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October 22, 2014
Gas cutting tips available with copper finish
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... Read more...

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October 21, 2014
ESAB to be featured on “Two Guys Garage”
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., will be featured on MAVTV’s “Two Guys Garage” automotive aftermarket program on Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. EDT. During the 5 p.m. airing, ESAB will host a live question contest on... Read more...

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October 13, 2014
Plasma and oxyfuel: A productive combination
When it comes to CNC shape cutting in plate, plasma and oxyfuel have remained industry workhorses. Advancements in both have opened the door to more choices, and which choice to make depends, as always, on the application. To optimize plate... Read more...

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October 8, 2014
Compact, automated cutting machine includes two oxyfuel torches, one plasma station
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced SGX, a compact, automated cutting machine for plasma and oxyfuel cutting. Designed for small fabricators and manufacturers, the machine carries up to three tool stations, including up to two oxyfuel torches... Read more...

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September 23, 2014
Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metals for stainless steel welding
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... Read more...

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September 15, 2014
ESAB celebrates 110 years in business
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, a manufacturer of arc and gas welding equipment, manual and automated plasma cutting products, CNC cutting systems, welding automation and robotics, welding consumables, accessories, and PPE in Florence, S.C.,... Read more...

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September 12, 2014
Inverter-based power source designed for high-productivity welding
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will display the Aristo® Mig 4004i Pulse power source at FABTECH. It can be combined with the Aristo Feed 3004 or Aristo Feed 4804 wire feeder to form a complete GMAW package. The feeds are offered with a choice... Read more...

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September 10, 2014
ESAB Cutting Systems launches redesigned website
ESAB Cutting Systems, Florence, S.C., has announced the launch of its redesigned website for North America. The new site at www.esab-cutting.com offers extensive information about the company’s cutting products and processes, as well as... Read more...

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August 29, 2014
Consumables Corner: Advancements in SAW
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... Read more...

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August 28, 2014
Consumables Corner: Eliminating porosity on galvanized steel
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... Read more...

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August 27, 2014
Consumables Corner: Changing over to metal-cored wire in SAW
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... Read more...

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August 26, 2014
Consumables Corner: Lowering weld hardness in SAW
Q: We manufacturer dual submerged arc welded (DSAW) pipe for API use. Some jobs require that the weld hardness be below 250 Vickers. We are having trouble meeting that requirement. What can we do? A: Weld hardness restrictions generally are... Read more...

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August 25, 2014
Consumables Corner: Choosing a filler metal supplier with critical welds in mind
Q: What should we look for when choosing a filler metal supplier for critical welds, such as those in the power generation industry? A: For critical applications, you need to find a supplier with a long track record in understanding the... Read more...

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August 22, 2014
Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metal for robotic welding
Q: We are just getting started in robotic welding. What advice can you give us on how to select the correct filler metal? A: As in any high-productivity application, the main consideration in selecting a filler metal for robotic welding is... Read more...

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August 21, 2014
Consumables Corner: Storing stick electrodes
Q: I recently saw a comment that regular stick electrodes could be overdried in ovens to the point of causing poor weld performance. Is this true? We store all our electrodes, including low-hydrogen, at 135 to 140 degrees F at all times and have... Read more...

News

August 8, 2014
ESAB’s management systems achieve triple worldwide recertification
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 recertification for its quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems. This triple recertification covers all of... Read more...

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July 16, 2014
ESAB website landing page highlights iconic welding projects
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., showcases its most iconic welding and cutting projects with the launch of its “Iconic Stories” landing page at www.esab.com/iconic . The landing page uses video to demonstrate how ESAB is at... Read more...

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July 16, 2014
Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part II—Stress, hydrogen cracking
Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can... Read more...

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July 15, 2014
Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part I—Hot cracking
Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can... Read more...

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July 9, 2014
Consumables Corner: Selecting the correct diameter for flux-cored wire
I work in a large manufacturing fabrication shop where we weld subassemblies and then fit and weld them together to complete the machines we manufacture. Currently we use gas-shielded, flux-cored wires from 0.045 to 0.09375 in. in diameter. At... Read more...

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July 8, 2014
Consumables Corner: Combating overheating in work clamps
Q: I weld in a large pressure vessel shop and use many welding processes, including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and SAW. Regardless of the process, our work clamps always get very hot. We’ve even had some arcing from the ground clamp. We have welded... Read more...

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July 7, 2014
Consumables Corner: Combating dull weld appearance with metal-cored stainless steel wire
Q: We fabricate 401 stainless steel components and have considered using metal-cored stainless steel consumables. One of the issues with metal-cored consumables is the dull appearance of the weld compared to the appearance achieved with a solid... Read more...

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July 3, 2014
Consumables Corner: Nixing porosity during weld start
Q: I work for a job shop that fabricates and welds process piping for various applications. The pipes, made from A106-88a carbon steel and 304 and 316 stainless steel, are welded using GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. We have been experiencing porosity,... Read more...

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July 2, 2014
Consumables Corner: Welding heat treatable steels
Q: Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I’ve been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material? A: The most commonly welded... Read more...

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July 1, 2014
Consumables Corner: Horizontal fillet test troubles
Q: For a recently acquired large structural job, we have had to qualify a single-pass 5/16-in. fillet using 0.045-in. E71T-9M flux-cored wire. We are having trouble passing the horizontal fillet test. When performing the weld break test on the... Read more...

