WELDING AND ABRASIVES

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Vanguard Steel has been supplying welding consumables for over 30 years under the Trade name BonarcTM. Manufactured in Korea, we are able to control quality and consistency which set us apart from our competition. Our welding consumables are CWB & CSA approved.

BonArc

With the success of the BonarcTM line, Vanguard Steel has added our VGD WireTM. Branded to take advantage of our increasing reputation for outstanding Quality and Value this wire has established a good reputation in the market.

VGD WireTM has made an immediate impact. From the quality of the helix to the consistency of the arc, VGD wire has given the industry an additional choice. These welding consumables are also CWB & CSA approved

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PRODUCT Details

Stainless Steel Electrodes

Bonarc

AWS E308L-16
Typical applications
Welding of low carbon 18% Chromium (Cr) – 8% Nickel (Ni) Stainless Steel (AISI 301, 302, 304, 304L, 304LN, 304H, 305, 308, 308L, 321, 347; ACI CF-3, CF-8, CF-8C, and CF-20).
Characteristics on usage
Excellent welding efficiency thanks to the extremely high deposition rate. The low carbon content minimizes the formation of chromium carbides reducing the potential of inter-granular corrosion. Smooth arc transfer and slag is self peeling for easy removal.
Inter-granular corrosion resistance is superior to E308-16 electrodes.

AWS E309L-16
Typical applications
Welding of low carbon 22% Chromium (Cr) – 12% Nickel (Ni) Stainless Steel (AISI 304, 304L, 304LN, 308, 308L, 309, 309L, 321,347; ACI CF-3, CF-8, CF-8C, CG-12, CH-8, CH-10, and CH-20), heat resisting casting and clad stainless steel. Also commonly used when joining dissimilar metals such as stainless steel to carbon or low alloy steels.
Characteristics on usage
The deposited weld metal has optimal ferrite levels to resist weld metal cracking. Good heat and corrosion resistance. Inter-granular corrosion resistance is superior to E309-16 electrodes.

AWS E310-16
Typical applications
Welding of stainless steel of similar composition in cast and wrought forms, AISI (SUS) 31 OS, SCS 18 and clad side of 18% Chromium (Cr) – 8% Nickel (Ni) stainless clad steel. Scale resistant at extreme temperatures 196° C to 1200° c (320° F to 2200 ° F).
Used for high operating temperature stainless applications, multiple purposes austenitic, heat resistant stainless
Well suited where minimal heat input is required during welding. Commonly used when welding furnace parts, heat shields, ducting and 310/31 OS materials.

AWS E316L16
Typical applications
Welding of low carbon 18% Chromium (Cr) – 12% Nickel (Ni) – Molybdenum (Mo) Stainless steel, austenitic stainless steel which is required where heat treatment after welding is impossible. Suitable when welding the following grades of stainless AISI 316, 316L, 316N, 316Ti, 317, 317L, 318, 304, 304L, 308, 308L; ACI CF-3, CF-3M, CF-8, CF-8M, CF-12M and/or CG-8M.
Characteristics on usage
Optimum ferrite in the austenitic structure helps resist weld metal cracking. This electrode is extremely resistant to corrosion and intergranular attack.

Bonarc Electrode Case Top View

Bonarc Electrode Case

Bonarc Electrode steel - Vanguard steel

Bonarc Electrode Sleeve

Stainless Steel Tig Wire

ER308L
Typical applications
Welding of 18% Chromium (Cr) – 8% Nickel (Ni) austenite stainless steels. Used to weld base metals of similar composition
such as AISI 201, 202, 205, 301, 302, 304, 305 and 308 as well as the low carbon grades.
Most commonly used grade of Tig wire.

ER309L
Typical applications
Welding of 22% Cr- 12% Nickel (Ni) Stainless Steel and dissimilar steels such as 304 to mild steel or low alloy steels, also used for joining dissimilar stainless steels such as 409 to itself or to 304L stainless
Austenitic stainless steel TIG rod, suitable for welding steels such as AISI 309. Also used to weld dissimilar steels and for buffer layers. The low carbon content reduces the possibility of intergranular carbide precipitation and there increases the resistance to intergranular corrosion. It has excellent high-temperature oxidation resistance.

E316L
Typical applications
Austenitic stainless steel welding wire suitable to weld base metals of similar compositions like AISI 316 and AISI 316L. The low carbon content reduces the possibility of intergranular carbide precipitation and increases the resistance to intergranular corrosion. It is also suitable for welding steel that are stabilized with Titanium (Ti) or Niobium (Nb). Superior corrosion resistance compared to 308L.

