Stoody, a Victor Technologies brand, has developed a series of wires to support end-users engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, transportation and processing applications in the United States and Canada. These wires extend product life and support greater productivity when hardfacing and hardbanding.
Since 1988, Stoody has been a member of the Victor Technologies family, working with other brands that are leaders in metal cutting and welding. Its hardfacing and high alloy joining wire and electrode products support the steel, power generation, petroleum oil and gas drilling, metal casting, construction and other industries. Founded in 1921, the Stoody division employs 90 people at its facilities in Bowling Green, Ky.
In drilling exploration applications, Stoody HB-62 (62 Rockwell C hardness) and Stoody HB-56 (56 Rockwell C hardness) now have Fearnley Procter NS-1 certification. The company has also developed Stoody HB-Ti for titanium alloys. Stoody developed HB-62 in conjunction with a hardbanding company and Pipe clad with this wire went from drilling two holes to six holes before needing resurfacing, a 300 percent improvement. The Fearnley Procter NS accreditation program provides oilfield equipment and service companies with an industry-recognized approval program that supplements the requirements of American Petroleum Institute (API) standards and demonstrates superior quality management and performance to offshore and onshore operators.
ThermaClad 104TJ is a submerged arc wire intended for the multiple layer buildup and repair of worn tool joints. Weld deposits are crack free, can be machined with high-speed tools, carbide tools and can be flame cut. ThermaClad 104TJ has excellent resistance to impact and plastic deformation.
For transportation pipelines StoodCor 136 was designed specifically for applications where erosion and corrosion are of equal concern. Through Stoody’s membership in industry organizations, working directly with end-users in the Canadian oil sands, Stoody developed a complex carbide alloy that outperforms typical nickel based tungsten carbide wires in slurry jet erosion testing for a fraction of the price. StoodCor 136 is ideally suited for ID cladding on pipe, pipe elbows or plate subjected to a combination of abrasive wear and corrosion.
In the petroleum processing and storage facilities, Stoody has developed a nickel-based family of flux-cored wires designed to weld Inconel brand and similar alloys used to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks and flue gas desulphurization units (FGDs).
These all-position nickel-based flux cored wires deposit 10 to 15 lbs. of weld metal per hour, which is approximately three to five times the production rate of stick welding. Stoody nickel-based fluxed cored wires offer the robustness of manual process stick electrodes with the higher productivity rates associated with semi-automatic welding.