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).

Electron Beam Welding vs. Laser Welding

A comparison of the two processes by application and cost.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

Using Welding Intelligence Designed for Pipe Fabrication

Pipe shops now use electronic dashboards to replace pieces of paper that once traveled with spool joints across the floor and through the weld testing process.
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

Ways to Get the Most Out of Your MIG Gun Consumables

Here are a few of the best practices that every welding operator should know when it comes to choosing and maintaining nozzles, contact tips, retaining heads and gas diffusers, and cable.
Fume Extraction Systems

Navigating OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls to Minimize Weld Fume

In considering which weld fume management solution is right for your shop environment, be aware that it may be necessary to implement multiple solutions from the agency’s outlines to achieve the desired exposure limits for each individual metal, metal oxide or gas found in the weld plume. Here are the steps to follow. 
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

The Next Big Thing in Sheet Metal Fabrication

The competitive advantages of laser welding are generating all sorts of excitement as new advancements have minimized the initial investment required and offer a more affordable entry for job shops. 
MIG Welders

New Arc Process for More Efficient Welding

A new algorithm uses the high processing power, large memory, extremely fast system bus and highly dynamic wire feed speed of the latest MIG/MAG power source platform to ensure an extremely stable arc with minimal spatter.
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

Blueprint for the Future

Fabricators must continually explore new technologies that will grow along with their operations to help them stay competitive, profitable, productive, and ahead of the curve so they are prepared for the demands of the future. 
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

Small Issue, Big Impact

Though proper storage of MIG guns and consumables might seem like a small issue, especially in a large shop, it can greatly affect your costs, productivity and weld quality. Here’s why.
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

Down to the (Flux-Cored) Wire

Preferred for shipbuilding, UltraCore HD Marine from Lincoln Electric is a gas-shielded, flux-cored wire electrode that enables a flat bead shape when welding at high deposition rates in all positions. This new electrode offers improved operator appeal through lower spatter and lower fumes generation rates.
Designed specifically for toughness in critical applications, these new flux-cored wire solutions meet the most unforgiving demands of shipbuilding and offshore fabrication.

Mild Steel and Low-Alloy Flux-Cored Welding Wires

Ideal for offshore oil and gas topsides and platforms requiring high corrosion resistance with stress-relieved high strength and low temperature impact toughness properties, Dual Shield II 4130 SR from ESAB is an all-position flux-cored wire for welding low-alloy, high-strength steels such as 4130. This flux-cored welding wire offers mechanical properties in the as-welded and after PWHT conditions and meets ANSI/NACE MR0175/ISO 15156-1.
ESAB offers two wires in its series of flux-cored welding consumables: Dual Shield II 4130 SR and Dual Shield II 70-Ni1 H4.

Tough Flux-Cored Wire for Shipbuilding and Demanding Offshore Work

Preferred for shipbuilding, UltraCore HD Marine from Lincoln Electric is a gas-shielded, flux-cored wire electrode that enables a flat bead shape when welding at high deposition rates in all positions. This new electrode offers improved operator appeal through lower spatter and lower fumes generation rates.
Premium UltraCore gas-shielded flux-cored wire from Lincoln Electric creates a tough weld that stands up to temperature extremes, corrosive saltwater, constant moisture and other adverse conditions, while exceeding demanding industry requirements.