ER347
Typical applications
Austenitic stainless steel welding wire stabilized with Niobium, suitable for welding Chromium (Cr) – Nickel (Ni) stainless
parent metals of similar composition stabilized with either Niobium, Titanium or Tantalum (type AISI 347, AISI 321).
Characteristics on usage
The addition of Niobium (Nb) reduces the possibility of intergranular Chromium (Cr) carbide precipitation and therefore
increases the resistance to intergranular corrosion. The low Silicone (Si) content reduces the hot crack sensitivity.

Vanguard's Bonarc Tig Rod box

Bonarc Tig Rods

Vanguard's Bonarc Tig Box with Tig Showing

Bonarc Tig box with Tig showing

Stainless Steel Mig Wire

ER308L HiSil
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
AWS A 5.9/A5.9M:2012
Austenitic stainless steel welding wire suitable when welding base metals of similar compositions like AISI 304 and AISI
304L.
Characteristics on usage
The addition of Silicon (Si), allows for higher welding speed than 308 and/or 308L wires due to the improved wetting of
the weld metal while also offering more fluid welds and cleaner beads. The deposited weld metal has optimal ferrite levels
to resist weld metal cracking. If the dilution by the base metal produces a low ferrite or fully austenitic weld, the crack
sensitivity of the weld is somewhat higher than that of a lower Silicone (Si) content weld metal.

ER309L HiSil
Typical applications
STAINLESS STEEL MIG WIRE
CWB to CSA W48-14
AWS A 5.9/A5.9M:2012
Austenitic stainless steel welding wire suitable to weld different metals such as AISI 304 to carbon steels or similar steels in
wrought and cast form. It can also be used to weld AISI 304 and base metals of similar compositions under severe corrosion
conditions requiring a higher alloy weld metal.
Characteristics on usage
The addition of Silicon (Si), improves both the bead appearance and ease of welding. The welding beads are extremely
smooth and the lower Carbon (C) content reduces the risk of intergranular carbide precipitation. If the dilution by the base
metal produces a low ferrite or fully austenitic weld, the hot cracking sensitivity of the weld is higher than that of the 309L.

ER316L HiSil
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
AWS A 5.9/A5.9M:2012
Austenitic stainless steel welding wire suitable when welding base metals of similar compositions like AISI 316 and AISI
316L.
Characteristics on usage
Equivalent to 316L but this wire has a higher Silicon (Si) content which improves the arc stability, the bead appearance and
ease of welding. If the dilution by the base metal produces a low ferrite or fully austenitic weld, the crack sensitivity of the
weld is somewhat

Stainless Steel Flux Core

TBD

Mild Steel Electrodes

E6010
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E431 0
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E6010
Covering is low hydrogen, iron powder; common of welding applications include 71 ksi (490 MPa) class high tensile strength
steels found in structural steels for buildings, bridge construction, storage tank fabrication, shipbuilding, industrial and
mining machinery fabrication.
Characteristics on usage
Excellent penetration with good fusion makes this electrode the preferred choice for pipeline welding
High ductility root weld
Low slag volume and easy slag removal
Very good bead appearance
Re-dry the electrode at 70-80 ° C for 30-60 minutes prior to use

E6011
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4311
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E6011
Covering is high cellulose type; common applications include welding of storage tanks, pipe, pressure vessel fittings, steel
sheets, piping and ship construction.
Characteristics on usage
• Excellent all position general construction electrode designed for both DC and AC current
• Very good electrode when welding in poor grove fit up and vertical-down, all position welding of pipe
• Slightly higher slag volume than E6010 electrodes, good bead appearance
• High ductility root weld and easy slag removal
• Produces good mechanical properties, meets X-ray requirements
• Re-dry the electrode at 70-80 ° C for 30-60 minutes prior to use

E6013
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4313
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E6013
Covering is high titania type; common welding applications include light to medium construction (in all position) and
pipe welding, very good operator appeal. Welding of steel sheet structures, light structural steel, automobile bodies and
machinery guards.
Characteristics on usage
Excellent strike and re-striking properties
Very good slag removal, arc transfer and bead appearance without undercut
Re-dry the electrode at 70-100 ° C for 30-60 minutes prior to use

