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BOC shielding gases.

Argoshield Stainshield Alushield Specshield

Contents
BOC shielding gases For the serious welder Argoshield, Stainshield, Alushield, Specshield 03 05 The role of shielding gas T he two product lines Competence Line and Performance Line Frequently asked questions Shielding gas codes Shielding gas selection chart Shielding gases H ave you got the right gas working for you? The GMA arc projector Weld cost calculation

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Argoshield, Alushield, Stainshield, Specshield, Competence Line and Performance Line are registered trademarks of BOC Limited.

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The role of shielding gas


What shielding gas can do
The primary function of the shielding gas in gas-shielding arc welding has been to protect molten and heated metal from the damaging effects of the surrounding air and to provide suitable conditions for the arc. If air comes in contact with the molten or heated metal, the oxygen in the air will oxidise the metal, the nitrogen might cause porosity or brittleness in the weld metal, and moisture from the air may also cause porosity. The shielding gas composition affects the material transition from the molten electrode to the weld pool, which in turn influences the amount and size of the spatter created. It also affects the appearance of the weld bead, the weld geometry, the possible welding speed and plays a key role in the possible burn-off of alloying elements (which affects material strength) or oxide formation on the bead surface. The figure below illustrates how the shielding gas influences the process and the results in GMA welding.

Metal transfer
The type of metal transfer is strongly influenced by the shielding gas. The shielding gas also influences the size and forces acting on the droplets.

Arc stability
Arc stability and arc ignition are influenced by the shielding gas.

Surface appearance
The amount of spatter and surface slag is also influenced by the shielding gas.

Metallurgy and mechanical properties


The loss of alloying elements and pick-up of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon is influenced by the shielding gas. This loss and pickup will influence the mechanical properties of the weld metal.

Environment
The emission of fume and gases is influenced by the shielding gas.

Weld geometry
The profiles of the weld bead and penetration are influenced by the shielding gas

Shielding effect
Molten or heated metal is shielded from the air in a controlled shielding gas atmosphere.

Welding speed
Also the choice of shielding gas will affect the welding speed and the total welding cost

The influence of shielding gas upon GMA welding The influence of shielding gas upon GMA welding
Environment The emission of fume and gases is inuenced by the shielding gas Shielding effect Molten or heated metal is shielded from air in a controlled shielding gas atmosphere Metal transfer The type of metal transfer is strongly inuenced by the shielding gas. The shielding gas also inuences the size and forces acting on the droplets. Surface appearance The amount of spatter and surface slag is also inuenced by the shielding gas.

Metallurgy and mechanical properties The loss of alloying elements and pick-up of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon is inuenced by the shielding gas. This loss and pick-up will inuence the mechanical properties of the weld metal. Weld geometry The proles of the weld bead and penetration are inuenced by the shielding gas.

Arc stability Arc stability and arc ignition are inuenced by the shielding gas.

Welding speed Also the choice of shielding gas will affect the welding speed and the total welding cost.

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The role of shielding gas (cont.)

Effects of the different shielding gas components


Argon
Argon (Ar) is an inert gas. This means it does not oxidise and that it has no effect on the chemical composition of the weld metal. Argon is the main component in most shielding gases for GMA and GTA welding.

Carbon Dioxide or Oxygen?


There are often advantages in using CO2 in argon. One is the slight improvement in weld geometry and appearance over oxygen-argon mixtures. This occurs because of the differences in weld pool fluidity, surface tension and oxides in the molten metal. With CO2 instead of O2, there is also less oxidation and slag formation which can have an effect on the appearance of the weld as well as the need for cleaning the weld. Another advantage is improved penetration, especially side wall penetration. This is mainly a factor of the higher arc voltage and the energy employed when welding with CO2 in the mixture.

Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen


Pure argon cannot be used for GMA welding of steels since the arc becomes too unstable. An oxidising gas component is therefore used to stabilise the arc and to ensure a smooth metal transfer during welding. This oxidising component may be either Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Oxygen (O2) or a combination of these gases. The amount of the oxidising component added will depend on the material type and application. The electrical arc in gas-shielded arc welding can be divided into three parts: the arc plasma, the cathode area and the anode area. In the GMA welding, where the filler metal constitutes the positive electrode (the anode), the cathode area is on the workpiece in the form of one or more cathode spots. The oxidising additive is necessary to stabilise these cathode spots, otherwise the arc will tend to flicker around on the surface of the workpiece, forming spatter, irregular weld bead and minimal penetration.
Ar+ 2% CO2 Ar+ 5% CO2 Ar+ 10% CO2 Ar+ 20% CO2 100% CO2

Helium
Helium (He) is like argon an inert gas. Helium is used together with argon and a small percent of CO2 or O2 for GMA welding of stainless steel. In its pure state, or mixed with argon, it is used as a shielding gas for GTA and MIG welding. Compared with argon, helium provides better side wall penetration and higher welding speeds, by generating a more energy-rich arc. The process is more sensitive to arc length variations with helium as a shielding gas, however, and the arc is more difficult to strike when TIG welding.

Hydrogen
Hydrogen (H2) can be added to shielding gases for GTA welding of austenitic stainless steels in order to reduce oxide formation. The addition also means more heat in the arc and a more constricted arc, which improves penetration. It also gives a smoother transition between weld bead and base metal. For root protection purposes, hydrogen addition is commonly used. It is not recommended for root protection of austeniticferritic (Duplex) steels. For this application, argon or high purity nitrogen should be used.

Nitrogen
The metal transfer and penetration profile can be changed by selecting different argon-carbon dioxide mixtures. The figure shows the type of metal transfer in spray arc and typical penetration profile for mixtures with 2% CO2 up to pure CO2. higher CO2 content gives better side wall penetration but more spatter and fume. For most applications, the penetration given by a few percent of CO2 is acceptable. A spray arc cannot be achieved when using 100% CO2. Nitrogen (N2) is used as an additive in shielding gases for GTA welding of austenitic, duplex and superduplex stainless steels. These steels are alloyed with up to 0.5% nitrogen in order to increase the mechanical properties and resistance against pitting. If the shielding gas contains a few percent of nitrogen, nitrogen losses in the weld metal can be reduced. Nitrogen with 5% hydrogen is a common root protection gas that delivers a good reducing effect. Pure nitrogen will further increase pitting resistance at the root when welding austenitic duplex and superduplex stainless steels.

