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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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How consumable quality affects welding productivity and costs

April 7, 2014

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Contrary to popular belief, ignorance isn’t bliss, particularly when it applies to making smart buying decisions. Knowing what to look for in consumables can help you make a wise choice.]

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Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking - TheFabricator.com

Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking

September 9, 2013

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Supplying gas to your metalworking applications can be complicated, especially if the gas needs to reach multiple locations. If you are looking for cost savings and productivity gains, consider installing gas cylinders at one main location and controlling them with a basic manifold or switchover manifold. With this method you won’t need to worry about cylinders running out of gas.

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Choosing the correct gas delivery system

September 9, 2013

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: Supplying gas to your metalworking applications can be complicated, especially if the gas needs to reach multiple locations. If you are looking for cost savings and productivity gains, consider installing gas cylinders at one main location and controlling them with a basic manifold or switchover manifold. With this method you won’t need to worry about cylinders running out of gas

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Demystifying contact tips - TheFabricator.com

Demystifying contact tips

September 5, 2013

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Contact tips are highly misunderstood components in a welding gun setup. Choosing the correct contact tip for your welding application and understanding how to keep it performing at its best are just as critical as anything else needed to produce a quality weld.

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Need a filler metal for a 300 series stainless steel? - TheFabricator.com

Need a filler metal for a 300 series stainless steel?

June 28, 2013

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Matching a consumable to a 300-series (austenitic) stainless steel is fairly straightforward, but fabricators should be aware that the various options (rod for GTAW, solid or metal-cored wire for GMAW, stick electrode for SMAW, or flux-cored wire for FCAW) have huge productivity differences.

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GMAW Aluminum

Aluminum filler metals: What you should know about selection, storage, operation, and equipment

April 5, 2013

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Aluminum requires special attention during welding. Among the critical considerations for optimal aluminum welding is proper filler metal selection.

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The impact of impact toughness - TheFabricator.com

The impact of impact toughness

March 15, 2013

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Choosing a filler metal with the right mechanical and chemical properties for your application is critical. Correct properties not only ensure the proper weld strength, but may also help prevent costly complications. In applications that endure rapid or cyclic loading, experience extreme service temperatures, or are subject to other stressors that threaten the integrity of the weld, using a filler metal that provides the proper impact toughness is especially important.

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What's up with helium for welding applications?] - TheFabricator.com

What's up with helium for welding applications?

December 3, 2012

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Helium has been hard to get for some, and certainly the consumable gas is more expensive for welders than it used to be. The bad news is that this may be the case for some time. The good news is that alternatives are under development to help welders out as they tackle aluminum and stainless steel welding.

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Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables - TheFabricator.com

Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables

October 20, 2011

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For GMAW consumables in particular, several pitfalls exist that can shorten their life span. Taking the time to learn tips for keeping them clean and lasting longer can positively affect productivity, quality, and the bottom line.

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Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables - TheFabricator.com

Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables

September 12, 2011

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For GMAW consumables in particular, several pitfalls exist that can shorten their life span. Taking the time to learn tips for keeping them clean and lasting longer can positively affect productivity, quality, and the bottom line.

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High-argon wire welds

Advancements in FCAW

May 11, 2011

Flux-cored welding is growing in popularity, yet its dependence on high concentrations of CO2 has prevented fabrication shops that employ a bulk gas delivery system from using the process. Recently wires have been developed that utilize a higher content of argon and a lower content of CO2. The result is a wire that provides low spatter, less welding fumes, and higher out-of-position deposition rates, as well as excellent weld characteristics in the vertical and overhead positions.

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Jerry Mathison and Jay Ginder

Welding heat treatable steels

March 14, 2011

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Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I've been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material?

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metal-cored wires

Demystifying metal-cored wires

March 14, 2011

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Even though metal-cored wires have been gaining popularity in recent years, there seems to be some mystery and misconceptions surrounding this filler metal. To better understand these wires it helps to consider the technology behind them and the applications for which they are best suited. Additionally, it is important to know the general characteristics of metal-cored wires, along with the ways they can provide potential improvements in the welding operation.

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Face to face with hardfacing - TheFabricator.com

Face to face with hardfacing

November 23, 2010

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Selecting the appropriate hardfacing alloy can be an intimidating experience due to the variety of applications, service conditions, and base metals. Learning to ask the right questions will help you make the decision that best fits your application.

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Welding chrome-moly steel - TheFabricator.com

Welding chrome-moly steel

September 8, 2010

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Welding chrome-moly tube and pipe conventionally is done with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) or submerged arc welding (SAW). Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) has been tried, but the wires had some drawbacks that prevented widespread acceptance. Recent developments have reduced some of these disadvantages, so GMAW deserves a fresh look. The switch might lead to improvements in the weld's characteristics or welding productivity.

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