E7014
Typical applications

CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4914
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E7014
Covering is iron powder, Titania type; common welding applications include fillet welding of structural steels for buildings,
bridge, ship structures and general structures.
Characteristics on usage
• Very good striking and re-striking properties
• Excellent slag removal and good bead appearance
• Quiet and stable arc
• Re-dry the electrode at 120-150 ° C for 30 – 60 minutes prior to use

E7018
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4918
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E7018
Covering is low hydrogen, iron powder; common of welding applications include 71 ksi (490 MPa) class high tensile strength
steels found in structural steels for buildings, bridge construction, storage tank fabrication, shipbuilding, industrial and
mining machinery fabrication.
Characteristics on usage
Very good striking and re-striking properties
Excellent usability with direct current applications
Excellent mechanic properties and radiographic soundness
Good bead appearance and slag removal
Re-dry the electrode at 300-400 ° C for 60-120 minutes prior to use

E7018-1
Typical applications

CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4918-1-H8
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E7018-1
Covering is low hydrogen, iron powder; common of welding applications include structural steels for buildings, bridge
construction, storage tanks fabrication, shipbuilding, and industrial and mining machinery fabrication., fabrication and repair
of liquefied petroleum gas storage tanks
Characteristics on usage
• Excellent impact value at -46 ° C (-51 ° F)
• Very good striking and re-striking properties
• Excellent usability with direct current applications
• Excellent mechanical properties and radiographic soundness
• Good bead appearance and slag removal
• Re-dry the electrode at 300 – 400 ° C for 60 – 120 minutes prior to use

E7024
Typical applications
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: E4924
AWS/ASME A5.1 – 04 E7024
Covering is iron powder, titania type. Used for flat and horizontal fillet welding of structural steels for buildings, bridge, ship
structures and general structures.
Characteristics on usage
Designed for high-efficiency single pass and multiple pass welding
Very good striking and re-striking properties
Excellent slag removal and good bead appearance
Quiet and stable arc
Re-dry the electrode at 120-150 ° C for 30 – 60 minutes prior to use

Bonarc Electrode Case Top View
Bonarc Electrode Case

Bonarc Electrode steel - Vanguard steel
Bonarc Electrode Sleeve

Mild Steel Mig Wire

ER70S-2
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: ER48S-2 (ER70S-2)
AWS/ASME A5.18/A5.18M:2005

Typical applications

High strength welding of low alloy steels, common welding applications include root pass pipe welding, small diameter pipe
and tubing, sheet metal applications, repairs of mild and low alloy steel, auto parts and repair, structural steel, shipbuilding,
bridge construction and repair.
Characteristics on usage
Triple deoxidizer (aluminium, titanium and zirconium)
Superior quality welds with minimum porosity, even over rust and mill scale
X-Ray quality welds over most surface conditions
Suitable for welding all grades of steel
Precision wound

ER70S-3
CWB to CSA W48-14 Classification: B-G 49A 3 C1 53 (B-G 49A 3 C G3)
AWS/ASME A5.18/A5.18M:2005

Typical applications
High strength welding of low alloy steels, common welding applications include root pass pipe welding, small diameter pipe
and tubing, sheet metal applications, repairs of mild and low alloy steel, auto parts production and repair, structural steel,
shipbuilding, bridge construction and repair.
Characteristics on usage
• Triple deoxidizer (aluminium, titanium and zirconium)
• Superior quality welds with minimum porosity, even over rust and mill scale
• X-Ray quality welds over most surface conditions
• Suitable for welding all grades of steel
• Precision wound

ER70S-6
CWB to CSA W48-14
Classification: B-G 49A 3 C1 56 (B-G 49A 3 C GG)
AWS/ASME A5.18/A5.18M:2005

Typical applications
Mild steel wire for welding of mild steel and 490MPa tensile strength materials. Widely used in the fabrication of auto parts,
truck bodies, heavy equipment and farm implements. Also commonly used for HVAC ductwork, structural applications,
pipes, steel castings or forgings, shaft build-ups and general shop fabrications.
Characteristics on usage
Excellent mechanical and toughness properties in low-temperature conditions
High silicone content ensures a highly fluid weld pool and excellent wetting
Very low spatter generated
Well suited for sheet metal applications that require a high welding current without burn through
Mig wire spools are precision wound

Tungsten Electrodes

Tungsten

Pure (Colour Code Green)
This electrode contains at least 99.5% tungsten and delivers all of the properties associated with tungsten such as superior conductivity, durability and performance. Pure tungsten offers good arc stability for AC sine wave welding on deal for welding of aluminium and magnesium. NOT used for DC welding.

