Selected articles from May/June 2008 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Filler metal product approval codes can seem like a foreign language. One thing is certain, and that is each agency that establishes product approvals, such as AWS or ASME, does so to ensure filler metals meet the requirements for which they are intended. Understanding the meaning behind each set of filler metal product approvals will help you to better understand your filler metal's capabilities.
Welding injuries, from minor welding flash burns to serious third-degree burns, can be painful and, in extreme cases, can cause disfigurement and lead to career-ending disabilities. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is an easy way welders can help protect themselves against these risks and preserve their livelihood.
Brennan Palmiter may look like an ordinary teenager, but behind the youthful grin is an incredibly driven16-year-old who has his sights set on a career in racing and welding.
Stainless steel products are used in all parts of our daily life. Certain surface finish expectations must be met, and one of the major challenges in stainless steel treatment is meeting these expectations. The biggest problem has been the time required to rebuild the surface from a weld. While surface finishing of stainless steel still requires a good deal of effort, the proper grinding and polishing equipment makes it possible to create perfect finishes in a reasonable amount of time.
AWS predicts that by 2010, the demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000. One means of addressing the shortage is through automated systems, such as automatic orbital GTAW units, which have gained favor in a variety of industries. But that does not diminish the requirement for an educated and well-trained work force. Automation requires more training, not less. That is why it is essential to be trained in basic welding procedures in addition to operating automated welding equipment.
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