BOC shielding gases.

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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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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 influenced 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 influenced by the shielding gas. The shielding gas also influences the size and forces acting on the droplets. 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 pick-up will influence the mechanical properties of the weld metal. Weld geometry The profiles of the weld bead and penetration are influenced by the shielding gas.

Arc stability Arc stability and arc ignition are influenced 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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Pure nitrogen will further increase pitting resistance at the root when welding austenitic duplex and superduplex stainless steels. The process is more sensitive to arc length variations with helium as a shielding gas. 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. especially side wall penetration. hydrogen addition is commonly used. For this application. The electrical arc in gas-shielded arc welding can be divided into three parts: the arc plasma. This means it does not oxidise and that it has no effect on the chemical composition of the weld metal. The oxidising additive is necessary to stabilise these cathode spots.The role of shielding gas (cont. higher CO2 content gives better side wall penetration but more spatter and fume. 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. Nitrogen (N2) is used as an additive in shielding gases for GTA welding of austenitic. A spray arc cannot be achieved when using 100% CO2. One is the slight improvement in weld geometry and appearance over oxygen-argon mixtures.5% nitrogen in order to increase the mechanical properties and resistance against pitting. For most applications. Oxygen (O2) or a combination of these gases. Carbon Dioxide or Oxygen? There are often advantages in using CO2 in argon. Nitrogen The metal transfer and penetration profile can be changed by selecting different argon-carbon dioxide mixtures. For root protection purposes. Another advantage is improved penetration. Nitrogen with 5% hydrogen is a common root protection gas that delivers a good reducing effect. With CO2 instead of O2. It also gives a smoother transition between weld bead and base metal. This oxidising component may be either Carbon Dioxide (CO2). however. These steels are alloyed with up to 0. This occurs because of the differences in weld pool fluidity. forming spatter. nitrogen losses in the weld metal can be reduced. Helium is used together with argon and a small percent of CO2 or O2 for GMA welding of stainless steel. Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen Pure argon cannot be used for GMA welding of steels since the arc becomes too unstable. Ar+ 2% CO2 Ar+ 5% CO2 Ar+ 10% CO2 Ar+ 20% CO2 100% CO2 Helium Helium (He) is like argon – an inert gas. In its pure state. or mixed with argon. It is not recommended for root protection of austeniticferritic (Duplex) steels. otherwise the arc will tend to flicker around on the surface of the workpiece. Argon is the main component in most shielding gases for GMA and GTA welding. The amount of the oxidising component added will depend on the material type and application. the cathode area and the anode area. Compared with argon. it is used as a shielding gas for GTA and MIG welding. duplex and superduplex stainless steels. Hydrogen Hydrogen (H2) can be added to shielding gases for GTA welding of austenitic stainless steels in order to reduce oxide formation. surface tension and oxides in the molten metal. the penetration given by a few percent of CO2 is acceptable. This is mainly a factor of the higher arc voltage and the energy employed when welding with CO2 in the mixture.) Effects of the different shielding gas components Argon Argon (Ar) is an inert gas. If the shielding gas contains a few percent of nitrogen. argon or high purity nitrogen should be used. The figure shows the type of metal transfer in spray arc and typical penetration profile for mixtures with 2% CO2 up to pure CO2. The addition also means more heat in the arc and a more constricted arc. and the arc is more difficult to strike when TIG welding. by generating a more energy-rich arc. 04 . helium provides better side wall penetration and higher welding speeds. which improves penetration. irregular weld bead and minimal penetration. An oxidising gas component is therefore used to stabilise the arc and to ensure a smooth metal transfer during welding. In the GMA welding.

