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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Hardsurfacing electrodes have extended wear life

March 11, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced two complex carbide hardsurfacing electrodes designed to extend wear life by 33 percent over standard chromium carbide alloys, reports the company.SelectWear 63 is an...

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Praxair acquires Kirk Welding Supply

March 11, 2008

Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., has acquired Kirk Welding Supply Inc., Kansas City, Mo.Kirk operates 10 facilities in eastern Kansas and western Missouri,...

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Helium: In short supply

March 11, 2008

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Shops that perform stainless steel, aluminum, or laser welding are feeling effects of the current helium shortage. Looking into gas blends with lower percentages of helium or alternative gases, and ensuring that day-to-day welding practices are not resulting in helium waste, will help these shops save money and helium supply.

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Recyclable 900-lb. welding wire drum reduces downtime

February 12, 2008

Hobart Brothers has introduced a 900-lb. recyclable drum for metal-cored welding wire, intended to reduce downtime associated with drum changeovers. According to the manufacturer, the X-Pak drum...

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Oxyfuel cutting replacement tips offered

February 12, 2008

American Torch Tip Co. manufactures a line of replacement parts for Messer Vadura 1210A and 1215A oxyfuel cutting tips.Suitable for automated systems requiring fast throughput, the two-piece tips are...

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Selecting and preparing tungsten electrodes

January 15, 2008

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Selecting and preparing a tungsten electrode for welding involves choosing the correct electrode diameter, and prepping the electrode with the appropriate process and equipment. Successfully performing all three will allow for a consistent and stable arc.

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Stainless steel electrodes designed for elevated travel speed butt, lap, fillet welds

January 15, 2008

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced two gas-shielded metal-cored, stainless steel electrodes designed for making butt, lap, and fillet welds at elevated travel speeds. The electrodes offer a maximum carbon...

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150-amp set added to consumable line

January 15, 2008

Hypertherm has added a 150-amp consumable set to its Centricut® brand Innerlogic Proline2200 consumable line.The consumables feature patented SilverLine® electrode technology, which involves...

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New Miller Web page connects visitors to welding resources

January 15, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s new Industries and Interests Web page, located at www.millerwelds.com/interests, organizes the information available on the Appleton, Wis., company's Web site into nine...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft....

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Keeping consumables from consuming welding profits

January 15, 2008

Like every manufacturer these days, truck and trailer manufacturer Tico Manufacturing Inc. can't afford to waste any time on non-value-added activities. It recently switched its welders to Centerfire™ nonthreaded contact tips manufactured by Bernard®. These tips require replacement about once every two weeks; the previous tips were replaced three times a day. And because they are unthreaded, the tips take much less time to replace.

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Wind Point Partners acquires Harsco GasServ businesses

December 10, 2007

Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm, has announced the acquisition of the Harsco GasServ group of gas technology businesses from Harsco Corp. The acquisition includes Taylor-Wharton,...

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BOC Gases and Linde Gas rebrand in North America as Linde

November 6, 2007

The Linde Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has announced that its integrated BOC Gases and Linde Gas organizations in North America are now branded as Linde. Linde AG acquired The BOC Group PLC in September...

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Proportional mixer designed for single press

October 9, 2007

Industrial Innovations Inc. has added the Pro Mix I to its line of proportional mixers.Designed for manufacturers that mix and distribute lubrication to a single press, the mixer has dual 10-gal....

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High-nickel alloy intended for GTAW, GMAW, submerged arc welding

October 9, 2007

Arcos Industries LLC has introduced the bare-wire and covered-electrode versions of the Arcos 617 high-nickel alloy, used primarily to weld nickel-chromium-molybdenum base material and to join various...

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