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Shielded Metal ARC Welding (SMAW)

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is frequently referred to as stick or covered electrode welding.  Stick welding is among the most widely used welding processes.
The flux covering the electrode melts during welding.  This forms the gas and slag to shield the arc and molten weld pool.  The slag must be chipped off the weld bead after welding. The flux also provide a method of adding scavengers, deoxidizers, and alloying elements to the weld metal.
Stick Welding Benefits
Equipment used is simple, inexpensive, and portable
Electrode provides and regulates its own flux
Lower sensitivity to wind and drafts than gas shielded welding processes
All position capability
Common Stick Welding Concerns

We can help optimize your welding process variables. Evaluate your current welding parameters and techniques.  Help eliminate common welding problems and discontinuities such as those listed below :

Weld Discontinuities
Incomplete fusion
Slag Inclusions
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Stick Welding Problems
Arc Blow 
Arc Stability
Excessive spatter
Incorrect weld profile
Rough surface
If your company is experiencing these or other welding problems you can retain ATE to improve your weld processing.  Hire ATE to act as your welding specialist.