Practical Welding Today®

January/February 2009

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Selected articles from the January/February 2009 issue available online:

Consumables Corner: Advancements in SAW

August 29, 2014


Q: What role does flux and wire play in submerged arc welding? A: It is important to choose the right flux and wire combination for submerged arc welding (SAW) processes. This will allow you to gain efficiency while meeting your performance requirements. Basic submerged arc welding uses a single...

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portable milling tools

A briefing on portable milling tools:

February 24, 2009


By following eight simple rules regarding material removal, lubrication, and tips for general use, you can be sure that you are operating your portable milling tool correctly.

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Guard Gate Interlocking Switches

Safeguarding against robotic welding hazards

February 10, 2009


Safety light screens, safety interlock switches, and two-hand controls are three types of safeguarding devices that can be used as part of a comprehensive safety system for robotic welding setups in your shop.

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Shielding Gas Primer GTAW

A shielding gas primer for GTAW

January 27, 2009


With so many blends of shielding gas available, it can be a difficult task to determine which gas or gas blend best suits a particular GTAW application. To simplify that task, you must first understand the distinct properties that each gas or gas mixture brings to the table and how best to optimize the mixture once it's been determined.

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GMAW Gun Feedability

Straightening out GMAW gun feedability

January 13, 2009


Don't let GMAW wire feed tie you into knots. Familiarize yourself with how to identify wire feedability issues and how to fix them to ensure that you get optimal weld strength and appearance.

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