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June 27, 2014
Consumables Corner: Welding weathering-grade material with a nickel-containing filler
Q: I work for a structural steel fabricator and we are getting ready to start work on a bridge job that specifies A588 material. We have worked on this material in the past using a weathering-grade filler metal. Our engineer has recommended we... Read more...

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June 27, 2014
Consumables Corner: Issues with incomplete fusion
Q: Recently our shop started using metal-cored wire. On one side we perform full-penetration welds to D1.1 structural code on 3/4- to 1-1/2-in.-thick plate. On the second side we carbon-arc-gouge to clean the metal and then we do a magnetic... Read more...

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June 26, 2014
Consumables Corner: Figuring out FCAW Charpy V-notch failure
Q: We performed an AWS D1.1 procedure qualification test using gas-shielded FCAW. We used a 0.052-in. E71T-9C electrode with 100 percent CO2 shielding at 200 amps and 26 V on 1-in. thick plate. We used a preheat and interpass temperature of 70... Read more...

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June 25, 2014
Consumables Corner: Simple steps to avoid cracking
Q: When welding a thick section of a forged 4130 ring to a thinner A36 plate in a T-joint configuration, we experience longitudinal cracking issues that originate from the ends of the welds. The required fillet size is ½ inch. It is skip-welded... Read more...

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June 24, 2014
Consumables Corner: Before choosing filler, know your 4140
Q: We need to weld 4140 steel to AR 360 plate and are thinking of using an E120 electrode to try and match the strength. Is this the right electrode for our welding application? A: Before you choose a filler metal, there are a few things you... Read more...

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June 23, 2014
Consumables Corner: Pinning down the cause of porosity in SAW
Q: Our company produces large structures fabricated from mild steel plate with a small amount of HSLA forgings ranging from 0.5 in. to 4 in. thick. Our main process is submerged arc welding (SAW) using a mild steel electrode and a neutral-bonded... Read more...

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June 20, 2014
Consumables Corner: Reducing weld cleanup in pulsed GMAW
Q: Our company manufactures the main structures used to build fitness equipment. These structures are mild steel tubing of various shapes and sizes and in relatively thin material, typically 10 to 16 gauge. We are using 90 percent argon/10... Read more...

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June 19, 2014
Consumables Corner: Eliminating porosity in submerged-arc welding
Q: Our shop manufactures bridge and structural steel components. Most of the material is A36 or A572 and welded with E70X-X class electrodes using FCAW with 75 percent Ar/25 percent CO2 shielding gas (bottle-supplied) and SAW. We're having... Read more...

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June 18, 2014
Consumables Corner: Longitudinal cracking: A check list for prevention
Q: We are welding several fabricated parts made from A514 (T1) steel using an AWS A5.29, 3/32-in-dia. E110 FCAW electrode. On one particular part we are experiencing longitudinal weld cracking. The structure is a 4-in. plate with a square cut... Read more...

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June 17, 2014
Consumables Corner: Addressing cracking on free-machining steels
Q: We are a small company that fabricates and welds various parts and products for numerous companies. One of our customers is supplying us with parts for a particular weldment. All of the individual parts are made from A36 steel except for one,... Read more...

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June 16, 2014
Consumables Corner: Identifying pockmarking causes in structural SAW
Q: Our company manufactures various structural components, typically made from A36 or A572 steel grades in plate, I-beam, or channel. Based on the application we’ll use GMAW, FCAW, or SAW. On random occasions we experience pockmarking on the... Read more...

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June 13, 2014
Consumables Corner: The thought process behind changing a weld process
Q: Our company is using 0.045-in.-dia. mild steel solid wire for GMAW with 90 percent argon/10 percent CO2 shielding gas. A majority of our base metal is ¼ to 1 in. thick welded out of position about 30 percent of the time. We are considering a... Read more...

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June 12, 2014
Consumables Corner: Tackling root penetration problems
Q: We are experiencing weld root penetration issues in our single- and multipass welds. Our base metal is A36, and we oxyfuel-cut it in thicknesses from ½ to 3 in. Most of the weld joints are standard T-joints with a few groove joints. We are... Read more...

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June 11, 2014
Consumables Corner: Examining the root cause of distortion
Q: We manufacture hydraulic cylinders. Ever since we changed our shielding gas blend, we’ve noticed a higher level of distortion. Before the change we used a 95/5 blend, but now we use 92/8, which we have documented using a 0.045-in.-dia.... Read more...

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June 10, 2014
Consumables Corner: The reasons for and misconceptions about preheating steel
Q: We are expanding our job shop and adding the capability to work with much heavier structures, including considerably thicker materials. Some of these jobs specify high-strength materials and preheating. Some of our welders claim preheating is... Read more...

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June 5, 2014
Consumables Corner: Defining current density
Q: Our company manufactures cylindrical structures, including tanks and smokestacks made from A36 or A572 material. The material is burned to size on a plasma table and mechanically beveled. Process limitations cause gaps in the joints during... Read more...

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June 2, 2014
Inverter helps manufacturer achieve improved arc starts, arc control
Situation Natural gas is a simple compound, CH4, but it’s extremely useful. It has so many household, commercial, and industrial uses that it would be difficult to get by without it. Extracting it and preparing it for use requires... Read more...

