• Welding Carbon Steel Welding Carbon Steel Welding Low Carbon Steel For welding low carbon steel with the metal-arc welding process, the bare, thin coated, or heavy coated shielded arc types of electrodes may be used. These electrodes are of low carbon type (0.10 to 0.14 percent). Low carbon sheet or plate materials that have... Read more >>
  • Welding Helmets, Shields, Masks Welding Helmets, Shields and Masks Below are some questions that are often asked regarding the choice of a welding helmet, shield or mask:  What shade lens should I use for a particular type of welding? All properly designed quality welding lenses, have a screen that filters out 100 percent of... Read more >>
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)  Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) *Shielded Metal Arc welding *is the most widely used method for general welding applications. It is also referred to as metallic arc, manual metal-arc, or stick-electrode welding. It is an arc welding process in which the joining of metals is produced by heat from an electric... Read more >>
  • Arc Welding Aluminum : How to Stick Weld Aluminum When arc welding aluminum with the shielded metal-arc welding (SMAW) process, a heavy dipped or extruded flux coated electrode is used with DC Reverse Polarity (DCRP). The electrodes are covered similarly to conventional steel electrodes. The flux coating provides a gaseous shield around the arc and molten aluminum puddle, and chemically... Read more >>
  • Arc Welding Processes (SMAW) Arc Welding Processes. The core of the covered electrode consists of either a solid metal rod of drawn or cast material, or one fabricated by encasing metal powders in a metallic sheath. The core rod conducts the electric current to the arc and provides filler metal for the joint. The... Read more >>
  • Arc Welding Equipment (SMAW) Arc Welding Equipment. The equipment needed for shielded metal arc welding is much less complex than that needed for other arc welding processes. Manual welding equipment includes a power source (transformer, dc generator, or dc rectifier), electrode holder, cables, connectors, chipping hammer, wire brush, and electrodes. Arc Welding Parameters. (1)... Read more >>
  • Arc Welding Electrodes Arc Welding Electrodes In addition to establishing the arc and supplying filler metal for the weld deposit, arc welding electrodes introduce other materials into or around the arc. Depending upon the type of electrode being used, the covering performs one or more of the following functions: Provides a gas to... Read more >>
  • Arc Welding Electrode Classification System ** Arc Welding Electrode Classification System. ** The SMAW electrode classification code contains an E and three numbers, followed by a dash and either “15” or “16” (EXXX15). The E designates that the material is an electrode and the three digits indicate composition. Sometimes there are letters following the three... Read more >>