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ESAB has just added two new MIG welders to our product line up. The Caddy Mig C200i  is an easy-to-use, powerful machine for MIG welding of mild steels, aluminum and stainless steel and for MIG brazing. Caddy Mig C200i is extremely portable, making it an excellent choice for repair, maintenance and assembly work. It features a lightweight, durable and impact-resistant housing that weighs just 26 lb (12 kg), making Caddy Mig C200i the lightest welding unit in its output class. Caddy Mig C200i is also a powerful performer, providing 30% more welding power from the same size fuse than its competitors.

The Migmaster 280 Pro  for heavy-duty applications is a compact MIG unit designed to deliver outstanding weld performance with solid wires of steel, stainless steel or aluminum, as well as cored-wires with or without shielding gas. (cont'd)

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New-Tech™ Auto-darkening Reactive Helmets Combine Comfort and Functionality

A product of the latest research of welder needs and comfort, ESAB’s new New-Tech® series of auto-darkening reactive welding helmets are lightweight and well balanced, and offer a wide viewing area, giving the welder a feeling of increased space awareness. The helmet shell is designed to provide maximum protection for the face, neck and ears, while providing a large area in front of the mouth to ensure a good flow of air and low levels of carbon dioxide.  (cont'd)

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Special Offers on 7018 Stick Electrodes

Check out our new web site highlighting our popular family of 7018 stick electrodes. The site features the original Atom Arc 7018, the product that set the industry standard for 7018 stick electrodes; the new Atom Arc Acclaim that offers all the qualities of the original Atom Arc plus better weld puddle control for out-of-position welding; and ESAB 7018, a low-hydrogen welding solution for many fabrication and maintenance applications. The entire family offers the superior welding performance, tough mechanical properties, and consistent quality you need to get the job done! While you're checking out which electrode best fits your application, don't miss our offer for a complimentary sample of Atom Arc Acclaim and our survey to provide feedback on these products.Anyone who fills out the survey receives a complimentary pair of safety glasses and is entered into a monthly drawing for a rod caddy.

Turned Loose with a Pile of Angle Iron and Some Caster Wheels

When two students of Jeff Jantzen's third-semester pipe welding class at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, found they had a bit of time on their hands, Jeff asked them to build a cart to store weldments. "I turned them loose with a pile of angle iron and some caster wheels," Jeff said. "They decided to use ESAB equipment for the job, so we decided to paint the cart ESAB yellow!" (cont'd)

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Smart Phone App Helps With Welding Set Up

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is proud to introduce the first-ever Smart Phone application for welding. Available for use with iPhone®, Blackberry®, and Android® devices, the ESAB Welding Parameters Set-up Guide is a user-friendly application that helps you quickly identify the correct parameters for a specific job. Simply enter the metal to be welded and the filler metals, and the application determines the appropriate settings for the welding machine.

"This takes the traditional set-up guides we already had in use to the next level," says ESAB North America President Andrew Masterman. "We are always looking for ways to help welders be more productive and produce better quality welds. As more welders have begun to adopt new mobile technologies, it seemed natural to repackage this useful information into a mobile format."

The free application can be downloaded at www.esabna.com/apps.

Keeping Up With the Orange County Choppers

As we reported in the last issue, ESAB is now the official welding equipment supplier of Orange County Choppers. To celebrate the partnership, OCC designed and produced a one-of-a-kind ESAB chopper. We have also created a website to help you keep up with news about OCC and the bike, learn more about the products used on the show and purchase OCC-related merchandise. Check it out at http://www.esabna.com/occ.

Gouging - Environmental & Safety

Gouging and cutting metal are important operations in the welding world. Welders must often remove welds or metal to replace worn or defective parts, repair defects in a weld, or remove worn hardfaced deposits so new hardfacing can be reapplied. Back gouging can also be necessary when both sides of a plate are to be welded. Unfortunately, these important operations also raise concerns about environmental and safety issues.

Two of the most popular methods of gouging are plasma gouging and carbon-arc gouging. Is one safer than the other?

In carbon-arc gouging, an electric arc at the end of a consumable carbon rod melts the metal, and a continuous blast of compressed air violently blows the molten metal away. The constituents of the molten metal react strongly with air, and the force of the blast tends to vaporize much of the molten metal into fine droplets, creating a high level of fume consisting of metal vapor, carbon dust and metallic byproducts. Typically the fume level is higher than the allowed exposure level to welding fumes in a workplace. Depending on the material to be gouged, exposure to particular toxins may also be a problem.

Plasma gouging is a variation of plasma cutting in which the arc is slightly "defocused" by increasing the hole size in the constricting orifice. The torch is inclined at an angle to the workpiece, so that the arc plows out a groove on the metal surface and blows the molten metal off to the side. Plasma gouging uses an electric arc to melt the metal, but the plasma gas itself pushes the molten metal out of the groove. This operation is less violent than air carbon-arc gouging, so less molten metal vaporizes, reducing the vapor level and its reaction with the surrounding atmosphere. If air is used for the plasma gas, some reaction occurs but the volume of air is lower than what is used for air carbon-arc gouging. (cont'd)

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