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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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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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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