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With the hot summer months fast approaching, it’s never too soon for welding operators to start planning ways to stay cool. Doing so can help welding operators stay comfortable and working at peak performance without sacrificing total output. Consider these tips.
Superhero inventor Iron Man is off on his latest adventure – with Lincoln Electric equipment by his side. Released on May 3, the hit Marvel comics-inspired film -- Iron Man 3 -- features Lincoln Electric welding equipment, used by actor Robert Downey Jr.’s character, engineering genius Tony Stark/Iron Man, to fabricate his signature armored suit, various tools and weapons as he prepares to fight the villain Mandarin. Look for Lincoln Electric POWER MIG welders in Tony’s Stark’s high tech workshop.
While not a new technology, metal-cored wire has gained greater popularity in recent years, mostly due to its ability to increase productivity and improve quality in a range of manufacturing and fabrication applications. However, just like any welding technology, metal-cored wire is not a cure-all. It has its best applications, advantages and limitations. Determining if metal-cored wire is right for your application takes a little know-how and some support from the right resources.
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is an initiative of the Canadian Government to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards won the right to bid on the non-combat vessels under this strategy, and as such is proceeding with a $200 million Shipyard Modernization Program to support execution. As a part of modernization project, Seaspan selected PEMA welding automation equipment for their panel production.
Still welding with old transformer-style TIG welding power sources? Modern inverter-based technology offers a number of process enhancements. Here are eight key differences between older transformer-based technology and inverters:
Dynabrade, Inc. of Clarence, NY is proud to support the global fight against breast cancer, and promote annual screening. To increase awareness of this vital cause, Dynabrade introduces the limited edition “SPIRIT of HOPE” Random Orbital Sander.
Hobart has introduced a new gas-shielded metal-cored wire to its growing portfolio of innovative filler metals. The FabCOR F6 wire provides higher deposition rates and faster travel speeds than solid wires to help increase productivity on single-pass, flat and horizontal welding applications. It also offers deposition efficiencies similar to solid wire, but with reduced spatter to minimize clean up.
Frommelt Safety has just introduced a new automated barrier door, the Guardian Defender. Designed to guard machinery, contain processes and protect employees from robotic/machine movement zones, the new door boasts patent-pending upgrades to its non-contact safety switch configuration, control systems and interlocking capabilities.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has added a hard hat option to its current Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) line. The hard hat is paired with Titanium Series auto-darkening welding helmets, which feature exclusive InfoTrack digital lens technology.
To meet the demands of heavy-duty welding applications, Bernard offers its T-Gun Semi-Automatic Air-Cooled MIG Gun. This durable, straight-handle welding gun can be built to order online to ensure users have the features they need to weld in even the harshest and most abusive environments.
Now, everything welding engineers and operators need to know about Lincoln Electric’s popular Power Wave advanced process welding power sources is gathered in one easy-to-use micro web site. Found at lincolnelectric.com/pwresources, the new Power Wave Resources page provides access to a number of tools at the click of a mouse, providing fabricators with the details they need 24/7 at any factory or site around the world.
Ideal for shipbuilding, offshore, construction or pipe welding operations, the Activ8 portable wire feeder from Lincoln Electric is the smallest, lightest wire feeder on the market and is now available in a One-Pak configuration that includes a Magnum PRO Curve 300 gun. With the One-Pak, welders receive a wire feeder and gun matched for most applications in the shipbuilding, construction or pipeline industries.