Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2011

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Selected articles from the July/August 2011 issue available online:

Full steam (chest) ahead -

Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011


Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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Combating internal condensation in your resistance welding machine -

Combating internal condensation in your resistance welding machine

July 20, 2011


Resistance welding transformers generate a lot of heat, which is why most of them are designed to be water-cooled. But when condensation forms internally as a result of an improperly set chiller temperature, a number of catastrophic issues can arise. To avoid this, it's best to understand what causes internal condensation and how you can prevent it.

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Adventures in metal sculpture -

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011


Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes -

Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011


Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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