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Off-Road Warriors: Camburg Engineering Does it All

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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With a shop of over 10,000 square feet, Camburg Engineering is a leader in off-road suspension systems and one of only a few companies with the manufacturing capabilities to both produce their own suspension components in-house as well as build their Kinetik race trucks from the ground up.

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Spoolmatic® Pro Meets Demands of Professional Aluminum MIG Welding

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The new Spoolmatic Pro spool gun joins the professional-grade line of aluminum welding guns from Miller, offering quality and reliability, easy maintenance, and smooth and consistent feeding for light and heavy industrial applications. Two versions of the gun are available: the Spoolmatic Pro 15A (with a 15 foot cable) and the Spoolmatic Pro 30A(featuring a 30 foot cable).

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Built for MIG welding in applications such as trailer manufacturing, ship and boat building, and general fabrication, the Spoolmatic Pro is a spool gun designed specifically for use with aluminum wire and other soft alloys where wire feeding consistency is critical.

Learn more and read the full release here: http://www.millerwelds.com/about/news_releases/2014/-spoolmatic–pro-meets-demands-of-professional-aluminum-mig-welding–expands-miller-gun-offering

NEW Women’s Arc Armor® Welding Protection Designed for Superior Fit and Productivity

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Miller recently launched new women’s Arc Armor®apparel, including the INDURA® cloth jacket and MIG and TIG gloves. Specifically engineered with feedback from women welders, the new apparel provides superior fit and comfort for elevated performance.

Made from INDURA flame-resistant cotton, the women’s jacket provides less restriction for better movement and increases safety with a tailored fit.

The new women’s MIG and TIG gloves, now available in X-Small and Small, are part of an overall Arc Armor glove redesign. The smaller sizes ensure welders have a glove option that fits their needs while providing the best welding protection available.

Women’s MIG Glove (lined)

• Dual padded palm for added comfort

• Fleece insulated palm, foam insulated back

• Original wrap-around keystone thumb design for exceptional dexterity and comfort

Women’s TIG Glove

• Unlined for heightened feel and dexterity

• Triple padded palm for added comfort

• Premium goat grain leather offers superior flexibility and dexterity

For more information on the Miller Arc Armor line of welding protection, visitMillerWelds.com/arcarmor.

Auto-Set™ Advantages for the Professional

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The Auto-Set feature on many of the Millermatic® MIG welders makes setting up a MIG machine very easy for the novice welder, but can help the experienced welder, as well.  Most experienced welders have no problem grabbing a piece of scrap and laying a few practice beads to dial their MIG machine to the exact parameters that work in their application.  That may be necessary if you’re welding an intricate project, but if you’re not, it may be more valuable to save the time and scrap material and just use Auto-Set.  Simply use the dial to set your wire diameter and material thickness — parameters you already know.

Auto-SetThe Auto-Set feature gives you one knob to adjust to easily adjust to any thickness or joint configuration.  It detects what material thickness you have selected and adjust your parameters accordingly.  Auto-Set is very similar to the synergic MIG feature you see on some of the industrial equipment.   The convenience is being able to adjust parameters with a single knob.  You can think of the single knob as a heat knob that makes the weld hotter or colder.  Auto-Set offers the operator six to nine preset parameters that correlate to different material thicknesses the machine is capable of welding. For example, if you’re welding two pieces of 14 ga material and you feel the parameter is too cold, bump the material thickness knob up to 1/8” for a hotter parameter.

We often hear comments that a welder can optimize their parameters manually.  While that is possible, there are so many variables (input voltage, wire brand, welding technique, etc) that go into setting a parameter that  a perfect parameter takes time to achieve , and thus may not always make sense.

Here are some common applications where Auto-Set can make you more efficient:

  • Simple everyday repairs
  • Time sensitive repairs (ex. race repair)
  • Projects that involve multiple material thicknesses
  • Projects that require welding in multiple positions

Auto-Set can’t adapt to the preference of each operator, but it will give a very good starting parameter that is much faster and easier to set.  Next time you have a quick weld to make, give Auto-Set a try and save yourself some time and material.

Ben Romenesko
Product Manager

What do you need to start welding Aluminum?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

If you already own a MIG welder, you may be wondering what it takes to start using that machine to weld some aluminum. Miller® has continued to provide spool gun solutions that are simple and directly connect to your welder for welding aluminum. This makes changing to aluminum faster and less expensive than you may think.

First, you’re going to need a spool gun. Why another gun? Well, the column strength or the amount you can push on Aluminum wire without buckling is only about one-third the amount that mild steel wire can withstand. This causes feeding issues if you try to push the aluminum through a standard MIG torch. Spool guns only push the wire a short distance in a straight line from the drive rolls, so feeding isn’t compromised. The Spoolmate™ 100 Series spool gun is a direct connect option for the Millermatic® 140 Auto-Set™, 180 Auto-Set and 211 Auto-Set with MVP MIG welders, and the Multimatic™ 200 MIG/TIG/Stick welder. The Spoolmate™ 200 Series spool gun is the entry level spool gun for the Millermatic 212 Auto-Set and Millermatic 252 MIG welders. For the more industrial user, the Spoolmatic® 15A or 30A guns are a better fit on those machines.

