Filler Metals/Electrodes

Tips to Make Welding Operations More Profitable

These tips may involve an investment of time, effort and resources, but they can pay off in the long run for welding operations that use a variety of welding processes and equipment. 
Filler Metals/Electrodes: Articles

Gaining Efficiencies by Increasing Welding Wire Size

Many welding operations standardize on one size of wire for every application to minimize confusion for welders and avoid overcomplicating inventory and training. However, this can be problematic if the shop welds a wide range of applications that vary by material thickness or joint type.
The time and energy it takes to make the conversion from smaller-diameter wire to a larger one could save countless hours and improve quality. Here are several initial steps that are necessary to make the conversion.

Tips for Taking the Trouble Out of Aluminum Welding

Minimize the risk of oxygen entering the weld pool by decreasing the MIG gun angle and/or by increasing the nozzle size so the shielding gas envelope is larger. Holding the nozzle slightly closer to the base material when welding can also help. Be certain that there is no spatter buildup in the nozzle that could hinder the shielding gas flow, and set up barriers when welding in drafty areas to prevent the shielding gas from being disturbed or blowing away. Always use a push angle when welding aluminum, as this direction helps put the cleaning action from the arc in front of the weld and results in less discoloration.
Here are some tips on how to maintain exceptional cleanliness, select the right filler metal and employ the correct welding preparations to remove the oxide layer on the surface of the material.

What You Must Know About Filler Metals

Metal-cored wires offer distinct operating characteristics compared to other wires and, in many cases, can eliminate unnecessary pre- and post-weld activities like grinding or sandblasting.
Understanding these important details will help your shop decide whether a new welding technology is your best way to remain competitive or if a filler metal conversion your best next step. 

What’s New with Filler Metals?

Metal-cored wire is becoming an increasingly viable choice for improving quality and welding. Metal-cored wires offer good results in heavy equipment manufacturing and similar markets, where higher deposition rates and faster travel speeds are required to improve productivity on thicker materials.
Filler metals reflect how welding operations are evolving, as materials change to meet application demands that require technologies capable of meeting more specific — and sometimes more stringent — welding requirements.

Filler Metals: Accuracy in Ordering and Usage Matter

While filler metals comprise only small portion of the cost of a welding operation, over time they can contribute to the quality, productivity and profitability a company sees.  
It only makes up about 20 percent of the cost of your typical welding operation, but incorrectly estimating the amount of filler metal needed can have a far-reaching impact to your bottom line.


Filler Metals/Electrodes: Industry News

Hobart Campaign Celebrates Partnership with U.S. Navy

The campaign, “It’s the tie that binds,” showcases the Marine Group Boat Works partnership with the U.S. Navy to celebrate creating some of the most distinctive and instrumental things that impact the world.

Hobart Launches New Brand Campaign

“It’s the tie that binds” celebrates the journey from the filler metals customers use to the relationships developed on the journey to find the right filler metal solution.

Rent a Robot at Miller Electric

The new Robotic Welding Cell Rental Program allows end users to test automation in their own welding operation before purchasing equipment, minimizing risk and barriers regarding capital expenditures, and helping businesses meet short-run production demands.


Filler Metals/Electrodes: Products

New Filler Metals

Hobart Brotherse will display and demonstrate its latest flux-cored wires, metal-cored wires and aluminum filler metals that are designed to improve quality and productivity in welding operations.
The latest flux-cored wires, metal-cored wires and aluminum filler metals from Hobart Brothers are designed to improve quality and productivity in welding operations.

Aluminum Welding Wire for Heavy Duty Applications

SuperGlaze HD aluminum welding wire is perfect for use in heavy-duty applications where wire feeding can be a challenge and arc performance is critical. 

Filler Metals

The Millennium Arc 7018 mild-steel, low-hydrogen stick welding consumable from Lincoln Electric is ideal for mild steel, power generation, petrochemical, pressure vessels and pressure piping applications.
A snapshot of some of the newest filler metals used in welding applications.