ESAB Quality Backed By More Than 100 Years of Experience
The foundation of ESAB was built early in the last century by an inventive engineer who sought a practical solution to a common problem. In 1904, Oscar Kjellberg produced a heavily fluxed, or coated, electrode that substantially improved the quality of weld metal. As it melted, the flux coating vaporized and formed a gas that shielded the molten weld metal from air, thus preventing embrittling reactions from occurring as the weld metal cooled.
Lightly coated electrodes of various types had been tried before, and some of them permitted faster welding, but none of them improved the weld metal properties. Kjellberg was the first to recognize the possibilities of the heavy flux coating in preventing atmospheric contamination and today is recognized as the inventor of the coated electrode.
Since Kjellberg founded Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (ESAB) in Sweden in 1904, the company has led the welding industry in engineering and innovation, never losing sight of ESAB's original mission to provide its customers the highest caliber of products and services.
Today's ESAB is the result of a 1989 union of industry leaders: Alloy Rods Corporation, L-TEC Welding & Cutting Systems, All-State Welding Products, ESAB Automation and ESAB Welding Products. These companies represent more than 300 years of experience in welding consumables and equipment manufacturing, and have introduced many innovative products and processes, including stainless stick and low hydrogen electrodes, as well as submerged arc, TIG ("Heliarc") and MIG welding.
The ESAB North America operating companies are The ESAB Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Alcotec Wire Corporation, ESAB Group Canada, Inc. and ESAB Mexico, S.A. de C.V. The ESAB Group, Inc. is the wholly owned subsidiary of Colfax Corporation.
All of ESAB North America's manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2000 certified. All the plants also recently received the ISO 14001:2004 certification. ESAB was the first welding manufacturing company to receive worldwide ISO 14001 certification.
ESAB's plants have attained such high-quality standards because of their unyielding commitment to testing consumables and equipment and their commitment to the environment.
In the case of consumables, every raw material that enters an ESAB North America production facility undergoes rigorous chemical and physical testing before being processed. Furthermore, critical monitoring and testing procedures take place at every stage of manufacturing.
The testing of ESAB's equipment is just as demanding. Every new piece of equipment is given a series of environmental tests, including impact, vibration and operational tests. In addition, techniques such as Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) are used in ESAB's development work in order to comply with the market requirements.