Tech and Industries
How Poor Air Quality from Welding Fumes Harms Workers and Shop Productivity
Fumes generated during welding processes destroy air quality if not properly controlled. Dust collection systems need to be designed for the specific types of metals being welded and the regulations for permissible exposure limits and minimize hazards.
Build the Welding Workforce of Tomorrow with Augmented Reality Training Solutions
Discover how augmented reality training solutions are revolutionizing the welding industry, inspiring the next generation of skilled welders, and transforming careers.
New PPE Puts the Emphasis on Safety
From vests and gloves to helmets and earmuffs, these four new personal protective equipment (PPE) products are designed to keep you safe on the job.
How Chicago Manufacturers Keep Thriving
If you’re attending FABTECH 2023 in Chicago, Ill., on September 11–14, you probably already know that the Chicagoland area one of the largest and most important transportation hubs in the entire United States.
The Myth of Augmented Reality Welding Systems: Unraveling the Truth Behind Costs and Training Time
Is the hype around Augmented Reality Welding Systems justified? Let’s explore the facts and find the right balance for next-level training and inspiring future welders.
The Importance of Understanding AISC and AWS Codes
Following the requirements of codes and standards can save you significant dollars, create margin, and provide your firm with a quality reputation.
Long Live the Welding Control of the Future
The modern welding control system is designed to be sustainable, highly efficient, and Industry 4.0-capable. Ideally, it will have a long life as well. Bosch Rexroth resistance spot welding controls have long been much more than just a piece of hardware; they are being guided into the future with software solutions that can be configured as needed. At the same time, services support the entire product life cycle. This results in welding process optimizations that lead to quality improvements, shorter cycle times, and economic advantages.
Solving the Welder Shortage With Cobots
The skilled welder shortage is a global problem, but two companies overcame skepticism and embraced automation and robotics to bridge the gap between the number of welders needed and the number of available qualified welders.
ESAB® Announces FABTECH 2023 Product Lineup and Demonstrations
Demonstrations and displays will include welding cobots, next-generation heavy industrial systems, pulsed MIG, TIG aluminum, new welding software, automated plasma cutting, portable welders, and much more.
Welcome Center Debuts at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio, a career college specializing in short-term programs, held an open house for its Welcome Center and renovated facilities on May 18. The center is dedicated to welding education, welding career pathways, and college life. It also offers a glimpse into welding history, students’ future, and industry offerings. 9600 sq ft of space was renovated for the new facilities.
Tips on How to Control Welding Fumes
Controlling the fumes generated during welding processes protects employee well-being and improves operational efficiency. Choosing and designing an appropriate fume collection system requires considering the types of metals being welded and the regulations to comply with permissible exposure limits and minimize fire and explosion hazards. An efficient fume collection system captures dust at the source and is sized correctly for the process and materials being welded.
Creating a Safe Environment While Gas Metal Arc Welding
You can make sure you are following the best preventative measures when working with the GMAW process by following the procedures outlined in this article.
Choosing the Right Welding Screen or Curtain
Many factors must be considered when choosing a semitransparent welding screen or curtain for protecting workers near the welding operation from harmful UV and blue light radiation. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one.
Hypertherm Associates to Showcase Latest Plasma, Waterjet, and Software Products at FABTECH 2023
Hypertherm Associates, a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting products and software, is gearing up for FABTECH 2023, North America's largest exhibition for fabricating, welding, and finishing. The company's Hypertherm® plasma and OMAX® waterjet cutting technology brands will welcome visitors from two halls at Chicago's McCormick Place from September 11 to 14.
Saint Louis Zoo Seeks Tool Donations for Madagascar Park Conservation Project
To further conservation efforts in Madagascar, the Saint Louis Zoo Facilities Management Division is collaborating with the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (Parc Ivoloina) in September 2023.
Hypertherm Associates Announces the Latest Version of Its Robotic Offline Programming Software
Hypertherm Associates, a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting products and software, announced the latest version of its offline programming software with the launch of Robotmaster® 2024.