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A versatile tool in the value-added process. The two product lines Competence Line and Performance Line.
In order to achieve both technically and economically high-quality weld seams, everything involved in the process material, equipment, process gas and welding technology has to do its part. This requires a new attitude towards our products. Shielding gases are much more than welding consumable commodity, they also:
Influence the arc both electrically and thermally  etermine viscosity and surface tension both of the drop D and of the pool Control wetting properties Control penetration, seam geometry and seam surface  eact metallurgically with filler metal and pool R Influence radiation, heat transfer and arc efficiency  etermine metal transfer and energy distribution in the arc D Influence certain pollutant emissions These properties have to be optimally utilised in order to reap the full potential of gases in the welding process. Through our understanding of how this tool functions, we are able to make an active contribution towards the added value in our customers production processes Our customers continue to demand specialised solutions to keep pace with the growing requirements in the field of welding. Advances made in equipment and materials science, new measuring technologies and simulation techniques require state-of-the-art, innovative gas products. Expensive specialised materials require customised solutions sometimes even at a molecular level. Gases require the same diversification as materials and joining processes. To improve product transparency and to make selecting a product easier, we will be offering two product lines in the future. Both lines contain shielding gases for every conceivable material and process combination.

Competence Line
Proven gases and gas mixtures offering the very highest quality and supported by outstanding BOC service. This line contains our all-rounders, such as Argoshield Universal, Stainshield Light and argon, products that are indispensable to everyday welding technology and are ranked amongst some of the best-selling gas products in the world. Reliability Quality Versatility User-friendliness

Performance Line
Highly productive specialists with ad mixtures of helium, nitrogen or hydrogen. These components improve arc efficiency and enhance heat transfer from the arc to the joint, resulting in higher welding speeds. If improvements in quality alone are required, helium or hydrogen can be used without increasing the welding speed. For example, helium can be used as an additive in many robot applications to better compensate for component tolerances. The wider acting arc improves edge wetting and reduces lack of fusion problems resulting in greater output and improved quality.

A TIG arc with Argon (Competence Line) and Stainshield TIG Plus (Performance Line) as the shielding gas. Argon Argoplas 5

Are you using the right gases correctly? Frequently asked questions
Here are a few of the many thousands of questions BOC engineers are asked every year. Some of you will know the answer but for others, the answer may not be what you were expecting.
incorrect choice of shielding gas shielding gases containing hydrogen and/or nitrogen are beneficial for some materials but can cause porosity in others poorly maintained equipment if hose fittings are not tightened or if there are gas leaks in the power source or torch, air can be entrained into the shielding gas. Also some types of hose are permeable and can allow moisture to enter the shielding gas. Surface contamination oil, grease, water and other contamination on the welded component can add hydrogen into the weld metal This is not an exhaustive list but most causes of porosity are caused by poor housekeeping and/or poor welding procedures.

Can my gases have separated in the cylinder?


Gases dont separate in a cylinder. In a cylinder, the gas molecules are constantly in motion and this ensures total mixing. If gases didnt stay mixed, air would have separated into oxygen and nitrogen by now!

Why am I getting holes in my welds?


Holes (porosity) are usually caused by gas entrapment inside the cooling weld metal. While gases such as nitrogen are one of the main causes of porosity, other sources such as water, oil and grease on the material can be as much of a problem. The main causes of porosity are: too high or too low a flow of shielding gas too high and air is entrained into the shield; too low and the gas cant protect the cooling weld metal from the atmosphere poor welder technique too long a stick-out or bad torch angle

Why can I not use pure argon for GMA welding steels?
While it is possible to GMA-weld steels with pure argon, the arc produced is very unstable and erratic, and the resultant weld will have a lot of spatter and an unsatisfactory penetration profile. When GMA welding steels, a small amount of oxidising gas (either carbon dioxide or oxygen) is needed to help to stabilise the arc and produce sound welds.

TIG Arc

Why am I getting a lot of spatter on my welds?


There are several causes of spatter, but the most common are: using unstable welding conditions incorrect voltage for a given welding current poor welder technique too long a stick-out or bad torch angle surface contamination on component oil, grease, moisture surface coatings such as paint and zinc galvanising using carbon dioxide as the shielding gas mixed gases are more stable and produce less spatter Training the welder to set good welding conditions and clean the component properly can eliminate many of the problems.

Cold cracking, properly called hydrogen cracking, occurs in welds that are intolerant of hydrogen (e.g. martensitic stainless steels). Hydrogen dissolves in the weld metal while it is molten then after solidification it diffuses to small defects in the weld and hydrogen gas forms, building up in pressure as the weld cools. Then, when the pressure is sufficiently high and the weld is cool and more brittle, this internal pressure can cause the weld to crack. This may not occur until many hours after welding.

What causes the sooty deposit when welding aluminium?


This sooty deposit is not soot (carbon) at all, but a form of aluminium oxide. When welding occurs, some of the parent material and filler wire is volatilised by the welding arc. As this fine metal vapour leaves the area covered by the shielding gas, it reacts with air, forming aluminium oxide that condenses on the component being welded. The higher the welding current used, the greater the amount of oxide produced. It is not always possible to eliminate this problem but altering the torch angle and ensuring correct shielding gas coverage can minimise the effect. Also, if the weld is cleaned immediately after welding, the oxide is much easier to remove than if it is left until the weld is cold. The use of an Alushield shielding gas will also help reduce the coverage of aluminium oxide.

I get cracking when welding stainless steels. Why?


