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BOC supplies a huge array of gases to satisfy the requirements of many different processes.
Atmospheric gases such as argon and nitrogen are often used for their inert properties. Oxygen is used to aid combustion.
Fuel gases such as acetylene, hydrogen and propane are used for a wide range of flame processes.
Shielding gases are the mixtures specially developed for arc welding and cutting applications. These include Argoshield, Alushield, Stainshield and other argon-rich mixtures.
There are a wide range of storage methods suitable for gases; which method used is often dependent on the type of product and amount required.
Welding consumables include MIG, submerged arc, flux and metal cored wires, MMA electrodes, TIG, gas welding and brazing rods and fluxes used in conjunction with all the main welding processes.
Each type of consumable is also supplied in a range of materials, sizes and delivery forms.
Practical problems often arise from the incorrect storage of these products and in some instances the consumable may have to undergo some form of treatment before it is used.
Equipment varies depending on the welding and cutting processes to be used.
In some processes extra items such as wire-feed systems are required and even these may vary depending on the type of consumable used.
In arc welding equipment, different types of power source are available with differing operating characteristics and also a wide range of current carrying capacities.
Fuel gas equipment includes regulators, hoses and flashback arrestors which are process universal, while other items such as torches and nozzles vary by process.