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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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AWS conference emphasizes uses of alternative materials, improved processes

June 17, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, Welding in Aircraft and Aerospace Conference will feature aircraft and aerospace industry experts. The two-day event, Sept. 16-17, will explore new products in the industry.Primary discussion topics will include the critical benefits of using particular...

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ESAB appoints vice presidents

June 17, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named David Abe as vice president of sales, western zone; Jerry Gleisner as vice president of sales, eastern zone; George Learmonth as vice president of strategic accounts, North America; and Greg Stauffer as vice president of sales support.Abe...

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The lowdown on low-alloy filler metals

June 17, 2008 | By Keith Packard, Bruce Morrett

When welding a chromium-molybdenum alloy, selecting the optimal filler wire is critical to the long-term durability of the weld. Fortunately, matching the filler metal to the alloy is no more difficult than it is for matching a filler metal to any other family of alloys. Understanding the chemical and mechanical properties of the materials can go a long way in making strong, corrosion- and creep-resistant welds.

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Tips for troubleshooting GMAW consumables

June 17, 2008 | By Bill Giese

Being able to quickly and accurately identify the source of GMAW consumable problems will save you both money and frustration.

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Thermadyne appoints automation business managers

May 15, 2008

Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, a manufacturer of cutting and welding products, recently appointed Charlie Fischer, Mark Powers, and Barry McCarter as automation business managers.Fischer is responsible for the Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky region. He has worked in the welding...

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Automation training for a new work force

May 13, 2008 | By Ernest A. Benway

AWS predicts that by 2010, the demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000. One means of addressing the shortage is through automated systems, such as automatic orbital GTAW units, which have gained favor in a variety of industries. But that does not diminish the requirement for an educated and well-trained work force. Automation requires more training, not less. That is why it is essential to be trained in basic welding procedures in addition to operating automated welding equipment.

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