There are two main types of cracking in stainless steels: hot cracking and cold cracking. Hot cracking, properly called solidification cracking, tends to be a problem in austenitic stainless steels. It is called hot cracking as it tends to occur immediately after welding while the weld is still hot. Weld-metal solidification cracking is more likely in fully austenitic structures which are more crack-sensitive than those containing a small amount of ferrite. The best way to prevent cracking is to choose a consumable which has a high enough ferrite content to ensure that the weld metal does not crack.

Pulsed Arc

Shielding gas codes


AS 4882: 2003 shielding gases for Welding
Designation (as specified in AS 4882-2003 Shielding Gases for Welding) Individual gas components shall be identified as follows: A Argon C Carbon Dioxide He Helium H Hydrogen N Nitrogen O Oxygen The designation system shall be based on volumetric percentages.The shielding gas designation system shall be composed of the following designator and number arrangement:

Gas Argoshield Light Argoshield Universal


Code 060 065 064 068 070 071 095 066 107 075 119 092 093 094 114 079 069 133 143 144 145 077

Classification SG-ACO-5/3.1 SG-ACO-16/2.75 SG-AC-18 SG-AO-5 SG-AC-25 SG-ACO-7/1.5 SG-AHeC-25/10 SG-AC-10 SG-AC-50 SG-AO-1.5 SG-AC-2.5 SG-AHeC-35/2.8 SG-ACH-2.8/1 SG-AHeO-35/0.9 SG-AN-2 SG-AHe-27 SG-HeA-25 SG-AHe-50 SG-AH-5 SG-AH-20 SG-AH-35 SG-AO-0.7

Argoshield Heavy Argoshield 40 Argoshield 52 Argoshield 54 Argoshield 100 Argoshield MCW Argoshield Pipeline Stainshield Stainshield Light

Stainshield Heavy Stainshield 66 Stainshield 69 Stainshield Duplex Alushield Light


SG shielding gas designator


The letters SG at the beginning of each designation identifies the product as a shielding gas. These letters are followed by a hyphen.

Alushield Heavy Alushield Universal Argoplas 5 Argoplas 20


SG-B Base gas designator


Shielding gases are designated according to chemical composition. The letter immediately to the right of SG indicates the singular or major gas in the shielding gas or mixture.

Argoplas 35 Specshield Copper

SG-B XYZ Minor gas component designators


The letter(s) immediately following the base gas indicates the minor individual gas indicators in decreasing order of percent. These letters are followed by a hyphen.

SG-B XYZ-%/%/% Percentage designators


A slash shall be used to separate the individual minor components percentages for two or more component mixtures.

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Shielding gas selection chart (For GMA, flux-cored, metal-cored, solid wire welding)
MaterialThickness(mm)
112 13+

WeldCharacteristics
Penetration Spatterfree Speed Filletshape Finish

Cylinder Colours Gas

PrincipalBenefits

GMAWCarbonandLowAlloySteels ArgoshieldLight ArgoshieldUniversal ArgoshieldHeavy ArgoshieldMCW Argoshield40 Argoshield52 Argoshield54 Argoshield100 ArgoshieldPipeline IndustrialCO2 FCAWCarbon,AlloyandStainlessSteels Argoshield52 IndustrialCO2 MCAWCarbonandLowAlloySteels ArgoshieldMCW
Excellentappearance,lowslag. Goodweldappearance,superior controlinpositionalwelding. Somewiresdesignedforuseunder CO2only,highcylindercontents. Versatileforthinmaterial, Minimalspatter. Mostversatilewideworkingrange. Goodappearance Lowdefectlevelsonthickmaterial. Versatilesuitableforsolidand MetalCoredwire,upto12mm. Lowprofilebeadshape Minimalspatter,downhandwelding. Idealforfluxcoredwelding Goodpenetration. Excellentfinish,with minimalclean-up. Highweldappeal, mechanisedwelding. Goodpenetration. Goodpenetration.

Argoshield52
GMAWStainlessSteels Stainshield StainshieldLight StainshieldHeavy Stainshield66 Stainshield69 GMAWAluminiumandAlloys AlushieldLight AlushieldUniversal AlushieldHeavy WeldingArgon

Goodpenetration.

Downhandfilletwelding,thinplate. Generalpurposemixture,good wettingaction,smoothweldsurface. Versatileonthickmaterial Excellentarcstability,fast speed,goodpenetration. Minimalsurfaceoxidation for300seriesstainless. Versatileonthickmaterial Excellentarcstability,fast speed,goodpenetration.

C P

P P

Minimalspatter,good appearance,fastweldspeed. Mostversatilewideworkingrange. Fast,goodpenetrationonthicker material,widebeadshape. Versatile,generalpurposemixture.

Arc Transfer  Spray ModifiedSpray DipP =PerformanceLineC =CompetenceLine

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Shielding gases
Argon Welding Grade, Compressed (Ar) Gas Code 061
Gas Argon Purity >99.995% Cylinder Sizes J G2 G E2 E
NOTE:Highergradesandpurities ofthisproductareavailablefrom BOC.Specificationsareincludedin theScientificGasesandEquipment Manual.Contact1800658278to obtainacop y.

Content (m3 @ STP) 13.8 10.5 8.6 4.1 4.0 2.0 1.6 227.2 207.7 136.3 60.6

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 30,000* 30,000 16,900 20,000 15,800 20,000 15,800 30,000* 30,000* 30,000* 30,000* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

D2 D

Pack Sizes
KAY15 JAY15 KAY9 KAY4

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,shoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Argon Welding Grade, Liquid (Ar) Gas Code 731 Argon, PT 700 Liquid (Ar) Gas Code 791

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Carbon Dioxide (CO2)


Applications
 

Features


Benefits


 

 

MIGweldingmildsteel Forweldingcarbonand alloysteelandstainless steelwithfluxcoredwires Shieldinggasinplasmacutting Liquidforsubstratecoolingto controltheheatbuild-upwhen thermalandplasmaspraying BOCrecommendstheuseof theArgoshieldrangeasthe preferredmildsteelMIG weldinggas Suitableforinertingapplications BalancingpHlevelsin swimmingpools Cryogenicliquidcarbon dioxidecanalsobeusedin smallpipefreezingapplications

