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: Breaking down CTOD and CVN testing

May 13, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We're a job shop and much of our work is customized or unique. Because of this, we have to work with multiple welding codes and sometimes we have to verify welding procedures. We have been bidding on some new projects that have welding crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) requirements. How is...

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Hardfacing wire creates no hazardous chromium byproducts

May 11, 2016

Eutectic has introduced BoroTec 600 Cr-Free, which it says is the hardest wire with no hazardous chromium byproducts that can be used in a range of steel components subject to severe abrasion or erosion by mineral particles, sand, rocks, and gravel. The wire is engineered with boron carbides in...

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When your GMAW gun's ablazin'

May 11, 2016 | By Jerome Parker

Overheating is a symptom of what could turn into catastrophic gun failure. Striking the right balance between gun size and capacity can increase the efficiency of a welding operation and decrease problems, like overheating, that could damage the equipment.

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Industrial wire feeder offers flexible configurations

May 10, 2016

Lincoln Electric®’s new Flex Feed® 84 industrial wire feeder handles long conduit runs with large-diameter wires up to 3/32 in. or cored wires up to 0.120 in. The modular-design feeder comes in single-bench, dual-bench, and boom-mount configurations that can be converted as workspace...

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Large-capacity wire drums minimize spool exchanges in GMAW

May 9, 2016

voestalpine Böhler Welding offers welding wires in cardboard drums with contents from 550 to 1,100 lbs. They help reduce GMAW downtime by minimizing spool exchanges, especially in mechanized and robotic operations. Drums are offered for non- and low-alloyed wire grades, stainless, aluminum,...

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Hardfacing alloy made for GMAW carbide embedding

April 29, 2016

Postle Industries has introduced Postalloy® PS98 hardfacing alloy to be used as a matrix welding wire for tungsten carbide embedding, also known as GMAW carbide embedding. Tungsten carbide particles are fed from an overhead hopper directly into the alloy’s molten weld pool via vibratory feeding...

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Noncopper-coated submerged arc wire made for pipe seam applications

April 28, 2016

Lincoln Electric® has developed Lincolnweld® Emergence™, a noncopper-coated submerged arc wire with a proprietary surface treatment to protect material and perform the same as copper-coated wires in the same alloy class, the company reports. It offers increased wire conductivity, and the...

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Gas-shielded wires formulated to produce low manganese emissions

April 27, 2016

Hobart has introduced the FabCO® Element™ 71C and 71M gas-shielded, flux-cored wires. According to the manufacturer, the wires are formulated to produce manganese emissions less than those of similarly classified filler metals available in the marketplace. Both wires offer enhanced...

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Consumables Corner: Understanding welding heat input and its effects on base materials

March 28, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

What guidelines should a job shop follow in regards to heat input if there is no welding procedure to fall back on? The Consumables Corner team has the answer.

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What’s inside your GTAW torch?

March 16, 2016 | By Jim Watson

Welders are judged by the appearance of their beads, the strength of their welds, and their ability to pass visual and technical inspection. So why shouldn’t you scrutinize your GTAW torch components in the same way that you or someone else would scrutinize your welds? If your GTAW torch doesn’t pass inspection, there’s a good chance that your welds won’t either.

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Hand-held tungsten grinder released in cordless model

February 19, 2016

Arc-Zone.com Inc.®’s Sharpie™ hand-held tungsten electrode grinder now is available in a cordless model. The unit allows electrode prep anywhere in the shop, and it is compact enough to carry up scaffolding on the job site. The cordless model is available in entry-level standard (SD) or deluxe...

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Electrode suitable for hardfacing applications

February 16, 2016

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced a martensitic alloy electrode for general welding maintenance. SelectWear 58 is a metal-to-earth wear welding wire that can be put down in multiple layers without cracking, says the company. It is offered in gas-shielded and open-arc versions, combining high hardness...

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Weld Revolution names director, business development

February 8, 2016

Spring, Texas-based Weld Revolution LLC, a provider of torches that employ a rotating arc welding process, has appointed Bryan George as director, business development. He is responsible for identifying and leading strategic business development and implementing commercial strategies and strategic...

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Hardfacing alloys designed for extreme-wear applications

January 22, 2016

Stoody®, an ESAB brand, has added new nickel-based tungsten carbide consumables to its product line, including several new wire formulations and new PTA and laser cladding powder families, all designed for extreme-abrasion resistance. The consumables are designed for use in harsh industrial...

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