What is Heliarcing?

Did I spell it right? Someone used the term on Monster Garage but then
showed someone Tig welding stainless. I did a web search but couldn't find
much. Thanks.
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xyz789
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It is an older term for TIG welding. It relates to Linde's trade name 'heliarc'. Helium was used as the main shielding gas back then and of course it is arc welding, hence the term.
I'm sure the old hands here can give you much more detail.
Jeff Dantzler
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Jeff Dantzler
You nailed it. Just another name from another time. Means the same to old farts that can still remember.
Steve (another old fart)
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SteveB
You got it.
Linde actually trademarked the name "Argonarc".
Luckily nobody bothered to use it.
This was in the early 50's when Argon was finally able to be produced cheaper than Helium.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Thanks everybody. Now just for kicks, since he was Tig welding with today's technology was the person more or less incorrect when he said he was going to "heliarc" it? Thanks again.
Reply to
xyz789
He was no more incorrect than if he had said "stick" weld as opposed to the "proper" term, SMAW. The word heliarc is not just for oldtimers, it's still in common use in some fields. And those using it do understand and know the difference, it's just the term of choice some places. And of course they aren't incorrect when they call an engine a "motor" either, they know and understand the tecnical incorrectness of calling the engine a motor, but sometimes they just do it anyway : )
JTMcC
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JTMcC
ESAB advertises that they support Monster garage, and since they own the Heliarc name, they are technically correct. ESAB still sells "genuine Heliarc" welders, which are basically their brand of TIG welders.
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Rich Jones

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