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Thoriated Tungsten Electrodes are left in the dust with MultiStrike®

Posted by Michaela Reay

15-Jul-2020

huntingdonfusion.com


Red tipped thoriated Tungsten Electrodes are said to contain 1.70% to 2.20% thorium. Thorium improves the quality of Tungsten Electrodes but also has a radio-toxic compound posing a risk to welders, particularly during grinding.

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®'s blue-tipped MultiStrike® Tungsten Electrodes contain a mix of non-radioactive rare earth elements, eliminating the risk to health posed by radio-toxic thoriated Tungsten Electrodes, whilst maintaining a high performing Tungsten Electrode.

Luke Keane, Technical Sales Manager for HFT® said: “Welders today continue to use thoriated Tungsten Electrodes as a cheaper alternative to other safer Tungsten Electrodes, often unaware of the risks. Because MultiStrikes® have no radiotoxic and carcinogenic additives, there is no hazardous dust to be inhaled during grinding of the tips.”

Extensive tests show that MultiStrike® Tungsten Electrodes offer up to 10 times longer life and improved arc striking characteristics of other Tungsten Electrodes, when tested under the same conditions.

MultiStrikes® can be used for welding aluminium with the AC process, as well as steels and alloys with the DC process, which allows the welder to have just one type of Tungsten Electrode to weld all materials and reduce the amount of stocks and purchasing requisitions.

MultiStrike® provide savings through longer life, more strikes per electrode before re-grinding, less re-work, less wastage and lower power requirements. There is now no need to stock a range of electrode types – MultiStrike® does everything.



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