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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Choose your weapon

April 10, 2014

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Each welding process has its pros and cons, and a wise welder has them all in his or her arsenal.

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You’re fired!

April 8, 2014

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You may have the skills, but if you can’t follow rules and don’t have a good work ethic, your skills won’t get you very far. Marty Rice shares personal stories of workers who have learned this lesson the hard way.

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IWDC celebrates 20th anniversary by supporting military foundation

April 7, 2014

In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative, Indianapolis-based IWDC is organizing a fundraising drive for The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, located in Noblesville, Ind., grants wishes for active-duty military soldiers and their families. The...

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ESAB launches redesigned website

April 7, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website for North America at www.esabna.com. The new site has a cleaner, contemporary look and uncluttered layout. Drop-down navigation menus and better functionality throughout allow visitors to...

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Optimize your welding processes with the right gas and expertise

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Air Products

Length: 43:00

Air Products brings welding expertise and optimal performance to your shop floor. You'll see a live demonstration of our MAXX™ shielding gas blends and how they compare to a traditional industry standard gas blend.

Cleanliness is godliness ...

March 27, 2014

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In my opinion, the lack of emphasis on clean materials carries over as much as the muscle memory from running stringers.

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Straight-cutting torch’s gas-mixing technology reduces flashback potential

March 26, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the Oxweld® SCT-1500 TR manual straight-cutting torch as part of its Elite series of gas apparatus products. The torch features patent-pending universal swirl injector gas-mixing technology to provide the optimum mix of gas...

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Arc welding system designed for production of spiral pipes

March 25, 2014

SMS Meer offers Perfect Arc®, a precision-controlled system for arc and submerged arc welding production of spiral pipes. A digitalized current source generates the “perfect arc,” reports the company, while cutting energy usage by 30 to 40 percent. Welding speed is up to 39...

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Drip by Drip

March 20, 2014

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Ever wonder about the backstories behind the people with the funny screen names on welding message boards? This is the story of a tool and die welder who discovered a talent for drawing with a TIG torch.

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Portable welding unit powered by built-in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

March 19, 2014

According to Fronius, its AccuPocket 150/400 is the world's first MMA welding system with a high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With an overall weight of 24.25 lbs., the system is portable for manual electrode welding and GTAW. A fully charged battery delivers power to weld up to...

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Using virtual reality welding to evaluate and train welders

March 18, 2014

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Virtual reality welding technology is increasingly being used as a tool to streamline the hiring and evaluation process for welders. Manufacturers that have incorporated the technology are finding several benefits.

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High demand for welders sparks certification competition

March 17, 2014

More than 4,000 new welding certifications were administered in 2013, thanks to a competition sponsored by the labor-management unit of the International Association of Iron Workers, Washington, D.C. The 12-month, inaugural Welding Certification Contest drew thousands of participants from among...

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Gas apparatus products suitable for light fabrication

March 17, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the SabreCut™ series of gas apparatus products. These straight cutting and combination torches, regulators, regulator-flowmeters, cutting tips, and complete outfits address a variety of welding and cutting needs for light,...

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Lincoln Electric partners with WCTC to open welding training center

March 13, 2014

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric has joined forces with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) to open a welding demonstration and training facility, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Officially known as the Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center at Waukesha County...

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The 'right way'

March 13, 2014

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Editor’s note: This is welder and artist Josh Welton’s inaugural blog post for thefabricator.com. Welton, of Brown Dog Welding fame, will be writing twice monthly. This introductory post highlights important lessons learned in Welton’s welder training.

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