Practical Welding Today®

March/April 2010

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Selected articles from the March/April 2010 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: The ABCs of anodizing

December 2, 2014

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Q: What is anodizing? Is it the same as hardcoating, and can I do it myself? Can you weld on anodized parts? A: Anodizing is a process in which a thin, uniform coating of aluminum oxide is formed on the surface of aluminum. Any aluminum alloy can be anodized, but different alloys form anodized...

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Arc Welding 101: Which welds need visual inspection?

September 30, 2014

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Q: We work on off-road and lifting equipment, and our welders are qualified per AWS D1.1. Which welds are required to be inspected visually and by whom?Ed Z. A: When you asked which welds are required to be inspected visually, I had to snicker. There was a time in my life when one side of my hard...

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Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part I—Hot cracking

July 15, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can I do to prevent it? A: To ensure that the measures you...

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foreign body eye injury

Heading off health hazards

March 1, 2010

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Each year more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work equating to more than 2,000 eye injuries each day. About 90 percent of which could have been prevented if proper eye protection were used. Safe work practices, along with properly selected and worn PPE can help reduce many of these potential health hazards and help you to make sure you don't become a statistic.

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Think before you integrate (robotic welding)

March 1, 2010

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Implementing robotic welding systems for the first time is generally a successful endeavor. However, potential pitfalls and common mistakes can lead to performance issues and increase operational costs. Making yourself aware of these mistakes and the measures you should take to prevent them will contribute to a pleasant transition from labor-intensive, manual processes to the lower-cost, higher-quality automated ones in use today and into the future.

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consuming plasma consumables

Consuming plasma consumables too quickly?

March 1, 2010

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All plasma systems use consumables that have an expected life. In high-use environments the cost of consumables can become considerable over time. Familiarizing yourself with what causes premature consumable wear and how to prevent it can help extend the life of your consumables, and in turn, cut down on the cost of continuous consumable replacement.

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