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ESAB has published the ‘Welder Guide Book’, which will enable users of all-positional rutile flux-cored wires to get the most out of these consumables when working with non- and low-alloyed steels.

This pocket-sized (A6) book features 32 pages of information about welding with all-positional rutile cored wires.

The guide is targeted at all welders, whether they are new to the process or experienced.

When correctly applied, ESAB’s all-positional rutile flux-cored wires are said to offer excellent weldability, smooth weld metal wetting and good weld appearance.

High productivity can be achieved, even when welding in the vertical up position or overhead, yet the welds are defect free with good mechanical properties and low-hydrogen weld metal.

To help welders achieve these results, the new handbook provides all of the necessary information in a concise format.

The book features a checklist so that welders can ensure that the equipment has been properly maintained and is correctly prepared and adjusted.

Where appropriate, diagrams and photographs are used to illustrate the points being made; for example, they show the correct positioning of the contact tip and gas nozzle relative to each other.

Other issues highlighted in the handbook include the requirements for positive polarity and the minimum choke setting.

An entire section within the book is devoted to setting and optimising the welding parameters and there is a table showing suggested parameter settings for different welding positions and weld types (root or fill).

The book explains the factors to consider when selecting the correct wire size and there is a table showing which wire diameters are suitable for various weld positions and types.

Further detail is provided on the best torch position for different welding positions and there is guidance on vertical up welding techniques and split weave and stringer bead techniques.

ESAB’s all-positional rutile cored wires are often used in mechanised welding processes, so this subject is also covered in the ‘Welder Guide Book’.

Grinding is also discussed.

Towards the back of the book is a section on troubleshooting.

This identifies process faults and likely causes, thereby helping welders to optimise the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Contact ESAB to request a copy of the ‘Welder Guide Book’ or information about all-positional rutile flux-cored wires.

As part of ESAB, a world leading supplier of welding and cutting solutions, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have access to a product research and development programme, the envy of the welding industry.

The brand is synonymous with world leading expertise  and today the company produces consumables and equipment for virtually every welding and cutting process and application.

As a logical step following his invention of the covered welding electrode back in 1904, Oscar Kjellberg founded ESAB. Since then, the company has constantly improved on existing methods and materials. At the same time, ESAB has developed new methods to meet the challenge presented by technological progress.

More than 100 years of continuous research, development and manufacture have made ESAB a world leader in welding, cutting and also an international supplier of products, know-how and services that none can match.

At is UK headquarters, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have a team of highly experienced and qualified staff who are always available to offer help and advice on all aspects of welding and cutting. 

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