BBQ Grill: A Summer DIY Project for the Welder
An outdoor barbecue grill is a great project for beginner welders. It’s practical and the materials aren’t very pricey. Here are instructions on how to fabricate your own open-framed BBQ pit.
Resistance Welding Q&A: Transformer vs. Transgun kVA
Q: I have three different welding machines in my plant along with several robotic transguns. A couple of my machines are 50-kVA press machines and my transguns are 100 kVA. Why can my 50-kVA machines produce up to 35-kA secondary current, but my transguns only go as high as 18–20 kA?
Weld Easy with These New GMAW Products
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is one of the most-used welding processes in the world. Advancements in GMAW-related equipment, such as the ones highlighted here, keep it at the forefront of welding technology.
Maximize your School’s Budget with Miller® MobileArc™
Attracting and proficiently training welding students on a limited budget can be challenging, which is why Miller® developed MobileArc™ – an Augmented Reality Welding System that offers a convenient option that fits most budgets. Its highly-realistic, portable, and intuitive design is simple enough for students to self-learn so instructors can maximize efficiency in the classroom.
Wire Feeding Methods for Narrow Groove GMAW
Several different wire feeding methods can be used when narrow-groove-gas-metal-arc-welding heavy-section materials that have nearly square butt configurations and minimal groove widths of approximately 13 mm (½ in.).
Staying Safe during Resistance Welding
Resistance welding (RW) is a thermo-electric welding process in which the weld is made by a combination of pressure and current. The process involves the joining of metals by applying controlled pressure and passing current through the metal area to be joined. There are several different forms of RW (e.g., spot, seam, projection, single-sided, bonding, cross wire, micro, flash, and upset welding) that differ primarily by the types and shapes of weld electrodes used to apply the pressure and conduct the current.
Think You Don’t Need Fume Collection for Resistance Welding? Think Again.
Resistance welding (RW) may not generate the volume of fumes created by gas metal arc or shielded metal arc welding, but capturing what’s produced during this process must still take place.
PlateSaver Technology from Hypertherm Helps Customers Maximize Parts and Profit per Plate
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software recently introduced PlateSaver™, a new SureCut™ technology that automatically maximizes the number of parts on a plate for more profit per plate.
The Spool Welding Robot Increases Shop Productivity and Capacity
Welding automation technology can help junior welders perform more-challenging welds previously only performed by senior welders while also allowing senior welders to broaden and extend their careers.
Standard Welding Procedures, No Qualification Testing Required
The American Welding Society (AWS) has a selection of standard welding procedure specifications (SWPSs) that can be used without qualification testing. But only one is for aluminum.
Timeless Tricks for Today’s Robots
An industrial robot can achieve more than three million aluminum arc starts per week using a push-only wire feed system. But while technology has improved the reliability of such systems, some proven tips should be followed.
How to Maximize Your CNC Manufacturing Uptime
Computer numerical control (CNC) machines play an essential part in countless manufacturing applications. They build these machines for processing a variety of materials, such as metal and plastic, and shape them into the required forms. Advanced technologies have also enabled CNC machines to become more powerful by featuring more axes for greater precision and enhancing operational efficiency. As CNC machines continue to evolve, they require more complicated components, faster operating speed, and greater attention to the machines’ operation status to avoid system downtime.
Multipass Welding in Pressure Vessel Applications
Multipass welding increases critical weld strength in applications where failure could be catastrophic, including heavy-duty structural fabrication and pipelines and pressure vessel fabrication. Proper preparation and cleaning are critical for attaining quality welds.
Three New PPE to Help You Stay Safe on the Job
Welders depend on a multitude of tools to achieve their jobs, but the most important of these tools is personal protective equipment (PPE). Ranging from respirators to flame-resistant clothing, these new PPE can safeguard welders against the hazards present in the workplace.
Eight Tips for Avoiding Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes
Even experienced operators make mistakes that can impact cut quality and consumable life. Many of the most common plasma-cutting and consumable issues can be avoided altogether by following the eight tips outlined in this article.
How to Use Your Grinder Safely and Soundly
The advantages of using grinding wheels are widely known. However, when grinding wheels that spin at thousands of revolutions per minute (RPM) are damaged or misused, they can break into bullet-like fragments, leading to injury. Grinding safety is a vast subject, with seemingly limitless tips, but the following offers just a few key guidelines to keep top of mind.
Fundamentals of Electrogas Welding
Electrogas welding is an arc welding process that uses an arc between a continuous filler metal electrode and the weld pool. Continue reading this article to learn much more, including advantages and limitations.
Selecting the Right Welding Transfer Modes
Transfer modes for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) play an important role in the level of quality and productivity that can be gained in a welding operation.
Historical Aircraft Soars with Cold Spray Technology
More than 70 years after first entering service, hundreds of vintage Chipmunk airplanes remain airworthy around the world, mainly as trainer aircraft. Repair and maintenance of many of their components remain a challenge due to lack of components as well as process temperature sensitivity. Fortunately, there is cold spray, a solid-state metal consolidation process that can be used to dimensionally restore components made of materials that are highly sensitive to elevated process temperatures.
Welding Preheat for Tube and Pipe on the Jobsite
Critical pipe welding applications often require preheating and possibly postweld heat treatment to reduce the chances of cracking. Learning different methods and proper application of welding preheat can help save time and money.
IRONMAN M-Dot Sculpture Reaches the Finish Line
This year, IRONMAN competitors in St. George, Utah, will have more than cheering fans waiting for them at the finish line. An M-dot sculpture crafted by Rick Prazen and his son, Josh, will greet them in a roundabout near the end of the race.
Artist Transitions from Soft Paper to Heavy Metals
Iowa-based Gail Chavenelle is proof that it’s never too late to embark on a new adventure. At the age of 50, the former school teacher became a full-time metal sculptor.
From the Forge: A Legacy of Art and Inspiration
Richard Prazen, a blacksmith and metal sculptor in South Jordan, Utah, has honed this skill with more than 55 years in the welding and manufacturing industry. In his hands, pieces of metal come to life as soaring eagles and giant spiders.
Five New Products That Are Facilitating GMAW
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is an arc welding process that uses an arc between a continuously fed consumable electrode and the weld pool. The process is used along with shielding from an externally supplied gas and without the application of pressure.
Simplify Arc Welding with These Four New Products
Highlighting the strength of this market, and the high demand for arc welding products, 2020 and 2021 saw the release of many products designed to simplify arc welding.