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New generation of copper-free welding wires from ESAB

ESAB Group : 08 December, 2003  (New Product)
ESAB has introduced OK AristoRod, a new family of solid copper-free MAG welding wires that enables fabricators to get the best out of their welding stations, whether they are semi-automatic, mechanised or robotised.
Due to the absence of a copper coating, there is less risk of clogging of guns and liners with copper flakes, resulting in less maintenance and a higher duty cycle. Excellent gliding properties, Iow feeding forces, optimal current transfer, reduced contact tip wear and improved corrosion resistance are provided by ESAB's Advanced Surface Characteristics Technology, ASC.

The new wire produces an exceptionally stable and spatter-free welding arc. In addition to enabling higher duty work cycles, resulting in increased productivity, this spatter-free welding arc also reduces the necessity and cost of post weld grinding.

Contact tip wear, a traditional problem with copper-free wires, has been improved to a level superior to copper-coated wire, so arc stability is guaranteed over a longer period and downtime for tip changing is minimised.

An environmental advantage that comes with copper-free wires is the greatly reduced amount of copper in the welding fume and its contribution to a healthier environment in and around the welding workplace. Increasingly health authorities in many countries are advocating the use of copper-free wires whenever possible to improve the safety of the workplace environment.

The new AristoRod range currently comprises OK AristoRod 12.50 (EN G3Si/ER70S-6), OK AristoRod 12.57 (EN G2Si/ER70S-3) and OK AristoRod 12.63 (EN G4Si/ER70S-6). The range is available on 18kg adapter-free basket spools and in environmentally recyclable, octagonal cardboard drums, 250 or 475kg MarathonPac. These are specifically suited for mechanised and robotised stations, because downtime for spool changing is considerably reduced.

ESAB manufactures its own solid wires, not only for un-alloyed and low--alloyed steel, but also for stainless steel and aluminium. This combination of production knowledge and an understanding of the market needs has facilitated the development of this new family of welding wires.
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