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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A new spin on welding

October 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston

SpinArc, a kind of gas metal arc welding, rotates the wire at a controlled speed, diameter, and direction. This feature reportedly improves weld quality and productivity, and it makes more types of weld joints possible.

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Shields maintain argon gas coverage during weld cooling to prevent oxidation

October 16, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers Trailing Shields® designed to ensure that welds stay under a protective argon gas cover while the hot weld metal is cooling to prevent oxidation on contact with air. They are available in a flat style for sheet metal welding or in a curved style for...

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Multiprocess welding machine withstands harsh environments

October 16, 2015

The Flextec® 500 multiprocess welding machine from Lincoln Electric delivers up to 500 amps of inverter welding power. Designed for harsh operating conditions, it withstands environments such as construction, fabrication, and shipbuilding. Compatible with a variety of wire feeder types,...

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SMAW/GTAW machine available with digital meter

October 15, 2015

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers the SMAW-/GTAW-capable CST™ 280 series machine with an optional digital meter for precise control when presetting and monitoring welding amperage. The machine is suitable for welding pipe and plate in power plant construction, petrochemical construction,...

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The new era of welding data collection

October 12, 2015 | By Joe Daniel

Welding technology developers have moved beyond simply collecting welding information for later review to creating software that allows fabricators to control production and assembly processes.

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When imagination meets craftsmanship

October 8, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship

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How the mental game applies to welding—lessons from Yogi

October 8, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Various factors help determine success in any field, be it baseball or welding. Skills and physical stamina are important. So is your mentality.

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Women welders get start in ironworker preapprenticeship program

October 8, 2015

Seventeen women recently graduated from a preapprenticeship class in the University of Iron, the apprenticeship program of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of California and Vicinity, Benicia, Calif. The women attended classes six days a week for three weeks, working nine hours a...

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Uniweld regional sales manager to receive AWS Life Member Certificate

October 7, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Uniweld has announced that Regional Sales Manager Thomas McCormack has been named the recipient of an AWS Life Member Certificate. McCormack, a longtime member of AWS, joined Uniweld more than 15 years ago. The company manufactures tools for the HVAC/R industry, as...

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Nominations invited for The Welding Institute Annual Awards 2016

October 5, 2015

Nominations are being accepted for a series of awards from The Welding Institute, Cambridge, U.K., to recognize outstanding achievements in welding, joining, and related technologies. Award categories are:The Brooker Award – to recognize a person’s individual contribution to the science,...

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In praise of SiB

October 1, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Silicon bronze filler fan Josh Welton shares why the rod is his favorite and explains what you need to know to use it effectively.

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Weld-Ed to roll out Mobile Welder Training Center Oct. 7

September 30, 2015

The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed) will roll out its new Mobile Welder Training Center on Oct. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. The 48-ft., self-contained trailer is equipped with eight welding stations that offer on-site customized...

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Fronius announces staff changes

September 29, 2015

Welding technology provider Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., has announced two staff additions and one promotion. Gary Holbrook has been hired as area sales manager for Texas. He has been in the welding industry since 1978, working at such companies as Linde and Oxygen Service. He owned his own...

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Arc Welding 101: Qualified versus certified—What’s the difference?

September 28, 2015 | By Paul Cameron

Q: While browsing the AWS website I found listings for accredited test facilities. After a little more digging, I found AWS QC4-89, the standard for accreditation of test facilities. I was of the understanding that my endorsement as a certified welding inspector (CWI) permitted me to certify...

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Inverter power supply offers high current in compact size

September 24, 2015

Amada Miyachi America has introduced the ISB-300A 300-amp inverter power supply. It features a compact size that makes it suitable for customers and integrators who have limited space yet require higher output current than traditional fine-spot welders can deliver. Small enough to fit on a...

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