Steps to determine if welding preheat can be eliminated?

Testing the effects of preheat in small parts and assuming it will be the same on large sections is a mistake.

As discussed in our previous article, and many times in the last 50 or so, preheat is necessary in steel welding to control the cooling rate.  More specifically, preheat is used to slow the cooling rate down in order to prevent excessive hardness in the heat affected zone (HAZ) which  can lead to cracking.   Before […]

Why More Customers are Requiring Qualified Welding procedures

If you own or work at a job shop you may have noticed an increase in the number of customers that require the use of qualified welding procedures to build their products. Some fabricators are even getting this request from long time customers who never required them in the past. So why is this? The […]

The Outrageous Cost of Poor Fit Up in Welding Operations

You will cringe when you read this

In a perfect world parts would fit together perfectly every time.  However, as we all know, this isn’t the case.  We mostly think of poor fit up as something that annoys welders but which they can compensate for.  But the reality is it can have tremendous impact on your bottom line.  Or, in many cases, […]

6 Levels of Welding Quality Standards

Which one do you fall under?

  We received a large number of email responses and comments to our article from two weeks ago pertaining to weld quality standards. The main question was how to do you determine the minimum level of quality for your products, but also how do you verify you are reaching or exceeding that quality level. Responses […]

How to Determine Acceptable Weld Quality

Certain industries that involve welding of their products have very strict quality standards to ensure the production of sound welds.  Many others however, do not.  They simply weld and unless one of their products fails they don’t pay special attention to welding procedures, detailed inspection of welds or testing the skill (performance) of their welders. […]

Danger of Using the Wrong Shielding Gas for GMAW

In our previous article we mentioned that a customer was inquiring about running their 98% argon / 2% carbon dioxide (98/2) shielding gas on mild steel.  This gas is used on stainless as it maintains the amount of reactive gas (in this case CO2) under 3%.   Our quick answer was “yes, you can weld carbon […]

8 Ways to Increase Welder Efficiency

In our many years of working in the welding industry we have come across some phenomenal welders.  We continue to be impressed by the level of skill of many of these men and women.  Unfortunately, many business owners and managers allow this skilled labor to go underutilized.  Welder efficiency, which also goes by other names […]

Why You Must Have Welding Procedure Specifications

Our previous article discussed the importance of having a specification for weld quality.  In this article we’re talking about the importance of one of its basic components: Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs). Many fabricators don’t have WPSs. They rely in the experience of their welders to select the right parameters.  As much as we want every […]

5 Common Mistakes Made When Estimating the Costs of a Welding Job

When bidding jobs several fabricators end up calculating their costs associated with welding and then double that number to be safe.  In some cases, that isn’t even enough.  It is important to have a clear understating of how to translate the amount of welding to be done to actual manufacturing costs.  One of the biggest […]

Control Your Shielding Gas Usage

If you own or run a business in which welding is an integral part of the manufacturing process you know one of your recurrent expenses is your shielding gas.  Very few manufacturing facilities, big or small, have excellent control of gas usage.  Most end up using twice as much than necessary, and in some cases […]