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May 14, 2014
Oxyfuel/plasma cutting system features fully integrated CNC
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced Crossbow, a compact, portable oxyfuel/plasma CNC cutting system designed to be economical. The machine’s size and weight allow for simplified transport as applications require. The unit is suitable for trade... Read more...

News

May 7, 2014
ESAB sponsors annual Florence-Darlington Technical College welding competition
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence. S.C., sponsored the fifth annual Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Welding Sculpture Competition on April 12 at the Francis Marion University Arts International Festival. Teams of... Read more...

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April 28, 2014
CAD/CAM programming/nesting software simplifies part program creation
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has released Columbus III™ version 1.2, a CAD/CAM programming and nesting software designed for plasma, oxyfuel, laser, and waterjet cutting. The new release provides improved CAD functionality, with a... Read more...

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April 15, 2014
ESAB announces completion of Colfax’s acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings
ESAB, Florence, S.C., a member of the Colfax group of companies, has announced that Colfax Corp. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings Inc., a global manufacturer of cutting, gas control, and specialty... Read more...

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April 7, 2014
ESAB launches redesigned website
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website for North America at www.esabna.com. The new site has a cleaner, contemporary look and uncluttered layout. Drop-down navigation menus... Read more...

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March 26, 2014
Straight-cutting torch’s gas-mixing technology reduces flashback potential
ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the Oxweld® SCT-1500 TR manual straight-cutting torch as part of its Elite series of gas apparatus products. The torch features patent-pending universal swirl injector... Read more...

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March 17, 2014
Gas apparatus products suitable for light fabrication
ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced the SabreCut™ series of gas apparatus products. These straight cutting and combination torches, regulators, regulator-flowmeters, cutting tips, and complete outfits... Read more...

News

February 13, 2014
ESAB parent to acquire Victor Technologies
A welding and cutting equipment company with significant presence in Europe and South America is set for a bump in market share stateside. On Feb. 12 ESAB’s parent, Colfax Corp., based in Fulton, Md., announced that it has entered into a... Read more...

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February 10, 2014
The emergence of Saudi America
Few inventions have changed the dynamics of world trade more than the internal combustion engine. The four-stroke engine was perfected around 1876 in Duetz, Germany, shortly after the first commercially viable oil well was drilled in 1859 in... Read more...

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January 30, 2014
ESAB spearheads, implements new ISO standard
Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, a manufacturer of fully integrated cutting systems, has implemented the new European EN ISO standard 17916 for the safety of thermal cutting machines. The company reports that it spearheaded... Read more...

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January 10, 2014
ESAB North America partners with RoboVent
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced a partnership with RoboVent Product Group Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., for the development of robotic welding systems in North America. RoboVent fume extraction equipment will be... Read more...

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November 5, 2013
Robotic welding system designed for education, training
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc™ ML (mobile learning) system, a pre-engineered, fully contained robotic welding system for education and training. The system is designed to demonstrate, develop, and teach... Read more...

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October 30, 2013
Stainless steel solid wire packed in yellow spools
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products now distinguishes its OK® Autrod stainless steel solid welding wire with a new yellow wire basket spool. The color differentiates the company's stainless steel solid wire from other offerings. The... Read more...

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October 16, 2013
GTAW torch line introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced TXH™ GTAW torches, designed for use with GTAW machines that have an OKC connection, including ESAB Caddy® Arc; Caddy® Tig; and Heliarc® 281i, 283i, and 353i models. Remote... Read more...

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October 7, 2013
ESAB sponsors University of Toronto Baja Team in SAE design competition
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., is sponsoring the University of Toronto Baja Team in the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate design competition, conducted regionally throughout North America beginning June... Read more...

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October 1, 2013
Auto-darkening welding helmet features four welding arc sensors
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products now offers the new Warrior™ Tech 9-13 auto-darkening welding helmet for use in all welding applications. The lightweight helmet protects the wearer from UV/IR radiation, heat, and spatter. Four... Read more...

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October 1, 2013
ESAB to host plasma cutting webinar
ESAB Cutting Systems, a provider of CNC plasma, oxyfuel, laser, and waterjet shape cutting machines in Florence, S.C., will host a free webinar entitled "CNC Plasma Cutting Machines: Water Tables vs. Downdraft Tables" on Wed., Oct. 9, 2013, from... Read more...

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September 25, 2013
Manual straight cutting torches feature increased capacity
ESAB has introduced a new line of manual straight cutting torches as part of its new Elite series of gas apparatus products. The company says that the torches can cut up to 10 in. when using acetylene and up to 12 in. with alternate fuel... Read more...

News

September 11, 2013
Boeing selects ESAB for space launch system project
Boeing has selected ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., as a partner in the manufacturing of fuel tank structures for NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS will be the largest American rocket... Read more...

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September 9, 2013
ESAB to sponsor LetzRoll Offroad Racing for 2014 season
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, a provider of cutting and welding equipment, accessories, and consumables in Florence, S.C., has announced its title sponsorship of LetzRoll Offroad Racing for the 2014 off-road racing season. ESAB will be... Read more...

Article

September 6, 2013
Corrosion-resistant fabrication project enhances nuclear power station’s cooling system
From its introduction in 1957 when it contributed 9.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to the U.S. electricity supply, nuclear power has become a substantial player in electricity generation. By 1990 nuclear power was responsible for 577 million... Read more...

