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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Pipe welding video available for download

August 12, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers videos on pipe welding techniques, available for free download at the company's Web site. The videos explain techniques and technology that can help increase pipe welding productivity.Online video topics include new advances in pipe welding techniques, preparation of...

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Electrodes designed for tubular welding

August 12, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. manufactures tubular welding electrodes. The company's line of welding wires comprises flux-cored and metal-cored products, including carbon steel, low-alloy, stainless steel, nickel-alloy, and hardsurfacing electrodes.Applications include automotive exhaust systems, oil exploration...

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ESAB appoints VP of product management, development

August 12, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., a manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals, has added Michael J. Ostaffe as vice president of product management and development, filler metals, for North America. He is responsible for driving the company's programs in...

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D&S Mfg. unveils expansion plan

August 12, 2008

Michael Dougherty, president of D&S Mfg. in Black River Falls, Wis., has announced the company's initiation of a $6.4 million expansion of its production facilities. The 12-month project commenced in June."As a result of the strong sales growth we have experienced during the past several years, D&S...

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Image Industries adds regional applications engineer

August 12, 2008

Image Industries, Huntley, Ill., has announced the addition of Elie Klachkin as regional applications engineer serving the northeastern states from Maine to Virginia.In this newly created position, Klachkin helps clients develop products focusing on stud welding technology. He is responsible for...

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Submerged arc welding : then and now

July 29, 2008 | By Steven Rainwater

Submerged arc welding (SAW) is so named because the weld and arc zone are submerged beneath a blanket of flux. The flux material becomes conductive when it is molten, creating a path for the current to pass between the electrode and the workpiece. The flux blanket prevents spatter and sparks, while...

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Becoming the best danged welder on the block

July 29, 2008 | By Marty Rice

"Welder wanted" signs abound in many areas of the U.S., and welding instructor Marty Rice believes there's never been a better time to pursue a welding career. How do you make your welding career the best it can be? Following certain guidelines can help.

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20,000 welds under the sea

July 29, 2008

A Florida company specializing in underwater inspection, maintenance, and repair of deep sea vessels needs reliable, safe, and portable equipment to ensure that the job can be done anywhere in the world.

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The road to Jamestown: A white-collar dropout fabricates his legacy project

July 15, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Few people are lucky enough to turn their hobbies and passions into a satisfying and lucrative career. Even fewer have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy of historical proportions. One individual working under a canopy at historic Jamestown is doing both. Bravo, Bob Williams.

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Welding helmets added to fixed-shade line

July 15, 2008

Hobart Welding Products has introduced graphic welding helmets with U.S. Flag and Tribal Flame designs. Both styles are a part of the company's line of fixed-shade, non-autodarkening helmets. They feature a No. 10 fixed-shade lens measuring 4.5 in. by 5.25 in. The large window is suitable for SMAW,...

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Semiautomatic system welds plasma wire, tube

July 15, 2008

The semiautomatic plasma wire and tube welding system from Process Welding Systems allows operators to load a guide wire, angioplasty wire, vascular closure wire, biopsy tubes, aspiration tubes, and any type of small wire or tube to be plasma-welded on the end of the part, the manufacturer states....

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Troubleshooting welding conductivity

June 17, 2008 | By Bill Giese

When MIG welding, are you experiencing an erratic, sputtering arc; a gradual need to increase voltage at the power source; discoloration of copper cable strands or the liner; increased contact tip burnbacks; or inconsistent weld appearance? If so, your problem could be poor conductivity caused by electrical resistance.

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Metal-cored electrode designed for stainless, other austenitic steels

June 17, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced a composite metal-cored electrode for GMAW of stainless and certain other types of austenitic steels.The composite nature of SelectAlloy 307EU-C provides high deposition rates, fast travel speeds, and a weld deposit that resists hot cracking, the company reports. The...

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Silver welder's pencil designed for fine-line layout work

June 17, 2008

The J.P. Nissen Co.'s new silver welder's pencil is designed for fine-line layout work on all metals. The pencil marks illuminate during cutting or welding and will not burn or rub off.The pencil can be sharpened in an ordinary pencil...

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Digital arc stud welding equipment offers enhanced SPC documentation

June 17, 2008

The Smart Weld™ line of digital arc stud welding equipment is available from Image Industries with advanced data management for SPC documentation.The documentation feature serves as a reinforcement tool for maintaining quality control measures. By reporting information such as date and time,...

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