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The story of ESAB is the story of welding

 Welder welding
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Welding invented

Swedish engineer Oscar Kjellberg develops the worlds first welding electrode and founds Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (ESAB).

1904
1904
1904
1904
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First Regulator Invented

Victor® brand founder, l. W. Stettner, develops the first piston regulator after losing his eye in a gas equipment accident, setting a new standard for safety.

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Hardfacing Solutions Introduced

The stoody brothers create the category of hardfacing welding products in Whittier, CA.

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Ground Clamp Improved

Ray Townsend forms the Townsend Welding Equipment Company (Tweco®), introducing the now-synonymous "redhead" ground clamp as its first product.

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SAW Invented

The submerged arc welding (SAW) method is invented, providing a versatile means of depositing large amounts of metal quickly, consistently, and safely.

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TIG (Heliarc) Invented

A new process of TIG welding (called Heliarc) is introduced, giving welders greater control over the weld for stronger, higher-quality results.

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CAC-A Process Invented

Myron Stepath invents the CAC-A cutting and gouging process, founding Arcair® and introducing the G-3 cutting and gouging torch.

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GMAW Invented

To this day, the versatility and speed of gas metal arc welding (GMAW) makes it the most commonly used industrial welding process.

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PLASMA CUTTING INVENTED

The Linde division of Union Carbide invents the plasma arc for cutting metals. Linde later became L-tec, which was eventually acquired by ESAB.

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First Pak Introduced

Thermal Dynamics® introduces their pak unit-power supply, Pak 40, the first to combine the cooling system and the console into one unit.

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Underwater Torch Invented

Arcair, an ESAB company, develops and introduces the first underwater cutting and welding torch for the us navy.

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Exothermic Cutting Invented

The SLICE® torch is introduced, setting a new standard for portable and quick cutting solutions for fire and rescue operations.

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Small Diameter Gas Shielded Wire Invented

Alloy rods, acquired by ESAB, develops a .035" diameter gas-shielded cored wire for use on jobs previously restricted to solid wires or stick electrodes

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Parts Life Improved

Thermal Dynamics introduces hafnium inserts, allowing for longer-lasting oxygen and air-cutting solutions.

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OXY-FUEL TORCH SAFETY IMPROVED

Victor develops and integrates patented built-in flashback arrestors into their torches for added operator safety.

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1Torch Introduced

Thermal Dynamics' dual-mode torch (1Torch) is developed, allowing it to be used on all portable air-cutting systems (contact start or high-voltage start).

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EDGE 1.0 Introduced

Victor introduces the first generation of EDGE regulators, featuring the enhanced safety attributes of slam™ technology and an internal particle trap.

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High Speed SAW Invented

ESAB develops and introduces high-speed submerged arc welding (SAW) with ICE™, allowing for up to 50% higher deposition rates and significant productivity increases.

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Rebel Introduced

ESAB develops Rebel, a revolutionary multi-process weld system providing industrial-quality arc performance in a compact design.

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EDGE 2.0 Introduced

Victor releases improved EDGE 2.0 regulators, building on the innovations of the original EDGE 1.0 to become the safest regulators in the world.

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Rebel 205 Introduced

ESAB develops the world’s first truly all-process portable welding machine with MIG, flux cored, Stick, DC TIG, and AC TIG capabilities.

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Digital Solutions Introduced

ESAB launches its first digital applications designed to leverage data from users, assets and processes to improve business outcomes.

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ESAB Overcomes

When the world stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry kept moving forward. ESAB adjusted to the unprecedented times and continued to supply fabricators with innovative solutions while protecting the health and safety of employees.

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NETFLIX SERIES

ESAB made its Netflix debut in the reality competition series “Metal Shop Masters” as the sole provider of welding equipment.

Metal Shop Masters
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ESAB CORPORATION

In 2022 the ESAB Corporation opened its new headquarters in North Bethesda, MD, a collaborative environment as innovative and technology-forward as our products and solutions. Our new space includes nods to our global footprint and the different industries ESAB Corporation serves.

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