Through our understanding of how this tool functions. innovative gas products. —Reliability —Quality —Versatility —User-friendliness Performance Line® Highly productive specialists with ad mixtures of helium. nitrogen or hydrogen. products that are indispensable to everyday welding technology and are ranked amongst some of the best-selling gas products in the world. seam geometry and seam surface — eact metallurgically with filler metal and pool R —Influence radiation. Gases require the same diversification as materials and joining processes. 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. helium or hydrogen can be used without increasing the welding speed. 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. such as Argoshield® Universal. Both lines contain shielding gases for every conceivable material and process combination. Advances made in equipment and materials science. equipment. For example. Stainshield® Light and argon. Expensive specialised materials require customised solutions – sometimes even at a molecular level. If improvements in quality alone are required. Argon Argoplas® 5 5 . process gas and welding technology has to do its part. helium can be used as an additive in many robot applications to better compensate for component tolerances. This line contains our all-rounders. new measuring technologies and simulation techniques require state-of-the-art. These components improve arc efficiency and enhance heat transfer from the arc to the joint. resulting in higher welding speeds. To improve product transparency and to make selecting a product easier. 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. Shielding gases are much more than ‘welding consumable commodity’. In order to achieve both technically and economically high-quality weld seams. 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. Competence Line® Proven gases and gas mixtures offering the very highest quality and supported by outstanding BOC service.A versatile tool in the value-added process. This requires a new attitude towards our products. we will be offering two product lines in the future. The two product lines – Competence Line® and Performance Line®. everything involved in the process – material.

Also some types of hose are permeable and can allow moisture to enter the shielding gas. 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. the answer may not be what you were expecting. If gases didn’t stay mixed. While gases such as nitrogen are one of the main causes of porosity. air can be entrained into the shielding gas. 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. Surface contamination – oil. the gas molecules are constantly in motion and this ensures total mixing. In a cylinder. grease. oil and grease on the material can be as much of a problem. When GMA welding steels. Can my gases have separated in the cylinder? Gases don’t separate in a cylinder. TIG Arc 6 . Some of you will know the answer but for others. the arc produced is very unstable and erratic. a small amount of oxidising gas (either carbon dioxide or oxygen) is needed to help to stabilise the arc and produce sound welds. and the resultant weld will have a lot of spatter and an unsatisfactory penetration profile. too low and the gas can’t 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. other sources such as water.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. — 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. 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.

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. I get cracking when welding stainless steels. but a form of aluminium oxide. Hot cracking. It is called ‘hot cracking’ as it tends to occur immediately after welding while the weld is still hot. Also. this internal pressure can cause the weld to crack. 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 use of an Alushield® shielding gas will also help reduce the coverage of aluminium oxide. building up in pressure as the weld cools. tends to be a problem in austenitic stainless steels. Pulsed Arc 7 . it reacts with air. Why? There are two main types of cracking in stainless steels: ‘hot cracking’ and ‘cold cracking’. As this fine metal vapour leaves the area covered by the shielding gas. if the weld is cleaned immediately after welding. properly called ‘hydrogen cracking’. Cold cracking. some of the parent material and filler wire is volatilised by the welding arc. occurs in welds that are intolerant of hydrogen (e. When welding occurs. 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. 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. The higher the welding current used. grease. It is not always possible to eliminate this problem but altering the torch angle and ensuring correct shielding gas coverage can minimise the effect. This may not occur until many hours after welding. the oxide is much easier to remove than if it is left until the weld is cold. properly called ‘solidification cracking’.Why am I getting a lot of spatter on my welds? There are several causes of spatter. 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. forming aluminium oxide that condenses on the component being welded.g. What causes the sooty deposit when welding aluminium? This sooty deposit is not soot (carbon) at all. Then. martensitic stainless steels). when the pressure is sufficiently high and the weld is cool and more brittle. the greater the amount of oxide produced.

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.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. 08 .75 SG-AC-18 SG-AO-5 SG-AC-25 SG-ACO-7/1. The letter immediately to the right of SG indicates the singular or major gas in the shielding gas or mixture.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-5/3.5 SG-AHeC-35/2. SG-B XYZ-%/%/% – Percentage designators A slash shall be used to separate the individual minor components percentages for two or more component mixtures. Alushield Heavy Alushield® Universal Argoplas® 5 Argoplas 20 ® ® SG-B – Base gas designator Shielding gases are designated according to chemical composition. These letters are followed by a hyphen.5 SG-AC-2. These letters are followed by a hyphen.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.1 SG-ACO-16/2.7 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.5 SG-AHeC-25/10 SG-AC-10 SG-AC-50 SG-AO-1.8/1 SG-AHeO-35/0.8 SG-ACH-2.

