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The history of welding and manufacturing is difficult to write in a short article, but I summarize it as much as possible ...
Today when we use different complex welding tools we need to know the welding history a bit. We have to look back and see when welding first came. To know that, we must go back to the Iron Age.
At that time, the Egyptians and the Eastern Mediterranean people first began the welding process. They liked to apply this process to perfect the craft to weld their iron pieces to make iron boxes. It was during a time that the hammer had not been invented.
The hammer appeared later in the Middle Ages to make various kinds of small iron products. They used to pound heat until it was delimited. That process grew older when Edmund Davy discovered acetylene in the 1830s with which welding became much easier to do. It helped to identify the arc between two electrodes.
The invention of arc lighting gave a new modification of the conventional welding process where cutting and gas welding became much easier than before. At that time, welding became popular as a joining process.
After almost 50 years, another researcher with a new invention came to a great extent affected by the process. He was a Frenchman named Auguste De Meritens. He showed a new way to weld lead plates. He used the heat of the arc. This practice started the famous carbon arc welding. It became popular from the 20th century.
The welding process became more popular during the 20th century. At that time, coated metal electrodes were already invented and quickly became very popular. The upgrade electrode was very common at that time, and all of these modifications actually contributed to delivering a more accurate arc. The year 1914 was really a very important year because the stick electrode was first introduced at that time.
With the perfect use of that rod electrode, many welding processes at that time became finer. Projection welding and seam welding were also strongly affected by the incorporation of the stick electrode into the welding process. Many welding processes have benefited from this breakthrough in welding. The quality of gas welding and cutting began to improve rapidly. Blow burners and low pressure acetylene were already there.
The popularity of welding companies grew rapidly in the early days of World War I. Countries competed with each other in many respects. Welding technology was one of them. They tried to invent advanced technology for the welding process to make powerful ships, since ships played a very important role in the war.
One could observe a revolution in the welding industry during this time. The British began to build their ships using the arc welding process. Because of that, arc welding became very popular in the UK and Europe. The Americans had different plans and goals to achieve. They concentrated more on repairing jobs. Instead of building new ships, they preferred to repair their ships and make them stronger. It can be seen how these powerful countries deliberately or undoubtedly made a very serious contribution to the development of the welding process.
Aircraft have also benefited from these new welding processes. Then the revolution passed fifty years and when laser was invented, people again observed a change in the welding process and the business. Laser beam welding became popular. This was a fast and automated welding process and even today this process has no competitor.
Welding has had different contributors from different parts of the world. Professional experts say that in order to become a master of any technology, one must feel his story very well for his own improvement.