place.

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