Just in case you missed it!

by Rapid Welding 10. July 2012 14:28

For all you F1 fanatics and Kemppi Cohorts out there, I have trawled the internet for evidence of the collaboration at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend - just in case they were going too fast for you to see the logo on the rear wing end plate or the heavy rain blurred your view! Despite the weather it was a great weekend of racing, so a shout out to the Williams team and well done everyone who turned out to watch! We salute you! 


In the Pit Lane: 


The Joy of British Weather - Bruno Senna on a rare dry lap:


First Orders for the Hypertherm Powermax 105

by Rapid Welding 28. June 2012 11:00

We are extremely pleased to announce the first order for the new Hypertherm Powermax 105 has been placed by Guernsey based company, Fusion Engineering.   

The New Powermax 105 from Hypertherm replaced the Powermax 1650 in June 2012. It is 3 phase only and is available in 2 voltage models. 400v and 230-400v auto sensing version. These machines work on any electrical supply within Europe and are CE Marked. Recommended cutting capacity is 32mm. Will severance cut to 50mm.


Benefits of the powerful 105 Amp system include:

  • Maximum power and performance.
  • Superior cut & gouge quality equals less time spent on grinding and edge prep.
  • Duty cycle and reliability for the most demanding cutting/gouging jobs.
  • Fast cutting speeds meaning maximum productivity.
  • Smart sense & SpringStarttechnology.
  • Low operating costs.
  • Low maintenence.
  • Detects electrode end-of-life, automatically turning off power to the torch preventing damage.
  • Wide range of uses and applications in the work place.



Another nod to the ISO 9001 Accreditation

by Rapid Welding 27. June 2012 10:37

The ISO 9001 guidance on competence was given a nod at the Annual WJS (Welding & Joining Society) Conference which took place at The Welding Institute in Cambridge at the end of May. According to the article, delegates from the UK, Europe, India and Australia discussed 'The Importance of Welding Advances, Skills and Quality Management' over the two day seminar. Guest speakers examined the challenges faced by the industry: the growing need for - and shortage of - skilled welders alongside the rapidly growing developments in technology, as well as the need for businesses to maintain quality and improve productivity.

There is no use in developing technologies and materials if we cannot develop skills in parallel.’ Steve Jones, Rolls-Royce plc.

Rapid is currently in the process of gaining the ISO 9001 accreditation with LRQA - see blog, 19th June.



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Welding Helmets - How Technology Has Changed The Face Of Welding!

by Rapid Welding 25. June 2012 12:57


                      Vintage?                                                                                                                                   What's on offer today!

               How Times Have Changed!

While on holiday in France - spending a few cultured moments in a local antique shop before the bar opened - I found what I guessed to be a vintage welding helmet. Taking in the cumbersome, somewhat basic looking contraption hanging from the cobweb strewn rafters, I could only marvel at how things have moved on over the years. True, if I had in fact stumbled unknowingly across a little piece of welding history, then I could see how the tinted window and leather shoulder cover might have afforded the wearer a low level of protection from arc eye or flash burn, but with its obvious weight it certainly wouldn't have been all that comfortable to work in.

Fortunately, nowadays, design and comfort sit happily alongside technology and stringent health and safety laws. As welding processes have developed, so too has the technology needed to protect the modern day welder from injury.

 We all need to be safety conscious at work these days, particularly in the construction industry where high levels of risk can be part of everyday life, but with so many different welding helmet solutions on the market you could be forgiven for feeling confused over which product to invest your hard-earned money in. It's a bit like choosing a new shampoo: volume enhancing, smoothing and de-tangling, split-end repairing or moisture boosting products line supermarket shelves, just as welding helmets can now be supplied with auto-darkening lenses, auto-lift mechanisms, arc sensing technology and funky paint jobs - all to meet the varying needs and challenges of on-the-job or in-the-garage welders.


Despite the minefield of choices, a good quality welding helmet that is comfortable, meets important safety standards, allows the wearer to perform their particular job to the best of their ability and fits the budget, is a must.


Rapid has an extensive range of conventional and electronic welding helmets and accessories for you to choose from, depending on your requirements. If you're in the market for headgear but unsure which product is right for you, or if you're just doing some research and need a quote, why not visit the website or have a chat with Rapid's online specialist, Andy, who will be able to answer your questions?

 On a final note, good luck with choosing the right welding helmet for you. Remember, all PPE is susceptible to wear and tear over time and damage, no matter how slight, might compromise the protectiveness it offers. 



Rapid Excellence!

by Rapid Welding 19. June 2012 10:47

Rapid has recently started the process of obtaining an ISO 9001 accreditation with LRQA, a company who have developed a new approach to assessing and improving current management systems and enabling businesses to improve their performance and effectiveness.

As a small business we want to give our customers the best possible service, making dealing with Rapid the obvious first choice every time - we're not just a bunch of pretty faces here you know, we like to do what it says on the tin and then some! At the moment, Rapid's current processes are being mapped with the idea of developing a Quality Management System that will improve our performance even more, ensuring we always meet the needs of our customers and provide the products, service and quality people really want. 

So wish us luck on our journey, and watch out for more blogs and updates on how we're getting along over the coming months.

Till next time.




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The New Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode for Duramax Torches

by Rapid Welding 19. June 2012 10:25

Technology Upgrade Alert!


