Consumables

The devil is in the details, especially when it comes to welding processes. This technology area has information on consumables, including cutting tips, electrodes and wire, spatter prevention compounds, temporary purge dams, and welding torch components.

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Low-manganese, metal-core wire offered

January 30, 2015

Hobart Brothers Co. has expanded its FabCOR® Element™ family of low-manganese wires to include the FabCOR Element 70C6 metal-cored wire. According to the company, extensive testing shows the wire creates among the lowest manganese emissions of similarly classified AWS A5.18 E70C-6 wires in the...

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Lightweight welding torch withstands harsh impacts

January 27, 2015

The new PullMig push-pull welding torch from Fronius, which weighs 3.5 lbs., can survive a fall from almost 10 ft. completely unscathed, says the company. A stainless steel outer tube and an antitwist device in the zero position help ensure that the torch neck, which rotates through 360 degrees,...

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Consumables Corner: Causes of centerline cracking in FCAW root passes

January 20, 2015

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Q: We are a bridge and structural steel manufacturing shop that uses a mixture of common base materials such as A36, A572, and A992. Recently we’ve been experiencing sporadic centerline cracks in the root passes of fabricated I-beams that we weld with flux-cored arc welding (FCAW). Oddly enough,...

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Electrode welds aluminized material

January 15, 2015

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced Select FP 409Ti, a composite metal-cored electrode designed for welding ferritic stainless steel, particularly on thin-section, aluminized material. Titanium acts as the stabilizing agent to provide oxidation and corrosion resistance. The electrode provides a...

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Oxylance announces distribution and sales agreement with Castolin Eutectic of Canada

January 2, 2015

Birmingham, Ala.-based Oxylance has announced a distribution and sales agreement with Castolin Eutectic of Canada. Oxylance Sure Cut systems and underwater cutting and welding rods now are carried in Castolin Eutectic’s distribution centers for delivery to the Canadian marketplace. Oxylance...

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Filler metal selector/calculator app available for iPhone, iPad

December 24, 2014

The new Hobart filler metal selector and calculator app is available for download for iPhone® and iPad® via the App Store®. This free app is a quick-reference tool designed to help users determine how much filler metal is needed for a job, and it provides filler metal recommendations for welding...

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Updated catalog includes 14 new welding electrodes

December 22, 2014

Select-Arc Inc. has added 14 new welding electrodes to its updated full-line catalog of premium flux-cored and metal-cored welding electrode products. The 108-page catalog provides detailed information on more than 180 Select-Arc carbon steel, low-alloy, stainless steel, nickel-alloy, and...

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Water-cooled welding torch redesigned

December 15, 2014

TBi Industries offers the XCT (X-tra Cool Tungsten) 400-W, water-cooled GTAW torch with a new design. It offers a compact shape and simplified maintenance with high performance and duty cycle, the company reports. A newly developed collet and high-performance cooling system help increase the...

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All-position stainless steel wire designed for cryogenic welding

December 15, 2014

Stoody®, an ESAB® brand, has introduced a new stainless steel joining product, Brilliant 308L T-1 Cryo. The gas-shielded, flux-cored wire has been designed for all-position welding in cryogenic applications with either 100 percent CO2 or argon/CO2 gas mixtures. The 0.045-in.-dia. wire can be...

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Aquasol acquires Dissolvo

December 12, 2014

The Aquasol Corp., North Tonawanda, N.Y., a manufacturer of water-soluble welding consumables, has announced its acquisition of Dissolvo® LLC from the CMC Group Inc. Dissolvo pioneered the use of water-soluble paper for fabrication of purge dams in the early 1970s and markets various...

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GMAW consumables’ contact tips have shielding gas ports for cooling

December 2, 2014

Tweco®, an ESAB brand, has introduced the patent-pending Velocity™ GMAW consumables platform. The contact tips feature shielding gas ports that keep the tip 30 percent cooler than other consumables, which improves parts life by up to five times or more in some applications, the manufacturer...

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Consumables Corner: Understanding heat input and its limitations

November 21, 2014

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Q: We manufacture structures for the utility industry and primarily weld A36, A572-Gr. 50 and A871-Gr. 65. Recently we converted some of our welding processes to higher-deposition submerged-arc welding (SAW) but are concerned about the amount of heat we are adding from welding. What is the...

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The case for consumables

November 21, 2014

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New-generation GMAW consumables reduce the number of components, eliminate threads in the electrical path, and feature gas ported contact tips that run cooler and can accommodate more wire in a single tip.

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Select-Arc opens facility in Ohio

November 19, 2014

Select-Arc Inc., a manufacturer of welding electrode products, has opened a facility in Troy, Ohio, for manufacturing and support functions in conjunction with its headquarters in Fort Loramie, Ohio. The 79,400-sq.-ft. plant began operations in October 2014. The company produces a complete line...

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Extended consumables allow cutting, gouging in hard-to-reach areas

November 14, 2014

Hypertherm has announced the availability of new extended consumables for its Powermax30, Powermax30 XP, and Powermax45 plasma systems. Patented HyAccess™ consumables extend 3 in. longer than standard consumables for improved visibility and accessibility when cutting or gouging in hard-to-reach...

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