Best Product of the Year 2018 Goes To ..............

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2018 13:58

 

There's been an exciting and deserved 'tick in the box' for Fronius UK Ltd's fantastic TransSteel 2200 Multi-purpose Welding System. Selected for the Red Dot Design Award and the Plus X Award “Best Product of the Year 2018” in the Tools Category, the TransSteel 2200 is also one of Rapid Welding's Best Sellers!

This exciting product clearly impressed an expert jury, which is no surprise in an awards described as 'an orientation guide for consumers', showcasing the best of innovation and design. Well, the TransSteel 2200 has all that alongside providing multi-functionality in an impressively compact package.

What's not to like?

Bringing together the three welding processes of MIG/MAG, TIG and MMA in a single device, this single-phase power source from Fronius is characterised by the intelligent design of the device. Ease of use, robustness, with a high level of reliability you would expect, the TransSteel 2200 weighs in at only 15.5kg, making it one of the lightest devices on the market.

The TransSteel 2200 is available now from Rapid. For more information on this and other excellent Fronius products, visit us online: Rapid Welding Website. 

 

 

 

 

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Another Challenge for Rapid: HIOWAA - Walking for Lives

by Rapid Welding 5. September 2018 15:38

This coming weekend is set to be another big challenge for Rapid Welding's Business Manager, Marianne Edwards.

Back in May, Marianne took part in another Ultra Challenge series event. The 50 km walk around the Isle of Wight - a feat Marianne and fellow walker, Jane Griffin, accomplished in 9 hours and 58 minutes, managed to secure some incredible donations for Rapid's 2018 charity: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Now they're doing it all again, only this time it's a 100 km!

The Thames Path Challenge offers a choice of 25 km, 50 km and 100 km walks, and in true Rapid style Marianne decided to go large when entering. The 100 km route takes you from Putney Bridge to Henley, which I hear is a stunning route steeped in history and following England's most famous river is sure to be enjoyable. But it is 100 km, let's not forget. So while it's going to be an amazing achievement for all who take part and make it to the finish, it's also going to be a huge test of stamina and determination.

~ Our visit to the HIOWAA base ~

Marianne and Jane are hoping to complete the test in around 20 hours, and they've been putting in the practice to make sure they are physically up for the challenge. As for mental endurance, well, I know these girls and I'm 100% confident they'll be able to motivate each other from start to finish, and still finish smiling.

We'll let you know how it goes, and don't forget Marianne is participating to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

So far the Rapid pot has reached £1585.06 of our £2500 target, but even if we exceed our goal we're not stopping. It costs in excess of £9000 a day to maintain this life saving service, and all that is down to donations from local communities. We'd be very grateful for any support, however large or small. If you would like to donate, please visit the Rapid Welding Just Funding page and help us make a difference. 

Thank you for reading.

 

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RentArc Keeps Your Welders Welding

by Rapid Welding 17. August 2018 12:11
 
 
 
 
Firstly, here's a huge Rapid Welding bear hug for those of you visiting our blog and showing your support to our wonderful group of companies based here on the UK's south coast.  We may be down here on our little island, but our customer base stretches worldwide.

This blog focuses on RentArc, part of the Rapid Welding Group specialising in the hire of welding equipment. The quality of products, value for money, great deals and personable service our customers expect from Rapid Welding, they can also expect from RentArc. It's also safe to say our rental fleet consists of the very best welding equipment available in the market place, and after every hire our machines are serviced and validated by our very own industry professionals before going out again, ensuring they arrive at your site in pristine working order to commence work without delay.

This is our promise to you: RentArc will keep your welders welding.

We mentioned earlier in the month that RentArc was having an incredible August regarding numbers of hire purchases leaving the depot.

Damian Bryant of RentArc said, "We're really pleased about the numbers, especially as it's 'out of season' for many of our key clients who are in the ship repair industry. You see, most ships do the bulk of their work between early spring and late autumn, and tend to get their repairs done when the weather isn't so good. So despite the time of year, many of these clients have kept busy during the lean time."
 
 Some of our rental fleet was used in the construction of Red Jet 7 on the Isle of Wight!
 
 And it's not just the ship repair industry we hire out to, although being based near Southampton and Portsmouth Docks puts us right on the pulse of that! In fact, RentArc's clients operate in a broad range of other industries including oil and gas, power generation (power plants tend to have their shutdown periods during the summer months), process pipework, rail infrastructure, not to mention general fabricators.  Another range of customers we're very pleased to support include bespoke luxury kitchen and wine cellar installation companies in Central London, and we also have machines way down in the West Country, South Wales, Kent and East Anglia.  All in all, we're very pleased to report that most of our clients seem very busy right now! 

