Practical Welding Today®

September/October 2013

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Selected articles from the September/October 2013 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: Don’t know the alloy? Make an educated guess

November 12, 2014


Q: I need to repair an aluminum casting, but I have no idea what specific alloy it is. What filler metal should I choose? A: You can’t tell what an aluminum alloy is just by looking at it. Realistically, you’ll probably have to choose the filler alloy without being sure which casting alloy you...

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Consumables Corner: Examining the root cause of distortion

June 11, 2014

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Q: We manufacture hydraulic cylinders. Ever since we changed our shielding gas blend, we’ve noticed a higher level of distortion. Before the change we used a 95/5 blend, but now we use 92/8, which we have documented using a 0.045-in.-dia. filler metal. Would the 92/8 blend run hotter and cause...

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Arc Welding 101: Passing a weld test

April 23, 2014


Q: Why do good welders fail weld tests? Anonymous A: Sometime around 1981, when unemployment rates were near 9 percent and after I had moved around from one bad job to another, I was given the opportunity to take the welder qualification test at Cyde Iron Works in Duluth, Minn. Passing the test...

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Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013 -

Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013

October 7, 2013


Show attendees can expect 360 degrees of technology, education, and networking.

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Eliminating gaps in PPE -

Eliminating gaps in PPE

September 13, 2013


Approximately 100,000 Americans suffer serious head injuries on the job each year, and nearly 1,000 American workers suffer job-related eye injuries each day. A common challenge when it comes to PPE compliance for the head, face, and eyes is to ensure health and safety are not sacrificed for efficiency and productivity, or vice versa. Increasingly higher noncompliance rates with PPE protocols is an alarming trend and a serious threat to your overall health and safety. Whether due to economic conditions, flawed safety programs, or attitudes that result in at-risk behaviors, these safety gaps must be addressed.

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Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking -

Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking

September 9, 2013


Supplying gas to your metalworking applications can be complicated, especially if the gas needs to reach multiple locations. If you are looking for cost savings and productivity gains, consider installing gas cylinders at one main location and controlling them with a basic manifold or switchover manifold. With this method you won’t need to worry about cylinders running out of gas.

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Demystifying contact tips -

Demystifying contact tips

September 5, 2013


Contact tips are highly misunderstood components in a welding gun setup. Choosing the correct contact tip for your welding application and understanding how to keep it performing at its best are just as critical as anything else needed to produce a quality weld.

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