Benefits of Pulse Welding

Earlier this week a manufacturer ask if there were any true benefits of using pulse over CV in the MIG process.  The short answer is “absolutely.” But before we can answer we need to ask: “what is the application?”  To really appreciate the benefits of pulsed GMAW compared to traditional CV (short arc or globular) […]

Conflict Minerals

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010.  This act promotes financial stability for the US by making the financial system more transparent and accountable. But what does this have to do with the so called Conflict Minerals?  As it pertains […]

4043 v 5356 Aluminum Filler

Should I use 4043 or 5356 aluminum wire for my application? This is a very commonly asked question.   The application of these two aluminum alloys has such a big overlap that a lot of times it simply comes down to welder preference, cost or availability. When determining which filler alloy to use the most important […]

Welding Industry Acronyms

If you are involved in the welding industry you are constantly surrounded by all sorts of acronyms.  Below is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations in our industry.  ABS         American Bureau of Shipping AC          Alternating current AlSl         American Iron and Steel Institute. AL            Aluminium AMP      Amperes (measure of current) ANSI      American National Standard Institute. […]

Cost of Overwelding

So many shops operate under the premise that the bigger the weld the better it is, or that putting down a bigger weld than what is called for is playing it safe.  Although there may be some truth to this it isn’t always the case.  And, in some instances, a bigger weld can actually be […]

5 Major Non-destructive Testing Methods

We all have probably heard about destructive testing in welding.  After all, those of us who are certified welders or work at a place that needs to certify welding procedures, have at one time or another heard about a bend test, or a charpy v-notch test.   However, there are several types of non-destructive testing available.  […]

9 Basic Steps to Read Welding Symbols

The ability to read and understand weld symbols is very important yet the vast majority of welders have hard time with these symbols.   A very small percentage of companies require that welder candidates know how to read symbols.   With the shortage of welders in today’s market imposing this prerequisite would not be feasible.  What companies […]

Welder Certification

One of the most common questions we get on our day to day activities is How can I get may welder(s) certified?  The immediate is response is: Certified on what?  Most manufacturers assume that there is a single certification for which their welders can apply, test and become certified.  Unfortunately this is not the case.  […]

Welcome to Welding Answers

Welcome to Welding Answers!  We are a group of professionals in the welding industry. Our contributors include  welding engineers, welding consultants, certified welding inspectors, welding sales experts and welders themselves. In our day to day activities we are in constant contact with manufacturers that are doing their best to stay competitive and keep jobs in […]