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The right tip

The right tip
Choosing the right contact tip can make all the difference for pulsed MIG applications in the automotive world by Andrew Marchand, product manager – automotive segment, Tregaskiss     Optimizing the robotic weld cell helps improve productivity, allowing a manufacturing facility to save time and money. It can be especially beneficial in applications that use pulsed MIG, a process that Read full article >>

Efficient extraction

Efficient extraction
Fume extraction guns offer features that can improve flexibility and results for the MIG welding process by Andy Monk, product manager for new products, Bernard         Limiting exposure to welding fumes is an increasingly important issue for many welding operations as it provides a cleaner, more comfortable work environment and helps companies stay compliant with industry Read full article >>

Walk the line

Walk the line
New technology reduces the steps welders have to take at the United States’ largest private real estate development by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       They say everything is big in Texas. And while that may very well be true, it looks like the Big Apple is taking a page out of the Lone Star State’s playbook. Currently, the Hudson Yards project is underway in New York, and it is truly of Read full article >>

Room for advancement

Room for advancement
Reach welding automation goals with advanced processes  by Justin Durik, welding engineer, and Caleb Rosera, product manager, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.       Companies invest in welding automation for many reasons. They may want to improve productivity, address quality issues, uncover efficiencies and cost savings, or address a shortage of skilled welders. The benefits automation can Read full article >>

Productive prep

Productive prep
Buffing, polishing, graining and grinding: It doesn’t have to be so difficult by Kip Hanson, senior editor   Accurate and flexible speed control is important when working with a variety of abrasive wheels and attachments.     Electric grinders are heavy, cumbersome and tough to fit into tight corners. Their air-operated counterparts are noisy and expensive to run. Both offer limited speed Read full article >>

Filler fix

Filler fix
Tips for successfully welding 4130 heat-treatable low-alloy steel  by Blaine Guy, welding engineer/CWI, welding engineering and applications, Hobart     As one of the most common of the heat-treatable low-alloy steels, 4130 steel can be found in a number of industries and applications. It is also among the most likely to cause confusion when it comes to welding.  Its high hardenability Read full article >>

Welding Data: A Key to Better Productivity

Welding Data: A Key to Better Productivity
If you can measure it, track it, and display it, you can improve the performance of your welding operations. by Caleb Krisher, business development manager, welding information, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.   Basic or entry-level welding information management systems gauge both productivity and quality, and provide real-time weld data for management to enact positive changes within the welding Read full article >>

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect
An award winning technology helps welders improve their muscle memory to achieve a perfect weld.  by LARRY ADAMS, Senior Editor     The guideWELD LIVE system is an in-helmet training tool for live welding that gives instant feedback on work angle, travel angle, and speed while the user is performing live welds.     Sometimes an old adage isn’t necessarily true. Take the well-known saw: Read full article >>

Explosive Method to 'Weld the Unweldable'

Explosive Method to 'Weld the Unweldable'
A collision of materials seeks to create a new type of weld. by Larry Adams, Senior Editor       Explosive or collision welding seems too violent a term for a process that creates delicate, wavy “curlicues” of intertwining metallic elements as seen through a microscope, and these curlicues seem too genteel to create a weld joint that is often stronger than the base material. But, if a Read full article >>

Welding and Machines for E6010 Electrodes

Welding and Machines for E6010 Electrodes
E6010 electrodes, one of the basics for pipe and plate stick welding, are old standbys that are easily handled by industrial transformer-type welding machines. But the new generation of portable inverter-type machines don’t always handle them well. An industry expert tells the 6010 story and explains what to look for in an inverter welder for this penetrating electrode. By Kenneth Alrick, Senior Read full article >>

Joining technology drives new space endeavors

Joining technology drives new space endeavors
Friction stir welding provides a critical edge of performance for a spacecraft that will fly to Mars. By Larry Adams, Senior Editor     The aft bulkhead is being welded to the barrel of the Orion pressure vessel at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: NASA / Radislav Sinyak     NASA is planning to return astronauts to space in a far-flung trip that is scheduled Read full article >>

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