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Why Use Strata

Steel is by far the most frequently welded metals and when the alloy and carbon content is known, the experienced welder can select an electrode that will be both compatible with the parent metal's chemistry and suitable to the welders structural needs. The welder will also know, by the carbon content of the steel, if the workpiece should be pre-heated to avoid stress, especially in the area near the weld.
Unlike the production welder who welds within prescribed limits and with known materials, the maintenance and repair welder must, as a rule, be able to confidently weld a variety of steels.
By using STRATA Welding Alloys, the welder will be able to produce superior welds on a wide selection of known and unknown steels.

Maintenance & Repair Welding Versus Production Welding

Production Welding is:
  • Executed under optimum welding conditions
  • By trained and experienced staff
  • In a controlled environment
  • To a prescribed recipe
  •  With full knowledge and experience
Maintenance & Repair Welding is:
  • Expected to cope with unknown metals
  • Metals that are old, dirty, greasy and corroded
  • Difficult to access with welding equipment
  • Staff may be inexperienced welders
  • Repairs could be required under water or in dirty, wet conditions
The STRATA Difference:
  • Only premium products with special characteristics are produced
  • Alloys are manufactured from highest quality raw materials with the best possible physical properties
  • Products are made to unique STRATA specifications which are the most advanced available
  • Committed to minimising down time
  • Overnight delivery throughout NZ whenever possible

Cost Reductions 

Wear and corrosion are of major concern to industry; they produce down time, loss of production, low efficiency, maintenance work and replacement parts. At the end of the year the cost affects the balance sheet and is an enormous drain on the economy.

The STRATA approach to combat wear and corrosion is to utilise alternative technologies (brazing, coating, welding or wearplate) and appropriate consumables, which satisfy the mechanical property requirements and simultaneously offer an effective barrier against the harsh environment.

Cost reduction: The STRATA approach is cost effective even though the barrier is highly alloyed (and therefore expensive) as the barrier is thin and only used where the attack is occurring. Producing the whole part from such a specialist alloy would not only be unnecessary and prohibitively expensive, but may be impossible to manufacture or fail to have the desired mechanical properties.

In-situ repairs: Frequently the cost of taking equipment apart to remove a failed part is greater than the cost of the part itself. It is more cost effective to avoid the strip down and repair the part in-situ. If the part is repaired or coated correctly it will also last longer.

The Mechanism of Wear 

The better you understand your problems, the easier it is for our experts to identify the unique solution to your particular needs.

Wear affects our everyday life. Take the car tyres that wear and have to be replaced regularly. The tyre gives us an idea of how broad and complex the wear phenomenon is as we know that tyre wear is influenced by many external factors such as driving speed, road surface, type of car and type of driver.

Wear can be thought of as a "system" incorporating several elements. The base body is the part experiencing wear (our tyre). It may be acted upon by an opposing body, either directly (the road) or via an intermediate body (broken glass on road). Wear may also be influenced by the environment in which the body operates (snow).

Wear is influenced by various factors or operating conditions:

  • Movement (impact; sliding)
  • Type of contact (sharp, flat, bearings)
  • Load
  • Type of materials (metal, sand, rocks)
  • Speed
  • Environment (corrosion; pressure; oxidation)
  • Temperature

Components are rarely subjected to only one type of wear. When several different types of wear mechanisms are operating simultaneously, the result is combined wear and other parameters (pressure, oxidation, corrosion, impact or temperature) which can also influence the choice of protection technology employed.

STRATA have the solution to these issues and we welcome your enquiry today.

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STRATA International has been supplying welding electrodes to engineers throughout New Zealand for over 25 years and is pleased to support Proline Welding Supplies as the distributor for the South Pacific Region.
Trusted by many to weld in the most challenging applications, STRATA has proved itself to be 'better then the rest' when it comes to specialised welding products, a reputation not easily obtained, but strongly upheld.  Click here to read more.