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).

Welding Automation & Robotics

Take a closer look at some of the newest advances in data management, systems integration and automation, robotics and more that can help make your welding operations more productive and profitable.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

Considerations for Consumables in Robotic Welding Applications

Did you realize a contact tip often serves as a barometer of the overall effectiveness of the welding process by indicating how optimized it is – or isn’t? To prevent time consuming and costly issues with joint access, here are some important reasons why consumables must be part of the planning process when working with an integrator to design a robotic welding system.
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

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.
Fume Extraction Systems

The Right Filter Makes a Difference in Weld Fume Management

Removing the fumes from the area is only the beginning of the process. How you filter the fume is just as critical to achieve successful results.
Gases

Using Shielding Gas Efficiently

Gas handling equipment is one area shops sometimes overlook to keep costs down to stay competitive. Proper gas-saver flowmeter regulators can ensure saving on the amount of shielding gas that is used with each pull of the trigger of the welding gun.
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

Three Common Questions Concerning Laser Welding in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Many sheet metal fabrication shops still hesitate to invest in laser welding. They are missing out on the numerous competitive advantages and opportunities that it offers over conventional welding processes. Here are some insights that they need to know.
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

Using Metal-Cored Wire with Pulsed MIG to Weld Galvanized Steel

High strength galvanized steel is an excellent material to help automotive manufacturers build lighter-weight vehicles, but it can present some challenges that make it difficult to weld.
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

Power Management Technology Eliminates Problems Caused by Dirty Power

Dirty power can impact weld quality in many ways. Here is one way to help avoid the problems caused by dirty power and improve productivity, efficiency and weld quality.
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.
TIG Welders

How Wireless Foot Controls Improve Productivity and Quality in TIG Welding

Even small improvements in production can add up over time. Wireless foot controls offer a return on investment by helping to improve productivity and efficiency in TIG welding operations and eliminating the time and money spent on control cord repairs and failure, reducing weld clutter in the work space, and improving operator comfort and mobility.
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

Top Ten Things to Consider with Through-Arm Robotic MIG Guns

Through-arm robotic MIG guns don’t require a mounting arm like conventional robotic MIG guns do. They provide a smaller work envelope that is ideal for working in tight spaces. Here are the top factors in selecting, installing and maintaining a through-arm robotic MIG gun. 
Welding Helmets

Sight for Sore Eyes

Clearly, the right auto-darkening helmet boosts productivity and quality. Here's how optical clarity defines helmet performance by providing users with vital eye protection and the ability to fully see the work . . . and that’s when work is done best.
Wire Feeders

Wire Feeders: From Basic to Advanced

Using the right wire feeder for the job is more important than many realize, because it ensures that welding operators spend more time welding with less downtime due to poor wire feeding. Here are some factors to consider to match the most appropriate wire feeder to the application.
Welding: Products

Compact Robot for Arc Welding and Machine Tending

The IRB 1660ID from ABB Robotics features a stronger, more rigid upper arm for heavier weld torches and improved wire feeding control near the arc to guarantee high volume production.

Maximize Gas Cylinder Economy by Changing Switching Ranges in the Field

The 547 Series High Pressure Switchover from CONCOA can fully deplete gas cylinders while accommodating applications that require continuous delivery of gas with varying high and low outlet pressures.

Highly Automated Custom Welded Tubing

OMCO uses an automated 200 ft long mill to efficiently manufacture highly processed, standard-shaped tubes or custom profiles to fit applications needing non-standard welded tubes.