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Consumables Corner: Choosing the correct filler metal for mismatched base materials

July 22, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We're a small shop that builds and welds a lot of custom metal products. In many instances, the products are made from two or three different material combinations, including stainless steel at times. Is there a good rule of thumb for deciding the correct filler metal to use? A: That is a...

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D/F launches mobile-friendly website

July 18, 2016

D/F Machine Specialties, a manufacturer of GMAW and GTAW torches, consumables, and accessories, has launched a redesigned, mobile-friendly website at The site is designed with a simple product hierarchy structure to help visitors get information as quickly as...

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GMAW gun offers impact-resistant handle

July 5, 2016

American Torch Tip has introduced the Lightning® Curve semiautomatic GMAW gun. Its ergonomic N-66 handle is engineered with impact additives to withstand extreme contact. The gun features high-strength cabling and a gooseneck crafted from insulated aircraft...

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Customizing your GMAW gun for the job

June 15, 2016 | By Andy Monk

Being as comfortable as possible on the job is important for mind, body, and productivity. Customizing your GMAW gun for the application can improve your personal comfort and weld quality.

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Cutting torches made for use with all fuel gases

June 6, 2016

Uniweld Products Inc. has introduced the newest line of Ameriflame/Uniweld heavy-duty cutting torches. The V-Style, tube-mix AF900C 23-in. torch is designed for all fuel gases. The H-Style, head-mix, 21-in. torches—AF62-3ELC and AF62F-3ELC—use acetylene or propane/all fuel gases, respectively....

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Flux-cored wire offers high deposition rates, travel speeds

June 3, 2016

Hobart has announced the availability of its new FabCO® 85HXP gas-shielded, flux-cored wire. The wire offers increased deposition rates and travel speeds for welding materials up to 8 in. thick. It is suitable for flat and horizontal welding of earth-moving equipment, nonalloyed and fine-grain...

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Tubular hardfacing electrodes offer high abrasion resistance

May 25, 2016

Postle Industries offers tubular hardfacing electrodes for severe abrasion applications and those involving high heat or impact. The tubular design allows for a greater volume of carbides than ever before for increased abrasion resistance, says the manufacturer. Available in ¼, 3/8, and ½...

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Flux-cored wire withstands 1,200 degrees F while maintaining hardness

May 23, 2016

New Weld Mold® 5551 flux-cored wire withstands extreme heat conditions for extreme welding applications by maintaining superior hardness retention in temperatures as high as 1,200 degrees F. According to the company, testing proves that the hardness capabilities of the wire continue to improve as...

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Consumables Corner: Breaking down CTOD and CVN testing

May 13, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We're a job shop and much of our work is customized or unique. Because of this, we have to work with multiple welding codes and sometimes we have to verify welding procedures. We have been bidding on some new projects that have welding crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) requirements. How is...

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Hardfacing wire creates no hazardous chromium byproducts

May 11, 2016

Eutectic has introduced BoroTec 600 Cr-Free, which it says is the hardest wire with no hazardous chromium byproducts that can be used in a range of steel components subject to severe abrasion or erosion by mineral particles, sand, rocks, and gravel. The wire is engineered with boron carbides in...

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When your GMAW gun's ablazin'

May 11, 2016 | By Jerome Parker

Overheating is a symptom of what could turn into catastrophic gun failure. Striking the right balance between gun size and capacity can increase the efficiency of a welding operation and decrease problems, like overheating, that could damage the equipment.

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Industrial wire feeder offers flexible configurations

May 10, 2016

Lincoln Electric®’s new Flex Feed® 84 industrial wire feeder handles long conduit runs with large-diameter wires up to 3/32 in. or cored wires up to 0.120 in. The modular-design feeder comes in single-bench, dual-bench, and boom-mount configurations that can be converted as workspace...

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Large-capacity wire drums minimize spool exchanges in GMAW

May 9, 2016

voestalpine Böhler Welding offers welding wires in cardboard drums with contents from 550 to 1,100 lbs. They help reduce GMAW downtime by minimizing spool exchanges, especially in mechanized and robotic operations. Drums are offered for non- and low-alloyed wire grades, stainless, aluminum,...

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Hardfacing alloy made for GMAW carbide embedding

April 29, 2016

Postle Industries has introduced Postalloy® PS98 hardfacing alloy to be used as a matrix welding wire for tungsten carbide embedding, also known as GMAW carbide embedding. Tungsten carbide particles are fed from an overhead hopper directly into the alloy’s molten weld pool via vibratory feeding...

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Noncopper-coated submerged arc wire made for pipe seam applications

April 28, 2016

Lincoln Electric® has developed Lincolnweld® Emergence™, a noncopper-coated submerged arc wire with a proprietary surface treatment to protect material and perform the same as copper-coated wires in the same alloy class, the company reports. It offers increased wire conductivity, and the...

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