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April 2016

What Not to Do When Excessive Contact Tip Burnback Occurs


Aluminum Workshop

Aside from using oversized contact tips, there are many conditions that can cause burnback in aluminum MIG welding. These conditions include the speed at which a wire feeder is operating, improper drive roll tension and incorrect gun set up. As a follow up to his January/February Aluminum Workshop article (published in Practical Welding Today and The Fabricator.com), Frank Armao provides his tips on how to minimize burnback in aluminum welding.  MORE

Lincoln Electric-Advanced Aluminum Welding Seminar

Lincoln Electric is hosting an Advanced Aluminum Training seminar from May 25-27 at the Lincoln Electric Cleveland Headquarters. The Advanced Aluminum Seminar is designed to give you the tools to achieve greater success, productivity and quality when welding aluminum.

Topics include:

  • Alloy designation and temper systems
  • Metal preparation
  • Comprehensive process review (GMAW/GTAW)
  • Design for aluminum welding
  • Troubleshooting
  • Aluminum automation solutions

Click here for more information and registration

POWER MIG 210 MP Aluminum One-Pak for $1199

The POWER MIG® 210 MP Aluminum One-Pak® is currently available for $1199 (USD) after $200 end user cash rebate. The lightweight and portable multi-process machine comes complete with a Magnum® PRO 100SG Spool Gun and accessories for easy aluminum weld set-up. MORE

Toyota Gets a Glimpse at Clemson students' Vision of Future Mobility

Toyota is currently working on the plans for an urban youth vehicle created for them by Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research vehicle development program. The concept is a mobile workstation, a battery powered vehicle with seats that fold down, allowing for craftsman to plug in their equipment on the go. Automotivenews.com predicts the future for this aluminum-bodied vehicle, targeted towards the young working class. MORE

Higher Horsepower 

A global automotive industry that is growing nearly everywhere has put aluminum in a healthier place compared to other metals.  Compared to steel and copper, aluminum producers tend to foresee a brighter future, especially if the demand for cars and trucks continues to grow globally. Recyclingtoday.com provides some insight as to why the aluminum market is continuing to grow in 2016. MORE

Lightweight Aluminum Makes Truck Fleets More Efficient

A lighter vehicle means improved fuel efficiency and greater freight efficiency. Studies have indicated that some truck fleets could save nearly $1 million USD over the course of five years. Aluminumleader.com explains why making the switch to aluminum was a smart, cost-effective decision for the truck fleet industry. MORE

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