FILTAIR® 215: The Ultimate Fume Extraction Solution
Staying ahead of weld fume regulations and ensuring your workplace is in compliance is crucial. The latest fume extraction system from Miller® – FILTAIR® 215 – can help your operation stay ahead of the curve and keep your workplace running smoothly.
Harnessing the Teaching Power of Augmented Reality
Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) in Godfrey, Ill., is using augmented technology to maximize learning, facilitate instruction, and reduce costs.
Five Easy Ways to Support the Welding Community during National Welding Month
Thinking of ways to support and celebrate National Welding Month this April? There are practical things we can all do to both support the industry and keep it growing.
Cutting-Edge Tools for the Pipe and Tube Industry
From saws and torch tips to patch systems and spill guards, these four innovative products are designed for professionals who work with piping and tubing.
Supporting Semiconductor Tubing Applications
In the 90s, the high-purity and ultrahigh-purity industries went through a boom and were then transformed by outsourcing. Now, we’re trying to reclaim the industry domestically.
An Introduction to SMAW and SAW Consumables
Quality shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and submerged arc welding (SAW) welds typically start with using a quality consumable. For both of these commonly-used processes, choosing the right consumable for the application is key.
Fabricating the Enterprise’s Newest Successor
On August 27, 2022, Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky gave the command to Big Blue crane operator Charlie Holloway to lower the Enterprise (CVN 80) ceremonial keel unit into dry dock number 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), Newport News, Va., a division of HII.
Additive Manufacturing in a Naval Aircraft Carrier Construction Project
Additive manufacturing technology, or 3D metal printing using layers of welds, enabled Newport News Shipbuilding to stay on schedule with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) for the U.S. Navy.
How Specifications Keep Aerospace Vehicles up to Standard
Regardless of how they’re used, all aerospace vehicles are manufactured and repaired according to specifications. Manufacturers and tiered suppliers have stringent requirements that govern their processes to ensure components meet the end requirements.
Set Sail with New Products for the Marine Industry
From welding and cutting machines to educational books and workplace safety equipment, these new products are supporting the marine construction and shipbuilding industries.
It’s All in the Details. Introducing Miller® ClearLight™ 2.0 Lens Technology.
Today’s welding helmet technologies continue to evolve, and it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and how they can make a difference in your welding operations.
Enhance Welding Efficiency on Construction Jobsites
For construction contractors and steel erectors searching for ways to offset project slowdowns and labor challenges, paying attention to the following four tips on welding operations can help improve efficiency and performance on the jobsite.
Training Future Welders with Augmented Reality
Use of augmented reality is being used more and more in training programs across a variety of industries. With any newer technology, there is often a lack of familiarity to overcome, and augmented reality is no exception.
Taking Flight with New Aerospace Products
From automated work cells to soft-metal grinding wheels, these newly released products are facilitating the fabrication of metal parts for the aerospace industry.
Ready, Set, Atlanta
FABTECH 2022 is back in Atlanta, Ga., the state that is widely becoming known as the “Hollywood of the South.’’ The entertainment and arts scene in Atlanta has exploded as the go-to location in the world.
Grant Provides $368 Million to Improve Rail Infrastructure, Enhance and Strengthen Supply Chains
The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program will fund more than $368 million to 46 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
Technology Advancements and New Locations Propel Additive Manufacturing Industry
The additive manufacturing (AM) industry has been gaining headway with improved deposition rates, digitalization, and new facilities. Below is a summary of AM news from Sciaky Inc., the BMW Group, United Performance Metals, and Velo3D Inc.
See the Details Like Never Before with NEW ClearLight™ 2.0 Lens Technology
Advanced high-definition optics for the most realistic view that’s clearer and brighter – before, during and after every weld.
Real-Time Data Tracking During Welding Operations
What if someone told you it is possible to capture welding data for each weld joint on a particular structure? You can see everything from amperage and voltage information to data that show specifications have been met. Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s happening and helping manufacturers in the military, offshore and onshore wind, shipbuilding, nuclear, and more industries prove they’ve welded structures to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications and streamline approval processes.
Four Tools for Improved Automation
These newly released products are helping users automate welding and cutting processes for improved safety, higher production rates, and enhanced quality.
