Getting Started in Welding and Metal-Working

by Rapid Welding 1. May 2020 09:29

  Deciding to start out in the welding and metal working industry is a great choice of career path and a challenging, fun and addictive skill to learn as a hobby, too.

But what do you need to get started?

With so many products available on the market, we've cherry picked a handful of key items you might want to consider adding to your welding and metal working shopping list. All items are available from the Rapid Welding website, just follow the links for more detailed information and full specification. Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in person: Tel. 02392 214214 or Email: webenquiries@rapidwelding.com

Multi-Process Welder

Choosing your preferred welding method isn't easy when starting out, and unless you're looking for a process specific unit such as an AC/DC Tig welder or MIG welding machine, then a great all-round multi-process welder covers all bases. The beauty of multi-process is that it can operate several different welding styles from one unit, such as MIG, TIG, STICK or flux-core, meaning you can learn different types of welding without needing to invest in multiple welding machines.

Probably the best multi-process welder on the market and a sound investment is the Fronius TranSteel 2200cRobust, reliable and lightweight, the TransSteel 2200c is a compact, multiprocess-capable solution bringing together MMA, MIG/MAG and TIG in a single device. 

Rapid Welding stocks a wide range of welding machines from quality brands such as Lincoln Electric, Esab and Kemppi, for which we are approved suppliers. Top tip: When you view any welding machine on the Rapid Welding website, you can also click on 'buy parts' to see associated items such as wire, torches and contact tips relating to the specific machine.

PPE  

Obviously protective gear is a must.

High on your list of priorities should be the best quality welding helmet your budget will allow. A great example would be the ever popular Optrel Crystal auto-darkening welding helmet, offering a practically unclouded and clear view of your working environment. The correct helmet should provide complete protection, from flying materials to blinding lights as well as being right for your chosen welding application. We understand that selecting a welding helmet comes down to many factors including personal preference, so to help you make your choice we have put together a useful Welding Helmet Guide, so you can make sure your safety is never compromised.  

As well as welding helmets, Rapid also offers a full complement of safety-wear and equipment. Consider purchasing a pair of quality welding gloves, such as our best selling Ultima Gold Tig Gauntlet or the Red/Gold Premium Gauntlet.

Safety glasses like the Esab Warrior clear UV safety specs are also a worthwhile and inexpensive addition to your kit. 

While we're on the subject of safety, it might be worth looking into appropriate fume extraction. The Plymovent PHV - Portable High Vacuum - Welding Fume Extractor is fully mobile and compact enough for small workshops, garages or confined spaces.

Consumables  

Most people have a grinder these days, it's just one of those things you pick up while shopping, isn't it? But what about consumables? We stock a large range of abrasive products such as the great value 3M Cubitron Fibre discs; perfect for stainless and available in any size to suit your grinder. In fact, we have a whole section dedicated to all things consumable related, including MIG and TIG wire, flux and rods.  

Welding Table

The Nomad economy welding table is engineered to provide a safe, transportable, affordable and versatile welding surface. Ideal for small workshops or garages, the Nomad can be set up wherever you're working so you can bring your table to your work, not your work to your table. This excellent value welding table is also height adjustable for comfort.

Learning Your Trade

Finally, you could consider purchasing some welding reading material. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced welder wishing to hone your skills, we have a great selection of books offering practical and comprehensive guides to welding projects, design ideas and day-to-day applications such as farm and workshop welding. 

 

 

Happy Shopping 

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Rapid Welding Celebrates 30 Years!

by Rapid Welding 17. March 2020 18:00

Rapid Welding celebrates 30 years!

In light of the current climate, let’s have some positive news and celebrate our 30th Birthday! 

Rapid started trading on April 1st 1990 - that's no April Fool joke, we promise! This means that on April 1st 2020 we are celebrating 30 years in business.

  Rapid wants to acknowledge this very special occasion with our customers and friends by offering some fantastic deals for each of the 30 days of April 2020. This may be a 30%* discount on an item, a consumables package at £30.00 or a special 30 item package. 

