Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2005

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Selected articles from the July/August 2005 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: An introduction to pulsed MIG power supplies

December 19, 2014

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Q: What’s the story behind pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW) aluminum? Some think it’s great, but others say it’s just a way for equipment makers to sell expensive power supplies. A: GMAW transfers metal in three ways. At low currents, you get short-circuit transfer, in which the molten...

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Arc Welding 101: Blowing out metal when welding car panels

November 12, 2014

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Q: I only have a 110-V arc welding machine, and I want to weld car panels, but I keep blowing out the metal. What can I do to stop this? Can I use aluminum rods? Dan F. A: You can use aluminum rods on aluminum only, and they typically are used only for really thick pieces, about 0.25 inch and...

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Random radiography

July 12, 2005

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Fabricators and contractors always should check to be sure that the extent of nondestructive examination and the acceptance criteria required are understood clearly by all parties and documented in writing.

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Laser welding in Singapore

July 12, 2005

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Prototyping parts for projects with shorter lead times and meeting the automotive industry's mass production needs were two large goals for Amtek more than a year ago. Amtek turned to laser welding to meet its goals.

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Time and money

July 12, 2005

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To choose the best tubular electrode, you should consider some basic factors relevant to any welding application: base metal, gas, weld size, and joint position requirements.

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Preventing welding-related fires

October 12, 2004

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Before welding, professional and hobbyist welders must be knowledgeable about potential fire hazards and safe practices. They also must examine the work area and adjacent areas, welding equipment, and consumables for hazards and take appropriate measures to ensure safety.

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