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November 18, 2013
Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW?
As contractors in the structural steel industry look for ways to boost productivity and efficiency in an increasingly competitive environment, some are making the switch from shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) to self-shielded flux-cored arc... Read more...

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August 6, 2013
Process pipe welding: Filler metal options to improve productivity and quality
Like any other welding application, process piping has its own unique requirements and challenges. Welders must adhere to strict codes when welding in these applications, as well as take precautions to avoid potential defects like lack of fusion,... Read more...

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June 28, 2013
Need a filler metal for a 300 series stainless steel?
Known for its exceptional corrosion resistance, austenitic stainless steel, the 300 series, has become a staple in tube and pipe applications, with 304L and 316 grades being the most prevalent. The corrosion resistance comes mainly from their... Read more...

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April 5, 2013
Aluminum filler metals: What you should know about selection, storage, operation, and equipment
From trailer fabrication to shipbuilding and aerospace applications, companies rely on aluminum for its versatility, its strength, and, in certain service environments, its corrosion resistance. Aluminum, however, requires special attention... Read more...

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March 15, 2013
The impact of impact toughness
When choosing filler metals, finding those with the right mechanical and chemical properties for the application is critical. Correct properties not only ensure the proper weld strength, but may also help prevent costly complications. In... Read more...

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July 25, 2012
SMAW: The lowdown on the lingo
When it comes to shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), following formal welding procedures is critical to achieving quality results and meaningful productivity. The way welding operators speak about the process, however, isn’t always so... Read more...

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May 25, 2012
Metallurgy for welders
Webster’s dictionary defines metallurgy broadly as “the science and technology of metals.” But in practical terms, metallurgy affects the way you approach welding applications, the equipment and filler metal you use, and the... Read more...

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April 3, 2012
How metal-cored wires reduce hidden welding costs
When making decisions about the fabrication process, fabricators have begun to look not just at the costs incurred in the weld cell, but also at the total cost of the welding operation—and rightly so. Pre- and postweld activities,... Read more...

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March 14, 2011
Demystifying metal-cored wires
Every welding power source, component, and filler metal has its unique benefits, as well as certain limitations. Metal-cored wires are no different. While certainly not a new technology, metal-cored wires have been gaining popularity in... Read more...

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September 8, 2010
Welding chrome-moly steel
Companies traditionally have relied on shielded metal arc welding (SMAW, or stick) electrodes for welding chrome-moly tube and pipe, in part for the mechanical and chemical properties they provide and in part because they are the... Read more...

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May 4, 2010
Examining the X-factor
Regardless which welding process you use, many factors play a role in helping you achieve the best weld quality. From selecting the correct power source to choosing an appropriate filler metal and the most durable gun or torch, each item... Read more...

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April 30, 2010
Welding metals of dissimilar strengths
In an ideal world all metals would match perfectly, both in their mechanical and chemical composition. It would certainly simplify welding, especially when selecting filler metals. Yet in many applications it is necessary to weld materials... Read more...

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January 12, 2010
Keeping sight of the little things
Robotic gas metal arc welding (GMAW) can provide companies with significant gains in productivity and excellent return on investment — when done right. Unfortunately, companies often make the mistake of focusing too much on big-picture... Read more...

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September 1, 2009
Understanding low-alloy steel
Through the addition of particular alloys, low-alloy steels possess precise chemical compositions and provide better mechanical properties than many conventional mild or carbon steels. These alloys typically comprise 1 to 5 percent of the... 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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January 15, 2008
Start with the basics: Understanding flux-cored wires
Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) wires certainly aren't new, but like any part of the welding process, understanding them can be confusing—without the right information. Becoming acquainted with some basics, including the most appropriate... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Welding ASTM A514 or A514M-05 steel?
Cost and efficiency dictate manufacturing and fabricating trends in most industries. In addition to implementing lean work flow practices—better, faster transportation and processing and minimal inventory—many companies turn to the use of... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Beyond Commodity
Because they comprise only about 4 percent of the overall cost of a welding operation, filler metals often are perceived as a simple commodity. They have a per-unit cost and require ongoing stocking, which separates them from equipment... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
Understanding metal-cored wire
If you're like most welders, you probably have heard of metal-cored wire and how it may offer quality improvements and time savings. But, like many, you might not know enough about metal-cored wire to understand whether it is the right fit for... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Cracking the case
It's important to consider ways to make any welding process more efficient and effective. Welding abrasion-resistant plate, commonly known as AR plate, is no exception. Taking certain precautions and choosing the most appropriate filler... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
Hitting pay dirt -- in pipe
72-in.-dia., 1-in.-wall pipe is being welded using preheating coils on each side of the weld. A torch bracket reaches over the coils. Oil refineries aren't the only ones hitting pay dirt in Canada. Northern Alberta is the land of... Read more...