 

Acolourlessandodourlessgas thatcancausethenosetosting inhighconcentration Toxicinhighconcentrations Anasphyxiant (doesnotsupportlife) Slightlycorrosiveinthe presenceofmoisture Heavierthanair,carbondioxide willcollectinducts,drainsand low-lyingareas Highlysolubleinwaterat moderatepressuresAtelevated temperatures,carbondioxide reactswithmanysubstances Diptubesareusedinliquid withdrawalcarbondioxide cylinderstoextracttheliquid fromthecylinder.Thetube runsdownthecentreofthe pressurisedcylinderanddraws theliquidupthroughthevalve. Toidentifythesecylinders,a blackstripeispainteddownthe lengthofthecylinder

Higherdensitythanairprovides goodblanketingproperties Thischemicalpropertyhasled toitsuseasareactantinsome chemicalprocesses

Carbon Dioxide Industrial Grade, Compressed (CO2) Gas Code 081


Gas Carbon Dioxide (Liquid Phase) Purity Cylinder Sizes G >99.99% E D Content (m3 @ STP) 31.0 15.0 6.0 465.0 279.0 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection AS 2473 Type 30 AS 2473 Type 30

Pack Sizes
MAN15 MAN9
NOTE:Highergradesandpurities ofthisproductareavailablefrom boc.Specificationsareincludedin thescientificgasesandequipment manual.Contact1800658278to obtainacop y.

Currentlynotavailableinpacks. Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Greengreybody,shoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

Carbon Dioxide Welding grade, Liquid (CO2) Gas Code 740


Storage
Gas Carbon Dioxide (Liquid Phase) Purity
Details of the wide range of storage vessels and ancillary equipment are available from BOC on request.

>99.99%

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Argoshield Light Gas Code 060


Applications


Features
   

Benefits
   

 

  

Sheetmetalengineering industries Automotivecomponents manufacture Vehiclerepair Cabinets/steelfurniture manufacture Airconditioningindustries Domesticappliancemanufacture Lightgaugestoragetanks

 

Excellentarcstability Lowarcenergy Lowoxidationpotential Useslesswirethanhigher CO2mixes Wideoperatingenvelope Fastweldspeed

 

Easytouse Lowdefectlevels Lowdistortionlevels Goodappearance andqualityfinish Increasedproductivity Minimalspatterproduction negatestheneedtocleanweld Canbeusedwithmanual, automaticandroboticmachines

Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 3.1% 5% Balance

Cylinder Sizes J G E2 E

Content (m3 @ STP) 14.0 8.7 4.2 4.0 230.2 138.1 61.4

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 29,700* 16,900 20,000 15,800 29,700* 29,700* 29,700* AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
KAY15 KAY9 KAY4 AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulder,blackneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) 11.6 Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas rate flow (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 2 3 4 Spray Transfer 3 4 Horizontal 0.8 170200 2427 9.012.0 15 420500 6 Horizontal 1.0 180220 2426 8.010.0 18 300400 89 Horizontal 1.2 240280 2729 7.09.0 18 400500

Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal Vertical Vertical Vertical Vertical 0.80.9 4580 1416 3.55.0 15 350500 0.80.9 60100 1617 4.07.0 15 350500 0.80.9 80120 1618 4.07.0 15 320500 0.91.0 80150 1618 4.07.0 15 280450 0.9 160180 2325 7.59.0 15 8001000

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Argoshield Universal Gas Code 065


Applications
     

Features
  

Benefits
  

  

Generalfabrication Lighttomediumplatefabrication Structuralsteelworks Bridgework Pipeandtubejoining Vehiclemanufacture/ heavytrucks Rolledsections Pressurevesselsandboilers Boatsandshipbuilding

Excellentarcstability Fluidweldpool Usedindip,pulsedand spraymetaltransfermodes Fasttravelspeed

 

Lowdefectlevels Improvedweldfusion Goodweldappearancewith lowreinforcementlevels Easytouse Higherproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeeds Lowersoverallcostsby usinglesswire Lowerspatterreduces clean-uptime Canbeusedwithmanual, automaticandroboticmachines

Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 2.75% 16% Balance

Content Cylinder Sizes (m3 @ STP)


J G E2 E 13.8 8.7 4.4 4.0

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C)


27,600* 16,000 20,000 15,000

Outlet Connection
AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
KAY 15 JAY 15 KAY 9 KAY 4 230.2 207.6 138.1 61.4 27,600* 27,600* 27,600* 27,600* AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulder,blackneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) 4 Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas rate flow (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 120160 1719 4.05.2 15 240300 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 140160 1718 4.05.0 15 280340 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 1.2 140160 1718 3.24.0 15 380460 Spray Transfer 4 Horizontal 1.0 180210 2325 8.012.0 18 400500 6 Horizontal 1.2 240260 2527 7.09.0 18 420530 12 Horizontal 1.2 280310 2731 9.011.0 18 370440

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Argoshield Heavy Gas Code 122


Applications
     

Features
  

Benefits
 

 

Heavyengineering Heavystructuralsteel Boilermanufacture Shipbuildingandrepair Heavyvehiclemanufacture Thickwalledpipesand pressurevessels Pad-eyesandliftinglugs Earthmovingequipment

Stableweldingarc Fluidweldpool Usedindipandspraymetal transfermodes

   

Improvedweldfusion Lowdefectlevelson thickmaterials Goodappearanceandfinish Easytouse Increasedproductivity Canbeusedonautomated machines

Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 18% Balance

Cylinder Size
G2

Content (m3 @ STP)


11.3

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C)


20,000

Outlet Connection
AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Size
MCP9 MCP15 146.7 244.5 30,000 30,000 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulder,blackneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas rate flow (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 10 Horizontal/Vertical 1.2 140160 1718 3.24.0 18 300450 12+ Horizontal/Vertical 1.2 140160 1718 3.24.0 18 300450 Spray Transfer 10 Horizontal 1.2 240260 2729 7.08.0 18 400480 12+ Horizontal 1.2 290330 2831 10.012.0 18 370440

