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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AISI, STI/SPFA publish steel pipe design manual

January 15, 2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., and the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., jointly published a steel pipe design manual titled Welded Steel Pipe Revised Edition 2007.The manual focuses on the design of steel pipe...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the agreement, the AWS maintains primary ownership of Weldmex and assumes the rights to organize, promote,...

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Tregaskiss appoints regional business manager in western Canada

January 15, 2008

Tregaskiss, Windsor, Ont., has added Norm Greenlay as a regional business manager in western Canada. Greenlay, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and a background in engineering, reports to Darren Grey, the company's director of Canadian sales.Tregaskiss develops and...

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Salvaging damaged shafts

January 15, 2008 | By Elia Levi

Shafts are critical components of many machines, and a damaged shaft can hamper or halt production. Some failed shafts can be repaired and others can't. This article can help you determine which can be repaired and what to consider when attempting repairs.

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Why in the heck would you want to weld?

January 15, 2008 | By Marty Rice

Two years ago, welding expert and reader-favorite author Marty Rice took a hiatus from writing for thefabricator.com. Marty has returned, and in this, his first article for 2008, he discusses why he welds and offers insights that may help others decide if welding is a viable career choice.

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GTAW adjustable output frequency

What's your frequency

January 15, 2008 | By John Luck

More knowledge about adjustable-output frequency has played a significant role in the development of new technologies that have made GTAW applications more reliable and adaptable.

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Vertical smaw

Vertical SMAW: It's a stick up

January 15, 2008 | By Bill West

Stick welding on vertical surfaces is an important and in-demand skill. Luckily, a few tips can help make a welder a much more valuable resource in the fabricating shop.

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Overlay welding strip intended to reduce production time

December 11, 2007

Sandvik says its new welding strip, Sandvik 24.29.5.LCu, reduces production time by half in overlay welding applications.The material allows users to attain the required grade for 904L overlay in a single weld using a standard flux, the company reports. Designed for use with corrosion-resistant,...

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Multipurpose welding machine suitable for GMAW, GTAW, SMAW

December 11, 2007

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MultiMaster® 300X, a multipurpose, ready-to-weld package for GMAW, DC GTAW, and SMAW electrode. Designed for use with the company's Dual Shield X series of flux-cored wire, the machine is suitable for welders who use the SMAW process and would...

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American Weldquip appoints district managers

December 11, 2007

American Weldquip Inc., Sharon Center, Ohio, recently appointed two district sales managers, naming Ray Trudell as manager for Ontario, Canada, and Todd Harris as manager for the Mid-South region.Trudell has more than 25 years of experience in the welding industry, serving most recently as...

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GTAW welder

The whats, whys, and whens of GTAW

November 6, 2007 | By Jack Fulcer

More difficult to learn than some welding processes, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) can be used to weld a greater range of materials than most other processes. This article explains GTAW, examines its advantages and disadvantages, describes appropriate and inappropriate applications, and discusses how important cleanliness is in GTAW

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Laser welding machine

9-1-1: Weld Emergency!

November 6, 2007 | By Amanda Carlson

Toolweld Inc., a microwelding shop run by a father/son duo, faces the challenges of providing quality welds while working against the clock. The shop utilizes both micro-GTAW and laser equipment to meet the demands of a variety of customers.

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Nozzle spray station helps reduce spatter buildup in single spray

November 6, 2007

The Torch Wizard™ nozzle spray station from ELCo helps reduce spatter buildup on GMAW nozzles in a single spray. It coats the nozzle bore, face, and exterior simultaneously.Two models are available: pneumatic for semiautomatic applications and electric—which can be actuated by using a...

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Spool gun allows aluminum welding with GMAW machines

November 6, 2007

The Spoolmate 100 series spool gun from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. allows aluminum welding with Millermatic® 140, Millermatic® 140 with Auto-Set™, and Millermatic® 180 GMAW machines. The gun, which plugs directly into these machines without requiring a separate control box, is...

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Welding gloves suitable for professionals, home hobbyists

November 6, 2007

Hobart Welding Products offers two styles of form-fitted welding gloves. Designed to provide durability for professionals and home hobbyists, the gloves are available in a natural grain and a rust/black, split leather.The gloves have an absorbent lining that insulates against heat. Both designs...

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