Arc Welding Articles

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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Where the rubber meets the road - TheFabricator.com

Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011

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Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables

November 7, 2011

When designing and operating a robotic welding cell, don't overlook the consumables. Choosing the wrong consumables can over time lead to serious costs.

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Adventures in titanium—WPS

October 26, 2011

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Your customer wants two pieces of metal welded together. Why should you bother with a welding procedure specification? Because conformity leads to quality and enhances safety.

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Sawing potential - TheFabricator.com

Sawing potential

October 20, 2011

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Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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GTAW welding

From GTAW torches to accessories:

September 27, 2011

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Learning the facts about five common misconceptions about gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) equipment can help you optimize this highly versatile process.

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A welding inspector’s tools of the trade - TheFabricator.com

A welding inspector’s tools of the trade

September 9, 2011

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Weld inspectors, especially those who are new to the trade, put a lot of emphasis on the equipment needed to do the job: flashlight, mirror, high-low gauge, pit gauge, bridge camera, and a borescope. However, this isn’t the entire toolkit. A weld inspector also must be cognizant of the applicable codes, knowledgeable about the project owners’ specifications, and should carry a personal log book for making notes about conversations and inspections.

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Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers - TheFabricator.com

Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers

September 9, 2011

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Advancements in consumables for the submerged arc welding process have made it possible to increase the strength of welds in wind turbine components while also increasing production efficiency.

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Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011

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Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes - TheFabricator.com

Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011

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Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about - TheFabricator.com

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011

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Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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Adventures in titanium—3 questions about repairing titanium eyeglasses by welding

June 2, 2011

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Nguyen needs his titanium eyeglasses repaired and wants some expert advice about how this can best be achieved. The answers to his questions about the process provide valuable insight into some aspects of welding titanium.

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Beam welders

Subarc for structurals

May 10, 2011

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SAW offers a cost-effective and efficient means for automated welding of plates, beams, flanges, and profiles found in structrual steel environments. Technology advancements in flux combinations and SAW equipment have helped boost arc-on times, which have elevated productivity levels within the process.

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Mioshi Neal welding instructor

Little by little

May 9, 2011

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Determined to make a life for herself and provide for her family, Mioshi Neal juggled full-time work,night classes, and single-parent duties to ultimately land her dream job—welding instructor.

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A journey of 1,000 welds

May 9, 2011

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Seven years ago Doug Wilkinson of Reinke Mfg., Deshler, Neb., set out to start up a welding education program for high school and adult students that would give them the opportunity to earn AWS D1.1 or D1.2 qualification. It's been an uphill battle but Wilkinson is still at it--and the welding program continues to grow.

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Adventures in titanium—Why is my stovepipe hat assembly warping, turning blue, and cracking?

March 21, 2011

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Fabricating a titanium stovepipe hat assembly had one shop perplexed. What was causing the material to turn blue, warp, and crack? Why was it so difficult to make this part fit into the next assembly?

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