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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Tower Oil names president/CEO

May 15, 2008

Tower Oil & Technology Co., Chicago, recently appointed Kirk McCubbin as president and CEO.The company is an employee-owned manufacturer of metalworking...

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Thermacut expands sales team

May 15, 2008

Thermacut Inc., Claremont, N.H., recently created new sales positions and promoted staff to better serve its customer base throughout North America. The company has appointed Dana Colson as its first outside sales representative to service key selective distributors in the newly formed Northern...

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Airgas acquires A&N Plant

May 15, 2008

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., recently acquired A&N Plant, a European supplier of new and reconditioned rotating, positioning, and welding equipment. The acquisition creates a new business unit of Red-D-Arc Ltd., an Airgas company that provides welding, positioning, and related rental products and...

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Welding wire drum cart handles up to 1,000-lb. containers

May 13, 2008

The Kinetic Technologies LOBOY™ drum cart offers 2.3 in. of ground clearance and a low center of gravity for towing drums or boxes of welding wire used in robotic or hard-tooled welding applications.The cart eliminates the need to transport heavy drums with lifting straps attached to a fork....

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Filler metal product approvals

May 13, 2008 | By Joe Bundy

Filler metal product approval codes can seem like a foreign language. One thing is certain, and that is each agency that establishes product approvals, such as AWS or ASME, does so to ensure filler metals meet the requirements for which they are intended. Understanding the meaning behind each set of filler metal product approvals will help you to better understand your filler metal's capabilities.

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Metal-cored welding wires reduce silicon deposits

April 15, 2008

Hobart Brothers offers Tri-Mark® Metalloy Vantage™ and Metalloy Vantage Ni1 gas-shielded, metal-cored wires. The wires include patented technology that reduces silicon island formation and produces weld bead toe lines that are almost completely free of silicon deposits, states the...

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Welding nozzles, gasless parts introduced for welding at high amperages

April 15, 2008

Bernard has introduced a line of heavy-duty and gasless Centerfire™ components, designed to help reduce operator downtime and improve weld quality for companies that weld at high amperages or change frequently between GMAW and self-shielded FCAW.The components feature thick walls, a...

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Carousel stores up to five high-pressure gas bottles

April 15, 2008

Alabama Laser Technologies' gas bottle storage carousel securely stores up to five high-pressure gas bottles. The company says this eliminates the risk of bottles tipping over. After a bottle is loaded into the unit, it can be rotated counterclockwise on the carousel to accommodate more bottles.The...

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Brazing alloys, solders, fluxes suitable for various HVAC applications

April 15, 2008

TurboTorch's Viper line includes brazing alloys, solders, and fluxes for various applications. The line includes five brazing rod alloys, five solders, four high-silver alloys, three fluxes, and an aluminum repair kit.The brazing alloys are suitable for joining copper to copper and are self-fluxing...

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High-nickel alloy intended for welding in corrosive environments

March 11, 2008

Arcos Industries LLC has introduced the bare-wire and covered-electrode versions of Arcos 59, which is intended primarily for welding in corrosive environments such as chemical processing facilities.The bare-wire version (ERNiCrMo-13) is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy with extra-low carbon and...

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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 open-arc wire produced to yield a deposit of primary chromium carbides and secondary columbium...

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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, selling high-pressure industrial and specialty gases, welding equipment, and related supplies. With the...

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Helium: In short supply

March 11, 2008 | By Amanda Carlson

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 minimizes the number of changeovers per month and year by about 33 percent, compared to standard 600-lb....

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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 available in sizes from 0.118 in. to 11.811 in. Each tip is flame-tested for accuracy and...

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