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Argoshield MCW Gas Code 066


Application
      

Features
    

Benefits
  

Generalfabrication Lighttomediumplatefabrication Structuralsteelworks 2GRpipespooling Pipeandtubejoining Rolledsections Pressurevesselsandboilers

Excellentarcstability Minimalspatter Fluidweldpool Excellentweldshape Virtuallynoslugwith metal-coredwires Useslesswirethanhigher CO2mixes

 

Lowdefectlevels Improvedweldfusion Goodappearanceand qualityfinish Minimalclean-uprequired Lowersoverallcostsby usinglesswire Lowerspatterreduces clean-uptime Canbeusedwithmanual, automaticandroboticmachines

Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 10% Balance

Content Cylinder Sizes (m3 @ STP)


G 8.9

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C)


16,900

Outlet Connection
AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
MCP15 237.4 30,000 AS 2473 Type 10
Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulder,blackneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Spray Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas rate flow (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 6 Horizontal 1.2 250-300 28-31 8.0-10.0 18 350-400 8 Horizontal 1.6 320-400 28-32 45.0-7.0 18 200-280 12 (3pass) Horizontal 1.6 320-400 28-32 45.0-7.0 18 270-370

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Argoshield 40 Gas Code 068


Application


Features


Benefits


Weldinglightersteel

 

Clean,smoothweldbead withlowreinforcement Goodarcstability Lowsurfacetension

Cleanweldappearance andfinish Improvedfusionofthe parentmetal

Gas Oxygen Argon

Composition 5% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G E

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.6 3.9 227.2 136.3 60.6

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 15,800 30,000* 30,000* 30,000* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
KAY15 KAY9 KAY4

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,blackshoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

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Argoshield 52 Gas Code 070


Applications
     

Features
    

Benefits


Heavystructuralsteel Miningequipment Pressurevesselsandboilers Heavywallpiping Shipsandoffshorestructures Earthmovingequipment

Highheatinputefficiency Deeppenetration FasterweldspeedsthanCO2 Preventsporosity Excellentdiptransfer characteristics Usedindipandpulsed transfermodes ApprovedwithmostFCAW andMCAWwires

   

Higherproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeedsthan CO2withfluxcoredwires Versatile Lowrepairrates Goodweldappearance Easytouse

Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 25% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G E

Content (m3 @ STP) 9.0 4.1 231.0 138.6 61.6 81.5

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,000 15,000 26,000* 26,000* 26,000* 16,000 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
KAY15 KAY9 KAY4 CRA9

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.


CRA9isavailableinQLDonly.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Metal Cored Wires Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 10 Horizontal 1.2 200250 2729 6.910.0 18 380550 12 Horizontal 1.2 300350 3134 13.216.3 18 380550 20 Horizontal 1.6 300400 3032 5.68.4 18 350450 Flux Cored Wires 12 Horizontal 1.2 200250 2528 9.113.1 18 200300 12 Vertical 1.2 175200 2425 7.59.1 15 150250 20 Horizontal 1.6 350400 2932 8.711.2 18 300400 20 Vertical 1.6 200250 2426 4.15.3 15 150200

17

Argoshield 54 Gas Code 071


Applications
 

Feature


Benefits
 

 

Weldinglightersteel Fabricationforelectroplating, enamelingorpainting Panelbeating Furnituremanufacturing industries

Reducedspatter

Excellentfinish Minimalclean-uprequired

Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 1.5% 7% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G E2 D2 D

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.8 4.2 2.1 1.6 231.7

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 20,000 20,000 15,800 29,500* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
KAY15
Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulder,blackneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) 11.6 Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas rate flow (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 2 3 4 Spray Transfer 3 4 Horizontal 0.8 170200 2427 9.012.0 15 420500 6 Horizontal 1.0 180220 2426 8.010.0 18 300400 89 Horizontal 1.2 240280 2729 7.09.0 18 400500

Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal Vertical Vertical Vertical Vertical 0.80.9 4580 1416 3.55.0 15 350500 0.80.9 60100 1617 4.07.0 15 350500 0.80.9 80120 1618 4.07.0 15 320500 0.91.0 80150 1618 4.07.0 15 280450 0.9 160180 2325 7.59.0 15 8001000

18

Argoshield 100 Gas Code 095


Application
 

Features
    

Benefits
 

Heavysteel GMA(MIG)weldingofcarbon manganeseandlowalloysteels

Goodarcstability Flatterweldbead Excellentfusioncharacteristics Lowerspatterlevels Fasterweldingspeeds

 

Lowerriskofdefectlevels Higherproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeeds Lowdistortion Cleanweldappearanceandfinish

Gas Carbon Dioxide Helium Argon

Composition 10% 25% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G E D

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.1 3.8 1.5 73

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 16,000 16,000 16,9000 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Sizes
MAN9
Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,brownshoulder,greengreyneck. NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

19

Argoshield Pipeline Gas Code 107


Application
 

Features
 

Benefits
 

Carbonsteelpipe Heavywallpipe

Veryshortarclength Excellentdiptransfer characteristics FasterweldingspeedthanCO2

Deeppenetration Lowerriskofdefectlevels

Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon

Purity 50% 50%

Cylinder Sizes G MCP9 COP16

Content (m3 @ STP) 9.5 89.6 159.4

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 13,700 13,700 13,700 AS2473 Type 10

COP16areavailableinlimitedlocations.ContactyourlocalBOCGas&GearstoreorAccount Managerforfurtherdetails..

