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Stainless Steel Filler Metal and Shielding Gas Selection for Automotive Projects

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ready to tackle that stainless steel project out in the garage? Miller Marketing Manager John Swartz discusses important factors for stainless steel filler metal and shielding gas selection in the video below. Also, follow the link below for a handy stainless steel filler metal selection cheat sheet.

Stainless Steel Filler Metal Selection Chart

Knowledge is Power: Weld Data Monitoring

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Nick Peterson, a welding engineer and curriculum developer with Miller, contributes a quarterly column to Fabricating and Metalworking magazine. In the most recent column, Nick discusses weld data monitoring and the benefits it provides manufacturing and fabrication applications, including improved quality, productivity, cost analysis, consumable savings and training.

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Weld data monitoring gives manufacturers and fabricators greater insights into the day-to-day activities in the weld cell.

Miller Launches “The Lambeau Episodes”

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

As part of its distinction as the “Official Welding Equipment Provider of the Lambeau Field Expansion”, Miller and Hobart Brothers have launched “The Lambeau Episodes” – a series of Web videos detailing the welding work on the project. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think!

Series Trailer

Episode 1: Project Overview

Episode 2: Conversion to Flux Cored Welding

 

Welding Design & Fabrication: Slashing Welding Preheat Time

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Our friends and Welding Design & Fabrication recently ran with Steve Latvis’ article on induction heating at Topp’s Mechanical in Tecumseh, Neb.

A snippet:

With induction heating Topp’s Mechanical has a solution that exceeds the quality standards of its heat-treatment applications and provides significant operational benefits including:
• Faster time-to-temperature;
• Consistent heating throughout the entire part;
• Easier to apply/wrap heat;
• Greater reliability and lower consumable costs;
• More efficient use of labor; and
• Improved employee safety.

Read the whole story by clicking here!

Then check out these videos:
Induction Heating on P1 Headers

Discussing Induction Heating & the ProHeat 35

Ease of Use

Top Factors and Considerations for MIG Gun Selection

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Selecting a MIG gun (or torch) for your welding application should be done with just as much attention to detail as the welding power source itself. Think of it as the human body: an injured toe or finger inhibits our ability to perform basic functions such as walking or grasping. The gun — while an extension of the system — is just as critical to the quality of the weld itself and the productivity of your operators. There are also important considerations when selecting a MIG gun that may help you lower your operating costs. In this article, we’ll take a look at common types of MIG guns and considerations you should make when selecting the gun that’s right for you.

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Metal Connection, LLC Saves Fuel and Reduces Noise Output with New Bobcat™ 250 EFI on Scoreboard Demolition and Construction in Memphis

Monday, June 18th, 2012

To kick off the 2012 season, the Memphis Redbirds — AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals — unveiled a brand new 3,600-square-foot scoreboard in right-center field at AutoZone Park. The new scoreboard, comprised of 36 10-x10-foot panels, is supported by more than 42,110 pounds of new steel and is now the largest video scoreboard in all of minor league baseball.

Chris Cramer, owner of Oshkosh, Wis.-based Metal Connection, LLC, worked on the demolition of the old scoreboard, as well as the steel fabrication and erection of the new structure over a six-week period in early 2012 (subcontracted through Madison, Wis.-based Stubblefield Sign Group). During that time he put the new Bobcat™ 250 EFI (EFI = electronic fuel injection) from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. to work as both a welder (Stick and Flux-Cored processes) and industrial-strength generator (grinders, plasma cutters). The newly redesigned Bobcat 250 EFI provided Cramer with a number of important benefits, including sound reduction, greater fuel savings (which lead to overall cost savings of about $100/week when considering extended run times and refueling trips), and greater generator power output for running tools on site.

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Job Overview

Bobcat 250 EFI

Spectrum 625

Aluminum TIG Welding with John Marcella of Marcella Manifolds

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

We recently spent some time with John Marcella of Marcella Manifolds. John is known for his impeccable craftsmanship and a keen eye for the appearance of his aluminum welds. In the series of videos below, see John discuss his welding techniques and building custom manifolds for the racing industry.

TIG Welding Aesthetics with the Dynasty 350

Marcella Manifolds & TIG Welding Aluminum Manifolds

Wireless Remote Foot Controls for TIG Welding

Miller Reinvents Bobcat™ Engine-Driven Welder Generators

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Miller has re-engineered its class-leading Bobcat line of engine-driven welder/generators to reduce sound, reduce weight, offer a smaller footprint, reduce fuel use and simplify daily maintenance. Sound on the newly designed Bobcat models is reduced by as much as 33 percent, and the machine is up to 5 inches shorter and 55 pounds lighter (depending on the model). The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) option with the Bobcat 250 also reduces fuel use by as much as 27 percent compared to carbureted models.

Engine-driven welder/generators are ideal machines for service trucks and/or emergency power situations on farms and ranches, and are also often found in construction, MRO, and fabrication applications.

The EFI option (Bobcat 250 only) optimizes the air/fuel ratio for less emissions, longer runtimes and superior performance compared to carbureted models. It provides more reliable starting performance in cold climates, requires no choke, and is less prone to fuel deterioration due to infrequent use. Payback can be achieved in a matter of months with up to 27 percent fuel savings.

Each Bobcat engine-driven welder/generator has also been fully optimized for truck integration. The shorter and lighter design allows more room for other tools and equipment, and reduces the wear and strain of a heavier machine on the truck’s chassis. Daily maintenance has also been made easier with front panel displays to help users keep track of service intervals, as well as the intuitive placement of service points. Oil and air filter checks are performed from the top by the front panel, and fuel fill and oil drain/filter are easily accessible on the side. Tool-less panels allow for quick access.

The three new models are:

Bobcat 250

Bobcat 225

Bobcat 3 Phase

Bobcat 250 EFI

K-zell Metals Drives Productivity with Pre-engineered Robotic Weld Cells

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

At a time when manufacturers are looking for new ways to diversify and compete against global competition, K-zell Metals, Inc. of Phoenix has been proactive in anticipating changes in the market through process improvement. Through the addition of two Miller PerformArc™ pre-engineered robotic weld cells, K-zell was able to substantially increase productivity (by more than 20 percent), reduce set-up time and find new efficiencies in its welding processes — even on relatively short production runs. A modular design allowed each system to be quickly dropped into the flow of the shop floor, and features such as offline programming have helped the company quickly take on new work with minimal start-up time.

You can read the whole story by clicking here!

Check out this series of videos from our time at K-zell, including an exclusive video not included in this case study on the benefits of the AlumaFeed™ Synergic Aluminum Welding System from Miller:

EXTRA: Aluminum Welding with the AlumaFeed System

About K-zell and Robotic Welding

The Case for Robotics

Offline Programming

EPA Tier 4 Final Changes Provide an Opportunity for Welders to Examine Equipment Outlay, Processes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tier 4 Final, or T4F, emissions regulations go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 for machines used in the United States and Canada with diesel engines in the 25 to 75 horsepower range, including engine-driven welder/generators. While that’s still months away, there is much for you to know about the changes that diesel engine-driven welder/generators will undergo and what manufacturers are doing to prepare for these regulations and anticipated price increases. In the article linked below we look at how this equipment is being redesigned, buying considerations based on output demands (can you get by with an engine-driven welder/generator lower than 25 horsepower?), and possible ways to improve your processes to offset price increases on new T4F equipment.

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Miller diesel engine-driven welder/generators. Machines with more than 25 HP will fall under new T4F regulations