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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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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All-position electrode suitable for manganese steel railroad frogs, crossings

March 11, 2014

Hardface Technologies, a business unit of Postle Industries, has introduced Postalloy® FrogTuff, an all-position electrode for joining or overlaying for high impact. It operates on either AC or DC reverse polarity. The arc is smooth and stable with low spatter loss, and slag removal is...

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Silver insert helps improve electrode’s conductivity

March 3, 2014

Thermacut’s new PT-36® replacement Silver-Pro electrodes combine a copper electrode body with a solid silver insert. The insert helps improve the conductivity of electricity and dissipation of the plasma arc heat, resulting in an extended electrode life, the company says. The replacement...

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GTAW cold wire feeder allows welder to control wire feeding, torch with one hand

February 5, 2014

The new WF5 GTAW cold wire feeder is available from CK Worldwide Inc. Automating the feeding of filler metal, it allows the user to control wire feeding with the same hand used to control the torch. An optional cold wire pendant gives the user the familiarity of feeding with the opposite hand....

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Endlessly rotating water-cooled torch is compatible with air-cooled

February 4, 2014

SKS Welding Systems offers the Water Joint water-cooled torch. It features a very large copper conductor, enabling it to produce few voltage drops and to stay relatively cool even without water cooling. Only the parts at the torch tip affected by the reflected energy of the welding process require...

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Welding wires designed for single- or multilayer surfacing

January 13, 2014

Sandvik offers three welding wire grades for GTAW, plasma arc welding, GMAW, and SAW. Characterized by its very low cobalt, vanadium, and boron content and enhanced ferrite content, Sandvik 24.13.LHF has high resistance to hot cracking. The wire is recommended for first-layer weld cladding...

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Wire feeder delivers wire evenly with close-to-process drive unit

January 9, 2014

SKS North America offers the Frontpull 7 welding torch. It features a close-to-process drive unit located directly at the torch neck that feeds wire evenly and precisely, according to the manufacturer. Ignition and welding for applied GMAW processes are nearly spatter-free. The unit feeds wires...

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Online 3-D animation highlights GMAW gun liner loading system

January 9, 2014

A new 3-D animation available on the Bernard and Tregaskiss YouTube pages presents their QUICK LOAD™ Liner AutoLength™ system for GMAW operations. The animation, which can be viewed at and, explains how GMAW gun liners...

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GMAW gun nozzles help minimize changeovers

December 11, 2013

Bernard has introduced the new Quik Tip™ HD series GMAW nozzles, featuring a removable nozzle cone. These nozzles offer an increased wall thickness and insulating material to help them withstand the heat of the welding arc for longer periods of time, minimizing the frequency of changeovers...

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