20

Stainshield Gas Code 075


Applications
   

Features
    

Benefits


Railwayrollingstock Processequipment Tanks Architecturalwork

Nocarbonpick-up Goodarcstability Lowheatinput Goodedgewetting Fastweldspeed

    

Improvedproductivitydue tofasterweldspeed Lowdistortion Cleanweldappearanceandfinish Optimumcorrosionresistance Higheroperatorappeal Minimalweldfinish

Gas Oxygen Argon

Composition 1.5% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G E

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.6 4.0

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 15,800 AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,blackshoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection,6,0009,000kPa.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 4 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 100125 1719 5.06.5 15 400600 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 120150 1820 6.07.5 15 280500 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 120150 1820 6.08.0 18 280450 Spray Transfer 6 Horizontal 1.0 180220 2428 7.09.0 18 350450 8 Horizontal 1.2 260280 2630 8.010.0 18 380460 10 Horizontal 1.2 260310 2832 9.011.0 18 320450

21

Stainshield Light Gas Code 119


Application
  

Features
   

Benefits
 

Pressurevesselsandtanks Exhausts Ductwork

Excellentarcstability Lowoxidationpotential Goodsurfaceappearance Lesssurfaceoxidationthan traditionalOxygen-Argon mixtures

Goodfusion Cleanweldappearance andfinish Oxidefilmlesstenacious andeasytoremove Increaseinweldspeed comparedtotraditional Oxygen-Argonmixtures

Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 2.5% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G2 MCP9

Content (m3 @ STP) 10.3 134.9

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 20,000 30,000 AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,brownshoulder,greengreyneck. NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 4 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 100125 1719 5.06.5 15 400600 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 120150 1820 6.07.5 15 280500 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.91.0 120150 1820 6.08.0 18 280450 Spray Transfer 6 Horizontal 1.0 180220 2428 7.09.0 18 350450 8 Horizontal 1.2 260280 2630 8.010.0 18 380460 10 Horizontal 1.2 260310 2832 9.011.0 18 320450

22

Stainshield Heavy Gas Code 092


Applications
   

Features
   

Benefits


Pressurevesselsandpiping Structuralhighalloysteelwork Storagetanks Foodandbeverage industrycomponents Petrochemicalplants

  

Highheatinputefficiency Excellentarcstability Lowoxidisationpotential Usedindip,sprayand pulsedtransfermodes Fasterweldingspeeds Fluidweldpool Reducedspatter

  

  

Lowdefectlevelsonthicker sectionsofmaterial Clean,brightappearanceandfinish Easytouse Highproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeeds Reducedclean-upandrepair X-rayqualitywelds Canbeusedonrobotic andmechanicalmachines

Gas Carbon Dioxide Helium Argon

Composition 2.8% 35% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 7.7 69.5

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 16,900 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Size
MAN9
Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,brownshoulder,greengreyneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 1.2 120150 1619 4.06.0 18 380460 10 Horizontal/ Vertical 1.2 120150 1619 4.06.0 18 320450 12+ Horizontal/ Vertical 1.2 130170 1720 4.06.0 18 220400 Spray Transfer 8 Horizontal 1.2 250270 2529 7.09.0 18 400600 10 Horizontal 1.2 260280 2630 8.09.5 18 400600 12+ Horizontal 1.2 270310 2831 9.010.5 18 450600

23

Stainshield Duplex Gas Code 114


Application


Features


Benefits


GTAweldingwithoutfillerfor duplex,superduplexandsuper austeniticstainlesssteel

TheadditionofNitrogeninthe shieldinggasbalancestheloss ofNitrogenfromthebasemetal whenwelded

  

Thebalancebetweenaustenite andferriteismaintained Thecorrosionandmechanical propertiesaremaintained Surfaceoxidationislow Increasedweldingspeed Increasedpenetration comparedtopureArgon

Gas Nitrogen Argon

Composition 2% Balance

Cylinder Sizes G2 MCP9 MCP15

Content (m3 @ STP) 10.2 132.9 221.5

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 20,000 30,000 30,000 AS2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,brownshoulder,greengreyneck. NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

24

Stainshield 66 Gas Code 093


Applications


Features
     

Benefits
 

Weldingaustenitic stainlesssteels Allpositionalwelding

Highintegritywelds Goodarcstability Cleanweldsurface Excellentfusioncharacteristics Lowerspatterlevels Designedforshortarcwelding austeneticstainlesssteelsonly

Optimisedweldappearance Higherproductivitydue tolowerspatterlevels

Gas Hydrogen Carbon Dioxide Argon

Composition 1% 2.8% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.6

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 AS 2473 Type 10

Currentlynotavailableinpacks. Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,greengreyshoulderandsignalredneck. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.

Stainshield 69 Gas Code 094


Applications
 

Features
      

Benefits


Weldingstainlesssteels Allpositionalwelding

Highintegritywelds Goodarcstability Fasterweldingspeeds Cleanweldsurface Excellentfusioncharacteristics Lowerspatterlevels Nocarbonpick-up

 

Higherproductivitydue tofasterweldingspeeds Lowdistortion Optimisedcorrosionresistance

Gas Oxygen Helium Argon

Composition 0.9% 35% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 7.6

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 AS 2473 Type 10

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,brownshoulderandblackneck. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262. Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

25

Alushield Light Gas Code 079


Applications
   

Features
   

Benefits


 

Boatandshipbuilding Tankers Truckbodywork Waterheatersand heatexchangers Pipingandbalustrades Lightbusbars

   

Excellentarcstability Highheatinputefficiency Lowdistortion Flatterweldbeadwith lowreinforcement Fasterweldingspeed Goodfusioncharacteristics Littleornospatter Usedindip,sprayand pulsedtransfermodes

  

Lowerspatterreduces clean-uptime Improvedweldmetalproperties Easytouse Goodappearanceandfinish withlowreinforcementlevels Increasedproductivitydue tofastweldspeeds Canbeusedonroboticmachines

Gas Helium Argon

Composition 27% Balance

Indicative GMA (MIG) Welding Parameters


Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 12 0.91.0 70100 1718 4.06.0 15 450600 3 1.2 105120 1720 5.07.0 15 500700 Spray Transfer 3 1.0 140180 1720 6.08.0 18 500700 6 Horizontal 1.2 160200 2730 8.010.0 18 500800 8 Horizontal 1.2 210250 2629 6.09.0 18 450680