*30% discount is from manufacturer’s list price.

Watch out for our daily emails and purchase your own birthday treat!

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Rapid Welding Introduce Multi-Currency Payments

by Rapid Welding 21. February 2020 17:15

 


Multi-currency payments have now been introduced on the Rapid Welding website.

With an ever-growing global customer base and over 35,000 products stocked online, we want to provide our customers with greater clarity on price and the facility to pay in their preferred currency.

This was an important move for Rapid now that the United Kingdom has entered post-Brexit status, and we hope this feature will enhance our customers' shopping experience with us. 

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Cepro - International Market Leaders in Welding Safety

by Rapid Welding 19. February 2020 11:35

When welding outdoors, suitable protection is needed to safeguard welders and those in proximity, not only from the welding process itself but also from weather conditions such as rain, wind and sun - for our UK customers, if you can remember what the sun feels like, bonus points for you!

Outdoor working conditions are noticeably improved if a welding tent or umbrella are used, which can contribute to a reduction in sick leave and an increase in welder comfort, safety and performance.

 Rapid can supply a large range of Cepro welding shelters and umbrellas.

Welding Umbrellas

Flame retardant with water repellent canvases. Carrying bag included.

Heavy Duty Welding Tents

Available in a variety of widths ranging from 190 cm to 300 cm.

 

 Cube Shelter 

Width: 190 cm / Depth 200 cm / Height 200 cm / Ridge Height 220cm


As well as welding shelters and umbrellas from Cepro, Rapid also supply a wide range of welding curtains, plates and strips, welding blankets, screens, insulation products, grinding and welding booths.

Find out more: Rapid Welding - Cepro Shop

 

 

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Kemppi's Gamma Range - TOP LEVEL PROTECTION FOR WELDERS AND FABRICATORS

by Rapid Welding 16. January 2020 07:22

TOP LEVEL PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR ALL KINDS OF WELDERS AND FABRICATORS

Kemppi's Gamma range is built to provide the highest possible standard of EU classification in terms of respiratory TH3 performances (filters 99.8% of airbourne fumes and particles), and is constructed from a user’s perspective to ensure top specification meets optimum comfort.

Designed for all types of welding procedures, the Gamma GTH3 ready to weld package includes the GAMMA GTH3 welding helmet with auto darkening XA 47 welding filter and a shade range of 5, 8, 9-15, and the PFU 210e powered air purifying respirator system: 

Everything you need for the ultimate protection. 

Designed with the welder in mind, the Gamma GTH3 models includes optimum visions through the lenses thanks to state-of-the-art features such as Axis regulation and the GapView function. In low light working conditions, the XFA line optimises 70 lumen LED lights to provide the best of welder safety and maximum comfort.

Features include:

  •  Able to filter more than 99.8% of airborne particles
  • Helmet pressure design makes breathing easy and effortless
  • Clarity of visions improved thanks to LiFE+ Colour ADF Technology
  •  ADF adjustment made easy, even with the helmet still on
  • XFA models exclusive with integrated LED work lights
  • Designed for all welding procedures

 

Visit Rapid Welding online for more information about this excellent product range from Kemppi

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Job Vacancy - Trainee Welding Service Engineer

by Rapid Welding 9. January 2020 12:13

 

Trainee Welding Service Engineer

 

Location

Hedge End

Job type

Trainee Welding Service Engineer

Working hours

43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 and Friday 0800 to 1600.

30 minutes lunch

Salary

Minimum wage

Holiday

20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed

 between Christmas and New Year)


Job Overview

Trainee Welding Service Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company, Rapid
Welding & Industrial Supplies Limited.

Based at their busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be:
 

·        Servicing and basic repairing of welding and welding related machinery. 

·        General housekeeping of service department. 

·        As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues. 

·        On the job and manufacture training will be provided. 


Ideal candidate requirements
 

 

·        Experienced or interest in electronics. Would potentially suit a college leaver. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential. 

·        Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial. 

·        IT literate. 

·        Calm under pressure. 

