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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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Hybrid welding system combines plasma arc and GMAW

November 6, 2007

Welding Solutions Inc. has introduced the Super-MIG™ hybrid welding system.The system—combining plasma arc and GMAW into a single hybrid process—provides fast welding speeds under variable gap conditions, deep weld penetration, reduced spatter, and a narrower HAZ, the company...

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BOC Gases and Linde Gas rebrand in North America as Linde

November 6, 2007

The Linde Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has announced that its integrated BOC Gases and Linde Gas organizations in North America are now branded as Linde. Linde AG acquired The BOC Group PLC in September 2006 to form The Linde Group, which comprises over 100 companies in more than 70 countries.The...

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Miller announces Ultimate Weldshop Giveaway

November 6, 2007

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., announced that it is giving away an Ultimate Weldshop valued at more than $17,000. The Ultimate Weldshop Giveaway includes a welder/generator; welding and plasma cutting power sources; an autodarkening helmet; safety gear; welding accessories; and...

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Lincoln Electric named official welder of Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage

November 6, 2007

Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage in southern California recently named Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, as its official welding company. The company designs and manufactures arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, as its official welding company.Leno...

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