Weld Inspection & Consulting

Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

AWS CWI, CWE, NDE Level III
Weld Inspection & Consulting
PO Box 841
St. Albans, WV 25177


Phone: 304-549-5606
Contact via email

Downsizing can be a killer

July 8, 2014

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All businesses of all sizes want to save money and be as lean as possible. However, if taken too far, some cost-cutting measures can have unwelcome consequences and cause a shop to go under.

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Metalworking throughout history

May 5, 2014

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Metalworking began long before the Iron Age, and welding has undergone its share of developments throughout the centuries. How much do you know about its history and evolution?

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Hobart Welding Certificate

Welding education - the good, bad, and ugly

February 17, 2014

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Welding education has come a long way from cast-iron repair and forge welding taught by blacksmiths. Today’s welding students have training options that can lead to different career paths.

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PPE in fabricating shops

January 2, 2014

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in a fabricating shop for several reasons, and it is difficult to understand why some people detest and refuse to use it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been instrumental in forcing companies to adhere to safety...

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How the welder shortage affects the infrastructure

November 19, 2013

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The qualified-welder shortage presents significant problems for infrastructure and power industries. New welders need to be recruited, and displaced welders may need to be retrained for today’s jobs.

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What does a certified welding inspector do in a small, mostly rural state?

September 24, 2013

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Welding inspectors in some small, mostly rural areas don’t lack for exciting, challenging work. Their inspections often are just as critical as those in more congested, urban areas.

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ASME certification

Building your first ASME code vessel, start to finish

July 16, 2013

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Taking your shop to the next level might involve ASME certification. Just what does this entail? It begins with an agency.

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Welding supply and equipment distributorships, then and now

June 12, 2013

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Welding distributorships have changed dramatically over the years. Longtime welder Carl Smith reflects on the changes and offers a history lesson on how they came about.

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Welding for the natural gas boom

March 19, 2013

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The natural gas boom in parts of the U.S. is creating work for shops and many displaced workers in these areas. Do you know which codes and standards apply?

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The evolution of nickel alloys and welding materials

January 7, 2013

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Since he first heard his uncles discuss the nickel-plated bumpers and hubcaps on their 1937 Plymouths, welding expert Carl Smith has witnessed the use of nickel and its alloys evolve. Long used in the energy sector, the materials have seen an increase in popularity because of EPA regulations.

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Industrial espionage?

November 5, 2012

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Exactly what falls under the umbrella of industrial espionage? Do you think it’s possible for another company to steal your product design and processes? Learn from one fabricator’s experience.

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Welding CrMo material

Use and weldability of high-chromium molybdenum steels

September 10, 2012

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At least a dozen chromium molybdenum (CrMo) steel combinations exist. One of the more recent alloys consists of chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, niobium (columbium), and nitrogen. Beginning sometime in the 1970s, this material became popular for use in high-temperature applications, such as gas and...

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Chromium molybdenum—its uses and fabrication requirements - TheFabricator.com

Chromium molybdenum—its uses and fabrication requirements

July 9, 2012

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Chromium molybdenum alloys have characteristics that make them good choices for many products used in construction and manufacturing. This article discusses some applications for these materials and the processes and equipment necessary to complete them.

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Enhancing the surface to combat equipment wear - TheFabricator.com

Enhancing the surface to combat equipment wear

May 8, 2012

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Equipment wears as it’s used, particularly in heavy applications such as extracting natural resources from the earth. Surface welding used to repair and strengthen equipment helps prevent costly downtime.

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The many faces of stainless steel

March 5, 2012

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Stainless steel comes in various forms—austenitic, martensitic, and ferritic. Which type you use depends on your application requirements.

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