Horizontal/Vertical Horizontal/Vertical Horizontal

Indicative GTA (TIG) Welding Parameters


Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 3 Horizontal/Vertical 2.4 110150 1113 Not Applicable 6.0 110180 4 Horizontal/Vertical 2.4 110140 1113 Not Applicable 7.0 150230

26

Alushield Universal Gas Code 133


Applications
    

Features
   

Benefits
   

Heatexchangers Tankvessels Railcarriages MIGorTIGweldingofaluminium Canbeusedforcopperand stainlesssteelTIGwelding

Stableweldingarc Excellentappearancefinish Excellentfusioncharacteristics Suitableforapplicationswhere penetrationiscritical

Fasterweldingspeed Reducedporosity Improvedproductivity Lowdefectlevels

Gas Helium Argon

Composition 50% 50%

Cylinder Size G2

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.8

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 20,000 AS2473 Type 10

27

Have you got the right gas working for you?


GMA welding of aluminium penetration profiles Argon versus Alushield shielding gases

Argon

Alushield Light

280 A / 25 V

282 A / 27 V
Alushield Light is 27% Helium with a balance of Argon

Alushield Universal

Alushield Heavy

285 A / 30 V
Alushield Universal is 50% Helium with a balance of Argon Parent metal Filler metal Wire feed speed Welding speed EN AW-5754 [AlMg3] ISO 18273 S Al 5183 (Al Mg4.5Mn) 9.7 m/min 62 cm/min

285 A / 34 V
Alushield Heavy is 25% Argon with a balance of Helium t = 10 mm = 1.6 mm

28

Alushield Heavy Gas Code 069


Applications
 

Features
  

Benefits


   

Aluminiumcastings Shipbuildingand armouredvehicles Heavyaluminiumfabrication Roadandrailtransport Chemicalandpetrochemicalplants Copperandaluminiumbusbars

  

Excellentarcstability Highheatinputefficiency Lowdistortionand oxidisationpotential Widebeadshapewith lowreinforcement Fasterweldingspeeds Goodfusioncharacteristics Reducedspatter

    

Lowerspatterreduces clean-uptime Improvedweldmetalproperties Easytouse Reducedrejectrates Lowerriskofdefectlevels Goodappearanceandhigh qualityfinishwithlow reinforcementlevels Increasedproductivitydue tofastweldspeeds Canbeusedonroboticmachines

Gas Argon Helium

Composition 25% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 7.3

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 AS 2473 Type 10

Currentlynotavailableinpacks. Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Brownbody,peacockblueshoulderandneck. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.

Indicative GMA (MIG) Welding Parameters


Spray Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 8 Horizontal 1.2 170220 2730 9.012.0 20 500700 10 Horizontal 1.6 240300 2932 8.011.0 20 500700 12+ Horizontal 1.62.4 300500 3240 9.014.0 20 400550

Indicative GTA (TIG) Welding Parameters


Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 6 Horizontal/Vertical 3.2 140220 1518 Not Applicable 8.0 160230 10 Horizontal/Vertical 3.2 190240 1820 Not Applicable 10.0 170230

29

Argoplas 5 Gas Code 143


Applications


Features


Benefits


Recommendedastheshielding (secondary)gasformostplasma weldingapplications Suitableforplasmaweldingand cuttingstainlesssteels,copper andnickelalloys

  

Suitableforplasmawelding ofallthicknesses Lowdistortion Fasterweldspeed Increasingthecleaning oftheweldmetal

 

Reductioninpost-weld clean-uptime Reduceddistortionlevels Increasedproductivity duetofasterweldspeeds Canbeusedonautomated machines

Gas Hydrogen Argon

Composition 5% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 7.4

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 15,000 AS 2473 Type 20

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,signalredshoulderandneck. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.

30

Have you got the right gas working for you?


TIG welding of stainless steel Argon versus Argoplas 5
Competence Performance

Weldinggas:Argon Weldingspeed:35cm/min, mechanisedwelding Parentmaterial:304,t=4mm Fillermetal:308LSi ArgonisthemostfrequentlyusedshieldinggasforTIG welding.Itissuitableforallweldablemetallicmaterials. BOCoffersreliablequalitiesupto5.0(99.999%)purity forweldingapplications.

Weldinggas:Argoplas5 Weldingspeed:55cm/min,mechanisedwelding Parentmaterial:304,t=4mm Fillermetal:308LSi HydrogenandheliumcanacceleratetheTIGweldingprocess duetotheirphysicalproperties.Betterthermalconductivity improvespenetrationandwettingability.Comparedtohelium, hydrogenprovidesanevenmoreeffectiveheatinputbecause ofitsmolecularnature.Beyondthis,ahydrogenadditionto theshieldinggasleadstocleanerweldsurfacesasaresult ofitsreducingaction.Heliumasashieldinggascomponent isthebetterchoicewherehydrogencannotbeuseddueto incompatibilitywiththebaseorfillermetal.  rgoplasserieswith5to35%H2forallausteniticstainless A steelgrades Argoplas5is5%H2withabalanceofArgon

Argoplas 5 improves speed of welding and penetration


Manual welding of stainless steel 304, sheet thickness 4 mm

TIG DC, argon, vs = 13 cm/mm

TIG AC, Argoplas 5, vs = 18 cm/mm

31

Specshield Copper Gas Code 077


Applications
 

Features
 

Benefits
 

Joiningofcoppertosteel Weldingofcopperalloys, includingsiliconand nickelbronzes

Producesgoodedgewetting Excellentspraytransfer characteristics Fasterweldingspeedsthan pureargon Lowspatter

Goodappearanceandfinish Easiertousethanpureargon forweldingcopperalloys Highproductivityduetofaster weldingspeeds Canbeusedonrobotic andmechanicalmachines

Gas Oxygen Argon

Composition 0.7% Balance

Cylinder Size G

Content (m3 @ STP) 8.6 129.0

Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15C) Outlet Connection 16,900 16,900 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10

Pack Size
MAN15
Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody,blackshoulderandneck. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.

