Filler Metals/Electrodes

Welding Abrasion-Resistant Plate: Three Common Challenges and Their Solutions

Here are some tips that make it easier to avoid cracks and prevent lost time and money when welding these incredibly hard plates.
Filler Metals/Electrodes: Articles

The Importance of Proper Welding Operator Training

The weld pool in different processes may look different. For this reason, operators should be trained on “reading” the weld pool for the process at hand. There is no substitute for practice.
To gain more business in the face of a skilled labor shortage, fabrication shops need welding operators that are familiar with a wider variety of welding processes and materials and can take on new jobs to set their shops apart. Proper operator training plays a key role in reaching these goals.

Increasing Aluminum Weld Strength and Quality

4943 filler metals offer approximately 20 percent higher tensile strength compared to 4043 products and do not rely on dilution of the base material or increased operator skill to create a quality weld. It is also sometimes possible to create smaller welds and gain the right weld strength in a single pass, which eliminates the additional weld passes required with 4043 products, increases productivity and minimizes costs for the filler metal itself.
Aluminum is popular in many fabrication applications, but welding the material presents challenges of cracking, porosity and burn-through on thinner sections. Here are some critical insights on how to combat these potential problems. 

Weathering Steel: Taking the Guesswork Out of Filler Metal Selection

Weathering steels have small additions copper, nickel and chromium that help improve the corrosion resistance of the steel to atmospheric sources. 
Weathering steel offers excellent resistance to atmospheric corrosion caused by rain, snow or humidity. During the welding process, the filler metal type and the manner in which it is applied determines whether the resulting weld will match corrosion resistance or have the same reddish appearance, more commonly known as color match.

Considerations When Selecting a Filler Metal (Part Two)

Filler metal has a significant impact on the quality, productivity and cost of a welding job, so it’s worthwhile to take the time to make the right selection.
Although the effect of various elements in filler metals can be rather complex, a review of their general properties can also help welding operators determine which filler metal is ideal for the job. It is important to consider the properties needed in a completed weld when making the filler metal selection.

Ways to Get the Most Out of Your MIG Gun Consumables

Nozzles should be cleaned at least every other welding cycle in a robotic welding operation to prevent spatter buildup that can lead to poor gas shielding or cause short-circuiting between the contact tip and nozzle. Heavy-duty consumables are recommended for high-temperature robotic welding applications. If the robotic welding operation calls for a heavy-duty retaining head, pair it with heavy-duty contact tips. Always check the torques of the body tube and end fittings regularly to prevent loose fitting cables that can cause overheating and lead the robotic MIG gun to prematurely fail.
Here are a few of the best practices that every welding operator should know when it comes to choosing and maintaining nozzles, contact tips, retaining heads and gas diffusers, and cable.


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 Welding Wire Withstands Extreme Heat Conditions

Weld Mold 5551 flux-cored wire is well suited for extreme welding applications because of its higher physical properties and its performance ability to excel in higher temperatures. It is highly resistant to heat checking in environments where coolants are used, extremely abrasion resistant and tolerant of compressive loads. In addition, with a 30 percent higher deposition rating than typical flux-cored wire, it offers high weldability for general welding applications.
Costing about 50 percent less than comparable cobalt materials, 5551 flux-cored wire from Weld Mold retains superior hardness in temperatures up to 1,200 deg F.

New Wire Offers Higher Deposition Rates and Travel Speeds for Welding Heavy Equipment

FabCO 85HXP gas-shielded flux-cored wire is well suited for flat and horizontal welding of up to 6 in to 8 in thick materials used in earth moving equipment, non-alloyed and fine grain steels, heavy fabrication applications and manufacturing equipment used in severe service conditions. The wire features a basic slag system that provides increased toughness, along with excellent low temperature impact strength. Its low hydrogen levels help mitigate cracking risks and costly rework. 
Ideal for heavy equipment welding and for equipment used in severe service conditions, the new FabCO 85HXP gas-shielded flux-cored wire from Hobart Brothers can operate at higher wire feed speeds to increase deposition rates and travel speeds on thicker materials for higher productivity.

Gas-Shielded Flux-Cored Wires Lower Manganese Emissions Even More

FabCO Element 71C and FabCO Element 71M wires help address increasingly stringent environmental regulations and recommendations. In addition to low manganese levels, both the Element 71C and Element 71M wires offer enhanced out-of-position capabilities, making it easier for welding operators to create quality welds regardless of joint placement. The wires produce low spatter levels to minimize post-weld cleaning, and have a fast-freezing, easy-to-remove slag to reduce the risk of slag inclusions.
FabCO Element 71C and 71M wires from Hobart are ideal for welding in shipbuilding, structural steel, heavy equipment manufacturing and general fabrication.