Practical Welding Today®

March/April 2011

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Selected articles from the March/April 2011 issue available online:

Consumables Corner: Welding heat treatable steels

July 2, 2014

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Q: Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I’ve been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material? A: The most commonly welded heat-treatable steels are 4130, 4340, and 8630. However, any steel...

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Arc Welding 101: Updating WPSs and PQRs

May 12, 2014

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Q: We weld sheet metal to D1.3 requirements. Our current welding procedure specification needs to be updated. Our customers are asking for a separate WPS/ PQR [procedure qualification record] for fillet and groove welds. Until now I believe we had both fillets and grooves covered by one WPS/PQR....

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Jerry Mathison and Jay Ginder

Welding heat treatable steels

March 14, 2011

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Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I've been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material?

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Gearing up to grind aluminum

March 14, 2011

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Aluminum is a difficult material to process as it poses a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to grinding. The best way to ensure that you’re grinding process is efficient while also providing you with the desired result hinges on using the correct abrasive at all times.

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Taking the load off material handling

March 14, 2011

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A manufacturer of healthcare products automated the material handling and welding of a popular line of medical tables.

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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011

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Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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Achieving T6 designation for 6061

March 14, 2011

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Can you tell me the heat treatment steps necessary to produce 6061-T6? I have heard that heat treating it after welding will increase its mechanical properties.

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custom-fabricated arch

Changing up the daily grind

March 14, 2011

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A manufacturer of aluminum radar arches found that a simple change in grinding discs yielded big results.

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metal-cored wires

Demystifying metal-cored wires

March 14, 2011

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Even though metal-cored wires have been gaining popularity in recent years, there seems to be some mystery and misconceptions surrounding this filler metal. To better understand these wires it helps to consider the technology behind them and the applications for which they are best suited. Additionally, it is important to know the general characteristics of metal-cored wires, along with the ways they can provide potential improvements in the welding operation.

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