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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PTA, laser cladding consumables developed for wear protection

January 7, 2016

Stoody®, an ESAB brand, has introduced a series of new plasma transfer arc (PTA) and laser cladding powders. The 6030 powder formulations comprise 60 percent tungsten carbide and 40 percent nickel alloy. They form a ductile nickel-chrome alloy matrix with a 30 to 35 HRC. The 6051 powder also...

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ESAB filler metals meet Buy America requirements

January 6, 2016

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that its welding filler metals meet the Buy America provision, making them eligible for use in public projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The company has launched a dedicated web page about the filler...

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Tungsten electrodes are free from thoria

December 31, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed MultiStrike® tungsten electrodes that are free from the potentially harmful thoria. They can be used for welding aluminum with the AC process, as well as steels and alloys with the DC process. Available in the U.S. from Cob Industries, the...

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Portable wire feeders introduced

December 8, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has launched two new portable wire feeders that are compatible with the Warrior 400i MV CC/CV and Warrior 500i power sources. The Warrior® YardFeed 200 provides remote control of the voltage and wire feed speed at the feeder, including the ability to preset wire...

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Submerged arc electrode resists corrosion

November 17, 2015

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced SelectWear 410NiMo-S, a hardsurfacing martensitic stainless steel wire. The tubular submerged arc welding electrode produces a deposit that resists abrasion, corrosion, and thermal fatigue. Available in 3/32, 7/64, and 1/8 in. dia., the electrode is used in such...

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Consumables Corner: Discovering the cause of lack of fusion in PJP joints

November 16, 2015 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We manufacture various products for the agriculture and transportation industries. A majority of our products are made from 6061 and 5652 aluminum and are joined with gas metal arc welding (GMAW-S) using a 5356 filler metal and 100 percent argon shielding gas. Most of the joints are partial...

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Plasma cutting electrodes’ silver tip slows wear rate

November 11, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced SilverPlus® electrodes for its HySpeed® HSD130 plasma cutting systems. In the company’s laboratory testing, the electrode has been shown to last more than twice as long as a standard copper-tipped electrode. According to the manufacturer, the electrode delivers 4 and 5...

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How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

How to capture weld fume at the source efficiently

October 29, 2015

By: RoboVent

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 4 Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.

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Consumables Corner: Welding medium-carbon to high-strength steel

September 28, 2015 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We need to weld a 1-in.-thick AISI 1050 carbon steel plate to a 2-in.-dia. A514 steel shaft. The AISI 1050 has a yield and tensile strength of 95 KSI and 115 KSI, respectively. We know we should preheat, but we're unsure of what temperatures to use or what filler metal to select. Could you...

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Shielding gas blends for carbon steel GMAW

September 28, 2015 | By Samantha Noland

Argon and CO2 are the most commonly used gases in gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Alone, each has pronounced advantages. Together they combine to neutralize each other’s weaknesses and capitalize on each other’s strengths, all while providing you with your desired weld requirements.

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Selecting the right contact tip size

September 24, 2015 | By Tiejun Ma, Tre’ Heflin-King

Using the right-sized contact tip is critical to achieving optimal results in robotic and semiautomatic GMAW operations. Among the factors that determine the right tip size are the process and wire.

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PWTV: Shielding Gas Function

PWTV: Shielding Gas Function

August 26, 2015

Samantha Noland of nexAir provides a brief overview of the physics of welding gases.

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PWTV: Selecting a Shielding Gas for GMAW

PWTV: Selecting a Shielding Gas for GMAW

August 26, 2015

Samantha Noland of nexAir discuses what attributes CO2, Argon, and a combination of the two bring to the GMAW process.

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Wire feeder reaches 800 IPM

August 17, 2015

ESAB has introduced the Warrior® Feed 404 HD, a heavy-duty benchtop wire feeder designed to feed 0.030- to 0.09375-in. wire at speeds of 50 to 800 IPM in applications such as high-volume fabrication, structural steel fabrication, heavy fabrication, and shipbuilding. The wire feeder’s drive...

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To filter or not to filter, that is the question

To filter or not to filter, that is the question

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

By: RoboVent

Everything You Need to Know about Weld Fumes Webcast Series: Part 3 Weld fumes pose health and safety dangers to workers and create budgetary pressures for plant operators. If your plant has a weld fume problem, you probably know it based on the telltale blue haze around the lights.

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