Understanding AWS Classifications

Understanding AWS Classifications

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Achieving quality results in any welding operation is a matter of having the right equipment and filler metal, as well as the appropriate level of welding operator skill to complete the job efficiently and accurately. Productivity and cost savings matter in an industry where competition can be tight.

In addition to the right welding technique, it is also beneficial for welding operators to have a solid understanding of the welding procedures required for the application and know the classifications of filler metals being used.

American Welding Society (AWS) classifications for filler metals provide valuable information about their usability, including what materials they are best suited for and how to use these products in a way that maximizes performance. They also offer insight into the mechanical properties that a given filler metal will provide.

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Updated: February 9, 2021
Published: November 2, 2017