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Welding

Material joining by the use of power sources, gases, nozzles, tips, wire, filler metals, manual and automated processes, robots, jigs, turntables, consumables and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Reduce Moisture-Absorption and Cracking Risks with Seamless Wires

Not every welding application requires the benefits that higher priced seamless wires provide. But when moisture must be controlled to help minimize the risk of hydrogen-induced cracking in demanding high-strength applications – and with it, costly repairs or potentially catastrophic weld failures – seamless welds are the ideal solution for the job.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

How to Drive Improvement in Your Existing Welding Power Source Fleet

Utilizing external weld monitors that work with any brand of machine and any welding process can help drive productivity and efficiency gains, improve quality, and help reduce costs and lost time. Here are some ways for your shop to generate greater profitability through better information management.
Engine Driven Welders

Next Generation Speed Governing Technology

Numerous benefits can be gained from improved fuel efficiency and reduced noise when using new welder/generators with speed-regulating technology.
Filler Metals/Electrodes

Field vs. Shop: What’s the Best Welding Process for Structural Steel Fabrication?

Whether structural steel welding is taking place in an indoor shop setting or outdoors in the field is a factor that either introduces or eliminates a host of elements, including wind, the enemy of shielding gas and the welding processes that rely on it. Here are some insights to help you choose the right structural steel fabrication process for a field application or for shop welding.
Fume Extraction Systems

Better Fume Control for Large Weldments Starts at the Source

Is your weld fume solution a fan and an open window? Working on large weldments – such as heavy equipment, ships or wind turbines – makes fume capture a challenge. However, today’s manufacturers have more options for fume control than ever. The best option for manual welding of large components may be one you haven’t considered for a while: the fume gun.
Gases

Seven Tips for Inert Gas Weld Purging of Pipes

Effective weld purging can only be achieved by making sure that any residual oxygen is displaced from the purge zone prior to and during welding to prevent significant loss of corrosion resistance and a reduction in joint strength. Here are some insights on how to properly conduct and monitor this process to ensure compliance.
Inverter Welders

Power Generation: Adapting to New Labor Demands in Power Plant Construction

Boilermakers Local 92 is now experiencing significant growth in labor demand after adapting to changes caused in part by a recently enacted state law to meet power plant demands that impacted their refinery jobs.
Laser Welders

Laser Welding: How to Reduce Production Costs Before You Even Begin

Knowing how to utilize the increased flexibility gained through laser welding can enable a fabrication shop to tackle tough challenges and creatively solve them.
Electron Beam Welders

How To Weld 3D Printed Parts

The 3D metal printing process is prone to capture microscopic inclusions and voids in the material. When these parts are welded, these micro voids coagulate into large bubbles of porosity that weaken the weld due to stress concentration in the area of the porosity. John DeLalio of EB Industries explains how electron beam welding can be used to address this issue.
MIG Welders

Tips for Successful Aluminum MIG Welding Repairs

With its low melting point, the presence of an oxide layer on its surface, prone to burn-through with a difficult-to-control weld pool, aluminum can be somewhat tricky. Here are some insights that will provide you with the best course of action to take for making a repair.
Plasma Cutters

Beware of Bad Bargains

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.
Power Sources

Avoid These Costly Mistakes in the Welding Operation

Looking to improve productivity and reduce costs to be more competitive? The one key to getting ahead is reducing the time spent on non-value-added activities – i.e., any time spent not welding. Here are some of the best ways to reduce downtime.
Resistance Welders

Seamlessly Joined? Comparing Cast and Soldered Electrodes for Spot Welding

Cavities in the solder between the electrode and the shaft have a negative impact on the quality of the resistance weld. Plansee explains why anyone wishing to avoid cavities should use cast electrodes rather than soldered electrodes.
Submerged Arc Welding

How Submerged Arc Welding Can Improve Productivity

Ideal for demanding applications in pipe, pressure vessel and tank, railcar manufacturing and heavy construction/mining, this process offers great benefits in its simplest form of single wire welding, plus more in twin wire, tandem wire and multi-wire SAW configurations.
TIG Welders

Rebuilding American Manufacturing, One Veteran at a Time

A perfect storm: One million veterans leave the service every five years as a projected two million manufacturing jobs go unfilled in the U.S. over the next decade due to lack of skilled labor. Take a closer look at how veterans are forging new careers in metalworking through Workshops for Warriors – and how manufacturers can put skin in the game with support.
Welding Gloves

From Selection to Storage: The Basics of Common Aluminum Filler Metals

In order to gain the best results when welding aluminum, Tim Hensley of Hobart Brothershere are the reasons why and how it is critical to select the correct filler metal and carefully follow the proper storage and handling procedures for these products.
Welding Guns/Torches

Maintaining TCP: How Does Your Robotic MIG Gun Neck Factor In?

To maintain weld positions and weld in the same place every time, the MIG gun neck used in a robotic welding system must stay in its expected position as an accurate tool center point (TCP) that provides consistent repeatability from part to part. A weak neck that easily bends during routine welding can lead to problems with system accuracy over time. Here are some ways to protect, setup and maintain the neck and help ensure that your system maintains optimal TCP with minimal downtime.
Welding Helmets

The Critical Role of Next Generation Welding Helmets

More comfort. Improved safety. Higher productivity. Better weld quality. Reduced costs. Increased bottom line. This is only the beginning of the reasons why metal fabricators should stay updated on new helmet technologies. There’s more.
Wire Feeders

Choosing the Right Drive Roll is Key for Smooth Wire Feeding

Is your wire welding operation being challenged by poor feedability, birdnesting, burnback, or clogging of the gun liner? If so, you may be using the wrong type or size of drive rolls for the job, or using improper drive roll tension. Here are some tips to help you prevent downtime and its associated costs due to poor wire feeding.
Welding: Products

Taking Shape: Structural Fabrication

Here are some of the latest advances in welding and plasma cutting equipment, fixturing, materials and PPE that can help welding operators increase their productivity, improve quality and safety, and reduce their operating costs in the fabrication of large, heavy, robust parts.

Multi-Process Welding in a Flexible, Rugged Package for Heavy Applications

Capable of gouging with up to a ½ in thick carbon steel, the Flextec 650X multi-process welder from Lincoln is ideal for large diameter stick, flux-cored, MIG or submerged arc welding on thick materials used in construction, shipbuilding and heavy fabrication.

Heavy Duty Combination Torch for Construction, Heavy Fabrication and More

The Victor Plus Torch from ESAB has a WH 315FC+ handle with built-in flashback arrestors and reverse flow check valves, a new CA 2460+ cutting attachment with a contoured cutting oxygen lever that makes it easier for the operator to feather the cutting oxygen, and a torch head with thicker brass to improve abrasion resistance.
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