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).

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. 
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Automation/Robotics

A Week in the Life of An Online Data Management System

We can now measure, store and analyze up to 7.5 million weld sessions per day. By automating functions that were once done manually, a shop can save countless hours and provide real transparency into their drivers of productivity, quality and cost control.
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

Weathering Steel: Taking the Guesswork Out of Filler Metal Selection

Weathering steel offers excellent resistance to atmospheric corrosion caused by rain, snow or humidity. During the welding process, the filler metal type and the manner in which it is applied determines whether the resulting weld will match corrosion resistance or have the same reddish appearance, more commonly known as color match.
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

Clearing the Air in Gas Delivery

MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, laser cutting or welding all require compressed gases. How these gases are stored, handled and used will determine the extent that the overall cost of these gas products impacts your bottom line. The correct gas delivery system will provide the most economical and efficient results to complement any of these applications – and the normal starting point for all of them is a cylinder of gas and a regulator. 
Inverter Welders

Field of Dreams

Take a look at how this Wisconsin fabricator uses the portable all-in-one Multimatic 200 multiprocess power source from Miller Electric to gain versatility and increase their welding productivity by 25 to 30 percent on field repair and fabrication jobs.
Laser Welders

Lasers Handle Cutting and Welding of Complex Parts

This shop welded the seam and cut 100 million holes in 12,100 torches – in six months. That's not all. Check out the automotive parts they're making.
Electron Beam Welders

Electron Beam Welding vs. Laser Welding

A comparison of the two processes by application and cost.
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

Industry Standards Are Evolving Faster Than Ever

For auto body shops or tractor repair facilities to effectively keep up with the new demands being driven by fuel economy mandates and remain profitable, they must invest in easy to use equipment that is capable of welding both steel and aluminum.
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

The Passion Inside Out Back

A father-son boat repair and fabrication shop finds power, flexibility and quality with a TIG welder that can deal with the unique challenges of their business.
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

Waste Not, Want Not

Planned downtime for preventive maintenance in the welding operation is not time wasted. Here are some crucial maintenance tips that help optimize MIG gun performance, keep production flowing smoothly and avoid unplanned downtime. 
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.
Welding: Products

Advanced Micro TIG Welding

The MAWA-300A Pulsed Micro TIG Welder from Amada Miyachi - durable and reliable – this high performance micro TIG welding power supply is the perfect solution for welding coils and terminals, bus bars,  and covered wires. Supplying between 30 and 300 amps of output power,  this unit targets small components in the automotive, medical, battery, and electronics industry.
Amada Miyachi's MAWA-300A Pulsed Micro TIG Welder, now features a new touch start feature that is specifically designed for welding extremely delicate parts, where it is important to start with a low voltage rather than a high voltage that can damage the parts.

New Economical Coupon Cutting Machine for Welding Schools

Available in both 110 volt and 240 models, the PCC-1 cuts pipe to a desired length or bevels the edge of a pipe for weld prep. It features a self-centering speed chuck, capable of gripping 0 to 8 in OD pipe and 3 in to 11 in ID pipe. A racking group supports a plasma or oxy-fuel torch that can be setup for square or beveled cuts up to 12 in long. 
Available at a fraction of the cost of a standard saddle and elbow cutter, the PCC-1 Pipe Coupon Cutting Machine from Bug-O is ideal for cutting pipe to a desired length or for beveling the edge of a pipe for weld prep.

Automating Welding Operations

The new TPS/i Robotics welding power source from Fronius is specially tailored to the demands of robot-aided welding. Its integrated and fully synchronized system components enable robots to weld faster than ever before, with a higher degree of repeatability, enhanced weld seam quality and minimal spatter. (first view)
Increased speed. Higher quality welds. Reduced errors. These are only a few of the many reasons why more shops want to automate work throughout the welding process. Here are some of the latest systems they should consider.