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Pfaller T.,AlcoTec Wire Corporation
Welding Journal | Year: 2013

The article outlines some of the risks associated with welding aluminum. Safety is moving to the forefront of the welding industry with more and more companies promoting their impeccable safety records and rewarding employees for following safe practices both on the job and at home. The first and most notable item to consider when welding aluminum is that it does not change in appearance when it is heated. Compared to steel, this makes it much more difficult to distinguish the cold material from the very hot material. Another item to consider is that aluminum has lower thermal emissivity than steel. This makes it more difficult to detect radiating heat from hot aluminum. A safe practice for aluminum welding shops would be for people to wear leather gloves when entering areas where welding commonly occurs to reduce the likelihood of them getting burned.

Krause R.,AlcoTec Wire Corporation
Welding Journal | Year: 2013

The use of aluminum is continually increasing, resulting in more companies trying to compete for aluminum welding business. To remain competitive, these companies must always be looking for ways to stay ahead of their competition. The physical and mechanical properties of aluminum make it a unique metal and its differences can be used to your competitive advantage to improve performance and productivity. Increasing wire diameter can be a relatively simple way to do this, but it is only one aspect of the overall welding improvement process.

Alcotec Wire Corporation | Date: 2013-03-13

A system and method are disclosed for polishing and lubricating an aluminum welding wire. The system and method draw stock aluminum wire from a spool, subject the stock wire to a plurality of drawing and thermal treatment steps to obtain a wire having a final diameter suitable for use in a continuous welding apparatus. Immediately after the final drawing step, the wire is subjected to a polishing and lubricating process in which a cord that is impregnated with a lubricant is passed over the surface of the wire. The cord serves to remove contaminants, such as metal fines, from the surface of the wire, and also to provide a layer of lubricant over the surface of the wire. The resulting wire has an improved appearance, will not clog the automatic welding apparatus, and the lubricant will not contribute adversely to weld porosity in use.

Alcotec Wire Corporation | Date: 2007-12-25

aluminum welding rods.

Alcotec Wire Corporation | Date: 2004-01-13

Aluminum welding wire.

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