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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Consumables Corner: Selecting the right welding process and filler metal for repair work

January 29, 2016

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The Consumables crew assists a reader tasked with repairing a tower crane.

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Hardfacing alloys designed for extreme-wear applications

January 22, 2016

Stoody®, an ESAB brand, has added new nickel-based tungsten carbide consumables to its product line, including several new wire formulations and new PTA and laser cladding powder families, all designed for extreme-abrasion resistance. The consumables are designed for use in harsh industrial...

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Hardsurfacing electrode designed for high-temperature applications

January 22, 2016

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced a chromium carbide alloy electrode that can be used in hot-wear applications up to 1,100 degrees F. SelectWear 60HC is a metal-to-earth wear welding wire that deposits an alloy composed of a high density of primary chromium carbides in an iron matrix. This...

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SAW flux made for chrome-moly steels

January 20, 2016

Hobart has formulated its SWX 160 SAW flux to help improve weld quality on chrome-moly, creep-resistant steels. This neutral, agglomerated, fluoride-basic flux provides a low residual-content weld deposit to help reduce the risk of temper embrittlement in high-temperature applications, making it...

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Flux-cored wire offers low-hydrogen weld deposit

January 14, 2016

Hobart has introduced FabCO® 750M gas-shielded, flux-cored wire. It is designed to provide low diffusible hydrogen weld deposits on high-strength applications to help minimize the risk of underbead cracking. The wire is suitable for such applications as welding API 5L Grade X100 pipe; as an...

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Heavy-duty packaging protects SAW flux

January 13, 2016

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced Flux Pack™ packaging for its OK line of SAW flux. The packaging uses heavy-duty LDPE (low-density polyethylene) material to protect dry agglomerated welding flux against moisture re-absorption from the atmosphere. The packaging has an extended shelf...

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All-position, gas-shielded, flux-cored wire suitable for 100 percent CO2 welding

January 13, 2016

Stoody®, an ESAB brand, has introduced 625-T1C gas-shielded, flux-cored joining wire, designed for all-position welding of alloy 625 and dissimilar metals using 100 percent CO2 shielding gas. The wire’s composition results in an all-weld deposit with iron content less than 1 percent, which is...

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PTA, laser cladding consumables developed for wear protection

January 7, 2016

Stoody®, an ESAB brand, has introduced a series of new plasma transfer arc (PTA) and laser cladding powders. The 6030 powder formulations comprise 60 percent tungsten carbide and 40 percent nickel alloy. They form a ductile nickel-chrome alloy matrix with a 30 to 35 HRC. The 6051 powder also...

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ESAB filler metals meet Buy America requirements

January 6, 2016

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that its welding filler metals meet the Buy America provision, making them eligible for use in public projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The company has launched a dedicated web page about the filler...

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Tungsten electrodes are free from thoria

December 31, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed MultiStrike® tungsten electrodes that are free from the potentially harmful thoria. They can be used for welding aluminum with the AC process, as well as steels and alloys with the DC process. Available in the U.S. from Cob Industries, the...

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Portable wire feeders introduced

December 8, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has launched two new portable wire feeders that are compatible with the Warrior 400i MV CC/CV and Warrior 500i power sources. The Warrior® YardFeed 200 provides remote control of the voltage and wire feed speed at the feeder, including the ability to preset wire...

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Submerged arc electrode resists corrosion

November 17, 2015

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced SelectWear 410NiMo-S, a hardsurfacing martensitic stainless steel wire. The tubular submerged arc welding electrode produces a deposit that resists abrasion, corrosion, and thermal fatigue. Available in 3/32, 7/64, and 1/8 in. dia., the electrode is used in such...

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Consumables Corner: Discovering the cause of lack of fusion in PJP joints

November 16, 2015

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Q: We manufacture various products for the agriculture and transportation industries. A majority of our products are made from 6061 and 5652 aluminum and are joined with gas metal arc welding (GMAW-S) using a 5356 filler metal and 100 percent argon shielding gas. Most of the joints are partial...

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Plasma cutting electrodes’ silver tip slows wear rate

November 11, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced SilverPlus® electrodes for its HySpeed® HSD130 plasma cutting systems. In the company’s laboratory testing, the electrode has been shown to last more than twice as long as a standard copper-tipped electrode. According to the manufacturer, the electrode delivers 4 and 5...

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Facility-wide fume capture and ventilation

Date: November 4, 2015

Sponsored by RoboVent

Length: 48:30

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 5

Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.