What Is Weld Purging?

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As a welding program student, you come across a lot of specific welding terms, such as annealing, porosity, tension, to name a few.  One of the terms a welding training student needs to know is purging. In short, when you purge a weld, you remove any gases from the welding joint that may impact the […]

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Benefits of Smart Thermostats

smart thermostat benefits

More and more consumers like the convenience of smart home appliances, which allow them to save energy costs and they can customize according to their preferences. Recent surveys have shown that many consumers have a lot of interest in buying smart home controls, yet most of them have not installed them. However, in 2016, smart […]

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Flux Cored Arc Welding: An Overview

Flux Cored Arc Welding

Flux-cored arc welding, or FCAW, is a common welding technique that has existed since the 1950s. Arc welding uses an electric arc to generate heat that melts and ultimately binds metal. Since flux-cored welding is taught in welding training programs, here is a brief overview of this welding method. What is fluxed cored welding? Flux-cored […]

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Welding Conferences Fall 2017 & 2018

welding closeup Conferences are where members of the industry come together to discuss trends, exhibit new products and innovations, and provide educational seminars on specialized topics. 1 Welding conferences can be a great opportunity to keep welding knowledge and skills current as well as to network with fellow welding professionals in the field. Here are some of […] Read More

What is a Welding Pressure Regulator?

welding pressure regulator

Welding safety requires knowledge of the equipment being used, specifically proper setup, handling, maintenance, and safety practices. One piece of equipment that is common to all gas, or oxyfuel, welding processes is the welding pressure regulator. 1 The Pressure Regulator’s Role in Oxyfuel Welding Oxyfuel welding gets its name from the gases the process uses: […]

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Different Types of Arc Welding

shield arc welding

Arc welding uses an electrical power source to create an arc between the base metal and the electrode stick or wire. The arc is struck once you turn on the welding machine, adjust the settings, get safety gear in place, and scratch or tap the electrode against the base metal. The hot arc melts the […]

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Where Could a Welding Job Take You?

see where a welding job could take you Welding plays a big role in Americans’ everyday lives. Bridges, ships, computers, cell phones, oil rigs, and medical devices are all produced with welding. In fact, more than half of U.S. products require the process. Unfortunately, there may not be enough welders to help make these essential goods in the near future. The industry will […] Read More

What Is Aircraft Welding?

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Welding is one of the most widely used methods of fusing metals. Several industries rely on the strong metal bonds welding creates. In fact, over half of the products made in the U.S. require welding. 1 A welding career can take an individual to the racetracks of NASCAR, the oil fields of Texas, and the […]

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What You Need To Know About Welding Electrodes

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If you are interested in a welding career, you might have already looked into the welding tools and equipment that are used. One of the most essential welding tools is the welding gun or welding machine which produces an electric current that melts and binds metal. Welding electrodes are essential, and it is important that […]

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Shielded Metal Arc Welding

shielded metal arc welding

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is one of the most commonly used welding process. SMAW dates back to the 1890s and today is taught to students in welding classes and widely used in numerous industries. 1 Why has this process remained so popular over the years? What Is Shielded Metal Arc Welding? SMAW is also […]

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