Zirconated Tungsten (Colour Code Brown)
This electrode can handle higher amperage levels and work well with both transformer and inverter power sources, making them an excellent alternative to the green pure tungsten electrodes for magnesium and aluminium alloys.

2% Thoriated Tungsten (Colour Code Red)
This is the most widely used electrode. It is extremely long lasting and highly durable and these electrodes are a staple in DC welding applications. 2% Thoriated Tungsten is best for copper alloys, nickel alloys, titanium alloys and non-corroding steels.

Thorium is radioactive; always ensure to follow all warnings, instructions, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for its use

V3 (Rare Earth – E3 Equivalent) Tungsten (Colour Code Purple)
The innovative Rare Earth Mix electrode is an excellent substitute for 2% Thoriated Tungsten. It offers the same high-performance properties without the risks associated with thorium.

V3 Tungsten is ideal when welding aluminium alloys, magnesium alloys, titanium alloys, nickel alloys, copper alloys, low-alloyed steels and non-corrosive steels.

2% Ceriated (Rare Earth) Tungsten (Colour Code Grey)
This Rare Earth Tungsten contains a minimum of 97.30% Tungsten and 1.80 to 2.20% cerium; it offers extreme ease of striking an arc with lower amperages and extraordinary performance with regards to DC welding applications.

2% Ceriated Tungsten is well suited for titanium alloys, copper alloys, magnesium alloys, aluminium alloys, nickel alloys, non-corroding steels and low-alloyed steels. Very good replacement for balled pure tungsten for AC welding on aluminium, as it provides approximately 30-04% more current carrying capacity than the pure Tungsten of the same diameter.

1.5% Lanthanated (Rare Earth) Tungsten (Colour Code Gold)
This Rare Earth Tungsten electrode has excellent arc starting, a low burn-off rate, very good arc stability and excellent re-ignition characteristics. It works on AC or DC electrode negative with a pointed end, or it can be balled for use with AC sine wave power sources.

1.5% Lanthanated Tungsten also maintains a sharpened point well, which is an advantage when welding steel and stainless steel onDC or the AC from square wave power sources. Much like 2% Ceriated Tungsten this Tungsten allow the arc to be started and maintained at lower AC voltages (compared to Pure Tungsten). It also has a higher current carrying capacity approximately 50% than the pure Tungsten of the same diameter.

Vanguard's Tungsten colour code

Tungsten Colour Code

Mild Steel Electrod AWS ClassVGD Part NumberMild Steel Wire AWS ClassVGD Part Number
E60106178-xx00E70S66910-20xx
E60116180-xx00E70C6M6915-20xx
E60136182-xx00E70T16949-20xx
E70146184-xx00E71T1/96950-20xx
E70186188-xx00E71TGS6952-01xx
E7018-16189-xx00
E70246190-xx00

How to order. First 4 number are the grade, xx would be the size. Last 2 are always 00
I.E. 6178-2400 = E6010 x 3/32″

How to order. First 6 number are the grade, xx would be the size.
I.E. 6910-2006 = E70S6 x 0.023

  • For Electrodes
  • 3/32″=24
  • 1/8″ =32
  • 5/32″=40
  • 3/16″=50
  • For Wire
  • .023 = 06
  • .030 = 08
  • .035 = 09
  • .045 = 12
  • .062 = 16
Stainless Steel Tig AWS ClassVGD Part Number
E3083007-xx09
E308L6008-xx09
E3096011-xx09
E309L6012-xx09
E3106016-xx09
E3126020-xx09
E3166028-xx09
E316L6029-xx09

How to order. First 4 number are the grade, xx would be the size. Last 2 are always 09
I.E. 3007-2409 = E308 x 3/32″

