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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Make way for the torch queen

December 2, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Contributing Editor Amanda Carlson introduces us to a former contractor who has found her niche as a welding artist and instructor.

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Respect creativity

December 2, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Ever see a piece of art and think, “I could do that”? Well, maybe you have the skills, but what about the vision and creativity of the person who created that piece? Give creativity its due respect.

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Welding information management software offered on multiple power sources

December 1, 2015

As part of its Welding Intelligence™ systems, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has expanded its welding information management software to multiple power sources, including the Continuum™ GMAW machine, Dynasty® 280 DX GTAW machine, PipeWorx 400 welding system, and SubArc Digital series. The...

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GTAW/SMAW system delivers arc strikes as low as 5 amps

December 1, 2015

CK Worldwide offers the MT200-AC/DC GTAW system. Its interface provides simple welding parameter adjustments, while its compact size and light weight allow for mobility and use in tight workspaces. Featuring two dynamic modes for GTAW and SMAW, the unit is suitable for welders of all skill...

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Hobart Institute of Welding Technology to break ground on new facility

November 30, 2015

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT) will break ground on its Next Generation Welder Learning Facility at its Troy, Ohio, campus in early 2016. With more than 14,000 sq. ft. of space, the new facility will be an addition to the institute’s existing 13-acre campus, offering welder...

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Still Building America—Making a change

November 30, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Do you sometimes feel that it’s time for a career change? What would you do with your skills if you were brave enough to venture out on your own? Here’s the story of one man who did just that.

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Miller Electric redesigns website

November 27, 2015

Appleton, Wis.-based arc welding product manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has unveiled a redesigned website at www.millerwelds.com. The site has been streamlined and optimized for use on mobile devices. Visitors can log in to the site or through a social media account and create a profile...

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Power source offers three programming levels based on user skill

November 24, 2015

Kjellberg offers the PSI 400 power source for plasma transferred-arc welding and plasma joint welding. It delivers a maximum welding current of 400 amps at 100 percent duty cycle. The power source is operated via a touch display on the power source or a laptop. Different user levels offer...

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DeWys Mfg. names weld engineer

November 23, 2015

Metal fabrication firm DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has hired Ryan Crandell as weld engineer overseeing all manual and robotic weld processes. Crandell has a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering technology and an associate degree in welding technology from Ferris State University, as...

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Miller, SkillsUSA announce winner of $40,000 scholarship

November 20, 2015

Appleton, Wis.-based arc welding products manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced that Andrew Cardin of Sutton, Mass., has received a $40,000 scholarship for earning the welding spot on the 2015 SkillsUSA World Team. The Miller Electric International WorldSkills Competition Scholarship...

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Self-contained virtual training system introduces students to welding

November 19, 2015

Lincoln Electric’s new VRTEX® Engage™ weld training system brings virtual reality arc welding training to students’ desktops. This stand-alone, foundational system sets up anywhere to help educators train welders. It addresses introductory welding curriculum, including safety, machine...

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Lincoln Electric welding machine wins 2015 SEMA Global Media Award

November 17, 2015

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has announced that its new Square Wave® TIG 200 welding machine has won a Global Media Award (GMA) from the 2015 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). Automotive journalists from 15 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa, and South America...

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The double-edged sword of success

November 16, 2015 | By Josh Welton

For people who are truly good at what they do, the opportunities never end. That’s both the good and the bad news. Can you identify with Josh Welton’s state of mind these days?

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Arc Welding 101: For the record: Grounding, work leads are not the same

November 16, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I am writing this in regards to an article you wrote last year about grounding and grounds (“Achieving a good work lead connection,” Practical Welding Today, July/August 2014, p. 58). You mentioned that grounding to a structure should not be used if at all possible. My question is this: If...

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Rolling inductor available with infrared temperature sensor

November 9, 2015

The ProHeat™ rolling inductor heating system from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. now is available with an optional infrared temperature sensor. The system is designed to distribute heat evenly into the workpiece. Temperature measurement allows operators to set and achieve targeted preheat...

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