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Understanding Welding Alloys

If you’re reading this blog post, it’s fair to assume that you understand the basics of welding, but for those who don’t: welding is the process of joining two pieces of metal together by melting them at the intended joining point. A filler metal - or welding alloy - is utilised to blend with the melted metal of these two pieces, which can offer various benefits, dependant on the alloy itself. Types of Welding Alloy There are a variety of different metals that are utilised together in welding alloys - in many iterations - in order to concur with the…
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The Four Main Welding Positions

Welding has a vast array of applications that can each require a different position to carry out. Not every welding project is the same, so it’s important to ensure the right weld is utilised each time. Here at Arc Welding Services, we decided to run you through the main four welding positions in most applications, ranging from least to most complex. Flat A ‘flat’ weld is the most basic of all welding positions. This is where the weld is performed along the horizontal access, from above the joint. The flame motion should be controlled, melting the walls of the plates…
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The PPE Required for the Welding Process

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is imperative in an industry such as welding, which presents incessant danger from the welding process that include heat, radiation and ricochet. Here at Arc Welding Services, we understand the importance of health and safety, so we thought it best to kick off our “Health & Safety” series of blogs with the basics of PPE. Eyes and Face The standard practice for PPE, in terms of protecting the eyes and face, includes a combination of equipment that should include a helmet, hand shield, goggles and safety glasses. In terms of eye protection, the appropriate filters…
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The Importance of Welding Equipment Repairs

Repairs and maintenance can be frustrating when working in any sector, and welding equipment repairs are no different. However, no matter how much of an inconvenience, these procedures are vital to maintaining the safety and performance of your equipment. Since we’re big fans of welding here at Arc Welding Services, we thought we’d outline just how important this process is in our latest blog post. Performance It goes without saying that equipment of all formats, whether it be a car, a phone, or a welding machine, works best when it is well looked after. Your car won’t run smoothly if…
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What is Welding?

It’s funny, we’ve covered everything from underwater welding to outer-space welding, yet haven’t delved into the basics of the art itself. Speaking of art, we also discussed some of the most prominent welding artists in contemporary culture. However, this blog post details the basics of the industry on which this company, Arc Welding Services, was built. So, what is welding? Industry Welding is the most permanent, efficient and economical method of joining two metals. At its core, welding is the act of making two pieces of metal act as one. What’s more, this industry is so substantial that it’s estimated…
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Welding In Space: An Insight Into Cold Welding

Let’s start with a simple science lesson: because there is no oxygen in space, creating sparks and lighting a fire is extremely difficult. Now for welding, sparks and fire are pretty essential. So what happens when repairs are needed 60-odd miles up in the air? This was one of the main issues that was presented to astrophysicists in the early ages of space travel. Thankfully for the future of space travel and research, over a number of years, a solution was created: cold welding. By forming metals and materials together without any liquid or molten phase, astronauts are able to…
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The Basic Welding Equipment You Need

If you’re looking to start any welding projects, it’s imperative that you have the necessary welding equipment to begin your work. As leading welding experts in Birmingham, we know exactly all the equipment you’ll need to get your project completed. Welding can be seen as an intimidating job, using tools that will literally fuse two pieces of metal together, and we can see why it would be. It’s a dangerous job, but with the right equipment, you’ll become a pro in no time and you’ll be able to take on any project. We’ve listed the necessary welding equipment you’ll need:…
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What Is Underwater Welding?

What is Underwater Welding? Underwater welding is a welding job that speaks for itself - welding underwater. It can also be known as hyperbaric welding, which defines the process of welding at elevated pressures. It is usually carried out wet and underwater or dry in enclosed positive pressure environments. Normally, steel is used for this form of welding as steel performs well underwater. Work is usually carried out on large steel bridges, ships, offshore oil sites and major pipelines. Underwater welding directly exposes the welder and equipment to water at depths as far as 300 metres. The standard type of…
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Top Welding Art And How To Make Your Own

Welding these days isn’t just used by labourers in the industry; many people are trying their hand at creating welding art and taking their skill to the next level. Welding is a form of creation in the basic form - reshaping and forming pieces of material together to create amazing structures. If you have a basic understanding of welding, we have outlined how you can start creating your own art welding. But first, we’ve put together some of the best art created by welders around the world. Austin Hargett Based in Houston, Austin is a welding instructor who creates colourful…
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The History of Welding

Welding is the process of creating a joint by fusing two pieces of metal structures together with a third piece of material. Usually, this process is carried out by heating the metal with a flame, an electric charge, or a laser light to melt or fuse the materials together. The history of welding currently dates back to the Bronze Age with the first discovered example of welding, when a number of carefully crafted golden boxes were found. Egyptians were also believed to have crafted their own iron tools using welding practices. Throughout the Middle Ages, Blacksmiths became more common and…