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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Considering change

May 10, 2005

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Gas-shielded flux cored arc welding (FCAW) is known for its high deposition rates and out-of-position welding capability in heavy manufacturing and fabrication applications. In an industry often averse to change, many companies consider their current FCAW practices and equipment as trustworthy family members: always reliable, with no reason to change.

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ESAB names senior executive for Florence operations

April 12, 2005

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products North America has announced the promotion of Jeff Hoffart to senior vice president and general manager for the company's Florence, S.C., operations. In his new...

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MIG welding tips and resources

April 11, 2005

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Photo courtesy of AlcoTec Wire Corp.Motorcycle- and hot rod-building shows on TV have put welding in a very positive light lately. In fact, Jesse James, the star of Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage," was named the American Welding Society (AWS) Welder of the Year because of his contributions to...

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Using AC for Al

April 11, 2005

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Figure 1Orbital gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) has been used in many industries since its introduction in the 1950s. Developed by the aerospace industry for welding small fittings to tubes, the process was limited by its large power supplies and cumbersome fixtures suited only to workshop...

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Panasonic Factory Automation changes name

March 8, 2005

Panasonic Factory Automation has been renamed Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America (PFSA).The name change unifies the company's capital equipment business globally under the Panasonic name...

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99% GTAW, 100% RAD

March 8, 2005

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Troy Trepanier stands next to the FastForward Fastback 1967 Mustang®, a project car restored with modifications borrowed from Ford's 2005 concept Mustang. It was made in 18 weeks with parts and accessories found and bought on eBay Motors. Troy Trepanier says his company does all the...

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Larger-than-life objects equal memorable sculptures

March 8, 2005

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Almost every artist blacksmith learns to make small animal heads from rods and often hammers petal-like shapes into flowers. But some 'smiths go far beyond these exercises and make items that are so much larger than life that they fall into the category of expressive sculpture.

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5,500 generator offers low dB

February 8, 2005

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers the Legend® 302 gas engine-driven welding generator, a low-speed generator that produces 5,500 W of peak power and 5,000 W of continuous power at 1,800 RPM. At...

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MG Systems and Welding appoints western regional sales manager

February 8, 2005

MG Systems and Welding has appointed Dick Parrott as western regional sales manager.Parrott returned to the company after a 19-year absence. He has 20 years' metal cutting and fabrication industry...

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Lincoln Electric agrees to acquire J.W. Harris

February 8, 2005

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire all of the outstanding stock of the J.W. Harris Co. Inc., a privately held brazing and soldering alloys...

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ESAB appoints training manager

February 8, 2005

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named Tony Anderson as the North American corporate technical training manager. Anderson is responsible for enhancing the design and coordination...

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10 frequently asked GTAW questions

February 8, 2005

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Experienced welders know that without the right information, it's easy to sacrifice quality, lose time, and generally become frustrated with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). And while there is merit in learning by trial and error, if you want to move toward precision GTAW, getting answers to 10...

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Multiprocess power source offers constant voltage, current

January 11, 2005

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s XMT® 350 VS inverter offers both constant voltage and current.The inverter has all of the features of the XMT 350 CC/CV multiprocess inverter, except for its remote...

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Lincoln Electric enters agreement with Penske Racing South

January 11, 2005

Lincoln Electric has formed a team supplier agreement with Penske Racing South, which fields cars for drivers Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman, and Brendan Gaughn.Under the agreement, Lincoln provides the...

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More about MIG welding

January 11, 2005

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Editor's Note: This article is a companion piece to Marty Rice's article MIG welding—The basics and then some. My first time using MIG (also called gas metal arc welding, GMAW) in the field was working on four stainless steel hoppers (tanks) at an Owens Corning plant. X-rays of the hoppers'...

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