Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Vitemax

Shielded Metal Arc Welding - commonly referred to as Stick Welding.  This process melts and joins metals by heating the metals with an arc between a coated metal electrode and the work piece.  The outer coating of an electrode is known as Flux. Flux forms a shield that protects the weld from contamination and allows for easier weldability. 

Advantages of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

• Can be used on any weldable material due to the alloying elements in the flux

• Due to the flux coated electrode, the process can be used in any outdoor environment, as there is no need for external shielding

• Can be used in all welding positions

• Shielded metal arc welding is the most portable of all welding processes, and the easiest to set up

So for a premium rutile electrode that consistently delivers in terms of high performance and quality - look no further!

The Afrox welding consumables factory adopts best manufacturing practices for all their welding consumables, together with conformance to leading quality assurance programmes such as ISO. Our Research and development capabilities and highly skilled laboratory technicians, welders and metallurgists have all contributed to ensuring that the highest quality standards are maintained. This is one of the many reasons why Vitemax is seen as the benchmark for general purpose electrodes in the market.

Application :

  • It is used on a wide variety of carbon manganese steels having a carbon equivalent below 0,28%

Some Key Features :

• Consistency and superior weldability characteristics which include a smooth, quiet arc action

• Low spatter loss with gook striking and re-striking characteristics

• Excellent slag detachability which is normally self-lifting

• Conforms to international approval standards such as SABS, TUV, ABS and Lloyds register.







Comments (1) -

Linda Burrows 11/26/2015 3:17:23 PM

If the electrode becomes red lets start with the cause :
Amps set to high or electrode short circuited

Impact on electrode :
The electrode will not achieve its intended purpose due to dilution of the chemical composition as a result of the overheating

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