Beecher, Illinois -- January 4, 2013 -- Bernard has a new catalogue available that it says will help guide customers in their selection of the company’s semi-automatic MIG guns and consumables. The new full-colour Bernard Semi-Automatic MIG Guns & Consumables catalogue includes product feature and benefit information, as well as comparative reference charts and amperage rating charts to make it easier for customers to determine the right product for their welding needs.
Bernard included full-page spreads in the catalog that feature details on its popular Bernard Q-Gun Series, along with its Bernard Dura-Flux Self-Shielded Guns and the new Bernard FILTAIR Fume Extraction Gun. It also features information on the new Bernard T-Gun and TGX Semi-Automatic Guns (formerly Tregaskiss TOUGH GUN and TGX Semi-Automatic MIG Guns). Each page offers photos, diagrams and charts that are easy to read and compare with other products in the catalog.
Customers can also find information on Bernard consumables in the Bernard Semi-Automatic MIG Guns & Consumables catalog, including Centerfire Series nozzles, contact tips and diffusers, as well as various types of liners.
To order a copy of the new Bernard Semi-Automatic MIG Guns & Consumables catalog, contact Bernard customer service at 800-946-2281 or
. Copies are also available for download at BernardWelds.com/literature-downloads-p152361.
Traverse City, Michigan -- December 20, 2012 -- MAXAL has introduced new patent-pending 4943 aluminum MIG wire and TIG cut-lengths, the first aluminum filler metal to be developed, registered by the Aluminum Association and classified by the American Welding Society (AWS) for wrought commercial applications in over 40 years.
MAXAL says the new product was developed in response to industry demands for a higher-strength aluminum welding solution that also offers the advantages of using a 4043 aluminum filler metal, including excellent corrosion resistance, ease of welding and low hot cracking sensitivity. It is also suitable for elevated temperature applications, and provides the ability to reduce weld size without compromising strength.
MAXAL 4943 filler metal features an AWS A5.10 classification, in addition to a filler metal material group allocation of F23 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Due to its ASME F-number allocation, users may be able to weld with MAXAL 4943 aluminum filler metal using the same welding procedure as 4043 products.
MAXAL tests have shown up to 40 percent increase in yield strength and up to 20 percent increase in ultimate tensile strength with this product compared to 4043 aluminum products, as well as an increase of approximately 20 percent in shear strength. The filler metal can be used, with advantage, as a direct replacement for 4643 filler metal in post-weld heat treatment applications. Unlike 4043 products, 4943 filler metal does not depend upon dilution from the base metal during welding to increase the strength of the weld deposit. 4943 filler metal can be used for welding 1xxx, 3xxx, 5xxx with less than 2.5%Mg, and 6xxx series base metals.
MAXAL 4943 MIG wire offers precisely controlled wire diameter, cast and helix, high column strength and a surface condition that optimizes feedability. The spooled products are available in diameters ranging from .030 to 1/16 inches. TIG cut-lengths also offer excellent weldability and are available in 1/16-, 3/32-, 1/8-, 5/32- and 3/16- inch diameters. The company says both products are ideal for welding automotive and motorcycle frames.
MAXAL 4943 aluminum filler metal exhibits low smut and discoloration, similar to 4043 aluminum products, and offers low shrinkage rates and high weld pool fluidity. It also features high-strength characteristics in the post-weld thermally treated condition, when compared to 4043 and 4643 filler metals.
St. Paul, Minnesota -- December 6, 2012 -- 3M has announced the introduction of Work Gloves made with 3M Gripping Material that the company says delivers greater productivity and performance with less effort. Work Gloves made with 3M Gripping Material can provide up to a 270 percent improvement in friction when used as a two-part system and are ideal for anyone who needs a better grip, especially in wet or oily conditions.
Comprised of thousands of micro fingers, the 3M Gripping Material, which is incorporated into the work gloves, enhances traction and hold on many tools and pieces of equipment. This means reduced slippage, fewer dropped tools and improved productivity with less fatigue. The Work Gloves can be used alone, or as a two-part system, which mates the gloves with tools or piece of equipment wrapped with 3M Gripping Material tape. The two-part system significantly improves friction over traditional leather gloves and wraps. In addition, the Work Gloves are resistant to abrasion and punctures so they stand up to the demands of the factory and in the field.
“Not being able to properly grip tools because of wet or oily conditions can be frustrating,” said Tanya Richert, global marketing development manager, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. “Work Gloves made with 3M Gripping Material bring science and better grip performance to any job by allowing the users the ability to grip lighter, not tighter.”
In a 3M-sponsored study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that using 3M Gripping Material under dry conditions reduced required grip force by an average of 24 per cent. Using 3M Gripping Material for twisting tasks, oil-saturated surfaces reduced the average grip force needed by 56 per cent.
3M Gripping Material is available for a wide-range of applications. In addition to work gloves and tape, golf gloves and batting gloves are also available for situations where a strong grip offers a performance advantage.
To purchase Work Gloves made with 3M Gripping Material, please visit Shop3M.com/gripping. For more information about 3M Gripping Material, please visit 3M.com/gripping.You can watch a video tutorial on 3M Gripping Material using the player below.
St. Louis, Missouri -- December 3, 2012 -- Victor Technologies has redesigned its Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC inverter for HF TIG, Lift TIG and Stick welding. When compared to its predecessor, the Thermal Arc 185, the Thermal Arc 186 features 15 amps more TIG welding power, sports a new digital operator interface that makes setting weld parameters more intuitive and delivers it all at a lower price of $1,899.