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September 5, 2013
Plasma cutting power sources feature all-digital control circuitry
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the EPP-202 and EPP-362, the next generation of Precision Plasmarc® power sources for the m3 Plasma™ system, a precision plasma system that combines plasma cutting and marking capabilities. The... Read more...

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August 1, 2013
Choose wisely when welding thin sheet
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is an effective method for joining light-gauge metals such as carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel. Thin-gauge materials—24-ga. to 0.1875-in. carbon steel and 18-ga. to 0.1875-in. stainless... Read more...

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June 3, 2013
Robotic torches work in single-arc, tandem applications
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Aristo® RT line of robotic torches, designed for single-arc and tandem applications. The torches work with three different product setups: standard (external cable), hollow wrist helix... Read more...

News

May 21, 2013
ESAB wins 2013 sales and customer service award
ESAB Cutting Systems, a provider of welding filler metals, equipment, and accessories in Florence, S.C., has been awarded the 2013 Gold Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service. The company was recognized as the Sales Turnaround of the Year... Read more...

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May 19, 2013
ESAB launches CNC cutting blog
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has launched a blog for the CNC cutting community at www.esab-cutting.com. ESAB Edge, The CNC Cutting Blog features a variety of posts on CNC cutting systems; plasma, oxyfuel, waterjet, and... Read more...

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May 19, 2013
Cutting, heating outfit cuts up to 4 in. as standard
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the new Purox Elite series FlameMaster cutting and heating outfit. It cuts up to 4 in. as standard, and up to 8 in. with optional cutting tips. The kit heats up to 44,000 Btu/hr. using 30 CFH... Read more...

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May 1, 2013
Welding machines provide GTAW, SMAW
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced Heliarc® AC/DC GTAW and SMAW machines. Three new GTAW models are offered: the 281i, a 280-amp unit for single-phase 230 connections; the 283i, a 280-amp unit for three-phase 460... Read more...

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April 25, 2013
Robotic welding cells come ready to weld
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc series of pre-engineered robotic welding cells. Three models — AL (angle-load), FL (front-load), and SL (side-load) — are available, delivered ready to weld.... Read more...

News

April 18, 2013
AlcoTec offers aluminum welding technology program
AlcoTec's School of Aluminum Welding Technology: Theory & Practice Program is designed to incorporate both a theoretical and practical approach to welding aluminum alloys. Designed for welding engineers, product design engineers, and sales... Read more...

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April 11, 2013
AlcoTec Wire premieres new video
AlcoTec Wire Corp. has posted a new video on its website, www.alcotec.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/esabweb that highlights the company's products, history, and processes. The 7-minute movie highlights the AlumaPak and MiniPak... Read more...

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February 14, 2013
Shape cutting machine gantry accommodates four waterjet, two high-def plasma stations
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Hydrocut™ LX low-rail waterjet shape cutting machine. It features a large gantry with a high-stiffness beam design, dual precision linear rails, and precision rack and pinion drives. The size... Read more...

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January 23, 2013
Gas apparatus products available in complete outfits
ESAB's Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus offers the new Purox Elite line of gas apparatus products in four complete outfits. Each outfit includes a combination torch (WH-4200 welding handle and CA-4200 cutting attachment) that... Read more...

News

December 11, 2012
ESAB microsite shows how to boost GMAW productivity
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has developed a new microsite at www.esabna.com/aristorod that teaches GMAW operators how to increase productivity and weld quality. The site features noncopper-coated OK AristoRod™ GMAW... Read more...

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November 29, 2012
Robotic welding cell includes two independent working locations
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the new Swift Arc angle loader (AL) robotic system. The workcell is suitable for job shops introducing robotics to their applications. The system features a simple cell design with... Read more...

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November 29, 2012
Multiprocess power source introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced Warrior, a multiprocess power source and feeder. It is designed for shipbuilding, railcar construction, mobile machinery construction, energy generation construction, pipe welding, general... Read more...

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November 17, 2012
ESAB partners with Kuka Robotics
ESAB, Florence, S.C., has announced a partnership with Kuka Robotics, Shelby Township, Mich., to create products and services for robotic arc welding customers. ESAB is a manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals.... Read more...

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November 14, 2012
Burning the torch on both sides
Construction efforts at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan conjure gratifying albeit bittersweet feelings for many Americans. However, it is particularly satisfying and humbling for those who are directly involved in creating a new... Read more...

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November 2, 2012
Hybrid laser-arc welding takes on heavy transportation
Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Ed Hansen’s presentation at the Advanced Laser Applications Workshop, May 16-18, 2012, Livonia, Mich., ©2012 by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA),... Read more...

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October 17, 2012
Combination torch cuts metal to 8 in. thick
ESAB's Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced a new line of combination cutting torches as part of the Purox Elite series of gas apparatus products. It welds material up to 1 in. thick and cuts metal up to 8 in. thick.... Read more...

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September 19, 2012
Manual plasma cutting packages introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced two new manual plasma cutting packages. According to the manufacturer, both machines deliver high cutting speeds and thickness capabilities, as well as high duty cycle ratings. The 32-lb.... Read more...

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July 19, 2012
Technology helps eliminate unnecessary process delays in plasma cutting
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced SmartCycle™ technology for integrated plasma cutting machines. According to the manufacturer, the technology boosts plasma cutting productivity by streamlining process control and... Read more...

