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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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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Low-hydrogen stick electrode designed for flat, horizontal position structural fabricating

January 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric offers the Excalibur® 7028 low-hydrogen stick electrode, designed for structural fabricators working in the flat and horizontal positions. Applications include ships and bridge structures, storage tanks, and general heavy industrial fabrication jobs.According to the company,...

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Tower Oil & Technology announces staff appointment

January 13, 2009

Tower Oil & Technology Co., an employee-owned metalworking fluids manufacturer in Chicago, has appointed Steve Lowery as its new vice president, director of sales.Lowery joined the company as a field sales engineer – metal stamping specialist in 2000. He was promoted to sales manager in...

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Western Enterprises donates equipment to local community college

January 13, 2009

Western Enterprises, Westlake, Ohio, has partnered with Lorain County Community College (LCCC) to supply equipment for the new National Center for Welding Education and Training to be built this year. The center will be housed in LCCC's Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Nord Advanced...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Brazilian brazing products manufacturer

January 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired a 90 percent interest in Brastak, a Brazilian manufacturer of brazing products. The company is based in Sao Paulo and has annual sales of about $30 million."The Brastak acquisition represents the expansion of our brazing product line as well...

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Flux-cored wire intended for general purpose welding, repairs

December 16, 2008

Hobart Brothers offers the Fabshield® 23 self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire for general purpose welding and repairs on thin gauge mild or galvanized steel and coated materials. The wire produces a soft, smooth arc with good wetting action and is suitable for use on multiple welding...

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Stainless steel electrodes manufactured for high-temperature welding

December 16, 2008

Arcos Industries LLC offers Arcos 310 bare-wire and covered stainless steel electrodes, which are manufactured for high-temperature welding applications.The bare-wire version, ER310, is designed to deliver high-temperature oxidation resistance up to 2,100 degrees F. This electrode is suitable for...

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Hobart Brothers expands manufacturing operations

December 16, 2008

Hobart Brothers Co. has announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations into a new, 65,000-sq.-ft. facility located in Troy, Ohio. The new facility will be used to increase production capacity for the company's welding consumables. Forty employees are expected to be added to the work force...

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GMAW transfer modes

Understanding transfer modes for GMAW

December 14, 2008 | By Jerry Mathison

The mode of transfer you choose when using gas metal arc welding depends on your requirements, application, and equipment. This also affects the type of filler metal you use.

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Welding Sparks

Do your welds pass muster?

November 25, 2008 | By Richard Green

For a job shop or manufacturer, maintaining weld quality begins with consistent shielding gas in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. Consistently delivering the correct blend ensures proper arc characteristics and weld quality. Mixing technology, supply gas density, and gas usage patterns can affect the on-site gas blending system's ability to deliver a consistent blend.

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