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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Low manganese emission welding wire enhances worker safety

October 28, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced Coreweld C6 LF, a new low-manganese-emission, high-efficiency, metal-cored welding wire developed in response to new EPA regulations and guidelines from American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for manganese exposure limits....

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Gas cutting tips available with copper finish

October 22, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced a new copper finish for its OXWELD® series of acetylene, alternate fuel, specialty cutting, and steel industry product tips in its gas apparatus product line. The company no longer chrome-plates its cutting tips, as the process...

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Low-alloy filler metals: From A to W

October 22, 2014 | By Blaine Guy

Low alloy steels gain their mechanical and chemical properties from the addition of alloying elements, including nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. They typically offer an ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 PSI or greater, and as with any material, they require a filler metal that matches their chemistry and provides the desired strength.

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Electrode welds plates with surface contaminants

October 15, 2014

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced Select 70CRP, a flux-cored carbon steel electrode designed for the welding of structural plate with surface contaminants, such as rust and weldable primers. It welds on these surfaces with minimal porosity and blowholes, delivering smooth arc characteristics, minimal...

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Filler metal facts

October 6, 2014 | By Robert Fox

The factors that influence filler metal consumption, such as joint design and the choice of welding process, are key to helping you better understand, anticipate, and monitor operational costs and the bottom line.

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Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metals for stainless steel welding

September 23, 2014 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We're a midsize job shop that manufactures a wide variety of products from various types of metal. Currently we have a project that requires welding 304L to 316L stainless steel and welding both of these alloys to A572 Grade 50 steel. Some of the welds are structural and some are used in...

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Choosing the right aluminum filler alloy

September 22, 2014 | By Gregory Doria

How do you know which aluminum filler alloy to use? With several varieties out there, it’s important to be familiar with the type of application and the type of results you are looking for. Those and other considerations will lead you to choosing the right alloy.

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Metal-cored electrode engineered for low-temperature stress relief

September 19, 2014

Select-SAI Inc. has introduced Select 70C-6 SR, an E70C-6MJ-H4 gas-shielded, metal-cored electrode designed for low-temperature service requirements. The wire provides excellent weldability with a low slag, resulting in a smooth arc transfer with outstanding arc stability, the manufacturer says....

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Hobart releases video showcasing partnership with NASA on James Webb Space Telescope

September 9, 2014

Filler metal manufacturer Hobart®, Troy, Ohio, has released a new “It’s the Tie That Binds™” brand campaign video featuring its collaboration with NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope space exploration project. The new telescope is the most powerful ever built and, for the coming decade,...

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Metal-cored wires: Your questions answered

September 8, 2014 | By Blaine Guy

When does switching to metal-cored wires make sense? Answers to the most commonly asked questions about this consumable can help you decide if it’s right for your operation.

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Welding torches feature close-to-process wire feeding

September 5, 2014

SKS Welding Systems offers the Frontpull 8 family of welding torches. They feature close-to-process wire feeding, with the drive unit directly in front of the torch neck. The torches are suitable for all standard arc welding and soldering processes, including spatter and heat-reduced welding...

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GTAW torch welds in hard-to-reach places

September 2, 2014

The CK Flex-Loc GTAW torch from CK Worldwide Inc. is suitable for welding in hard-to-reach places. It uses a 360-degree rotating head that locks in any position, allowing the user to position the head at any angle. Interchangeable heads allow simplified changeout of different head and tungsten...

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Consumables Corner: Advancements in SAW

August 29, 2014 | By Michael Ostaffe

Q: What role does flux and wire play in submerged arc welding? A: It is important to choose the right flux and wire combination for submerged arc welding (SAW) processes. This will allow you to gain efficiency while meeting your performance requirements. Basic submerged arc welding uses a single...

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Consumables Corner: Eliminating porosity on galvanized steel

August 28, 2014 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: Our company manufactures storage rack systems made from mild steel and galvanized tubing. A majority of our parts are fixture-welded on a robot using 0.045-in.-diameter ER70S-6 wire with 90 percent argon/10 percent CO2 shielding gas. We have experienced problems with weld appearance quality and...

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Consumables Corner: Changing over to metal-cored wire in SAW

August 27, 2014 | By Michael Ostaffe

Q: One of my vendors recently approached me about replacing the solid wire in my submerged arc welding (SAW) application with a metal-cored wire. Should I consider making the change? A: Depending on your application, you should certainly consider making the change. Metal-cored wires can provide...

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