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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Auto-darkening welding helmet offers new operator interface

February 24, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the VIKING™ 2450D digital-interface welding helmet. The auto-darkening helmet is equipped with pivot-style headgear and improved optical clarity with enhanced color recognition. The helmet, which produces full-spectrum shade 4-13 with variable sensitivity...

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Location, location, location?

February 19, 2014

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Whether you're a welder looking for a job, or a job looking for a welder, location matters.

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Super Steel to hold job fairs to hire 30 welders

February 18, 2014

Super Steel, a Milwaukee-based contract manufacturer serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has announced plans to hold on-site job fairs to attract 30 new welders. On Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4:00 to...

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EWI to partner with C&W for technology commercialization

February 18, 2014

Columbus, Ohio-based EWI has announced the start of a joint venture with Cumberland & Western Resources of Bowling Green, Ky., to commercialize newly developed manufacturing technologies. According to EWI, the new enterprise, Edison Industrial Innovations LLC, Columbus, will identify...

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Miller recognized for leadership on job training initiative

February 13, 2014

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of arc welding products in Appleton, Wis., has been named Manufacturer of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW). The honor recognizes Miller leadership alongside the HCCW to establish a new training initiative aimed at addressing...

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ESAB parent to acquire Victor Technologies

February 13, 2014

A welding and cutting equipment company with significant presence in Europe and South America is set for a bump in market share stateside. On Feb. 12 ESAB’s parent, Colfax Corp., based in Fulton, Md., announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to buy St. Louis, Mo.-based Victor...

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Fronius adds area sales managers

February 12, 2014

Fronius USA LLC, a provider of manual and fully automatic arc welding equipment in Portage, Ind., has hired two new area sales managers. Jasen Friedrich has been named area sales manager for Illinois and the eastern half of Iowa and Missouri. He has been in the welding industry for more than 15...

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The emergence of Saudi America

February 10, 2014

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Although oil extraction around the world has grown by 50 percent in the last 30 years, it was basically flat in North America until 2008. Higher oil prices have made tar sands oil economically viable, and new extraction techniques have been a boon to U.S. producers. Interviews with a variety of vendors in the forming and fabricating industry reveal the many trends that are driving changes in the equipment and supplies used in the petroleum business.

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Twenty-five welding instructors receive free training at nexAir

February 5, 2014

At its Advanced Welding & Cutting Demonstration Lab in Memphis, nexAir recently held a free training session for 25 instructors from Delta Technical College. The participants spent the day learning different welding techniques on the lab’s equipment from Sam Noland, sales engineer. Noland...

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Taylor-Winfield’s director of technology and product development wins AWS award

January 30, 2014

Robert P. Matteson, director of technology and product development at Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, has received the Counselor Award from the American Welding Society (AWS). The award is presented annually to individual members for a career of outstanding accomplishments and...

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Digital GMAW

GMAW in the digital age

January 27, 2014

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Arc performance and electrical efficiency have driven various advances in inverter-based welding power sources. These improvements have led to present-day digital welding systems that allow for repeatable, high-precision, low-spatter welds on a variety of materials.

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Arc-Zone.com Inc. redesigns web store

January 22, 2014

Arc-Zone.com® Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., has launched a redesign of its e-commerce site at www.arc-zone.com that includes a new look and improved functionality. The site offers more than 10,000 GMAW, GTAW, and PAW products and features simplified fly-out navigation menus and a more accurate search...

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Jessie Roberts

Fronius hires area sales manager

January 21, 2014

Fronius, Portage, Ind., has announced the hiring of Jessie Roberts as area sales manager for the Wisconsin region. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Roberts started his sales career in 2001 selling security systems. He went on to be an account manager and branch manager for a...

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Kentucky welding instructor receives 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award

January 21, 2014

NOCTI, Big Rapids, Mich., has awarded the 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award to Derek Hazlett, a welding instructor at the Carter County Career and Technical Center in Olive Hill, Ky. The award is given to recognize an outstanding career and technical education (CTE) teacher or teacher candidate....

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Flash welding process minimizes oxide, carbide formation

January 13, 2014

Taylor-Winfield Technologies has introduced the patented Force Freeze flash welding process. According to the company, the process extends the range of material that can be joined using conventional flash butt welding; eliminates "checker-boarding"; and minimizes the formation of oxides, carbides,...

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