The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC provides a welding output of 10 to 200 amps with a duty cycle of 20 per cent when TIG welding 200 amps/18 volts. Stick welding duty cycle is 16 per cent when welding at 120 amps/26.6 volts and is suitable for welding with 6011, 6013, 7014, 7018 and other electrodes up to 5/32” diameter.
The unit weighs 48.4 lbs., uses 208-230V input power and provides advanced AC wave shaping and pulsed DC TIG controls that enable operators to improve weld puddle control, control the weld bead profile, reduce heat input and increase travel speeds. The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC is designed for mobile contractors and fabricators, as well as applications in the aircraft/aerospace, appliance, maintenance/repair, automotive, boat and trailer industries.
“Compared to conventional technology TIG welders and inverters with fixed parameters settings, the Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC enables tailoring the TIG welding arc to the application or for operator preferences,” says David Wilton, Vice President, Global Welding Products, Victor Technologies. “Further, with a list price of $1,899, the Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC inverter offers more features than any other welder in its price range.”
Victor Technologies says the Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC’s advanced TIG controls can improve results when welding aluminum, stainless steel, chrome-moly and thin metal. They include:
• AC wave balance control, adjustable between 10 and 65% electrode negative (EN). Lesser amounts of EN increase “cleaning action” to remove aluminum oxide, while greater amounts increase penetration.
• AC frequency control, adjustable between 15 and 150 Hz. Higher frequencies produce a narrower, more forceful arc cone that helps direct the arc at the root of the joint in fillet welds and increase penetration and travel speeds. Frequency control especially improves aluminum welding results.
• Pulsed TIG welding controls, with a pulse frequency adjustable between 0.5 and 200 pulses per second (PPS) and a peak pulse width (pulse duration) adjustable between 15 and 80%. Stainless steel fabricators and those working thin metals or other heat-sensitive applications use pulsed TIG to reduce heat input, narrow the weld bead profile and increase travel speed. A slow frequency, such as 1 PPS, acts as a “metronome” so that beginners can establish a good cadence for adding filler rod.
• Upslope and downslope/crater control, which respectively provide more control during arc starts to prevent excessive heat input and ramp down the current at the end of the weld to help prevent crater cracking.
• HF (high frequency) arc starts for applications requiring non-contact arc starts and Lift TIG for positive arc starts without HF.
“So that operators can take full advantage of the Thermal Arc 186’s features, we included a set-up guide on top of the unit with recommend parameters,” says Wilton. “Push buttons, LED displays and a multi-function control knob make setting parameters much easier. We completely overhauled the operator interface to create a Thermal Arc family look similar to our new 3-in-1 series of welders.”
The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC also provides advanced Stick welding controls, including adjustable Stick Arc Force and Hot Start Control. These features allow end users to adjust arc characteristics to optimize performance for different electrodes and help prevent the electrode from sticking.
Kemp, Texas -- December 3, 2012 -- Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com had introduced the MUL-15-4V portable LED automotive work light with included magnetic base and cigarette lighter plug. Producing 720 lumens and incorporating a rugged handle and magnetic mounting base, the company says this portable unit is ideal for use during automotive repairs. Extremely durable and available with a choice of spot or flood beam configurations, this unit can be easily attached to vehicles and equipment using the included magnetic base, while a solid plastic handle allows users to also operate this unit as a traditional spotlight.
The MUL-15-4V 12 Watt LED Engine Bay Light with magnetic base from Magnalight.com contains a four 3 watt LEDs within a rugged aluminum housing and mounted atop a solid plastic handle with a 100 lbs grip magnetic mounting base. The four Edison Edixeon emitters and unique reflector assembly produces 720 lumens of intense light and create a beam capable of illuminating 70’ long by 60’ wide in flood configuration. Ultra compact in size, the LED light head measures only 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall, yet packs a lot of power into its small form. Extremely durable, this LED light is constructed of aluminum with a shatterproof polycarbonate lens and is sealed against intrusion from water, wind and debris, making it ideal for use in applications where exposure to the elements and rough handling are a normal part of operations.
The MUL-15-4V is configured with a 16 foot coil cord ending in a cigarette plug adapter, a 21 foot straight cord with ring terminals, or a 16 foot straight cord with battery clamps. This automotive work light can easily be connected to any vehicle or equipment with a cigarette plug socket or attached directly to the vehicle’s battery, making this unit extremely versatile idea for working within the engine bay, underneath or within the vehicle, and general automotive and track repair work. This LED light can be operated with a wide range of voltages ranging from 9 to 48VDC, meaning you don’t need any special converters or transformers to switch this unit from various vehicles, haulers, trailers, or any source of DC power within this range. The 100 lbs grip magnetic base will hold the unit in place even under rough driving conditions, and the solid handle allows the unit to be used as a traditional handheld work light, making this unit well suited to use on vehicles during emergencies, repair work, or any other situation with limited lighting. A tension hinge allows the light to be positioned as needed, and the low power requirements of the LED light head allow the unit to be operated for extended periods without the worry of excessive battery drain.
“The MUL-15-4V magnetic handheld low voltage light is a durable, lightweight LED lighting solution for automotive and racing applications,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com. “Originally built for military applications, this IP67 rated 12/24 Volt light draws 1 amp and can easily be mounted on or within any vehicle with a steel surface to provide illumination during maintenance work, track side repairs, and emergency services.”
Larson Electronics’ Magnalight offers a wide selection of HID work lights, HID light towers, explosion proof lights, HID flashlights, intrinsically safe LEDs and LED work lights. For more information, please visit Magnalight.com.