Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2010

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Selected articles from the July/August 2010 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: What determines aluminum filler strength?

December 1, 2014


Q: I’m confused about various aluminum filler metal strengths. Does the filler designation tell me anything about the strength of the filler or the weld? I looked in AWS A5.10, the specification for aluminum GMAW and GTAW filler metals, and there are no strength requirements even in there. Why?...

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Arc Welding 101: Three keys to a successful CWI

September 26, 2014


Q: I was recently interviewed by a writer who was researching how welders make the transition to certified welding inspectors (CWI). One of the questions he asked was, “What key skills make for the best certified welding inspector?” A: Communication—written, photographed, or verbal—is the...

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Consumables Corner: Selecting the correct diameter for flux-cored wire

July 9, 2014

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I work in a large manufacturing fabrication shop where we weld subassemblies and then fit and weld them together to complete the machines we manufacture. Currently we use gas-shielded, flux-cored wires from 0.045 to 0.09375 in. in diameter. At what point is a small-diameter wire too inefficient,...

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Accelerating business with EB welding - TheFabricator

Accelerating business with EB welding

July 16, 2010


Thanks to a specific vision and a high-end equipment purchase, C.F. Roark Welding & Engineering Co. Inc. is anything but ordinary. Founded in 1949, the company specializes in electron beam (EB) welding of complex, specialty parts and components for the aerospace, defense, and research industries. In a short amount of time it has carved a niche as the premier EB welding firm of the Midwest.

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Successful plasma cutting counts on consumables - TheFabricator

Successful plasma cutting counts on consumables

July 9, 2010


Clayton Gould, product marketing manager of torch consumables at Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., discusses the five hand-held plasma consumable components, how they work with one another to achieve a successful cut, and what operators should look for when evaluating whether consumables require replacing.

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Stepping it up - TheFabricator

Stepping it up

July 8, 2010


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is stepping up its efforts to enforce regulation compliance. A new agenda calls for more emphasis and resources geared toward enforcement tactics such as increasing inspections, penalties, and fines. Familiarizing yourself with some of OSHAís recent and planned actions will help you to better understand what is happening now and what to expect in the future.

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