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).

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.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

Conventional Guns on Through-Arm Robotic Welding Systems: When to Make the Choice

The choice between using a through-arm MIG gun or a conventional gun is sometimes an afterthought on these systems, but there are applications where a conventional gun works better and can significantly impact efficiency, throughput and quality of the finished weld. Knowing how to choose the best option for the job up front is key.
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

Understanding Stainless Steel Filler Metals

The properties of stainless steel offer corrosion resistance, toughness and strength, a good appearance and longer useful life. But there are some challenges when welding stainless steel. Consider these tips and best practices, including proper filler metal selection, to get the most from stainless steel welding applications.
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

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.
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

Nd:YAG or Fiber Laser Micro Welding?

There are a number of choices for laser for micro welding. Here are the factors to consider why and when one laser might be chosen over another, and how to select the best option for your specific application.
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

How Energy Incentives on New Welding Power Sources Benefit Your Bottom Line

Considering an upgrade to your welding equipment to increase profitability and cut operating costs? Here’s how you can also take advantage of the additional benefits that energy incentives provide for an even greater impact on your bottom line.
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

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

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

Welding Product Showcase

Take a closer look at some of the latest advances in welding equipment that might help you increase productivity, improve quality and reduce costs.

Advanced Welding Cells for Gearmaking and Automotive Jobs

These new Arnold CNC laser workcells from GMTA are ideal for welding smaller round components and other geometries, including axial and radial seams.

Successful Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Unlike the red-tipped thoriated tungsten electrode that contains two percent thoria, blue-tipped MultiStrike tungsten electrodes from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT contain a mix of non-radioactive rare earth elements, eliminating the risk to health posed by thoriated tungsten electrodes.