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WIA introduces new Austarc welding electrodes

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Leading Australian welding supplies company, WIA Welding Industries of Australia has introduced a new range of welding electrodes designed specifically for oil and gas, offshore and pipe welding applications.  

The Austarc 18TC is a new range of E7018‐1 type low hydrogen arc welding electrodes suitable for applications relating to structural steel construction, pressure vessels, heavy girders, mining equipment and earthmoving plant repair and maintenance.  

The low hydrogen iron powder electrodes are manufactured using a unique twin coating extrusion process, and can offer excellent AC arc stability and superb DC+ arc transfer.  

According to Fuhai Liu, WIA’s Product Manager for Filler Metals, the new Austarc 18TC welding electrodes have been designed for Australian welding professionals and specialists following extensive amount of research and development.  

WIA recently demonstrated the Austarc 18TC range of welding electrodes to a number of welding professionals and the feedback was extremely positive.  

Key advantages of Austarc 18TC welding electrodes:  

  • Designed primarily for use on C‐Mn and low alloy structural steels
  • Delivers superb arc transfer, excellent re‐strike and reduced spatter level
  • Allows extraordinary ease of use for out‐of‐position welding
  • Smooth running capabilities
  • Provides consistent and reliable quality of weld
  • More efficient with less time wasted striking and re-striking leading to lower cost and quicker turnaround
  • Twin‐coated electrodes have very low hydrogen H5 status making them less prone to weld metal cracking
  • Excellent low temperature fracture toughness, and very smooth performance on low OCV AC welding machines
  • Available in 2.5mm, 3.2mm and 4.0mm sizes
  • 2.5mm electrode is 300mm in length and the 3.2mm and 4.0mm electrodes, 380mm in length


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