Welding on the Farm
Welding on the farm has a long tradition, and sometimes it’s all that keeps things moving. But farm welding brings its own challenges. Sometimes repairs need to be made where power isn’t available. Farming equipment and machines aren’t all made from the same metal. And let’s face it, farms come with dirt and, well, more than dirt. Neither mix well with welding.
From Farm to Shop: Welding’s Impact on Agriculture
Welding is a key ingredient in an ever-advancing manufacturing system for building products used in agriculture and other industries. Sharing, reproducing, and building upon ideas and concepts are key parts of this system.
Choosing PPE for Welding
Selecting the right safety equipment and garments is essential. This article discusses the critical factors when choosing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Staying Safe When Using Abrasive Products
In a manufacturing environment, safety isn’t covered by a one-time seminar or meeting. Here are some tips for safe use of abrasive products and why safety is critical for the operator’s well-being and productivity.
Navigating the Current Logistics Market and Operational Challenges
COVID-19’s impact on the supply chain has opened everyone’s eyes to the importance of smoothly running global commerce and logistics.
ESAB Launches InduSuite: A Brand-Agnostic Workflow Software Portfolio Solution for Robotic, Welding, and Cutting Operations
ESAB Corporation (NYSE: ESAB) announced today the launch of InduSuite (InduSuite.com), a brand-agnostic portfolio of software applications that revolutionizes workflow, quality, and business performance, to help fabricators and manufacturers improve operational efficiency. InduSuite offers three key benefits for mixed fleet customers: simplicity for accessing data and documents with an easy-to-use interface; real-time insight into performance, traceability, and workforce accountability; and an unprecedented level of control over metal fabrication operations.
2022 FUNDING: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity of $3.4 million for up to nine grants to attract and keep women in Registered Apprenticeship Programs and industries where they are underrepresented such as manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare.
A $1-Million Partnership, Major Renovation, and New Welding Program Lead Education News
StrataTech Education Group will provide $1 million in scholarships for skilled trade workers, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is renovating its Welcome Center, and NASCAR Technical Institute has a new welding technology training program.
Learn about ASNT’s Industry Sector Qualification Oil & Gas Program
ASNT’s Industry Sector Qualification - Oil & Gas (ISQ-O&G) program is an advanced practical qualification exam without the full program cost. The purpose of the ISQ program is to provide the oil and gas industry with NDT personnel who have demonstrated competency in practical application of a specific technique through hands-on performance demonstration qualification examinations.
Keeping America Energized
With the vast majority of energy harnessed and consumed in the United States still coming from fossil fuels, Strobel Companies primarily support the growth and distribution of liquid energy. Welding is key to its operations.
New Equipment for the Resistance Welder
After 137 years, resistance welding continues to be a tried-and-true process. Thanks to advancements and new equipment, such as the ones included here, resistance welding continues to be at the forefront of many industries.
Robustfeed Pro Now Connects to Competitive Welders, Improving Performance, Uptime and Ergonomics
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has launched its RobustFeed Pro Connect communication module so that users of competitive welders can increase performance and uptime by connecting to ESAB’s RobustFeed Pro portable wire feeder. RobustFeed Pro Connect works with Lincoln CV, Invertec V350 and Flextec 650 power sources and Miller Dimension and XMT models.
Resistance Welding’s Rich History
The birth of resistance welding (RW) goes back to the 19th century. Here, Don DeCorte, an American Welding Society (AWS) member for 42 years, shares stories and his thoughts about RW’s colorful history.
Students Vie for $100,000 Prize at Integrated Manufacturing National Championship
The $100,000 first-place prize in the Project MFG™ 2022 Integrated Manufacturing National Championship, a competition for students in career and technical training programs, will be awarded at the four-team final round in May.
Weld Inspection for Tube Fabricators in the Automotive Industry
Tube fabricators in the automotive industry must detect surface-related issues such as mismatch, insufficient and excessive scarfing, and hairlike scratches. The only way to do this is with a laser-based surface inspection system.
Harris Teams Up with Airgas to Distribute Oxyfuel Torches for Kentucky Tornado Clean-Up
In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ripped through Kentucky and several other states on December 10, one of the critical needs was to haul away massive amounts of debris and get businesses back up and running. To help these efforts, Harris Products Group came together with its distributor Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to quickly supply oxy-fuel torches and tips to several companies in Mayfield, Kentucky.