When asked why the rental market was proving so popular, Damian replied, "Our customers return to RentArc because they trust us to supply the correct advice concerning the choice of equipment. They trust that the equipment is reliable and 'ready to weld'. They trust it will be delivered on time to the correct location. They trust they will be billed fairly." Basically, if you deal with RentArc, you know you can trust us every time to “keep your welders welding”.

  Another busy day in the life of RentArc!
 
 
 

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Our Day with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

by Rapid Welding 8. June 2018 16:40
>>>>>> Marianne & Becca (right) with the HIOWWA crew <<<<<<
 
 
HIOWAA is Rapid's chosen charity for 2018, and we are fundraising throughout the year to raise money for this very valuable service.  We have been very lucky to be invited to HIOWAA air base at Thurxton to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
It costs approximately £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. They fly 365 days a year, on average three times a day, however it can be as many as eight. Without any government funding, they rely solely on donations from the public.
 
The critical care teams have received advanced training to be able to carry out more in-depth lifesaving actions than the regular ambulance service. The medical equipment they carry on board is also more advanced than the regular ambulance service, with a doctor present on 97% of flights.
  
HIOWAA recently had an extension of the service that they are able provide to the sick and injured of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the arrival of the Critical Care Team Vehicle.  This is crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics and has parallel capability to the Air Ambulance. The Vehicle provides the same enhanced care as that delivered by the Helicopter, but now able to get to the more difficult to reach urban areas.
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne checks out the on-board equipment <<<<<<<
 
During our visit we were able to visit the training facilities used by the critical care team; the immersive simulation suite uses multiple projectors and speakers which allows realistic incident scenes to be produced at the base. The extensive options range from being at the side of a busy road, in the middle of a nightclub, to a lakeside path, therefore giving the team a chance to experience situations they may encounter whilst carrying out their life saving roles. Training is carried out on life-like dummies with simulated patient monitors, which produce realistic information and training for continual training, experience and improvement. Regular training helps existing staff to stay sharp and to practice normally infrequently performed procedures such as open chest surgery.  
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne experienced some hands-on training <<<<<<<
  
 
We would like to say a huge thank you to the team, they do a truly amazing job and it was a privilege to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
 
HIOWWA is also Rapid's 2018 charity and we are fundraising all year round. If you wish to support us, we have set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wishes to donate and help us reach our target of £2,500 > Just Giving.
 

 

 

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“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe."

by Rapid Welding 19. April 2018 14:14
 
 
“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe."  
 
 
 
Let's face it, clean air is something most of us take for granted, and sometimes we forget how vitally important it is in industries such as welding, construction and engineering, where invisible air pollutants like welding fumes, dust and oil mist can have very serious implications on our health following daily exposure. 

Well, fortunately, clean air is something we care about, and so too is creating safe working and operationally efficient environments for businesses and individuals in our industry. Awareness about indoor air quality is widely growing, and whether you are a small one-man-band or multi million pound business, it is imperative to protect yourself and your team from health issues arising from unsafe work spaces.

Last week at MACH, Rapid Welding joined Plymovent at the NEC Birmingham to launch www.PlymoventDirect.com, a one stop online platform for systems and services providing valuable extraction and filtration of polluted indoor air.  
 
MACH was a great venue for the launch, with over 600 companies exhibiting the latest products, services and technology within the UK manufacturing and engineering industries, and a wide, relevant audience whom we were able to demonstrate how to achieve a significantly cleaner, safer and healthier workplace to. 
 
 
 
“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe. We offer products, systems and services which ensure clean air at work, anywhere in the world. We respect the environment and we deliver high-quality products. Our expertise gained over many years and our genuine commitment to customer requirements enable us to provide precisely the solutions you need.” 
 
 We can supply mobile fume extractors, extraction arms, stationary filter units, control equipment, flexhood, filters and spare parts, and our dedicated team are available to offer product support and technical advice.

Visit Plymovent Direct, and see how we can help you achieve clean air.

 

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The Powermax30® AIR is Delivering BIG performance

by Rapid Welding 4. April 2018 14:12
 
 
 
The Powermax30® AIR is Delivering BIG performance for Welders! 


The Powermax30® AIR is delivering 
BIG performance in a small size, lightweight unit. A professional grade plasma system, the Powermax30® Air features its own built-in air compressor for high portability and quick, easy cutting, allowing for operation absolutely anywhere there’s single-phase power. Not only this, but coupled with the highly effective moisture removal system, the Powermax30® Air gives great cut quality and performance in hot and humid conditions. It's easy to set up and operate, and you can expect superior cut quality and faster cutting speeds, meaning increased productivity with the added bonus of needing only one tool for a variety of metal types and thicknesses. 

Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut any metal! 

Features include: 

·       Laughing Hypertherm Earth Clamp.

·   Laughing    3 year warranty.

·   Laughing    Built in compressor.

·    Laughing Lightweight - 13 kilos.

·     Laughing Cuts up to 16mm severance cut, 8mm quality cut.

·  Laughing    Runs on 110v or 240v (smart switching)

View this great product and receive friendly support at  www.rapidwelding.com

 

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CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

by Rapid Welding 12. January 2018 13:39

CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

Welding Bays at CECAMM

Opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in September last year, the exciting Isle of Wight College CECAMM facility in Whippingham offers students specialised education and a broad experience of engineering skills. The aim is to prepare students to enter their chosen field, help secure careers, and in some cases go on to higher study. 

Located at the Island Technology Park, the world class training facility includes workshops and classrooms for study programmes such as Boat Construction and Design, CNC Programming, Fabrication, Marine Engineering and MIG, MAG and TIG Welding, and it was for the latter programme that the college purchased six new Kemppi welding machines from Rapid.

 

Kemppi MasterTig 3003 MLS AC/DC

Having heard about Rapid through an existing customer based on the Isle of Wight, the order for three Kemppi FastMig X, and three Kemppi MLS 3003 AC/DC Tig for CECAMM soon followed, as well as further orders for PPE and consumables.

Welding Lecturer at CECAMM, Chris Wright said, "We are very pleased with the welding equipment supplied by Rapid Welding.The equipment is easy to use and it's always good to have industry standard equipment for the learners. I am very impressed with the level of help and support we have received from Rapid Welding. It's all good :)." 

With close ties to the Isle of Wight and a strong customer base, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to supply CECAMM with welding machines and equipment for this project. As a company, Rapid strives to bring our customers the products they really want, combined with the most up-to-date technology in the industry. This enables businesses as well as individual welders to safeguard quality and productivity, and in this case, will allow the future generation of welders and engineers to develop their skills with the most current equipment available, helping them prepare for the future and hopefully successful and rewarding careers.

They will certainly have an excellent start at CECAMM!

For more information about CECAMM and how to apply for engineering courses and apprenticeships, please visit their website: www.cecamm.co.uk. 

The Future Generation of Welders!

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All I want for Christmas ........

by Rapid Welding 6. December 2017 14:44

Christmas definitely isn't just for kids. So come on, with Santa almost ready to load his sleigh it's time to start thinking not only about your own Christmas wish list, but also what to buy the welder in your life.

If you're short on a few ideas, here's a little bit of festive inspiration from Rapid ......

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Welding Helmets

Welding Helmets are always a popular gift idea, but they are a personal choice and with advances in technology there are loads of different functionalities to decide upon. At Rapid we only supply products we are appointed by the manufaturer to sell, and there are some great products on the market at the moment such as (but not limited to) Kemppi, ESAB, Speedglass and 3M.

Kicking things off is the 3M 9100 Adflo Helmet systems with new Adflo Powered Air Respirator. The continuous airflow provides filtered air that takes much of the heat and sweat out of welding, and by using the Adflo Respirator, you will get both increased protection and comfort all day long - the perfect Christmas gift!

⛄️ 3M Adflo Welding Helmet ⛄️

The ESAB Sentinel A50 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet has been a very popular choice with our customers this year. Where comfort and usability meet next generation technology, the sentinel features new ergonomic headgear, colour touchscreen controls and an external grind button! 

⛄️ ESAB Sentinel A50 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet ⛄️ 

The BETA Welding helmet 90mm from Kemppi is another great welding helmet providing full protection without compromising visability or comfort. Weld with optimum visibility without the need to intermittently remove your helmet or make adjustments, making it easier for you to operate in tight work spaces without compromising your safety. The Kemppi BETA comes with a spring mounted flip front lens; just lift the filter lens and keep working! The 100% clear safety lens underneath is also safety assured for grinding.

⛄️ Kemppi BETA 90 Welding Helmet 110mm x 90mm lens with Flip Front for Grinding ⛄️ 

The list goes on, so if you want to view our full range of welding helmet options, visit Rapid online > HERE 

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  We've touched on Welding Helmets, now let's talk clothing - and I don't mean Christmas Jumpers!

