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: Defining current density

June 5, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures cylindrical structures, including tanks and smokestacks made from A36 or A572 material. The material is burned to size on a plasma table and mechanically beveled. Process limitations cause gaps in the joints during fit-up. We use a 0.045-in.-dia. solid wire with a 75...

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Hobart website presents new brand campaign

June 3, 2014

Hobart Brothers Co., Troy, Ohio, has established a new website at that presents its new “It’s the tie that binds” brand campaign for its filler metals. Visitors to the site can request a free Hobart filler metal sample; request to speak with a Hobart...

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Consumables suitable for use with plasma cutting system

May 28, 2014

Thermacut, The Cutting Company, offers a full line of replacement consumables for the HP260A™ system from AJAN® Elektronik Inc. The product line covers mild steel cutting applications from 30 to 260...

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To infinity and beyond—with the help of a filler metal

May 19, 2014


4943 alloy is the first aluminum filler metal developed in the U.S., designed for use in wrought commercial applications, and registered with the Aluminum Association in over 50 years. It was designed primarily to provide a consistently high-strength alternative to filler metal 4043 while maintaining various advantages of 4043. The most interesting and comprehensive series of third-party tests were conducted by NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center for the James Webb Space Telescope project.

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Replacement consumables offered for plasma cutting system

May 12, 2014

Thermacut, The Cutting Company, has introduced a full line of replacement consumables suitable for the HySpeed® HSD®130 system from Hypertherm®. The product line covers cutting applications from 45 to 130 amps and material that includes mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. This...

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Metal-cored wire offers superior impact properties, minimizes weld cracking risks

April 29, 2014

Hobart Brothers Co. has introduced Hobart® FabCOR® CVN metal-cored wire. According to the manufacturer, the wire is formulated to provide excellent impact properties at temperatures as low as -50 degrees F to reduce the risk of cracking in severe applications, including oil and gas piping...

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Copper cathodes designed for existing plasma cutting units

April 21, 2014

Kjellberg offers copper cathodes for cutting mild steel with older HiFocus plasma cutting units. The consumable upgrade does not require any modification of hardware. Customers using the PerCut 200/201/210/211 or PerCut 440/450/451 plasma torches can exchange former cathodes for the new copper...

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Tungsten electrodes offered in various styles

April 17, 2014

Wolfpower® electrodes from Uniweld Products are precision centerless ground, a process that removes any surface imperfections from the electrode. The line of tungsten electrodes, used for GTAW, includes pure, 2 percent thoriated, 2 percent ceriated, and 1 percent zirconiated tungsten. Pure...

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Wire feed connectors introduced

April 17, 2014

Electron Beam Technologies Inc. has launched three new wire feed connectors that expand its Fast ‘N Easy® line of weld wire dispensing products. The connectors, with the use of a conduit system, deliver the welding electrode to the wire feeder from a remotely located master pack of wire....

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Buildup electrode delivers deposits with hardness up to 31 HRC

April 16, 2014

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has introduced the Postalloy® RailTuff buildup electrode, suitable for the repair of carbon steel rail ends, wheel burns, wheel slip streaks, and carbon steel switch points. According to the manufacturer, the electrode provides...

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How consumable quality affects welding productivity and costs

April 7, 2014


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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Optimize your welding processes with the right gas and expertise

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Air Products

Length: 43:00

Air Products brings welding expertise and optimal performance to your shop floor. You'll see a live demonstration of our MAXX™ shielding gas blends and how they compare to a traditional industry standard gas blend.

Flux-cored wire offers low-hydrogen weld deposits

March 26, 2014

Hobart Brothers Co. offers Hobart® FabCO® 712M gas-shielded, flux-cored wire for offshore drilling rig applications and jack-up rig fabrication. The wire features less than 4 ml of diffusible hydrogen per 100 g of weldment. This helps decrease underbead cracking and reduce the amount of...

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Replacement electrodes, holders fit ESAB plasma cutting machines

March 26, 2014

Thermacut offers the Smart Solution, which allows the use of the manufacturer’s redesigned replacement electrode holders and Silver-Pro replacement electrodes on ESAB’s PT 19XL®, PT600®, and PT-36® plasma cutting systems. The replacement electrodes combine a copper electrode...

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Small GTAW torch comes with three angled heads

March 19, 2014

The CK Micro Torch is the smallest GTAW torch on the market, according to manufacturer CK Worldwide. With three different angled heads, the torch can be used in many tightly spaced applications. A clear Pyrex®nozzle and a low-profile torch body allow the operator to see the weld puddle. The...

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