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July 17, 2012
Technology streamlines plasma cutting process
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced SmartCycle™ technology for integrated plasma cutting machines. The automatic system produces optimized nests of plasma cut parts. The technology integrates the entire cutting machine,... Read more...

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July 10, 2012
ESAB opens South Carolina manufacturing facility
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has opened a newly renovated manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C., creating 101 new jobs. The 260,000-sq.-ft. plant manufactures GMAW and SAW wires. Two new production lines for the... Read more...

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June 21, 2012
Gas apparatus products updated
ESAB's Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced an updated line of Purox Elite and Oxweld Elite series gas apparatus products. The product lines include welding handles, cutting attachments, hand cutting torches,... Read more...

News

June 13, 2012
ESAB launches upgraded website
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has added several new features to its website at www.esabna.com. Visitors are able to view or download product literature for plasma welding, arc welding, gas apparatus, filler metals,... Read more...

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May 31, 2012
Nozzle allows for high-speed plasma cutting
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the new XR series of high-speed cutting nozzles for its m3 Plasma™ system. According to the company, the nozzles help increase cutting speed and extend dross-free cutting. Nozzle... Read more...

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May 10, 2012
Flame-retardant garments protect welders
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added FR flame-retardant clothing to its Weld Warrior line of personal protection equipment. The clothing is designed to provide comfort and protection in demanding welding environments. The line... Read more...

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May 9, 2012
Bevel cutting head features high-accuracy positioning
ESAB Cutting Systems has updated its line of CNC plasma bevel cutting systems with the new VBA Global PRO bevel head for high-accuracy plasma bevel cutting on steel plate. It features a high-accuracy positioning system with dual linear rail... Read more...

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April 25, 2012
Welding helmet's filter shade changes with flip of a switch
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers the Aristo® Tech 5-13 welding helmet with variable-shade autodarkening filter (ADF) lens technology for professional welders. The helmet has a variable 5-13 digital control for adjustment of... Read more...

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April 18, 2012
Plasma torch control system controls torch height
ESAB Cutting Systems offers the new Smart Voltage Height Control (SVHC) system, which automatically compensates for electrode wear in plasma cutting. The system uses the company's PB-MB-1 plasma torch station and integrates capabilities... Read more...

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February 16, 2012
Controller retrofits onto cutting gantries
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision 51R controller for retrofit onto cutting gantries. It can control up to four process tools in a variety of processes, including plasma, oxyfuel, and marking. The controller is designed to... Read more...

Article

February 1, 2012
New year, new welding helmets
There’s no better way to usher in the new year than to evaluate your safety equipment to make sure everything is in topnotch working order. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the one that protects to your head, face, and... Read more...

News

January 19, 2012
Colfax appoints ESAB vice presidents
Colfax Corp., a global manufacturer of gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services in Fulton, Md., has named Kenneth D. Konopa as vice president of marketing for ESAB and Vincent Northfield as vice president of global... Read more...

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January 13, 2012
ESAB acquired by Colfax Corp.
Effective Friday, January 13, 2012, Charter International plc, owner of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, has been acquired by Colfax Corporation. Colfax Corp., based in Fulton Md., is a diversified industrial manufacturing company listed... Read more...

Article

January 4, 2012
Heavy piercing with plasma
Photographers love rooster tails—that splash of molten metal produced as a plasma torch moves and pierces through plate. All those sparks make for some eye-popping graphics, great for annual reports. For a fab shop supervisor, though,... Read more...

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December 20, 2011
SAW power source allows switching between AC, DC without stopping welding process
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Aristo 1000 AC/DC power source for SAW. The inverter power source, which can be connected to three-phase input voltage supply (from 380 to 575 V at 50 or 60 Hz), uses patent-pending... Read more...

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November 27, 2011
GMAW process extends travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding
ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has introduced Swift Arc Transfer (SAT™), a GMAW process that uses OK AristoRod™ noncopper-coated wires at travel speeds beyond the limits of normal spray arc welding. During GMAW the arc... Read more...

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November 10, 2011
Cutting gantry control for retrofit controls up to 12 stations
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision T5c control for retrofit onto cutting gantries. This updated version of the company's Vision T5 CNC is repackaged for quick installation in place of existing Vision controls on ESAB cutting gantries.... Read more...

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July 8, 2011
5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about
The wire feeder is perhaps the unsung hero of the welding world. Improvements can, and have, been made to power sources, guns, and filler metals, but the piece that brings them all together and has the greatest potential to help or hinder the... Read more...

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May 11, 2011
Horizontal fillet test troubles
For a recently acquired large structural job, we have had to qualify a single-pass 5⁄16-in. fillet using 0.045-in. E71T-9M flux-cored wire. We are having trouble passing the horizontal fillet test. When performing the weld break test on... Read more...

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April 25, 2011
ESAB to relocate GMAW, sub-arc wire manufacturing to South Carolina
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced a commitment to open a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C., to manufacture its line of GMAW and sub-arc welding wire. The company intends to invest significant... Read more...

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April 25, 2011
Plasma, oxyfuel machine designed for cutting over large working areas
ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Sabre DXG heavy-duty cutting machine for high-production plasma and oxyfuel cutting over large working areas. The modular machine features a high-stiffness welded beam assembly with dual linear ways,... Read more...

