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Jun 8, 2017

Understanding the Connection: Welding Equipment and Filler Metals

Many factors contribute to high-quality welds — from utilizing proper welding techniques to choosing the right equipment, consumables and filler metals. 

Matching your filler metal type and size with the capabilities of your welding equipment and the needs of your application are additional considerations for success — and ways to avoid poor wire feeding, weld defects or costly rework. If your equipment doesn’t have the capacity to operate a given wire size, for example, you may experience lack of weld penetration and poor weld quality. Or if the filler metal isn’t appropriate for the base material, you may see problems with porosity or other weld inconsistencies.

Consider these three questions to guide your selections.

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