Indicative Welding Parameters


Spray Transfer Material thickness (mm) Welding position Wire diameter (mm) Current (amps) Voltage (volts) Wire feed speed (m/min) Gas flow rate (L/min) Travel speed (mm/min) 1.6 Horizontal 0.9 150200 2126 7.514.5 1015 500 3 Horizontal 1.2 150220 2228 5.511.5 1015 450 6 Horizontal 1.2 180250 2228 5.511.5 1015 400

Specshield Gas Mixtures (Custom Made) Gas Code 265


Description
These are custom made Shielding Gases usually produced in low volumes. Available on special request. Ring your BOC Customer Service on 131 262 for details. 32

The GMA arc projector Well known in the welding world


For about 30 years, The Linde Group has been using the GMAW arc projector to demonstrate the benefits of using shielding gases in real arc time. Welders, welding specialists, welding engineers, sales teams and customers around the world recognise the arc projector and its incredible capabilities. BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is now proud to have exclusive access to this world-renowned projector.
The arc projector can simultaneously show an image of the GMA welding arc (optically magnified 80x) with the corresponding welding parameters, such as wire feed speed, voltage, stick-out, current, pulse frequency, shielding gas composition etc. As soon as the parameters are changed, you can observe how the arc is affected. Whats unique about the GMA arc projector is that it shows a real welding arc not a simulation, still image or a pre-recorded video. This therefore significantly improves its credibility in live demonstrations, when specific changes to parameters are made. The first generation of the arc projector used optical projection a lens system together with a moving laser dot on a parameter table (current, voltage). The other parameters were indicated separately on numeric displays. This system has now been superseded with a new arc viewing system. Additionally, the concept and look of the old projector was updated to coincide with the release of new technology features in the projector. The new arc projector is designed to still work with an optical projection system, as it was found that even todays video cameras cannot cope with the extreme contrast and brightness of a welding arc. The optical projection simply offers the best possible image quality. To show the welding parameters, the new arc projector uses a rugged and self-contained PC measuring system, combined with a standard beamer. The projector software is custom-made and proprietary, and is therefore adapted to the BOC shielding gas range. The operator panel consists of a gas mixer for Ar/CO2 mixes, 4 gas selection buttons, welding start/stop and several other controls. To operate the PC, there is a keyboard with an integrated mouse/trackball. The arc projector can also demonstrate the influence of the stick-out on the amperage (to illustrate why you should always measure the wire feed speed, and not only the amps) show how to set up a pulsed arc and what the influencing parameters are guide a whole audience through various arc types and settings and the effects of shielding gases In summary, the arc projector is able to display the significant difference that BOC shielding gases can make to your weld. Argoshield Stainshield Alushield Specshield Inside view of the projection chamber

Operator Panel Overview of the installation

Parameter screen (beamer)

Welding arc screen (optical lens projection)

Operator Panel

Gas 1 (Ar/CO 2 mixer)

Gas 2 (xed)

Gas 3 (xed)

Gas 4 (xed)

Start

Stop

Have you got the right gas working for you?


Shielding gas selection is a critical part of cost-effective welding
You can maximise your productivity and improve efficiencies by making one simple decision investing in the right welding gas for your specific application. BOCs welding gases range of Argoshield, Stainshield, Alushield and Specshield arent just commodities. They are actually optimisation tools for the serious welder and are designed to provide you with quality welding performance and improved cost-effectiveness. How? The typical cost drivers for Gas Metal Arc welding are: Labour Welding gas Welding wire Power consumption If you were to invest in the right BOC welding gas for your specific application, as opposed to using regular gas for your welding, you will notice that while the cost of the welding gas is slightly higher, your actual overall production cost can be reduced dramatically as shown on the diagram. This reduced production cost can vary, depending on factors specific to your individual business operations. Welding gases can positively influence your welding result through the following: Surface appearance Welding speed Metallurgy and mechanical properties Weld geometry Arc stability Metal transfer Shielding effect

12 10 $AUS per metre of weld 8 6 4 2

6mm Fillet

Wire Gas Labour


Shielding Gas X Stainshield Heavy

Thisreducedproductioncostcanvary,dependingonfactorsspecifictoyourindividualbusinessoperations. 

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Weld cost calculation


Time cost study
Customer ____________________________________________ Contact ______________________________________________ Date ________________________________________________ Welding Process _______________________________________

Sketch:

General Data
1 2 3 4 Typeofseam Weldingposition Platethickness Throat/LegLength mm mm Fillet 7A 7B 8 9 10 5 6 Wirediametermm Wirespec. Weightg/m Steel Alu. Labourcosts Labourcosts Wirecosts Gas1 Gas2 0.8 3.95 1.36 1.0 6.2 2.12 1.2 8.9 3.05 $/h $/min $/kg $/m3 $/m3 1.6 15.8 5.43

Pre-set and measured parameters


11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Voltage/Current Wirefeedspeed Gasflowrate Typeofwireelectrode Wirediameter Arcontimeth Processrelatedcoststhprocess(Cleaningtime)

Gas 1
V M/min l/min

Gas 2
V M/min i/min

Mm min Min

mm min min

Consumables
18 19 Wireelectrode Shieldinggas (12x16x6) (13x16) G L g l

Costs
20 21 22 23 Labourcosts(th) Labourcosts(th) Wireelectrodecosts Gascosts  (7Bx16) (7Bx17) (18x8/1000) (9or10x19/1000) $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Total Total per metre length of weld

$ $

$ $

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For more information contact the BOC Customer Service Centre on: Australia

131 262

contact@boc.com www.boc.com.au

BOC Limited
ABN 95 000 029 729

Riverside Corporate Park 10 Julius Avenue North Ryde, NSW 2113 Australia

BOC is a trading name of BOC Limited, a member of The Linde Group. BOC Limited 2011. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Details given in this document are believed to be correct at the time of printing. Whilst proper care has been taken in the preparation, no liability for injury or damage resulting from its improper use can be accepted.

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