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April 18, 2011
Welding package designed for multiprocesses
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MultiMaster® 300, an industrial ready-to-weld package for GMAW, DC GTAW, and SMAW. It is designed for general fabrication, civil construction, repair and maintenance, and pipe welding.... Read more...

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February 17, 2011
Smartphone welding application introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced what it says is the first smartphone application for welding. Available for use with iPhone, Blackberry®, and Android™ devices, the Welding Parameters Set-up Guide application helps welders... Read more...

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September 21, 2010
Power sources designed for manual, heavy-duty SMAW with coated electrodes, GTAW, air carbon arc gouging
The Origo Arc 410c and 650c switching converter (chopper) power sources from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products are designed for manual, heavy-duty SMAW with coated electrodes, GTAW, and air carbon arc gouging. The machines can be used with... Read more...

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September 13, 2010
Welding the fast and narrow
Thick metal helps power the world. From wind towers to enormous pressure vessels used in nuclear plants, massive plate—from a little more than an inch to more than a foot in thickness—helps build the vessels that are the bedrock of... Read more...

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August 30, 2010
Power sources designed for medium to heavy-duty GMAW
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Origo MIG family of welding machines. The 320, 410, and 510 models are 230/460-V, three-phase, 60-Hz, step-switched power sources for medium to heavy-duty GMAW. The welding machines... Read more...

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August 23, 2010
New line of personal protection equipment introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers the new Weld Warrior line of personal protection equipment. The line includes welding helmets, safety glasses and goggles, protective clothing, and welding gloves. New-Tech™ ADC Plus... Read more...

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July 7, 2010
ESAB provides filler metals for construction of 1 World Trade Center
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that several hundred thousand pounds of its filler metals have already been consumed in the construction of 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) on the site of... Read more...

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July 7, 2010
Stick electrodes have improved weld puddle control
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Atom Arc 7018 Acclaim stick electrode. According to the manufacturer, the electrode has the same drive and dig as its original Atom Arc stick electrode, with improved weld puddle control for... Read more...

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May 25, 2010
Improving productivity with submerged arc welding
The simplest form of the submerged arc welding (SAW) process uses a single wire and a DC power source. While many wire sizes can be run at amperages from 300 to 1,500 amps, the most common sizes are from 3/32 in. to 5/32 in. in diameter and... Read more...

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March 5, 2010
Automated welding tractors travel at 6 to 47 IPM
Miggytrac automated tractors from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products are compact, motorized tractors that attach to the company's welding torches to provide stable movement for welding. The 1001 model features a remote control panel with... Read more...

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February 9, 2010
DC power sources designed for mechanized SAW, GMAW
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the LAF DC power sources. The three-phase, fan-cooled DC welding power sources are designed for mechanized SAW or GMAW. They can be used in combination with the company's A2-A6 equipment and A2-A6... Read more...

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January 15, 2010
Holding back the hydrogen
There it is. It could be plain as day. It could be exposed via a die penetrant test, an ultrasonic test, or perhaps a magnetic particle inspection. It could be anywhere, but when found, it sticks out like a rude, uninvited guest—only very late.... Read more...

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January 12, 2010
SAW flux packaging for high-production applications introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the BigBag for delivering flux for high-production SAW applications. The woven polypropylene bag, which has a polyethylene inlay to prevent moisture pickup, contains 2,200 lbs. of flux. Secondary... Read more...

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December 15, 2009
Heavy-duty kit introduced for hand-held oxyfuel cutting, heating
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the OXWELD® Trade Master GT II, an extra-heavy-duty outfit for hand-held oxyfuel cutting and heating. The kit comprises a toolbox containing three cutting tips and one heating head, as well as a... Read more...

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November 10, 2009
ESAB adds new manufacturing lines in Ohio plant
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, based in Florence, S.C., has added two new wire drawing lines at its Ashtabula, Ohio, manufacturing facility. These lines produce wire for high-production SAW applications, increasing the company's SAW wire... Read more...

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November 5, 2009
Frost & Sullivan recognizes ESAB as 'Best Partner for Welding & Cutting Systems for Energy Generation'
Frost & Sullivan has presented its '2009 Global Best Partners Welding & Cutting Systems for Energy Generation Award' to ESAB. In 2009, the company accounted for nearly 18 per cent of the global welding and cutting market for energy generation.... Read more...

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October 13, 2009
AC/DC welding power source produces GTAW, SMAW welds in various materials
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the CaddyTig 2200i AC/DC power source, designed to produce GTAW and SMAW welds in a variety of materials. The compact power source features advanced inverter technology and an impact-resistant,... Read more...

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October 5, 2009
ESAB appoints president – CEO, North America
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced the appointment of Andrew Masterman as president and chief executive officer of ESAB North America, effective August 17, 2009. Masterman is based in Florence, South Carolina, and replaces Brendan... Read more...

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September 15, 2009
An introduction to friction stir welding
Friction stir welding (FSW) is a relatively new joining process that has been used for high production since 1996. Because melting does not occur and joining takes place below the melting temperature of the material, a high-quality weld is... Read more...

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September 9, 2009
Plasma machine cuts, marks with same torch
ESAB Cutting Systems' Acer DX High Speed Precision Cutting Machine is designed to provide high-speed, high-precision plasma cutting for any size fabrication shop. With a compact footprint and simple installation, the machine features the... Read more...