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2 207.3 60.000–9.6 4.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.000 16.Specificationsareincludedin theScientificGasesandEquipment Manual.7 136.800 20.8 10.0 2.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.6 227.000* 30.000* 30.000* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 D2 D Pack Sizes KAY15 JAY15 KAY9 KAY4 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.5 8. PT 700 Liquid (Ar) Gas Code 791 10 .995% Cylinder Sizes J G2 G E2 E NOTE:Highergradesandpurities ofthisproductareavailablefrom BOC. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.000kPa. Liquid (Ar) Gas Code 731 Argon.800 30.000* 30.000 15.1 4.Contact1800658278to obtainacop y.0 1. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets. Compressed (Ar) Gas Code 061 Gas Argon Purity >99.000* 30. Argon Welding Grade.Shielding gases Argon Welding Grade.6 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 30.shoulderandneck.6.900 20.000 15. Content (m3 @ STP) 13.

99% 11 .Contact1800658278to obtainacop y.carbondioxide reactswithmanysubstances Diptubesareusedinliquid withdrawalcarbondioxide cylinderstoextracttheliquid fromthecylinder.carbondioxide willcollectinducts.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262. >99.0 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection – – – AS 2473 Type 30 AS 2473 Type 30 Pack Sizes MAN15 MAN9 NOTE:Highergradesandpurities ofthisproductareavailablefrom boc. 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.drainsand low-lyingareas Highlysolubleinwaterat moderatepressuresAtelevated temperatures.Specificationsareincludedin thescientificgasesandequipment manual.0 15.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.shoulderandneck.0 6.a blackstripeispainteddownthe lengthofthecylinder ■ Higherdensitythanairprovides goodblanketingproperties Thischemicalpropertyhasled toitsuseasareactantinsome chemicalprocesses Carbon Dioxide Industrial Grade.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.0 465.0 279. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets. Currentlynotavailableinpacks. Compressed (CO2) Gas Code 081 Gas Carbon Dioxide (Liquid Phase) Purity Cylinder Sizes G >99.Thetube runsdownthecentreofthe pressurisedcylinderanddraws theliquidupthroughthevalve. Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Greengreybody.99% E D Content (m3 @ STP) 31. Carbon Dioxide Welding grade. Toidentifythesecylinders.

000 15.7 4.0 80–150 16–18 4.0 18 300–400 8–9 Horizontal 1.9 80–120 16–18 4.700* 29. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.0 15 800–1000 12 .2 138.0 15 350–500 0.9 60–100 16–17 4.0–7.5–9.8–0.0 230.0–10. Indicative Welding Parameters Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) 1–1.9 160–180 23–25 7.1 61.0 15 350–500 0. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.800 29.9 45–80 14–16 3.greengreyshoulder.6.700* 16.0–12.0–7.blackneck.8 170–200 24–27 9.0 15 280–450 0.700* 29. automaticandroboticmachines Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon Composition 3.0–7.0–9.8–0.9–1.900 20.000kPa.4 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 29.5–5.2 4.0 8.0 18 400–500 Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal Vertical Vertical Vertical Vertical 0.0 15 420–500 6 Horizontal 1.0 180–220 24–26 8.6 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 0.0 15 320–500 0.1% 5% Balance Cylinder Sizes J G E2 E Content (m3 @ STP) 14.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.2 240–280 27–29 7.8–0.000–9.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.700* AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes KAY15 KAY9 KAY4 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.

000 Outlet Connection AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes KAY 15 JAY 15 KAY 9 KAY 4 230.0 15 280–340 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 1. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.000 20.0–12.0 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) 27. automaticandroboticmachines Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon Composition 2.600* 16.greengreyshoulder.600* 27.7 4.6 138.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.pulsedand spraymetaltransfermodes Fasttravelspeed ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Lowdefectlevels Improvedweldfusion Goodweldappearancewith lowreinforcementlevels Easytouse Higherproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeeds Lowersoverallcostsby usinglesswire Lowerspatterreduces clean-uptime Canbeusedwithmanual.2–4.2 15 240–300 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.4 4.0 18 370–440 13 .Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest. 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 0.9–1.9–1.0–9.0–11.2 140–160 17–18 3.0 140–160 17–18 4.000–9.75% 16% Balance Content Cylinder Sizes (m3 @ STP) J G E2 E 13.0–5. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.2 207.0 180–210 23–25 8.0 18 400–500 6 Horizontal 1.Argoshield® Universal Gas Code 065 Applications ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Features ■ ■ ■ Benefits ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Generalfabrication Lighttomediumplatefabrication Structuralsteelworks Bridgework Pipeandtubejoining Vehiclemanufacture/ heavytrucks Rolledsections Pressurevesselsandboilers Boatsandshipbuilding ■ Excellentarcstability Fluidweldpool Usedindip.blackneck.2 240–260 25–27 7.1 61.4 27.600* AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.000kPa.0 18 420–530 12 Horizontal 1.8 8.2 280–310 27–31 9.0 120–160 17–19 4.600* 27.0–5.0 15 380–460 Spray Transfer 4 Horizontal 1.6.600* 27.000 15.

