Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2012

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Selected articles from the July/August 2012 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: Adding weld strength with aging

November 20, 2014

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Q: I plan to fabricate components using 6061-T4 and then age them after welding. I have heard than I can increase the welded strength this way. Is this true? What is the aging treatment? If I buy 6061-T4, which is aged at room temperature, will it keep aging in my shop? Will I eventually need to...

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Consumables Corner: Before choosing filler, know your 4140

June 24, 2014

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Q: We need to weld 4140 steel to AR 360 plate and are thinking of using an E120 electrode to try and match the strength. Is this the right electrode for our welding application? A: Before you choose a filler metal, there are a few things you should consider for this application. First, 4140...

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Arc Welding 101: One WPS for multiple locations?

May 2, 2014

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Q: I work for a large U.S. corporation that is made up of 15 manufacturers, each with well-known brands within their respective markets. Since we all work for "X-Corp.," it seems as though we could share welding procedures specifications (WPS) and procedure qualification records (PQR) across the...

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Welding fascination leads to spinoff writing career - TheFabricator.com

Welding fascination leads to spinoff writing career

July 23, 2012

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Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.

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Plasma gouging: It’s a gash - TheFabricator.com

Plasma gouging: It’s a gash

July 23, 2012

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More welders are realizing the benefits of using plasma technology to perform gouging in heavy industrial applications where versatility, speed, and safety are important.

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Making safety a priority - TheFabricator.com

Making safety a priority

July 16, 2012

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Welders are exposed to a number of hazards in the shop every day. Because of the inherent dangers that a welding environment can pose, it’s important that you, the welder, in conjunction with shop management, exercise a commitment to personal protection at all times. Carelessness can lead to preventable injury, costing you time away from work or much worse. Ask yourself these three questions to make sure safety is a priority for you and in your workplace.

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The gravity of one weld instructor - TheFabricator.com

The gravity of one weld instructor

July 10, 2012

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Jaime Shaker, head instructor at Calumet Welding Center, is driven and tough. His goal is to push each student to strive for excellence and reject the notion that good enough is good enough.

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