Welding Torch Tips and Oxy Acetylene Brazing Tips

Most users of oxy-fuel cutting torches give little thought to the size of their cutting tips. Scrappers think bigger is better and high-end production workers are more concerned with gas consumption costs rather than choosing the right tip for the job.

The truth of the matter is, tip manufacturers go to great pains to size their tips appropriately; maximizing performance and speed while keeping manufacturing costs down with gas consumption.

Choosing a tip that is too large or too small only results in inefficiencies and/or waste for the user not only in terms of  premature failure of the cutting equipment, but slower cutting speeds and excessive gas wastage. You cannot cut 25mm plate any faster if you use a tip rated for 150mm. Conversely, you will have to cut your 25mm plate slower wasting more gas if your tip is only rated for 15mm.

Sizing and standardizing cutting, welding, and heating tips can be a real challenge because manufacturers assign numbers to their tips that have no relationship to bore size, material thickness, or anything else. For example, Manufacturer A may call a tip that cuts 1/2-inch steel Number 1, while Manufacturer B calls it a Number 2, even though both have the same oxygen drill size of about 0.038 inch.

The Industry has urged tip manufacturers to stamp tips with the material thickness size to eliminate the confusion of tip size numbers and sometime in 2000 they developed a Uniform Designation System for Oxy-Fuel Nozzles. This standard calls for tips to be stamped with the name of the manufacturer, a symbol to identify the fuel gas, the maximum material thickness, and a code or part number to reference the manufacturer's operating data.

However, because the standard is not mandatory, many manufacturers are not in compliance because of the additional cost of changing or adding stamps. A second factor affecting compliance is that the standard requires the use of metric measurements for thickness and flow.

Matching different manufacturers' cutting tips involves checking the oxygen bore sizes. They all are about the same because the amount of oxygen put into the cut remains the same. Too much or too little oxygen has an adverse effect on the cut.

Welding tips from different manufacturers can be matched by orifice size; heating tips are matched by heat output measured in BTU (British Thermal Units) using the intended fuel gas. The welder must check the amount of fuel gas required to run the tip and be sure to provide sufficient gas to run the tip without backfires and overheating.

Choosing the right TORCH TIPS & Components for your cutting or heating Job is indeed critical at the same time a very complicated matter too, but no need to worry, as QWS Welding Supply has the solution for any difficult situation, with over 40 years of experience dealing and working with Gas welding, cutting, and heating tools - we are very confident to provide you accurate information and recommendation that will suit your oxy cutting & heating requirements.  QWS holds a wide range of professional OXY TORCH TIPS AND OXY ACETYLENE BRAZING TIPS from COMET, ATTC, CIGWELD, HARRIS, WELDCLASS and many more…

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