0–12. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.2 140–160 17–18 3.0 18 300–450 Spray Transfer 10 Horizontal 1.000 30.0–8.0 18 300–450 12+ Horizontal/Vertical 1.6. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.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) 11.2–4.greengreyshoulder.5 30.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.2–4.000 Outlet Connection AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Size MCP9 MCP15 146.7 244.2 290–330 28–31 10.000 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.000–9.0 18 370–440 14 .PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.3 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) 20.2 140–160 17–18 3.0 18 400–480 12+ Horizontal 1.blackneck. 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 1.2 240–260 27–29 7.000kPa.

0 18 270-370 15 .PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.0 18 200-280 12 (3pass) Horizontal 1.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.2 250-300 28-31 8.900 Outlet Connection AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes MCP15 237.6 320-400 28-32 45.0-10.blackneck. automaticandroboticmachines Gas Carbon Dioxide Argon Composition 10% Balance Content Cylinder Sizes (m3 @ STP) G 8.9 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) 16.4 30. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.000 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.6.6 320-400 28-32 45.0-7.000kPa.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. 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 1.000–9.0 18 350-400 8 Horizontal 1.0-7.greengreyshoulder.

6.000–9.smoothweldbead withlowreinforcement Goodarcstability Lowsurfacetension ■ Cleanweldappearance andfinish Improvedfusionofthe parentmetal Gas Oxygen Argon Composition 5% Balance Cylinder Sizes G E Content (m3 @ STP) 8.blackshoulderandneck.6 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.000* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes KAY15 KAY9 KAY4 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.800 30.9 227.000* 30.000kPa.000* 30.3 60.2 136. 16 .900 15.6 3. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.Argoshield® 40 Gas Code 068 Application ■ Features ■ Benefits ■ Weldinglightersteel ■ ■ Clean. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.

0 18 380–550 12 Horizontal 1.000† AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes KAY15 KAY9 KAY4 CRA9 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.000* 16.2 175–200 24–25 7.2 300–350 31–34 13.6 61.000kPa. 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.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.2–16.6 350–400 29–32 8.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) 9.000* 26.4 18 350–450 Flux Cored Wires 12 Horizontal 1.greengreyshoulderandneck.6 200–250 24–26 4.000 15.7–11.0 138.000–9.3 15 150–200 17 .2 200–250 27–29 6.6.000 26.1–13.2 200–250 25–28 9.6 300–400 30–32 5.1 231. †CRA9isavailableinQLDonly.1–5.000* 26.0 4.9–10.1 18 200–300 12 Vertical 1. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.1 15 150–250 20 Horizontal 1.3 18 380–550 20 Horizontal 1. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.2 18 300–400 20 Vertical 1.5 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.5–9.6 81.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.6–8.

8–0.0 80–150 16–18 4.5% 7% Balance Cylinder Sizes G E2 D2 D Content (m3 @ STP) 8.0–9.1 1.500* AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes KAY15 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262. enamelingorpainting Panelbeating Furnituremanufacturing industries Reducedspatter Excellentfinish Minimalclean-uprequired Gas Oxygen Carbon Dioxide Argon Composition 1.9 60–100 16–17 4.8 4. Indicative Welding Parameters Dip Transfer Material thickness (mm) 1–1.0 18 400–500 Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal/ Horizontal Vertical Vertical Vertical Vertical 0.8–0.0 180–220 24–26 8.9 80–120 16–18 4.000kPa. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.8–0.6 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 0.6.greengreyshoulder.7 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.0–7.9 45–80 14–16 3.800 29.0–12.9–1.900 20.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.000–9.5–9.0 18 300–400 8–9 Horizontal 1.0 15 280–450 0.blackneck.2 240–280 27–29 7.0 15 350–500 0.5–5.0–7.9 160–180 23–25 7.8 170–200 24–27 9.0 15 320–500 0.6 231.000 20.0 15 800–1000 18 .Argoshield® 54 Gas Code 071 Applications ■ ■ Feature ■ Benefits ■ ■ ■ ■ Weldinglightersteel Fabricationforelectroplating.0 15 350–500 0.0–10. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.000 15.0 15 420–500 6 Horizontal 1.0–7.2 2.