Hypertherm Announces 2030 Environmental Sustainability Goals
Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, announced its 2030 environmental sustainability goals, a set of four objectives the company will work to achieve this decade. The goals are designed to reduce Hypertherm’s use of resources, the carbon impact of its global operations, and address the impact caused by Hypertherm products in use.
ESAB Transitions HKS Brand of Weld Monitoring and Analytic Equipment to ESAB Brand Name And Colors
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products recently announced that all HKS brand equipment, which includes the flagship WeldQAS Quality Assurance System for real-time monitoring and recording of arc characteristics, have been rebranded as ESAB products. HKS Prozesstechnik GmbH was founded in 1994 in Halle, Germany. ESAB acquired HKS in 2017 to reinforce the company’s strategic focus on automated welding and grow its suite of ESAB Digital Solutions.
Tips for Longer, Safer Power Tool Battery Life
Power tools and their batteries are rugged instruments designed to perform tough jobs, but they still require care to maintain safe, optimum performance. There are steps users can take to extend tool and battery life, and help keep power tools operating at peak performance for a longer life cycle.
Norton | Saint-Gobain and Partner USA Luge TeamPrimed to Race in Beijing
Invigorated by a USA Luge silver medal World Cup team relay win in November 2021, and well poised with a range of planned activities, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers and primary sponsor of the USA Luge Team, is prepared for an exciting competition at the Games in Beijing next month. As Norton | Saint-Gobain celebrates this year the 40th anniversary of its partnership with the USA Luge Team, a scope of activities sponsored by Norton are slated to take place. Planned events include twenty “company watch parties” that will take place during the games, an Adopt-a-Luge athlete program, and a Luge Challenge event at a New England ski area.
How a Small Company Future-Proofed Its Industrial Production
Hampered by aging robotics and facing production challenges, a small company in Germany overcame its obstacles with newer, more-advanced technology.
Four New Products Put the Emphasis on Automation
Companies and welders are always looking for ways to improve their efficiency and ability to tackle difficult jobs. These new automation products will help make the most of a company’s uptime.
A Decade of Improved Pressure Vessel Fabrication
In 2011, facing a dearth of experienced pressure vessel welders, Enerflex a global oil and natural gas manufacturing and services supplier, embarked on a crucial automation project. The result: enhanced productivity and safety.
The shiny future of metal additive manufacturing
Metal additive manufacturing (AM) is gaining popularity among fabricators for a wide variety of reasons, but the limits of what it can achieve have not nearly been achieved, making its future very promising.
2021 IBSC Provided Strong Technical Presentations from around the World
On October 4–6, the brazing and soldering industry gathered in Denver, Colo., to share research, innovations, and fellowship at the 2021 International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC).
Understanding the Role Welding Metallurgy Plays in Infrastructure Projects
Welding metallurgy is a critical component in infrastructure projects, but it’s often not completely understood among certain communities. With greater knowledge of welding processes and techniques, design-build teams may save money, reduce project liability, and improve profitability.
Metallurgy, Welding, and the Future of Advanced Manufacturing
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the manufacturing and industrial landscape in the United States. As we emerge from it, the shortages and supply chain shocks prevalent in its early stages have generated renewed federal interest in reshoring manufacturing capabilities. New processing and control tools will impact much of the landscape that will arise from this planned reinvestment. Significant enhancements in computing power have driven the development of many advanced manufacturing routes enabled by machine learning, artificial intelligence, mechanistic modeling, and process automation.
Praxair Distribution, Inc. Officially Changing Name to Linde Gas & Equipment Inc.
Linde announced that its U.S. welding, industrial, medical and specialty gas distribution business, Praxair Distribution Inc., legally changed its name to Linde Gas & Equipment Inc., effective October 11. At the same time, Linde Gas North America LLC merged into the new company. The change capitalizes on the strength of the Linde name and aligns with the One Linde philosophy adopted when Linde AG and Praxair, Inc. merged in October 2018.
How Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers Can Support U.S. Security and Economic Growth
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many have reflected on the ways in which COVID-19 has completely changed the way companies do business as well as their workflow processes.
The pandemic has uprooted day-to-day routines and affected the ability of companies, large and small, to operate effectively. Businesses have had to adjust on the fly, shifting to remote work and streamlining their processes to stay afloat. But beyond profit and job losses, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of domestic manufacturing, revealing the warning signs of what might happen should it not receive proper funding.
Dynetics Expands Welding Facility and Capabilities with New Electron Beam System
Dynetics Technical Solutions, Huntsville, Ala., is claiming to operate the largest electron beam welding system in the Western Hemisphere that enables its partners in the aerospace, defense, and commercial industries to manufacture with speed, scale, and quality.
IPG Photonics Launches LightWELD 1500 XC: Combined Handheld Laser Welding and Cleaning System
IPG adds unique laser cleaning capabilities to the LightWELD handheld welder to provide fabricators better weld quality and simplified part finishing.
How Automation Trends Influence Hand Soldering, Rework, and Repair
The evolution of electronics and devices must keep pace to meet today’s operator challenges. As technology in the electronics industry rapidly advances, electronic devices are getting smaller, faster, and more functional. Advanced printed circuit boards (PCBs) are now double-sided with stacked multiple layers. Thus, they are far more complex than conventional PCB designs and contain more components in tighter spaces, creating high-density interconnect (HDI) PCB configurations.
Naval News Sets Sail
Dive into the latest naval news making waves — from contracts for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components and fuel to a dive tank for multiple subsea applications — and so much more.
AISI Hosts Great Designs in Steel Virtual Event
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) welcomed more than 1400 registrants from around the world to the 19th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) symposium. 2021 marked the symposium’s first virtual event.
Plasma’s Role in Shipbuilding Operational Excellence
Like many industries, the shipbuilding trade is navigating rough waters. An increasingly difficult business environment from consolidation, slowing growth rates, and uncertain political waters, combined with a critical shortage of workers as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic, has left many shipbuilders struggling to survive.
It’s Life in the Fast Lane as Automotive News Speeds Ahead
Here’s a range of recent news from Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota City, Japan; Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Mich.; Alcoa Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.; BMW Mfg., Spartanburg, S.C.; and General Motors (GM), Detroit, Mich.
At John Deere, “Hard Iron Meets Artificial Intelligence”
John Deere, Moline, Ill., is utilizing Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, piloting a solution that uses computer vision to automatically spot common defects in the automated welding process in its manufacturing facilities.
How Thermal Sprayed Copper Can Be Effective Against COVID-19
Copper, the first metal manipulated by humans to make everything from tools to jewelry, is now making headlines for another reason — its antimicrobial properties.
Hypertherm Awards 2021 Educational Grants to 12 North American Schools
Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, announced recipients of its 2021 Spark Something Great educational grant.
Four New Products for the Metal Pipe and Tube Industry
This article informs of products that are designed to increase productivity for a variety of applications involving pipe and tube, including transporting, heating, cutting, and welding.
Trumpf Virtual INTECH 2021 Presents New Technologies for Sheet Metal Fabrication
Production technology company TRUMPF, Ditzingen, Germany, delivered a global experience with its virtual INTECH 2021 exhibition held on March 22 and 23. Approximately 3000 people from around the world registered for the in-house trade show, which highlighted the company’s newest sheet-metal fabrication and laser technologies.
ABB Launches Robotics and Automation Podcast; Introduces New Collaborative Robots
ABB has launched a weekly podcast series featuring experts from industry and academia to explore the cutting edge of robotics and is also introducing two next generation collaborative robots (cobots).
Hypertherm Accepting Applications for its Spark Something Great Educational Grant
Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., a manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is accepting applications for its Spark Something Great educational grant program.
Aluminum Continues to Grow Within the Welding Fabrication Industry
The process of converting aluminum ore into the aluminum that we know and use every day was discovered relatively recently.
Automakers Drive into Making a Difference
Ford Motor Co. is targeting production of 100 million medical-grade masks through 2021, General Motors has received N95 certification under NIOSH, and a partnership between Honda and GM is producing hand sanitizer.