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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Semiautomatic GMAW gun, consumable catalog released

August 14, 2014

Bernard has released a new full-color catalog to assist in determining the right semiautomatic GMAW guns and consumables for an application. The catalog includes comparative charts and reference tables. To order a copy of the catalog, please use the online request form at...

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Collet’s angled cut allows firm hold on tungsten

August 5, 2014

CK Worldwide Inc. offers the Wedge Collet as an alternative to standard collets. According to the company, the collet has a precision angled cut that gives it a wedge action for a firm hold on the tungsten. The tungsten is in direct contact with the collet body, creating less resistance heating....

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Multiflame tip provides even heat distribution for brazing copper tubes

August 5, 2014

Uniweld’s patented MTF-5 Cap’n Hook® multiflame tip is designed to provide even heat distribution for brazing copper tubes in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. The tip offers concentrated heat (up to 5,600 degrees F). The 40-degree flame angle flows onto copper tubing and away from...

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SMAW electrode resists moisture in humid conditions

July 30, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced Millennium Arc™ 7018, a new mild-steel, low-hydrogen SMAW electrode that resists moisture in humid conditions. According to the company, the electrode offers 50 percent less moisture pickup than competing SMAW consumables. The electrode is designed for such...

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Arcos names general manager

July 24, 2014

Mount Carmel, Pa.-based Arcos Industries LLC, a manufacturer of stainless steel and high-nickel alloy bare wire and covered welding electrodes, has appointed Harry Wehr to the position of general manager. He has held numerous positions within the company during his 35-year tenure, serving most...

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American Weldquip establishes new website

July 21, 2014

American Weldquip Inc., a manufacturer of semiautomatic and robotic GMAW torches and peripherals in Sharon Center, Ohio, has launched a new website at www.weldquip.com. The new site features improved navigation and functionality. Visitors can access owner’s manuals and technical documents,...

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Nickel-based GMAW/GTAW wire resists oxidation

July 16, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced Techalloy® X, a new nickel-based GMAW and GTAW wire that resists oxidation and provides high-temperature strength. The welding wire is suitable for petrochemical applications, providing enhanced stress corrosion cracking, and for aerospace applications that are...

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Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part II—Stress, hydrogen cracking

July 16, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can I do to prevent it? A: Stress cracking is similar to hot...

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Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part I—Hot cracking

July 15, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can I do to prevent it? A: To ensure that the measures you...

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Boot design encapsulates electrical connection between weld torch, cable

July 14, 2014

Victor Technologies™ has introduced a new boot design on its Victor® Arcair® Angle-Arc series of torch and cable assemblies that encapsulates the electrical connection between the torch and weld cable and eliminates the chance of accidental arcing. The patent-pending, two-piece boot design is...

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Fume extraction gun made to be lightweight

July 10, 2014

Bernard has redesigned its Clean Air™ fume extraction gun to be lighter and smaller than many standard fume extraction guns. With nearly the same dimensions as the company’s regular semiautomatic GMAW gun, it is suitable for almost any medium- to heavy-duty solid or flux-cored welding...

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Consumables Corner: Selecting the correct diameter for flux-cored wire

July 9, 2014

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I work in a large manufacturing fabrication shop where we weld subassemblies and then fit and weld them together to complete the machines we manufacture. Currently we use gas-shielded, flux-cored wires from 0.045 to 0.09375 in. in diameter. At what point is a small-diameter wire too inefficient,...

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Consumables Corner: Combating overheating in work clamps

July 8, 2014

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Q: I weld in a large pressure vessel shop and use many welding processes, including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and SAW. Regardless of the process, our work clamps always get very hot. We’ve even had some arcing from the ground clamp. We have welded several grounds to the workpiece to remedy this problem,...

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Consumables Corner: Combating dull weld appearance with metal-cored stainless steel wire

July 7, 2014

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Q: We fabricate 401 stainless steel components and have considered using metal-cored stainless steel consumables. One of the issues with metal-cored consumables is the dull appearance of the weld compared to the appearance achieved with a solid wire. What can we do to maintain a clean or shiny...

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Consumables Corner: Nixing porosity during weld start

July 3, 2014

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Q: I work for a job shop that fabricates and welds process piping for various applications. The pipes, made from A106-88a carbon steel and 304 and 316 stainless steel, are welded using GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. We have been experiencing porosity, primarily on the weld starts. Our shielding gas is a...

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