1 3.000 16.000 16.9000 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Sizes MAN9 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.brownshoulder.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.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) 8.8 1.5 73 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16. 19 .900 16. NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.greengreyneck.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.

ContactyourlocalBOCGas&GearstoreorAccount Managerforfurtherdetails.5 89.4 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 13. 20 .6 159.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) 9.700 13.700 AS2473 Type 10 COP16areavailableinlimitedlocations..700 13.

9–1.blackshoulderandneck.0–10.0 120–150 18–20 6.0–9.6.0–8.0 18 350–450 8 Horizontal 1.5% Balance Cylinder Sizes G E Content (m3 @ STP) 8.5 15 280–500 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.2 260–280 26–30 8.0 18 380–460 10 Horizontal 1. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.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 1.000–9.5 15 400–600 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.0 18 320–450 21 .0 120–150 18–20 6.0 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.9–1.0 18 280–450 Spray Transfer 6 Horizontal 1. *Indicatesfittedwithapressureregulatingvalveoutletconnection.2 260–310 28–32 9.000kPa.0–6.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.0–7.6 4.Othersizedcylindersandpacksmayalsobeavailableonrequest.900 15.0 180–220 24–28 7.0–11.9–1. 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 0.800 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.0 100–125 17–19 5.

0–6.0–10.3 134.0 100–125 17–19 5.9–1.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 2.0 18 320–450 22 .0 18 280–450 Spray Transfer 6 Horizontal 1.0 120–150 18–20 6. NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.0–8.brownshoulder.5 15 280–500 8 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.5% Balance Cylinder Sizes G2 MCP9 Content (m3 @ STP) 10.000 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.0–11.9 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 20.000 30.0 18 380–460 10 Horizontal 1.5 15 400–600 6 Horizontal/ Vertical 0.9–1.0–9.0 180–220 24–28 7.0 18 350–450 8 Horizontal 1. 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.greengreyneck.2 260–280 26–30 8.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.0 120–150 18–20 6.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.0–7.2 260–310 28–32 9.9–1.

2 260–280 26–30 8.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.greengreyneck.2 120–150 16–19 4.brightappearanceandfinish Easytouse Highproductivitydueto fasterweldingspeeds Reducedclean-upandrepair X-rayqualitywelds Canbeusedonrobotic andmechanicalmachines Gas Carbon Dioxide Helium Argon Composition 2.900 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Size MAN9 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.5 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.0 18 320–450 12+ Horizontal/ Vertical 1.0–6.8% 35% Balance Cylinder Size G Content (m3 @ STP) 7.2 250–270 25–29 7. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.7 69.0–9. 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.sprayand pulsedtransfermodes Fasterweldingspeeds Fluidweldpool Reducedspatter ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Lowdefectlevelsonthicker sectionsofmaterial Clean.2 120–150 16–19 4.0–9.0–6.0 18 380–460 10 Horizontal/ Vertical 1.900 16.2 270–310 28–31 9.0 18 220–400 Spray Transfer 8 Horizontal 1.2 130–170 17–20 4.0 18 400–600 10 Horizontal 1.0–6.brownshoulder.5 18 400–600 12+ Horizontal 1.0–10.5 18 450–600 23 .Stainshield® Heavy Gas Code 092 Applications ■ ■ ■ ■ Features ■ ■ ■ ■ Benefits ■ ■ Pressurevesselsandpiping Structuralhighalloysteelwork Storagetanks Foodandbeverage industrycomponents Petrochemicalplants ■ ■ ■ Highheatinputefficiency Excellentarcstability Lowoxidisationpotential Usedindip.

PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.000 30.5 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 20.Stainshield® Duplex Gas Code 114 Application ■ Features ■ Benefits ■ GTAweldingwithoutfillerfor duplex.greengreyneck.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. 24 . NotallcylindersareavailableatallBOCoutlets.2 132.9 221.brownshoulder.Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest.000 30.000 AS2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.

