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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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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Low-alloy wires offered for all-position welding

November 12, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced two new wires to its Dual Shield II series of mild steel and low-alloy flux-cored welding consumables. According to the manufacturer, the wires offer excellent welding performance in all positions with high deposition rates and efficiencies. They...

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Electrodes designed to operate at lower temperature

October 30, 2014

Hypertherm has introduced new Centricut brand consumables as an alternative for ESAB XR consumables in PT-36 torches. According to the manufacturer, its patented SilverLine electrode features a hybrid copper/silver weld joint that delivers performance equal to a solid silver electrode at a...

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Metal-cored wires provide strength after extensive stress-relief hold time

October 29, 2014

Hobart has introduced two new metal-cored wires formulated to maintain strength after extensive stress-relief hold time when welding 4130 and 4140 steels. The Hobart® FabCOR® 4130 SR is a gas-shielded metal-cored wire for semiautomatic welding, and the Hobart SubCOR® 4130 SR is a metal-cored SAW...

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Low manganese emission welding wire enhances worker safety

October 28, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced Coreweld C6 LF, a new low-manganese-emission, high-efficiency, metal-cored welding wire developed in response to new EPA regulations and guidelines from American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for manganese exposure limits....

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Gas cutting tips available with copper finish

October 22, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced a new copper finish for its OXWELD® series of acetylene, alternate fuel, specialty cutting, and steel industry product tips in its gas apparatus product line. The company no longer chrome-plates its cutting tips, as the process...

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Low-alloy filler metals: From A to W

October 22, 2014

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Low alloy steels gain their mechanical and chemical properties from the addition of alloying elements, including nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. They typically offer an ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 PSI or greater, and as with any material, they require a filler metal that matches their chemistry and provides the desired strength.

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Electrode welds plates with surface contaminants

October 15, 2014

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced Select 70CRP, a flux-cored carbon steel electrode designed for the welding of structural plate with surface contaminants, such as rust and weldable primers. It welds on these surfaces with minimal porosity and blowholes, delivering smooth arc characteristics, minimal...

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Filler metal facts

October 6, 2014

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The factors that influence filler metal consumption, such as joint design and the choice of welding process, are key to helping you better understand, anticipate, and monitor operational costs and the bottom line.

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Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metals for stainless steel welding

September 23, 2014

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Q: We're a midsize job shop that manufactures a wide variety of products from various types of metal. Currently we have a project that requires welding 304L to 316L stainless steel and welding both of these alloys to A572 Grade 50 steel. Some of the welds are structural and some are used in...

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Choosing the right aluminum filler alloy

September 22, 2014

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How do you know which aluminum filler alloy to use? With several varieties out there, it’s important to be familiar with the type of application and the type of results you are looking for. Those and other considerations will lead you to choosing the right alloy.

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Metal-cored electrode engineered for low-temperature stress relief

September 19, 2014

Select-SAI Inc. has introduced Select 70C-6 SR, an E70C-6MJ-H4 gas-shielded, metal-cored electrode designed for low-temperature service requirements. The wire provides excellent weldability with a low slag, resulting in a smooth arc transfer with outstanding arc stability, the manufacturer says....

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