Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2007

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Selected articles from the July/August 2007 issue available online:

LS Industries Cylinder Shot Blaster

Cleaning cylinders internally and externally

August 8, 2007

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Whether you are planning a full scale cylinder testing operation or just want to keep your cylinders looking clean and new, the Cylblast shot blasters from LS Industries are the answer.Other methods of cleaning cylinders are more expensive, time consuming and less efficient than steel shot...

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Markal industrial markers

Choose the right industrial marker for your next job

August 8, 2007

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On any welding job, the right tools are essential for precision, efficiency and safety, and selecting the right marking tool is a key decision that is sometimes overlooked.LA-CO®/Markal® provides the welding trade with durable options for high performance industrial markers, ensuring the...

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Why doesn't my fume extraction work?

August 8, 2007

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Many welding manufacturers today have experienced a great disappointment with fume extraction systems for their welding processes. Often this problem has little to do with the actual filtration equipment itself, but with the way it is applied to the application. Improper sizing and misapplication...

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Flux cored wire and electrodes

Flood-weld forging dies and large castings

August 8, 2007

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COR-MET has been manufacturing flux cored wire and electrodes since 1972, specializing in high deposition alloys for the repair of Forging Dies and Large Foundry Castings. The Flood Welding Procedure will deposit up to 60 lbs per hour of weld metal. The consumable alloys available for Flood...

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Mechanized welding system

Improve your welding process with a mechanized welder

August 8, 2007

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A mechanized welding system from Bug-o Systems will increase production, improve product quality and work environment, reduce metal distortion and the need for material handling. The modular construction adapts to your particular job. Bug-o Systems allow for an increase in production by...

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Demmeler Modular Fixturing System

Get started with modular fixturing

August 8, 2007

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The Demmeler modular fixturing system for welding is an ideal tool for prototypes, repair parts, custom parts, process development or any other short run welding job, including short-run robotic applications. Precise fixtures can be ready in a matter of hours. The system includes a full range of...

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Correct Roll Feed Pressure

Ensure good feeding with FCAW electrodes

August 8, 2007

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The FCAW process in the United States is currently estimated at more than 245 million pounds a year and still growing in popularity and use in all segments of the welding industry. One of the common issues often portrayed as a wire problem, commonly referred to as "birdnesting," is actually due to...

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Daihen Graph

Analyze your arc welding cost

August 8, 2007

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Looking to purchase new arc welding power sources or robots in the near future? Need to justify your costs to get your budget approved? Read on to find out how to simply calculate return on investment (ROI) as well as expected savings.Our extensive research on arc welding cost shows that one of...

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Select a torch tip when using oxyfuel

August 8, 2007

There has been much discussion on the value of plasma-arc and laser-beam processes for cutting and welding, but oxyfuel is still the most commonly used method. The products are very robust and easy to use. The cost of entry to use this method is relatively modest – only several hundred dollars...

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Speedglas Super Light (SL) Welding Helmet

Maximize comfort with the lightweight Speedglas SL welding helmet

August 8, 2007

3M's new Speedglas™ Super Light (SL) Welding Helmet and Auto-Darkening Filter (ADF) set a new standard for comfort and lightweight. The SL helmet is our lightest helmet today, weighing 25% lighter than our other Speedglas helmets.State-of-the-art liquid crystal design. The new SL model...

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To weld or not to weld Alclad

July 10, 2007

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I have some aluminum sheet that I would like to use to fabricate a project. The only marking on it is "Alclad." Other than that, I have no idea what alloy it is. Can you tell me what filler metal to use to weld it?Whether you realize it or not, you have seen Alclad sheet hundreds of times. The...

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Vicking 41 mini baja

Let 'er rip

July 10, 2007

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Bob Hollingsworth, a member of Practical Welding Today's advisory board, details the journey of the 2006 Western Washington University Mini Baja vehicle fabrication team and their quest to build a winning off-road, student-designed racing machine.

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Welding Images

The invisible risks of welding

July 10, 2007

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Welders who ignore healthy work practices today are putting their long-term health in jeopardy. Being aware of some of the less obvious health hazards can help to ensure healthy living later in life.

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Michael Ulman Sculpture 'Gone Postal'

Lost and found

July 10, 2007

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A welder from Boston makes realistic scupltures depicting boats, motorcycles, cars, and planes using discarded junk found in garbage piles, yard sales, flea markets, and dumps.

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SFI welder

Extreme weld makeover

July 10, 2007

A Memphis, Tenn., custom fabricator completed the redesign of its welding operations by purchasing and integrating new welding equipment and software to help increase productivity and to diversify its capabilities.

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Stuck on SMAW?

July 10, 2007

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Using SMAW can be just as complicated for the hobbyist as it is for the professional welder. Answering common questions about electrode classification, capability, and how each differs from one another can help ensure success.

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