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September 6, 2009
Robotic GTAW or GMAW: No longer a clear-cut choice
Robotic systems manufacturers and integrators have a confession when it comes to TIG, or gas tungsten arc welding: They've sometimes steered people away from it. "I've worked with arc welding robots since 1982, and for most of my career, if... Read more...

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July 28, 2009
Trends in offshore energy
Although Hurricane Katrina lasted just seven days from start to finish, it was among the most destructive natural disasters in the history of the U.S. The flooding, damage to residential districts, displacement of residents, and loss of life... Read more...

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July 14, 2009
ESAB to restructure Florence, S.C., manufacturing operations
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announced today that it is restructuring its Florence, S.C., manufacturing operations to advance a global approach to supplying product and customer support. While the changes outlined today affect the company's... Read more...

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July 1, 2009
Counting on the combo
Next time you enter a downtown hotel or office building, push the revolving door—then look up. There you'll see what the door industry calls ceiling pies, wedge-shaped pieces assembled into a round disk. Each may have a collection of small... Read more...

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June 30, 2009
Welding aluminum
Selecting an appropriate filler alloy for welding aluminum differs from selecting a filler alloy for welding steels. In the case of steel, selection is primarily a matter of matching the tensile strength of the filler metal to that of the base... Read more...

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May 18, 2009
Welding Update for Infrastructure: Selecting filler metals for seismic requirements
In 1994 an earthquake in Northridge, Calif., caused devastating damage to structures in the Los Angeles area. Determined to avoid this type of devastation in the future, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded numerous... Read more...

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May 15, 2009
Finding an ally alloy
Editor's Note: This article is adapted from Tony Anderson's presentation for the Aluminum Association Conference, May 5-6, 2009, Toronto, by the American Welding Society. Filler alloy selection for welding aluminum is an essential part of the... Read more...

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April 14, 2009
Welding power source supports ferrous, nonferrous alloys
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MTS 3500i multiprocess, fourth-generation inverter power source for GMAW, GTAW, or SMAW. The unit supports a selection of ferrous and nonferrous alloys in GMAW mode, using fixed slope and... Read more...

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March 24, 2009
Consumables Corner: Sizing up seismic-friendly filler metals
Q: I am confused about the various specifications for seismic applications. How can I know if I have the right filler metal for the job? A: Your confusion is understandable. The documents overseeing seismic applications are ongoing and... Read more...

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March 10, 2009
GMAW package features new heavy-plate parameters for 5/8 in. and thicker
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced an industrial ready-to-weld GMAW package, the Migmaster® 275. Rated 275 amps at 40 percent duty cycle and 200 amps at continuous 100 percent duty cycle, the machine features DC welding output... Read more...

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January 27, 2009
Don't rule out plasma for cutting aluminum
Plasma cutting isn't new. But like any technology, it has its share of new developments. In any discussion about how to cut metal, it's right up there with laser and waterjet. The technology gets a bad rap, though, when the discussion turns to... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
ESAB opens flux plant
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added a new flux plant to its filler metal manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pa. The company says the plant significantly upgrades its manufacturing capacity. The company already operates one flux plant,... Read more...

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August 12, 2008
Manual plasma cutting line expanded
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has launched two new models in its PowerCut™ line of Plasmarc™ manual cutting packages. The lightweight, portable 1600 and 1300 models offer the highest speeds and thickness capabilities in their class,... Read more...

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August 12, 2008
ESAB appoints VP of product management, development
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., a manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals, has added Michael J. Ostaffe as vice president of product management and development, filler metals, for North America. He... Read more...

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June 17, 2008
ESAB appoints vice presidents
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named David Abe as vice president of sales, western zone; Jerry Gleisner as vice president of sales, eastern zone; George Learmonth as vice president of strategic accounts, North America; and... Read more...

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April 15, 2008
ESAB enters agreement with MegaStir to develop friction stir welding systems
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has signed an agreement with MegaStir® that gives ESAB exclusive worldwide license to manufacture and distribute friction stir welding machines using MegaStir's technology for ferrous and... Read more...

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February 12, 2008
Waterjet makes it into the mainstream
Abrasive waterjet cutting could be on the cusp of something big. For years metal fabricators viewed it as a niche machine, something to buy only when a part couldn't be cut any other way. But in many cases today it stands shoulder-to-shoulder... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
Welding helmets in view
Choosing the right welding helmet is not as easy as it once was. Technology advances have turned these once simple pieces of protective equipment into smart, lightweight safety devices that, in some cases, can adapt their settings automatically... Read more...

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December 11, 2007
Multipurpose welding machine suitable for GMAW, GTAW, SMAW
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the MultiMaster® 300X, a multipurpose, ready-to-weld package for GMAW, DC GTAW, and SMAW electrode. Designed for use with the company's Dual Shield X series of flux-cored wire, the machine is... Read more...

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October 9, 2007
Dealing with Mother Nature's wrath
Protecting a two-mile-long, 10-lane bridge from earthquake damage is not an easy task. Replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge requires the talent and time of numerous design firms and fabricators and tens of thousands... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
Flux-cored wires suitable for less experienced welders
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Dual Shield X series of flux-cored wires. The wires are designed to be more forgiving than traditional flux-cored wires and are suitable for less experienced welders, the company reports. The... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Ensure good feeding with FCAW electrodes
The FCAW process in the United States is currently estimated at more than 245 million pounds a year and still growing in popularity and use in all segments of the welding industry. One of the common issues often portrayed as a wire problem,... Read more...

