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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Weld-Ed to roll out Mobile Welder Training Center Oct. 7

September 30, 2015

The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed) will roll out its new Mobile Welder Training Center on Oct. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. The 48-ft., self-contained trailer is equipped with eight welding stations that offer on-site customized...

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Fronius announces staff changes

September 29, 2015

Welding technology provider Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., has announced two staff additions and one promotion. Gary Holbrook has been hired as area sales manager for Texas. He has been in the welding industry since 1978, working at such companies as Linde and Oxygen Service. He owned his own...

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Arc Welding 101: Qualified versus certified—What’s the difference?

September 28, 2015

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Q: While browsing the AWS website I found listings for accredited test facilities. After a little more digging, I found AWS QC4-89, the standard for accreditation of test facilities. I was of the understanding that my endorsement as a certified welding inspector (CWI) permitted me to certify...

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Inverter power supply offers high current in compact size

September 24, 2015

Amada Miyachi America has introduced the ISB-300A 300-amp inverter power supply. It features a compact size that makes it suitable for customers and integrators who have limited space yet require higher output current than traditional fine-spot welders can deliver. Small enough to fit on a...

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Clean. Your. Material.

September 23, 2015

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Even the most skilled welder will not achieve high-quality welds without following strict cleanliness procedures. It’s a simple concept with a significant impact.

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Welding power sources handle GTAW, SMAW

September 22, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has released two welding machines that deliver up to 210 amps of output power for GTAW and SMAW. Replacing the Dynasty 200 model, the Dynasty® 210 AC/DC power source welds up to 0.25-in. steel and aluminum in a single pass. The Maxstar® 210 DC power source replaces...

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Cold wire feeder enables fully automatic GTAW

September 10, 2015

CK Worldwide offers the WF-5 cold wire feeder for GTAW. It automates the adding of filler metal, preventing GTAW rod stub loss and allowing up to a 30 percent increase in productivity. Its dual-groove drive roll system accepts multiple wire sizes and uses standard wire spools. The feeder allows...

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Portable kit identifies weld defects, discontinuities

September 9, 2015

Realityworks Inc. has introduced the RealCareer® Welding Solutions Weld Defects Kit for welding educators and trainers. The portable, lightweight kit contains 13 plastic, true-to-life models of common defects that can occur during welding. Educators can use the kit to inspect welds and...

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Two welding processes added to GMAW system

September 8, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has introduced the Continuum™ 350 industrial GMAW system. Providing 350 amps of power at 100 percent duty cycle, it is designed to offer exceptional arc starts and arc stability for welding on both thick and thin materials, the company reports. The...

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Fabricating skills travel

September 8, 2015

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Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc., Hutchinson, Minn., is working with oil and gas customers thousands of miles away because it can handle almost every aspect of production on its one campus, which gives the company complete control of quality and the delivery date.

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Boilermakers seek experienced welders

September 2, 2015

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Kansas City, Kan., has announced that its Construction Division has an increasing need for experienced welders nationwide as a result of expanded project opportunities. Boilermakers in this division are engaged in constructing, maintaining, and...

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Building a “third hand”

August 27, 2015

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Sometimes you need a third hand to stabilize parts for welding. Here’s how to build one from scratch.

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ESAB launches 2015 student cutting, welding, and essay contest

August 25, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has launched its 2015 “A Cut Above” student contest, which is open to students in welding, cutting, and related programs at secondary and postsecondary schools. The company will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of the...

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Still Building America—An unusual interest leads to a career

August 18, 2015

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As a teenager, Brian Tarter developed an interest in lawnmower derbies, which sparked an interest in welding and led to a career—an enviable career path.

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Wire feeder reaches 800 IPM

August 17, 2015

ESAB has introduced the Warrior® Feed 404 HD, a heavy-duty benchtop wire feeder designed to feed 0.030- to 0.09375-in. wire at speeds of 50 to 800 IPM in applications such as high-volume fabrication, structural steel fabrication, heavy fabrication, and shipbuilding. The wire feeder’s drive...

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