  • For Electrodes
  • 3/32″=24
  • 1/8″ =32
  • 5/32″=40
  • 3/16″=50

 TUNGSTEN

Pure Tungsten. Colour Code: Green
This electrode contains at least 99.5% tungsten and delivers all of the properties associated with tungsten such as superior conductivity durability and performance. Pure tungsten offers good arc stability for AC sine wave welding on deal for welding of aluminum and magnesium. NOT used for DC welding
Zirconated Tungsten. Colour Code Brown
This electrode can handle higher amperage levels and work well with both transformer and inverter power sources making them an excellent alternative to the green pure tungsten electrodes for magnesium and aluminum alloys.
2% Thoriated Tungsten. Colour Code Red
This is the most widely used electrode it is extremely long lasting and highly durable and these electrodes are a staple in DC welding applications. 2% Thoriated Tungsten is best for copper alloys. nickel alloys. titanium alloys and non-corroding steels.Thorium is radioactive; always ensure to follow all warnings instructions and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for its use
V3 (Rare Earth – E3 Equivalent) Tungsten. Colour Code Purple
The innovative Rare Earth Mix electrode is excellent substitute for 2% Thoriated tungsten. It offers the same highperformance properties without the risks associate with Thorium. V3 Tungsten is ideal when welding aluminum alloys. magnesium alloys. titanium alloys. nickel alloys. copper alloys. low-alloyed steels. and non-corrosive steels

 

 

 

2% Ceriated (Rare Earth) Tungsten (Color Code Grey)
This Rare Earth tungsten contains a minimum of 97.30% tungsten and 1.80 to 2.20% Cerium; it offers extreme ease
of striking an arc with lower amperages, and extraordinary performance with regard to DC welding applications.

2% Ceriated Tungsten is well suited for titanium alloys, copper alloys, magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, and nickel
alloys, non-corroding steels, and low-alloyed steels. Very good replacement for balled pure tungsten for AC welding
on aluminum, as it provides approximately 30-40% more current carrying capacity than the pure tungsten of the
same diameter.

1.5% Lanthanated (Rare Earth) Tungsten (Color Code Gold)
This Rare Earth tungsten electrode has excellent arc starting, a low burn off rate, very good arc stability and
excellent re-ignition characteristics. It work well on AC or DC electrode negative with a pointed end, or it can be
balled for use with AC sine wave power sources.

1.5% Lanthanated tungsten also maintains a sharpened point well, which is an advantage when welding steel and
stainless steel on DC or the AC from square wave power sources. Much like 2% Ceriated tungsten this tungsten
allow the arc to be started and maintained at lower AC voltages (compared to Pure Tungsten). It is also has a higher
current carrying capacity of approximately 50% than the pure tungsten of the same diameter

Vanguard's Tungsten colour code

ANTOX

Antox

Chemical processes for metallically clean surfaces

Vanguard’s welding division carries Antox and other Chemetall products. Below is a list of some of the products we carry or have access to.

The protective passive layer may be damaged during the processing of stainless steels by drilling, turning, milling, bending, welding or heat treatment. The Antox® technology ensures that your metal surfaces are protected from disturbing influences such as temperature-related oxidation and discolouration, metal deposition and organic impurities – without changing their surface structure.

Antox 71E Plus
Antox 71E Extra
Antox 73E Plus
Antox 75E
Antox 80E
Antox 90E
Antox 21E Plus
Antox NP
Antox 3 D
ANT75E – 5 KG
Aclean 400
Alu-Cleaner 101

Stock Vancouver Antox 71E Plus – SKU#72010002

WELDING

Download your free copy of our welding guide to help you choose which wire is the right choice.

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MSDS Sheet

FAQ – from Canadian Centre for Occupational Heath and Safety

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. It also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures all related to the hazards of the material. The MSDS contains much more information about the material than the label. MSDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material. It is intended to tell what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.

Do I need an MSDS?

In Canada, every material that is controlled by WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) must have an accompanying MSDS that is specific to each individual product or material (both the product name and supplier on the MSDS must match the material in use).

When would I use an MSDS?

Always be familiar with the hazards of a product BEFORE you start using it. You should look at an MSDS, match the name of the chemical on your container to the one on the MSDS, know the hazards, understand safe handling and storage instructions, as well as understand what to do in an emergency.

As an employer, do I have responsibilities for MSDSs?

Yes. Employers must make sure that all controlled products have an up-to-date (less than three years old) MSDS when it enters the workplace. The MSDSs must be readily available to the workers who are exposed to the controlled product and to the health and safety committee or representative. If a controlled product is made in the workplace, the employer has a duty to prepare an MSDS for any of these products.

Employers may computerize the MSDS information as long as all employees have access to and are trained on how to use the computer, the computers are kept in working order, and that the employer makes a hard copy of the MSDS available to the employee or safety and health committee/representative upon request.

MSDS Link

https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/legisl/msdss.html

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