900 AS 2473 Type 10 Currentlynotavailableinpacks.6 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.9% 35% Balance Cylinder Size G Content (m3 @ STP) 7. 25 . NotavailableatallBOCoutlets. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.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.brownshoulderandblackneck. Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.8% Balance Cylinder Size G Content (m3 @ STP) 8.6 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16. Othersizedcylindersmayalsobeavailableonrequest. 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.greengreyshoulderandsignalredneck.900 AS 2473 Type 10 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody.

0 15 450–600 3 1.0–6.0 18 500–700 6 Horizontal 1.Alushield® Light Gas Code 079 Applications ■ ■ ■ ■ Features ■ ■ ■ ■ Benefits ■ ■ ■ Boatandshipbuilding Tankers Truckbodywork Waterheatersand heatexchangers Pipingandbalustrades Lightbusbars ■ ■ ■ ■ Excellentarcstability Highheatinputefficiency Lowdistortion Flatterweldbeadwith lowreinforcement Fasterweldingspeed Goodfusioncharacteristics Littleornospatter Usedindip.0 18 450–680 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 2.0 150–230 26 .0–7.0 18 500–800 8 Horizontal 1.0 15 500–700 Spray Transfer 3 1.0 110–180 4 Horizontal/Vertical 2.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) 1–2 0.0 70–100 17–18 4.0 140–180 17–20 6.0–8.0–9.2 105–120 17–20 5.2 160–200 27–30 8.2 210–250 26–29 6.9–1.0–10.4 110–150 11–13 Not Applicable 6.4 110–140 11–13 Not Applicable 7.

000 AS2473 Type 10 27 .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 @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 20.

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) 9.6 mm 28 .7 m/min 62 cm/min 285 A / 34 V Alushield® Heavy is 25% Argon with a balance of Helium t = 10 mm ø = 1.

Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Brownbody.2 140–220 15–18 Not Applicable 8.0 20 500–700 12+ Horizontal 1.0–11.0 160–230 10 Horizontal/Vertical 3.4 300–500 32–40 9.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.2 190–240 18–20 Not Applicable 10.6–2.6 240–300 29–32 8. 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 1.900 AS 2473 Type 10 Currentlynotavailableinpacks.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) 7.2 170–220 27–30 9.peacockblueshoulderandneck.0 20 400–550 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. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.0 170–230 29 .0 20 500–700 10 Horizontal 1.0–12.3 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16.0–14.

Argoplas® 5 Gas Code 143 Applications ■ Features ■ Benefits ■ ■ Recommendedastheshielding (secondary)gasformostplasma weldingapplications Suitableforplasmaweldingand cuttingstainlesssteels.000 AS 2473 Type 20 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody. NotavailableatallBOCoutlets.4 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 15.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranchon131262.signalredshoulderandneck. 30 .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.

ahydrogenadditionto theshieldinggasleadstocleanerweldsurfacesasaresult ofitsreducingaction. hydrogenprovidesanevenmoreeffectiveheatinputbecause ofitsmolecularnature. Weldinggas:Argoplas®5 Weldingspeed:55cm/min.Itissuitableforallweldablemetallicmaterials. argon.Betterthermalconductivity improvespenetrationandwettingability.0(99. vs = 13 cm/mm TIG AC.t=4mm Fillermetal:308LSi ArgonisthemostfrequentlyusedshieldinggasforTIG welding.Comparedtohelium. Argoplas® 5.999%)purity forweldingapplications.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.Beyondthis. sheet thickness 4 mm TIG DC. mechanisedwelding Parentmaterial:304. • rgoplas®serieswith5to35%H2forallausteniticstainless A steelgrades •Argoplas®5is5%H2withabalanceofArgon Argoplas® 5 improves speed of welding and penetration Manual welding of stainless steel 304.Heliumasashieldinggascomponent isthebetterchoicewherehydrogencannotbeuseddueto incompatibilitywiththebaseorfillermetal.t=4mm Fillermetal:308LSi HydrogenandheliumcanacceleratetheTIGweldingprocess duetotheirphysicalproperties. BOCoffersreliablequalitiesupto5. vs = 18 cm/mm 31 .

