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Welding Career Tips with Instructor John Hill of Frederick Community College

Each month we hope to feature a brief interview with a welding instructor at a community college, trade school, or high school in order to answer questions about preparing for a career in welding, choosing the right machine to prepare for a welding job, and what students need to know about welding programs or welder…

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Selection and Properties of Shielding Gases Used for Welding

M.C. Balmforth (The Materials and Engineering Group, LLC) dives into some of the more technical aspects of shielding gas properties and selection for GTAW. In this presentation, Mr. Balmforth discusses a handful of important arc/plasma properties (thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and current), and clears up some common misconceptions regarding what variables determine heat transfer to…

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The Role of Oxygen in Arc Stabilization of Aluminum GMA Welds

Jesse Martinez, on behalf of his colleagues (Dr. P. Burhardt, Dr. C.E. Cross, and A.N. Duffield) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses the results of an experiment that explored the relationship between oxygen and welding arc stability. This experiment was conducted in response to issues the research team encountered with GMA welds on aluminum in…

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Welding Projects You Can Donate To Your Community

Successful, happy communities are founded on the gifts, time and talents of those who live there. Beautiful parks, clean rivers and safe schools don’t just happen, rather they are sustained by the hard work of willing volunteers. Donating your time for the good of your community comes with contentment and satisfaction of knowing that the…

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You Spoke, We Listened: Everything You Need to Know About the NEW CWI Pre-Seminar

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that the American Welding Society’s Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program has impacted your career in one way or another. As welders, your handiwork has been inspected, and (hopefully) accepted, by a CWI on countless occasions. Some of you may have been mentored, or even introduced to the…

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How Understanding Welding Inspections Can Improve Your Welds

Professional welds are often carefully regulated based on blueprints and designs that ensure they will perform well under pressure and have a clean appearance. Weld inspections will take into account the weld’s location, the size and shape of the weld, and the materials used for the weld. Understanding the types of welding inspection tests can…

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Basic Gas Cylinder Safety Tips for Welders

Baker’s Gas and Welding handles gas tanks every day in all of our locations, and we have seen all kinds of oxygen cylinders can into our shops to be refilled. Some are well-maintained and regularly tested, while others are a catastrophe waiting to happen. Here are a few gas cylinder safety guidelines to consider for…

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Manufacturing Strength in the Southeast – See the Latest Innovations at FABTECH in Atlanta

Manufacturing is thriving in the Southeast making Atlanta the perfect home for the 2018 FABTECH show. The fabricated metal industry is Georgia’s top growth manufacturing sector and its GSP (gross state product) is projected to increase 30% by 2026. FABTECH offers you direct access to the innovation, education and collaboration you can use to accelerate…

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Friction Stir Welding of Additively Manufactured Aluminum Alloys

Todd Evans (Vanderbilt University) discusses friction stir welding of additively manufactured aluminum alloys. Recognizing the lack of published information for materials produced using additive manufacturing, Vanderbilt’s Welding Automation Laboratory (VUWAL) and NASA teamed up to research the weldability of various aluminum alloys used in a wide range of aeronautical applications.

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The Effect of PWHT on Intergranular Corrosion in 308 & 347 Stainless Steels

Byungchul Kim (Hyundai Heavy Industries) discusses how post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) affects intergranular corrosion in stainless steel weldments. This presentation focuses on 308 and 347 stainless steels, widely used throughout the petrochemical industry as filler metal for weld cladding in hydrotreatment and hydrodesulphurization reactors.

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