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April 7, 2014
How consumable quality affects welding productivity and costs
Some welding operations may view purchasing consumables as a place to save money, because high-quality consumables typically cost more than lower-quality consumables. However, the upfront cost of consumables is not the whole picture. Consumables... Read more...

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February 7, 2012
GMAW guns, consumables, and more: 7 common questions answered
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) involves more than just arc-on time. Welding operators also need to be mindful of other factors that contribute to the overall productivity and quality of their welding operation, such as joint preparation, weld... Read more...

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October 20, 2011
Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables
When it comes to welding, many variables can influence productivity and quality. The power source, filler metals, and consumables all factor into the equation and require special attention during the selection process. You must manage these... Read more...

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September 12, 2011
Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables
When it comes to welding, many variables can influence productivity and quality. The power source, filler metals, and consumables all factor into the equation and require special attention during the selection process. You must manage these... Read more...

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March 7, 2011
Answers to 6 FAQs about FCAW-SS
For structural steel applications, bridge construction, and heavy equipment repair, self-shielded flux-cored welding (FCAW-SS) has become a standard and reliable process because of its ability to provide high deposition rates and good weld... Read more...

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January 6, 2010
GMAW guns and consumables
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) guns and consumables sometimes are an afterthought for buyers of welding systems, but considering that they are the most handled piece of welding equipment and are exposed to the most environmental and operator... Read more...

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June 17, 2008
Troubleshooting welding conductivity
Electrical conductivity is at the core of MIG welding equipment, and yet poor conductivity is one of the most common and frequently overlooked causes of poor welding performance. What Is Conductivity? Conductivity is a measure of a... Read more...

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June 17, 2008
Tips for troubleshooting GMAW consumables
Making a high-quality gas metal arc weld is no easy task. But making a high-quality weld when your gun and consumables aren't functioning properly is just about impossible. Porosity, excessive spatter, undercut, and burnback are just a few of... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
The tipping point
Contact tip recess isn't usually the first thing welders think about when they contemplate getting the best performance from their gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment. Using the wrong contact tip recess, however, can make a quality weld... Read more...

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August 22, 2007
Great welds need the right gas
If you're reading this, you probably already know that shielding gas plays a critical role in achieving a strong, visually appealing gas metal arc weld. That's the easy part. However, why shielding gas is necessary, the practical differences... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
GMAW guns: More than a commodity
Many welders often think of a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) gun as a mass-produced, unspecialized product—a commodity—when purchasing a GMAW system. More costly components, such as the power source, wire feeder, and shielding... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Elements of success:
You may know that air and water are two of the four astrological elements, but you may not know just how much they can affect your welding performance. Torches, cables, and cooling are three integral components in gas metal... Read more...

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June 14, 2005
How to choose the consumables you use - Part I
Many factors influence gas metal arc welding (GMAW) consumable selection. Chief among the factors is productivity. Because 85 percent of the cost of making a weld is labor, you need to choose consumables based on how well they... Read more...