The next thing you’re going to need is different shielding gas. Aluminum requires 100 percent argon shielding gas. Any shielding gas containing oxygen will cause an unstable arc with impurities when welding Aluminum.

Finally, you will need to be sure you have good MIG welding technique.  Aluminum requires you to push the torch to ensure effective shielding gas coverage. Everything else in your technique is the same as welding mild steel, but at a faster pace. Due to the high thermal properties of Aluminum, more heat is required to start a molten puddle. This increased amount of heat then requires a higher travel speed once the puddle is established to prevent burn through. Aluminum MIG welding doesn’t have to be difficult with the appropriate equipment and some practice.

Think about weld penetration

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When welding thick to thin or thinner material, concentrate or point the gun more at the thicker material and roll the bead toward the thinner material. This will help with adequate penetration on both the thick and thin piece. Take precautions to prevent warpage. When welding thin material, you may want to place a thicker piece of copper or aluminum behind the weld area to help “sink” the heat away (which prevents warping). This also will help with burn-through. Keep in mind that if you are welding on a table, you’ll want to get one with a thick metal top. A top with a ¼-in steel plate or thicker will not warp while you are welding on it. Do not place a metal plate on top of a wooden table. It will still burn the wood. I know it sounds like common sense, but it happens….

Until next time,

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager

Picking the right consumable

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Consumable matching is key when welding. If you are running .030 wires in your MIG welder, make sure the liner, drive rolls and contact tips match. Any mismatch will cause feeding and weld consistency problems. It’s also important to pick the right wire size for the job. Don’t use .035 wire to weld 22 gauge steel. As a rule of thumb, the wire shouldn’t be bigger than the material thickness. If it is, you’ll spend most of your time blowing holes in the base metal instead of melting the weld wire.

Gas is technically a material, too, so determine the correct mix before beginning. Miller offers some tips on consumables here. For MIG steel, a 75/25 argon/CO2 mix will give great results. Straight CO2 can also be used to get more penetration, but this gas will also produce more spatter. Typical flow rates are 25-30 CFH. Too high of flow will cause turbulence and contamination. Too low flow will not give enough shielding of the weld area and also produce porosity of the weld bead. For all TIG processes and MIG aluminum, 100 percent argon gas is typically used. Flow rate will depend on cup size with most flow rates being near 12-20.

Until next time,

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager

Stephen Christena and Tom Patsis Fabricate Metal Art at SEMA 2012

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Stephen Christena of Midwest Metal Works and Tom Patsis of Cold Hard Art fabricated unique pieces of metal art in the Miller booth at SEMA. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Stephen fabricated Cam Shaft Cocktail Tables out of automotive parts:

On Thursday and Friday, Tom Patsis fabricated Hem-me Spyders. All of the metal art was included in the SEMA Cares Silent Auction, as well as a “Trashformer” that was fabricated using automotive parts by Patsis pre-show:

MIG welding tip

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

When setting up your MIG welder, first take a look at how thick the metal is that you’re welding. Is your welder large enough to weld this thickness? And is the machine set up correctly to complete the weld? With Miller’s Auto-Set™ feature (available on most Millermatic® products), you simply set the wire size and the material thickness and you’re ready to go!

Make sure you use the correct type of gas and that you’ve turned the bottle on. C-25 or Argon CO75/25 is the most common gas used. It should be set for 30 CFH for the best results. And, don’t forget to make sure you have the polarity set correctly for the type of wire you are using.

Lastly, a common mistake is trying to weld a continuous line. Try welding in an X-pattern – upper left, lower right, then upper right and lower left.

Ben Romenesko
MIG Product Manager

Know when to push or pull

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

When MIG welding steel – you can push or pull, just stay consistent. Changing from a push to a pull during a weld will affect weld penetration and appearance. This is because it normally takes a slight change in wire speed when changing from pushing the gun to pulling it. Also, the angle of the gun determines if the weld wire is hitting the colder edge of the puddle (as in a push angle) or pointing to the hotter part of the puddle (pulling). The pull will give you deeper penetration, so if you are welding thinner material, use the push method to prevent burn through.

When you’re TIG welding, push the torch at a 10- to 15-degree angle, whenever possible. And never pull a TIG torch. This makes sure you have proper gas coverage and cleaning of the weld zone. If you pull the torch, it will cause the weld bead to appear black and contaminated.

Until next time,
Andy WeyenbergMotorsports Marketing Manager