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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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part I

January 7, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Although welder training has advanced over the years, the fundamentals remain essentially the same. What should beginning welders be taught first?

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Degree or pedigree? That is the question.

January 6, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Stephen Christena left Flint, Michigan, but Flint didn’t leave Christena. He has the eye of an artist, backed up by a degree, but the sturdy, industrial look he favors is testimony to his roots.

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Welding machine offers pulse GMAW

January 6, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the Big Blue® 350 PipePro SF engine-driven welding machine/generator. It features FieldPro™ Smart Feeder compatibility for improved efficiency in field welding applications. The multiprocess system can run conventional SMAW, DC GTAW, FCAW, and GMAW....

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Robotic welding power source offers online integration

December 29, 2015

The new-edition Aristo® Mig 5000iR robotic welding power source from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers improved arc starts, enhanced arc stability, and an improved crater-fill function at weld stop, says the company. The 500-amp unit’s robot interface offers increased storage and...

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Welding power source data analysis system developed

December 28, 2015

Fronius has developed the WeldCube documentation and data analysis system. It can connect up to 50 power sources, enabling continuous data monitoring. The unit is based on an industrial PC with integrated software. It is compatible with all digital Fronius series, with the DeltaSpot resistance...

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Welding machine designed for high-output welding, gouging applications

December 24, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the Big Blue 600 Pro welding machine/generator, featuring an EPA Tier 4 Final–compliant engine. The 600-amp machine is suitable for jobs requiring high output for welding, gouging, and auxiliary power. It uses a Kubota V2403 turbocharged four-cylinder...

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Full remote control at the weld joint can improve productivity, safety

December 21, 2015 | By John Leisner

Advancements in remote control technology make it more beneficial to employ the technology in welding operations, particularly those that involve extended distances between the power source and the welder.

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Online resource helps free welding instructors from curriculum development

December 17, 2015

Lincoln Electric has launched U/LINC™, a curriculum of lesson plans, videos, student handouts, assessment tests, and presentations designed to streamline the teaching experience and free welding school instructors from curriculum development. With more than 1,500 teaching assets and growing,...

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Multiprocess power source comes in standard, construction models

December 16, 2015

Lincoln Electric’s new Flextec® 350X is a multiprocess power source engineered for use outdoors and in harsh environments. The IP23-rated welding machine, which features fully protected components, is designed to run cool, even in high-temperature settings. The machine handles all wire, DC...

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Welding machine designed for pipe welding

December 16, 2015

The new Cross Country™ 300 engine-driven welding machine from Lincoln Electric is designed for cross-country or process piping welding. According to the company, the small-footprint machine is excellent for root, fill, and cap passes and designed for cellulosic or low-hydrogen stick...

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CWA Foundation, CWBi partner with St. Joseph High School to launch national curriculum

December 14, 2015

The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF) and the Canadian Welding Bureau Institute (CWBi) have partnered with St. Joseph High School in Edmonton, Alta., to roll out ACORN, Canada’s first national end-to-end welding curriculum. The no-cost welding curriculum uses such tools as 3-D...

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Multiprocess welding system provides industrial-quality arc in compact package

December 10, 2015

ESAB has introduced the Rebel™ EMP 215ic, a 120- to 230-V, CC/CV welding system that offers true multiprocess arc performance and portability. A sMIG (smart MIG) function enables users to begin GMAW with a stable arc by setting metal thickness and wire diameter. There is no need to enter...

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Cladding system employs preheated filler wire, tandem electrodes

December 10, 2015

Polysoude offers the TIGer cladding system. It uses preheated filler wire and incorporates a system of two tungsten electrodes in tandem configuration. This allows the ignition of two electrical arcs, which, by way of mutual attraction, combine to convey a single heat source. This single heat...

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Making it personal – fabricating a holiday gift

December 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton

It’s that time of year when people start thinking about giving the perfect gift. What could be better than a unique item you fabricate? Here are step-by-step instructions for making a metal vase.

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Rebel by ESAB: Go anywhere. Weld anything.

December 8, 2015

By: ESAB Welding & Cutting Products

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