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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Rankin Industries hires director of sales

June 9, 2009

Rankin® Industries™, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a manufacturer of buildup and hardfacing products, has added R.L. Baker as director of sales. He is responsible for global sales of the company's consumables and automation equipment.Baker has served as western regional manager of alloy sales...

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Boeing approves Master Chemical metalworking fluid, emulsion, for areas 5, 6

June 9, 2009

Master Chemical Corp., Perrysburg, Ohio, has announced that MicroSol 585, a nonchlorinated, semisynthetic metalworking fluid, and E917, a low-foaming, high-lubricity emulsion, are qualified for areas 5 and 6 of the Boeing process spec BAC5008. Area 5 approval includes machining of nonsealant and...

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Welding Update for Infrastructure: Selecting filler metals for seismic requirements

May 18, 2009 | By Roger Bushey

FEMA, AWS, and AISC have all released documentation andspecification guidance for structural steel construction projects.Determining which to follow, however, can be a source of confusionfor architects, contract engineers, welding engineers, and weldingmanufacturers.

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alloy content crack sensitivity

Finding an ally alloy

May 15, 2009 | By Tony Anderson

Choosing the best filler metal for aluminum welding involves takinginto account the operating conditions of the finished weldedcomponent as well as six important variables that can affect theoperating condition.

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economic stimulus

Welding Update for Infrastruture:Heating up takes time

May 15, 2009 | By Allen Zeyher

The good news about a worldwide ­recession is that steel prices are back down from their record highs of 2008. The Producer Price Index for hot-rolled bars, plates, and structural shapes, which includes a lot of bridge steel, dropped 7.5 percent from February 2008 to February 2009."The extreme...

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Aluminum filler metals meet AWS Specification A5.10

May 12, 2009

Hobart Brothers has added two new lines of aluminum solid welding wires and GTAW cut lengths to its McKay® brand of filler metals. The company joined in a strategic relationship with Maxal Aluminum to offer the new products.Smootharc™ 5356 is a magnesium-based alloy that provides good...

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Lincoln Electric dedicates new facility in India

May 11, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today dedicated a 100,000-square-foot welding consumables facility in Chennai, India, which will serve the growing market in that country and markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.Speaking at dedication ceremonies in Chennai today, John M. Stropki, Chairman and...

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Techalloy names vice president – sales

April 14, 2009

Stan Merrick has been promoted to vice president of sales at Techalloy Welding Products, Baltimore. He is responsible for the worldwide sale of the company's stainless steel and nickel-alloy welding wires and electrodes.Merrick previously was the company's director of sales for North America. He...

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Consumables Corner: Sizing up seismic-friendly filler metals

March 24, 2009 | By Michael Ostaffe

Q: I am confused about the various specifications for seismic applications. How can I know if I have the right filler metal for the job?A: Your confusion is understandable. The documents overseeing seismic applications are ongoing and constantly revised. To fully understand this issue, we need to...

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Air Products brings third Tangshan, China air separation facility on-stream

March 19, 2009

Air Products has announced that it recently brought on-stream its third air separation facility (ASU) in Tangshan, Hebei Province, Northern China to supply oxygen, nitrogen, and liquid argon to Tangshan Guofeng Steel Co Ltd and its other local customers.Air Products was awarded three long-term...

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Taylor-Wharton announces leadership changes

March 10, 2009

Taylor-Wharton Intl., Mechanicsburg, Pa., has announced several executive leadership changes.Stuart Jara has been promoted to president of the Taylor-Wharton Divisions for both cylinders and cryogenics. Jara brings senior management experience in the global industrial gases market to his new...

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Praxair completes 15 acquisitions in 2008

March 10, 2009

Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., has announced that it completed 15 acquisitions in 2008, with sales totaling nearly $90 million, including five acquisitions made during the fourth quarter."Our acquisition program over the past two years has been very...

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The next generation of VOC-free vanishing lubricants

March 10, 2009 | By Steve Lowery

Sooner or later,your operation will have to be free of volatile organic compounds emissions. Using the latest lubricants can help. Lubricant suppliers have developed VOC-free lubricants that combine the best qualities of vanishing oils and water-extendible synthetic fluids, minus the mixing hassle associated with the latter.

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Airgas acquires Great Lakes Oxygen

February 10, 2009

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., has completed the acquisition of Great Lakes Oxygen, also doing business as Welder's Supply, Westside Welders Supply, Great Lakes Propane, and Lake Erie Iron and Metal.Great Lakes Oxygen, a distributor of industrial gas and welding supplies, generates annual revenues of...

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Shielding Gas Primer GTAW

A shielding gas primer for GTAW

January 27, 2009 | By W.F. Garth Stapon

With so many blends of shielding gas available, it can be a difficult task to determine which gas or gas blend best suits a particular GTAW application. To simplify that task, you must first understand the distinct properties that each gas or gas mixture brings to the table and how best to optimize the mixture once it's been determined.

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