A Lesson in Angle Grinder Safety

Angle Grinder Safety

Over the years, there has been many changes to angle grinders. These include innovative features and accessories that allow for a range of applications. Angle grinders today are much more compact, ergonomic, safe and powerful than their predecessors. However, the versatility, ease of use and increased safety features of an angle grinder need not to overshadow following proper operational procedures. Whether you are an inexperienced user or an overconfident veteran, you need to pay attention to what you are doing. We have put together some tips to reduce the risk of angle grinder injuries and increase angle grinder safety.

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How to Choose Filler Metals for Carbon and Low-Alloy Applications

Filler Metals for Carbon and Low-Alloy Applications

To produce quality welds, you need to evaluate a variety of industry- and application-dependent issues. There are numerous factors that play a role in producing high-quality welds. The proper welding technique is critical, as is selecting the correct process for the job. Among the most important factors is choosing the correct filler metal. However, choosing which filler metal to use will depend on a variety of issues to determine the best selection of filler metals for carbon and low-alloy applications. We will discuss how to choose filler metals for carbon and low-alloy applications.

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Plasma Arc Cutting Quality Challenges and Troubleshooting

plasma arc cutting quality

Plasma systems today are more powerful and portable than ever. They cut metal parts with very good, if not excellent, edge quality at an extremely fast clip. Still, fabricators are likely to face cut quality issues at one point or another. Therefore, we have put together some tips and suggestions for improving plasma arc cutting quality.

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Now Hiring Machinists

Hiring Machinists - 2017

Job Title: CNC Programmer/Manual Machinist

Reports To: Owner & Production Manager

Position Overview:

We are looking for a machinist/apprentice that can operate both manual and CNC machining centers.

Job Duties:

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Verify material supplied meets requirements
  • Service machine fluids as necessary
  • Report unsafe conditions & required maintenance to authorized personnel
  • Perform machine tool setups using proper mechanical techniques and machining practices
  • Properly operate CNC or manual mills and lathes & perform required tool changes
  • Ability to properly use precision measuring equipment
  • Knowledge of speeds and feeds relation to various material types
  • Basic math skills
  • Hand tools knowledge

Work Environment:

  • Moderate noise levels in shop area
  • Other functions that may be necessary throughout the day: walking, kneeling, reaching with arms and hands, climbing/balancing, crouching or crawling
  • Must supply your own tools (will provide tool list)


  • A minimum of a high-school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is required
  • must be proficient in spoken and written English (Bilingual a plus)


  • Willing to train qualified candidates.

Working hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:30pm as workload requires. Uniforms, health insurance, 401(K), paid vacation and paid holiday.

Compensation: D.O.E.

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Using Advanced Welding Technology Can Revitalized Today’s Welding Classroom

advanced welding technology

Advanced welding technology can revitalize today’s welding classroom. The old adage that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” sometimes seems more like a challenge than words of wisdom. Today’s global market and the evolution of new technology offers a new, more appropriate adage for welding instructors. This adage is, “Adapt or be left behind.” When instructors examine the landscape of business, training, welding education and manufacturing, the issue becomes less about what new tricks are out there, and more about which tricks would best serve their students.

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GMAW Gun Troubleshooting with BWM Services

GMAW Troubleshooting

Reduced to its essential functions, a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) system has two jobs: transfer electricity to the filler wire and cover the weld pool with shielding gas. Gas metal arc guns play a crucial role in both functions, and changing guns changes a number of variables. For instance, different guns transfer electricity with different degrees of electrical efficiency.

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Meeting the Demand for Welding Engineers at BWM Services

welding engineer

College welding engineering programs trace its roots back to the 1930s. Over the last 80 years, it has evolved into an academic/research program that is recognized throughout the world. Ohio State University (OSU) currently has the only Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) approved engineering program in the U.S. offering a bachelor of science degree in welding engineering. In addition, masters and doctorate degrees are offered as well. The program has changed immensely over the past ten years with new faculty hires, a merger with the Materials Science and Engineering Department, growth in research activities and the offering of online courses. Additionally, unprecedented growth of the undergraduate student population is anticipated starting this year. BWM Services will discuss the brief history of welding engineers and an update on its current status and future direction.

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Introduction to Welding Pipe Downhill

Field welding API 5L line pipe in grades X42 or X52 are required for natural gas extraction and transmission, as well as oil and chemical processing and water transmission. For this thin-wall pipe, typically 0.5 inches or less, many welding procedures require downhill welding using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process and cellulosic (EXX10) electrodes. Located in Williamsport, Pa., between two of the state’s biggest hydraulic fracturing regions, Pennsylvannia College of Technology (PCT) teaches welding pipe downhill as part of its Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology program. This article incorporates information from the school’s curriculum and passes on advice instructors provide to students.

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