For more than 80 years, Sandvik Welding Consumables has been a world-leading developer and manufacturer of advanced stainless steels and nickel filler metals for demanding environments. To broaden and enhance their portfolio of specialty alloys, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products (Annapolis Junction, MD) acquired the Sandvik welding consumables business, finalizing the transaction earlier this year. Beginning November 1, these products will go to market under the name Exaton™ as an ESAB brand. As part of this brand update, the following changes will occur:
- Product packaging will be updated to reflect the new Exaton brand and logo.
- The product itself will retain current labeling.
- The contents of the Sandvik website, including specifications and Material Safety Data Sheets, will be transferred to the ESAB website.
- The Sandvik Welding Handbook mobile app, which features all of the information in the Welding Handbook PDF and useful calculators, will be transferred to the ESAB site.
“While Sandvik will move forward as Exaton, users can be assured that the most important factors will remain the same: the excellent performance, metallurgy and weldability of our consumables,” says Shyam Kambeyanda, the president of ESAB. The Exaton portfolio includes solid welding wire and rods, Flux-Cored wire, MMA electrodes, strip electrodes, flux, thermal spray wire and weld finishing chemical products. Exaton works directly with fabricators and end users in the world’s most demanding market segments, including oil and gas, chemical processing, power generation and cryogenic applications.
“Our first-hand application knowledge enables us to continuously improve welding consumable performance,” says Henrik Calander, the general manager of specialty alloys at ESAB. “They offer higher strengths, corrosion resistance and service temperatures so that customers can explore deeper, use more corrosive media, extend service times and reduce part thickness.” He notes that welding operators appreciate repeatable performance and that automatic and robotic applications demand it. To ensure consistency, Exaton carefully manages their raw material sources and controls chemical composition to much tighter tolerances than standard manufacturers. “Batch after batch, our products operate at the same parameters and deliver the same superior results,” adds Calander. “Run one batch of our welding consumables and you’ll experience the performance difference.”
Exaton wire grades use a proprietary surface lubricant that delivers superior feeding properties, while micro-alloy additions improve weldability factors such as reduced spatter for shorter cleanup time, improved flow control to eliminate welding defects and faster deposition for increased productivity. The innovative chemistry also delivers productivity improvements, such as obtaining permissible finished chemistry with a single layer weld overlay in applications that traditionally require two or even three layers. “When specialty applications require new and unique alloys, our metallurgical experts are known for custom-developed formulations. We can then manufacturer alloy batches as small as 1.5 tons and as large as 70 tons,” notes Calander.
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