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July 10, 2007
Quality inspections
There are a number of reasons to inspect a weld, the most fundamental of which is to determine whether its quality is good enough for its intended application. To evaluate the quality of a weld, it is necessary to have a form of measurement to... Read more...

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April 12, 2007
ESAB, ABB enter welding automation agreement
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has signed an agreement with the Robotics Division of ABB Inc. to develop and market robotic welding packages and systems jointly. The agreement allows the two companies to utilize the expertise and technologies... Read more...

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March 13, 2007
Up with energy prices and wind towers
The recent surges in gasoline and natural gas prices have reawakened many Americans' interest in alternative energy resources. Aerisyn LLC, a metal fabricator, faced the energy challenge head-on by opening a new wind tower manufacturing facility... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Gas apparatus outfits introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced two toolbox outfits for its hand-held, oxyacetylene welding and cutting product line. The GT-510 toolbox outfits comes in a durable, lockable Plano® toolbox suitable for transporting to the job... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Hybrid laser-welding system introduced
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced its HLx Series, mechanized laser-welding systems that use laser only, laser with cold wire fill, or hybrid laser arc welding in a 2-D gantry, 3-D robotic, or custom mechanized solution with... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
ESAB supplies machines to Gulf shipyards
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that after nearly four years of technical discussions and meetings, Ingalls Shipyards in Mississippi, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana have placed orders... Read more...

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December 4, 2006
ESAB names VP/GM, consummables
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that Nick Culich was named vice president and general manager of consumables, effective Nov. 6, 2006. He is based at the company's filler metal manufacturing plant in Hanover, Pa. Culich's 30-year... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
Manual plasma machine cuts up to -in. carbon, stainless
The HandyPlasma® 250 manual plasma cutting machine from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products operates on standard 110/115-V input and cuts up to -in. carbon or stainless steel. The 16-lb. machine is portable enough to travel to any job site.... Read more...

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October 9, 2006
ESAB North America appoints president
ESAB Welding & Cutting products has announced that Del Tanner, chairman and CEO of Anderson Group Inc. (AGI) has assumed the role and responsibilities of president of ESAB North America in addition to his responsibilities as chairman and CEO of... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Copper-coated low-alloy wire designed for creep-resistant steel
The OK Autrod 13.20SC copper-coated low-alloy wire from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is an EB3 submerged arc wire for welding creep-resistant steel. The wire produces a clean weld deposit with an X factor less than 15 and a J factor less than... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
Choosing a gouging method
In recent years environmental and quality issues have taken center stage in the welding industry. This increased emphasis on safety and health often is accompanied by reconsideration of how certain tasks are performed, for example, cutting... Read more...

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March 7, 2006
ESAB earns ISO 14001
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has earned environmental management system certification for ISO 14001. The company says it is one of the first welding and cutting businesses in the steel industry to achieve the certification for... Read more...

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February 7, 2006
Up with energy prices and wind towers - Automation, consultation help plate fabricator meet demand for wind tower masts
A programmable rotary bevel head creates any combination of vertical and bevel cuts up to a 45-degree angle to prepare the cut edge for welding. This eliminates many of the secondary operations previously required before welding. The... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Wading through the world of welding
Many high-tech gadgets that once were handy extras are becoming indispensable in the workplace. A personal digital assistant (PDA) device makes programming a welding power supply faster and easier than manual programming. Photo provided by... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Single plasma system cuts, marks
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced its m3 plasma system, which combines multiple plasma cutting and marking capabilities in a single system. With a single plasma torch, the system produces high-speed standard plasma cutting;... Read more...

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September 13, 2005
ESAB receives Defense Supply Center award
The Defense System Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) honored ESAB Welding & Cutting Products with its Gold Medal Best Value Award at a ceremony held June 7 during the center's annual business conference. Bob Fernicola, the company's plasma business... Read more...

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August 9, 2005
Oxyfuel outfit introduced
ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has introduced the Jesse James PUROX® MetalMaster oxyfuel outfit as part of its Jesse James Signature Series. James, founder of West Coast Choppers and star of Discovery Channel's Monster Garage series,... Read more...

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April 12, 2005
ESAB names senior executive for Florence operations
ESAB Welding and Cutting Products North America has announced the promotion of Jeff Hoffart to senior vice president and general manager for the company's Florence, S.C., operations. In his new position, Hoffart is responsible for the operation's... Read more...

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April 11, 2005
MIG welding tips and resources
Photo courtesy of AlcoTec Wire Corp. Motorcycle- and hot rod-building shows on TV have put welding in a very positive light lately. In fact, Jesse James, the star of Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage," was named the American Welding... Read more...

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February 8, 2005
ESAB appoints training manager
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named Tony Anderson as the North American corporate technical training manager. Anderson is responsible for enhancing the design and coordination of the company's training programs and works... Read more...

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March 25, 2004
Order for earthquake resistance in the court
This $215 million federal courthouse was needed both because the city had outgrown the previous building and because of new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specifications that require buildings in seismic areas to be built to... Read more...

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July 25, 2002
Embracing change
It's been ages since horse-drawn carriages routinely transported passengers. In today's world, bypasses and interstates weave paths across the country, and many of the classic cars we see on the road are being carted from one classic-car show to... Read more...