900 16. 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) 1.6 129.0 Gauge Pressure (kPa @ 15°C) Outlet Connection 16. 32 . includingsiliconand nickelbronzes ■ ■ Producesgoodedgewetting Excellentspraytransfer characteristics Fasterweldingspeedsthan pureargon Lowspatter ■ ■ Goodappearanceandfinish Easiertousethanpureargon forweldingcopperalloys Highproductivityduetofaster weldingspeeds Canbeusedonrobotic andmechanicalmachines Gas Oxygen Argon Composition 0.Specshield® Copper Gas Code 077 Applications ■ ■ Features ■ ■ Benefits ■ ■ Joiningofcoppertosteel Weldingofcopperalloys.5 10–15 450 6 Horizontal 1.5–14. Ring your BOC Customer Service on 131 262 for details.900 AS 2473 Type 10 AS 2473 Type 10 Pack Size MAN15 Cylindercolour(toAS4484):Peacockbluebody. Available on special request.5–11.2 180–250 22–28 5.5 10–15 500 3 Horizontal 1. NotallcylindersandpacksareavailableatallBOCoutlets.6 Horizontal 0.2 150–220 22–28 5.5 10–15 400 Specshield® Gas Mixtures (Custom Made) Gas Code 265 Description These are custom made Shielding Gases usually produced in low volumes.7% Balance Cylinder Size G Content (m3 @ STP) 8.9 150–200 21–26 7.PleasecheckwithyourlocalBOCbranch on131262.blackshoulderandneck.5–11.

the arc projector is able to display the significant difference that BOC shielding gases can make to your weld. BOC. —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 (fixed) Gas 3 (fixed) Gas 4 (fixed) Start Stop . voltage. The optical projection simply offers the best possible image quality. The new arc projector is designed to still work with an optical projection system. The projector software is custom-made and proprietary. To operate the PC. Welders. 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. shielding gas composition etc. The other parameters were indicated separately on numeric displays. The first generation of the arc projector used optical projection – a lens system together with a moving laser dot on a parameter table (current. The Linde Group has been using the GMAW arc projector to demonstrate the benefits of using shielding gases in real arc time. a member of The Linde Group. you can observe how the arc is affected. still image or a pre-recorded video. welding engineers. as it was found that even today’s video cameras cannot cope with the extreme contrast and brightness of a welding arc. The arc projector can simultaneously show an image of the GMA welding arc (optically magnified 80x) with the corresponding welding parameters. welding start/stop and several other controls. sales teams and customers around the world recognise the arc projector and its incredible capabilities. current. 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 is therefore adapted to the BOC shielding gas range. combined with a standard beamer. there is a keyboard with an integrated mouse/trackball. voltage). pulse frequency. stick-out. This therefore significantly improves its credibility in live demonstrations. This system has now been superseded with a new arc viewing system. is now proud to have exclusive access to this world-renowned projector. the new arc projector uses a rugged and self-contained PC measuring system. the concept and look of the old projector was updated to coincide with the release of new technology features in the projector. such as wire feed speed. The operator panel consists of a gas mixer for Ar/CO2 mixes.The GMA arc projector Well known in the welding world For about 30 years. when specific changes to parameters are made. What’s unique about the GMA arc projector is that it shows a real welding arc – not a simulation. welding specialists. As soon as the parameters are changed. To show the welding parameters. 4 gas selection buttons. Additionally.

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. They are actually optimisation tools for the serious welder and are designed to provide you with quality welding performance and improved cost-effectiveness. 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. you will notice that while the cost of the welding gas is slightly higher. Stainshield. as opposed to using regular gas for your welding. BOC’s welding gases range of Argoshield. Alushield and Specshield aren’t just commodities.  34 . your actual overall production cost can be reduced dramatically as shown on the diagram. 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.dependingonfactorsspecifictoyourindividualbusinessoperations.

6 15.95 1.8 5. Labourcosts Labourcosts Wirecosts Gas1 Gas2 0. Weightg/m Steel Alu.8 3.2 2.36 1.0 6.2 8.43 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 $ $ $ $ 35 .05 $/h $/min $/kg $/m3 $/m3 1.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.9 3.12 1.

NSW 2113 Australia BOC is a trading name of BOC Limited. Whilst proper care has been taken in the preparation. a member of The Linde Group. © BOC Limited 2011.com. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.au BOC Limited ABN 95 000 029 729 Riverside Corporate Park 10 Julius Avenue North Ryde. no liability for injury or damage resulting from its improper use can be accepted.For more information contact the BOC Customer Service Centre on: Australia 131 262 contact@boc. Details given in this document are believed to be correct at the time of printing. MP10-0311 EQAUS 0111 5k .com www.boc.

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