New Generation of T-8 Wire Speeds Productivity on Demanding Applications


T-8 wire specifically designed to improve productivity on challenging structural steel erection, heavy equipment repair and ship and barge construction applications. The Hobart® Fabshield® XLR-8 is a self-shielded flux-cored wire featuring the most reliable out-of-position welding capabilities, at both high and low heat inputs, of any wire in its class. It is especially well suited for vertical-up welds at high current levels. The new wire features lower diffusible hydrogen levels than competitive T-8 wires and meets the new D-Designation under AWS A5.20:2005, making it useable for AWS D1.8 Demand Critical Welds. Less Rework, Greater Productivity With productivity-enhancing features, including excellent slag removal, the XLR-8 wire eliminates slag entrapment associated with older generations of T-8 wire and offers high-impact strength at low temperatures to resist cracking and minimize resultant rework. The XLR-8 wire also offers a stable arc and a flat bead profile with a large voltage window to improve both operator comfort and productivity in out-of-position welding applications. Low diffusible hydrogen levels—less than 6.7 ml per 100 g of weld deposit—allow the XLR-8 wire to produce X-Ray quality welds with greater crack resistance, making it highly suitable for critical welding applications, while moisture-proof packaging makes it reliable for extended storage. Compared to other self-shielded flux-cored wires in its class, other important features of the new XLR-8 wire include: higher deposition rates, smoother arc transfer and J classification for Charpy impact values. Hobart Brothers is dedicated to the highest level of Performance Welding™. Hobart Brothers Company of Troy, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of welding filler metals marketed under the brand names Hobart, Tri-Mark, McKay and Corex. Hobart Brothers Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Glenview, Ill, a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.
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