Be prepared for those Christmas cooking disasters (apologies to all the chefs out there!) by adding a few items from ESAB's fantastic range of flame resistant clothing to your wish list. The new flame resistant range is the very latest technology in inherent flame retardant garments, and you can choose from welding jacket, trousers, jumper, polo shirt or coverall styles.

⛄️ ESAB Flame Resistant Welding Clothing ⛄️ 

ESAB's leather protective range is also helping to redefine welder protection, with garments that provide optimal fit, comfort, performance, style and durability, resulting in safer and more productive working environments. The leather protective range includes jackets, trousers, sleeves, aprons and gaiters - all ideal for every welding application for the professional welder. For more information on ESAB welding clothing, visit Rapid online HERE.

⛄️ ESAB Standard Leather Welding Jacket ⛄️ 

 If nothing so far tickles your fancy, we also stock an extensive range of other safety products that will make great stocking fillers. Take your pick of head protection with Balaclavas, Insulated Helmet Liners, Proban Hoods as well as welding gloves, goggles, ear protection, glasses and visors.  

 

⛄️ ESAB Heavy duty Welding Gloves ⛄️ 

For more information on any of the products listed above, or if there is something else you are after for your welder, then please visit Rapid onlineAlternatively, if you want to speak with one of our team in person, feel free to call us on 02392 214 214 

Happy shopping, and may we take this opportunity to wish our past, present and future customers seasons greetings from the Rapid Team.

 

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Ella's Memory Tree

by Rapid Welding 17. October 2017 13:49

Ella's Memory Tree

 

Last October one of our Customers, Gavin, from Metal Art and Fabrications, undertook the commission of Ella's Memory Tree, a stunningly designed and beautifully created stainless steel tree commissioned for Ella's Memory, a charity set up by Martyn and Emmillie Selley after suffering the tragic loss of their stillborn girl, Ella.

The 2m tree, which Martin polished before colouring using heat to give a stunning rainbow effect, has pre-drilled holes from which to hang laser cut leaves. Parents can request a metal leaf engraved with a message to hang on the tree in memory, with the choice of three different leaf designs in Copper, Stainless Steel and Brass.

The tree is installed at the The Royal Cornwall hospital where Mr and Mrs Selley have raised funds to refurbish the Daisy Suite and memorial garden, the aim being to try and provide a more homely setting for any parents suffering the tragic loss of a stillborn baby.

We love hearing about the work our customer's do, and this project is truly exceptional.

Very well done, Gavin, and to all involved. Thank you for allowing us to share this picture of your work.

To find out more about this wonderful charity, visit Ella's Memory Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/ellasmemory

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Why you should use an Authorised Repair Centre like Rapid!

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2017 16:41
  
 Why you should always use an Authorised Repair Centre like Rapid!
 
 
 Before Service 
 
When equipment goes wrong, it's usually at a time when you need it working at its best. Having to part with welding machinery for it to be repaired or serviced can be inconvenient, and in some cases costly to production, which is why choosing a fully approved warranty and repair centre like Rapid can help ensure that as well as extending the lifetime of your machine fleet, you can be confident that work is being undertaken by industry trained professionals, disruption is minimised as repairs and/or maintenance can be carried out off site in our fully equipped machine workshops, and for extra ease, UK wide collection and delivery can be arranged.

Need more convincing? ....... Why not take a look at our quick guide as to why choosing an authorised repair centre like Rapid is a great idea. 
 
 
 
After Service 
 
 
As an authorised repair centre, we can carry out warranty work, giving you the confidence that we can repair your machine if it goes wrong. 
 
We can easily get manufacturer parts so your equipment will be repaired using genuine OEM parts.
 
Our engineers are regularly trained, and we have access to all the correct repair manuals meaning we can repair your machine quickly and correctly.
 
We are able to get all the latest firmware updates, so your machine is always up to date with software bugs removed and improved welding characteristics.
 
We have access to recall information so you know your equipment is safe and working as it should be.
 
We have the specialist tools from the manufacturer which may be required to repair certain machines, allowing us to repair your machine correctly and safely.
 
Complies to the warranty conditions, which keeps you covered if something should go wrong.
 
Our services are continually reviewed by manufacturers, ensuring we always maintain the high standards they require.
 
We have access to the manufacturing R&D to sort any problems that aren’t a “repair” and any background settings that may need changing for a particular job type. We can offer innovative solutions for abnormal problems or specific welding applications you may come up against. 

We can repair and service all makes and models of welding machines and any related equipment, and our qualified engineers are factory trained for the following manufacturers: 

 
 
For more information on repairs and servicing, please email ServiceDept@RapidWelding.com or call the office on +44 (0)23 92 214 214 and ask for Karen.
 

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