Practical Welding Today®

November/December 2007

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Selected articles from the November/December 2007 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: Acceptable tensile sample failure

December 9, 2014

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Q: We are fabricating components from ½-in.-thick 5083-H131 armor plate using robotic GMAW and 5183 filler metal. The tensile samples are failing at 41 KSI during welding procedure qualification. My customer says this is unacceptable and that the tensile samples should fail at 46 KSI or higher....

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Arc Welding 101: Finding the 'best buy'

October 28, 2014

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Q: I’m looking for a Consumer Reports-type study on gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) machines. As a small-business owner, I would like to know what would be the best buy. Have you done any reports on welding machines in terms of best makes and models? Glenn H. A: To answer your question, no, I...

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Saw blade closeup

Making the most of your saw blade

November 6, 2007

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Recognizing heat and vibration in sawing applications is easy. The tough part is finding out why they are happening. By becoming familiar with blade speed and feed rates, blade selection, and blade break-in, fabricators will find that the saw blade is productive for a longer period of time.

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Laser welding machine

9-1-1: Weld Emergency!

November 6, 2007

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Toolweld Inc., a microwelding shop run by a father/son duo, faces the challenges of providing quality welds while working against the clock. The shop utilizes both micro-GTAW and laser equipment to meet the demands of a variety of customers.

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Respiratory protection for welders

Revisions to respiratory protection

November 6, 2007

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently made changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard. By answering 6 FAQs regarding respirators, you will be better equipped to implement or update an existing respiratory program.

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Image of Penske Welder

Up to speed

November 6, 2007

The success of a racecar depends heavily on the quality of its welds. The welding team for Penske Racing's NASCAR® automobiles must stay on top of their game to ensure that their vehicle is not only fast but safe. This article provides a brief look at Penske Racing and describes how its welders push toward the fast track to success and safety.

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Keystone employee with robot

Fixturing on display

November 6, 2007

Satisfying the demand for highly variable order quantities, a fabricator of custom point of purchase displays innovated an efficicient robotic GMAW workcell suitable for producing as many as 10,000 parts or as few as 10 parts while also accommodating manual welding.

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