There is always something shiny and new to talk about appearing on the market, and the new Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode is no different. It has been designed for use with handheld Duramax torches when cutting 12mm or under, and with two times longer consumable life over original Hypertherm consumables designed for the system, it is now possible to cut more parts, reduce operating costs and lessen down time. Upgrading is easy - the CopperPlus is a drop-in replacement for the standard Duramax electrode, and it is compatible with Duramax torches installed on Powermax 65, 85, 1000, 1250, 1650, 600, 800, 900, MAX 42 and 43.

The Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode for Duramax torches is now available to purchase online from Rapid - simply click here  for more information.

Rapid Product ref: 220777


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QR Codes and Body Art!

by Rapid Welding 8. June 2012 12:33

Rapid QR Codes and Body Art!

Thanks to growing technology and the marvel that is the Smartphone, the modern day version of the bar code can be accessed by pretty much anyone nowadays. I won't bore you with the nitty-gritty, but in a nut shell the QR code - or Quick Response Code - is like a normal bar code only 2D, so it has a much greater capacity to store data. It provides a super quick and easy way for everyone to find the information they want, linking the user to texts, emails, websites, phone numbers and much more. Also, so long as you own a Smartphone, most of the barcode scanner apps are completely free to install, allowing the phones camera to simply read the data from the code.

QR codes are becoming really popular with businesses and consumers alike. They seem to be popping up in newspapers, brochures, magazines, billboards, body-art - oh yes, QR Code body art. Google it! This year the Chelsea Flower Show had an entire garden dedicated to the phenomenon, displaying a two by two metre code cut from Pyrex.  



Here at Rapid we like to keep up with the times - although personally I draw the line at tattooing a bar code on my arm - so we introduced the QR code ahead of the MACH exhibition back in April, displaying it on the stand and having it printed on our stationary. Anyone leaving with a Rapid mouse mat - and there weren't many who escaped empty handed - can now link to the website with the push of a button - try it, I dare you! We're also constantly looking for ways to improve our service, so we'll keep you posted on any new developments with the codes.



 This QR Code was designed for MACH and displayed on the stand and on our statoinary. It takes you directly to the Rapid experience! 



PlasmaCAM - An Affordable CNC Plasma System

by Rapid Welding 29. May 2012 14:38


PlasmaCAM is a robotic plasma cutting table that can turn any design idea - from your own drawings to imported pictures or files off the internet - into finished pieces of metal art work. One off garden sculptures & features, signs & plaques, lettering & numbers, mass produced mechanical parts & geometric shapes can be easily achieved - the diversity only proves how important welding is as part of work and life today. And the best bit is you don't have to be a computer buff  or have a degree in computer software to learn how to use the PlasmaCAM. The software is a windows-based program that runs on your home or works computer, and the robotic cutting table plugs in like a printer!   

The possibilities are endless...... 


 Key features of PlasmaCAM: 

  • Complete integrated cutting system.
  • Draw and edit your designs in a time efficient manner.
  • Simple or complex projects easy to realise.
  • Accurate drawings/dimensions for cutting geometric parts and custom fittings.   
  • Copy and place multiple arrays for maximum efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Variable cutting speed.
  • Cut as many copies as you want.

  Rapid is now an offiially appointed UK agent for PlasmaCAM. For more detailed information and to view the full range of plasma cutting machines for 110V, 240V, 415V power sources, visit the website or give us a call on 02392 214 214 to discuss which model best suits you.




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Rapid at MACH 2012

by Rapid Welding 21. May 2012 12:29

What a Team! Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, visited the Rapid stand at MACH.

MACH was a first for Rapid, but it definitely wasn't the last!


The MACH exhibition is an established showcase for the UK manufacturing industry, promoting its interests on a world-class stage. This year, Rapid decided to take part in the weeklong event, securing a stand in the Welding World Village as organised by the AWD (Association of Welding Distribution).

The week was a success. We'd like to say a big thank you to all the Rapid customers, old and new, who kindly took the time to visit us on the stand. It was great to put faces to names and catch up over a coffee. And it wasn't all hard work; the girls were enjoying themselves before MACH had even started! Not wanting to miss an opportunity to go shopping they went all out on their 'uniforms', opting for a 'Virgin Atlantic' themed dress code with a Rapid twist! Who says welding and manufacturing can't be glam? And the boys didn't scrub up badly either.

As well as the fun bits, the exhibition also proved to be a great place to showcase Rapid's new website - Rapid has been trading online since 2003, but the website has recently had a major overhaul and now provides customers with a more informative, interactive, and user friendly service. The full range of CK products attracted a lot of attention - especially the reduced access micro torches and clear Pyrex nozzles, as did the new design Kemppi machine.

We went to MACH wanting to raise the Rapid profile, and with 490 exhibitors and 21,624 visitors from the UK and overseas, we certainly achieved that!

Did our feet ache on Friday? Yes.

Did our smiles waver? Not once.

Would we do it again? Definitely.


The Rapid Knowledge Centre is growing !

by Rapid Welding 18. May 2012 09:19

The Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre is expanding all the time...

As well as Manuals and Operator Guides for lots of the equipment, we've now added Process Information.


The Knowledge Centre Document Library contains the manuals and operator guides. You can easily see which machines the documents are for and you can also see the documents available for each machine from the item pages in the website.

Click the image above, or click here to go to the Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre.

Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre

Our New Knowledge Centre has Machine Manuals, Operator Guides, Videos, Hint's and Tips....

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