Filler Metals/Electrodes

Weathering Steel: Taking the Guesswork Out of Filler Metal Selection

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.
Filler Metals/Electrodes: Articles

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.

Matching Filler Metals to Stainless Steels

Hardfacing caster roll. Hard martensitic stainless steel is often used in high-wear applications, such as overlays and for building up wear-resistant material, and less for joining. With a high interpass temperature, it’s imperative to reach an accurate preheat temperature and maintain the minimum interpass temperature the entire welding time. If not, there is a risk of cracking.
Welding stainless remains complicated. Besides paying close attention to heating and cooling the stainless, the filler metal must be properly matched to the base metal with electrodes of the same grade. 

Considerations When Selecting a Filler Metal (Part One)

Having the right filler metal for the job can have a significant impact on quality, productivity and cost. Different filler metals provide varying mechanical and chemical properties — but in every case, the welds they create must be able to withstand the service conditions they will encounter.
Filler metal selection is critical to maintain the integrity of the final weldment. Here is a review of their general properties that can help you determine which filler metal is ideal for the job. 

Tips to Make Welding Operations More Profitable

Fabricators should remember that implementing any improvements in a welding operation isn’t a one-time event — it’s important to monitor any changes to make sure they continue to benefit the welding operation.
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: 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

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. 

Consumables for Harsh Industrial Work

Nickel-based tungsten carbide wire products from Stoody offer superior wear resistance in applications exposed to extreme abrasion and low to moderate impact in the harshest industrial applications. They come in various diameters, ranging from 1/16 in to 3/32 in, and come spooled on 33 lb wire baskets or in 50 lb polypacks.
Stoody nickel-based tungsten carbide consumables from ESAB offer a wide range of tailored hardfacing and high alloy joining solutions to address wear caused by abrasion, impact, corrosion and heat.

Premium Feeding for Construction and Field Welding

Housed inside a high-strength steel casing and steel frame to protect controls and connectors, the remoted-controlled Warrior YardFeed 200 portable wire feeder from ESAB delivers premium feeding performance, especially with cored wires common in construction, field repair, railcar, ship and barge building.
These advanced wire feeders from ESAB are ideal for ship/barge, off-shore and construction applications where operators change welding parameters, use hotter settings for welding in the flat position and cooler settings for welding vertical up.