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Heartthrob finds a less exhausting way to clean parts

April 18, 2016

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Cleaning the inside of long, bent tubes is a chore, especially when it has to be done outdoors in inclement weather. Nobody knew this better than the staff at Heartthrob Exhaust Accessories, Litchfield, Minn., when they had to use a pressure washer outside during winter months. An ultrasonic cleaning machine brought the process indoors while making it faster and less labor intensive.

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Consumables Corner: Understanding welding heat input and its effects on base materials

March 28, 2016

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What guidelines should a job shop follow in regards to heat input if there is no welding procedure to fall back on? The Consumables Corner team has the answer.

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Arc Welding 101: What does a “repair WPS” mean?

March 28, 2016

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When a code requires a repair weld procedure specification (WPS), what exactly does that mean? PWC explains.

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Aluminum Workshop: What not to do when excessive contact tip burnback occurs

March 28, 2016

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Editor’s Note: Part I appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Practical Welding Today®.

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Can industrial fans and welding mix?

March 17, 2016

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How do large industrial fans affect shielding gas coverage in welding environments? The truth is it is tricky but not impossible. With the right testing and support, overhead HVLS fans can work in most welding facilities, while variable-speed column fans can take care of the rest.

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Ready, set, interview

March 17, 2016

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Yuba College welding instructor and Practical Welding Today Editorial Advisory Committee member Dan Turner has been on both sides of the interview process. In this first installment of Viewpoint, Turner shares advice for job-searching welders on the art of the job interview.

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What’s inside your GTAW torch?

March 16, 2016

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Welders are judged by the appearance of their beads, the strength of their welds, and their ability to pass visual and technical inspection. So why shouldn’t you scrutinize your GTAW torch components in the same way that you or someone else would scrutinize your welds? If your GTAW torch doesn’t pass inspection, there’s a good chance that your welds won’t either.

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6 tips for better GTAW results

March 16, 2016

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Keep these tips in mind for GTAW applications to help you save time and money in rework and to help ensure a quality finished weld. Taking some extra steps in preparation and setup can help you complete the job on schedule and avoid the cost and hassle of troubleshooting or rework later in the welding process.

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The Cutting Top 20

February 4, 2016

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These top 20 cutting and gouging tips will help get you on your way to cutting efficiently and with good quality.

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Arc Welding 101: Writing a WPS for an unlisted material

January 29, 2016

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Q: Can you point me in the right direction for procedure qualification record (PQR)/welding procedure specification (WPS) testing of pipe/tube to plate for fillets and partial-joint-penetration (PJP) grooves? The joint is a bevel groove covered by a fillet. The pipe/tube is unlisted AWS D1.1...

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Consumables Corner: Selecting the right welding process and filler metal for repair work

January 29, 2016

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The Consumables crew assists a reader tasked with repairing a tower crane.

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Aluminum Workshop: What not to do when excessive contact tip burnback occurs

January 29, 2016

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Frank Armao explains why contact tips are important in the welding process and what you shouldn't do to remedy burnback problems.

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Add-on equipment makes a difference in SMAW

January 27, 2016

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An optional digital meter for SMAW power sources allows welders to lay beads within set parameters.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016

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How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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1 + 1 = Weld shop staffing success

January 27, 2016

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One aspect of the welding industry remains challenging for company management: determining staffing levels for tradespeople and supervisors at the front lines of industrial manufacturing systems and construction projects. While many people do not like crunching basic numbers, nothing beats simple math to come up with money-saving options to get through those tough economic times. The good news is that this is not rocket science. In fact, the number-crunching is so simple that it can be done quickly without any brain-numbing work.

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