·        Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

·        The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service. 

·        Driving licence preferred*


Company clothing and PPE supplied.
 

*Depending on age, you may be able to use company vehicles.

 

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com

 

 

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Job Vacancy - Stores & Logistics Manager

by Rapid Welding 9. January 2020 08:00

 

 

Stores & Logistics Manager  

 

Location                       Portchester 

Contract                       Full time with six month probationary period  

Job type                       Warehouse/Logistics/ distribution 

Salary                          £25000.00 - £28000.00, subject to experience

 

Rapid Welding is expanding and we now have a vacancy for a Stores & Logistics Manager at our Portchester branch.   As a professional Company with 30 years experience, we are constantly evolving and expanding and are looking for new staff to support our worldwide distribution through our ground breaking and award winning website.  

Job description 

 

·        Stores & Logistics Manager required for our busy stores, warehouse and despatch area, reporting directly to the Operations Director, ensuring goods are delivered in the most effective and efficient manner and to exceed our customers expectations. 

·        Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be ensuring our stock is accurate, in the correct location and our customers orders can be filled accurately and quickly and this role will also require over-seeing accurate stock receiving, picking and despatching in accordance with pre-set instructions and standards. 

·        Goods returns and stock rotation. 

·        Ensuring all items despatched are correctly packaged to arrive securely and without damage. 

·        Communicating with, reviewing and revising despatch couriers. 

·        This role includes managing and motivating other stores personnel and drivers, calls for encouraging a positive and encouraging environment and ensuring team members comply with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety. 

·        The role includes serving members of the public, trade customers and working with our suppliers.  

·        Striving to continually improve quality of service. 

·        Clothing and safety boots supplied. 

·        Please note: this is a physically demanding role. 

Hours 

·        Monday to Thursday 7.00am – 5.00pm, Friday, 7.00am to 4.00pm, 46.5 hours per week.  30 minutes paid lunch 

What we're looking for……… 

Essential 

·        Experience in managing & motivating team members 

·        Working knowledge of warehouse processes and flows essential 

·        Calm under pressure 

·        IT Literate 

·        Full driving licence 

·        Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

·        Ideally have an engineering/welding background. 

·        The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service and cleanliness. 

Preferable 

·        ISO experience 

·        Forklift licence 

·        International shipping knowledge

 

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies1@rapidwelding.com


 

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Introducing the new MasterTig from Kemppi . . .

by Admin 10. July 2019 12:45

 

The new MasterTig, available from Rapid soon, sets new records for weld quality, usability and power efficiency. Designed with the professional welder in mind, this new range of machines offer a choice of power variants in 230A and 300A with 400A and 500A models following in 2020.

The modular design of these models allow you to build a machine to your required specifications. These features include alternative control panels, wireless remote controls and various transport cart options. 

With a stylish, practical and robust design the MasterTig can absorb knocks and everyday welding life. The MasterTig is the ideal component for workshop and site use, constructed from tough injection moulded plastic, featuring impact bridge protection structures.

 

Key Features

60% Faster Setup – Weld assist guides you towards the optimal setup. Tell the machines what you intend to weld, and it sets the correct parameters for easy and productive welding.

30% Increased Welding Speed – Double pulse function accelerates travel speed in DC applications and lowers heat input by 20%. Faster welding and lower material distortion.

20% Lower Noise Levels – MasterTig reduces noise levels compared to leading competitors in ACDC welding applications, allowing you to quietly concentrate on quality.

Enhanced Welding Features

Experience fast and accurate welding thanks to MicroTack. A revolutionised feature designed for multiple and repetitive tacking on thin sheet applications.

The iTec features is an engineered ignition technology tool designed for a reliable arc start that is useful for large torch extensions.

A weld time clock features enable workers to establish weld cycle measurements and job data records.

 

 Product Brochure: Click Here

You can’t have a new machine without a Tig torch to go with it . . .

FLEXLiTE

Kemppi presents the latest in their Tig torch range; the Flexlite TX series. These Tig torches are designed for the best reliable welding performances with a focus on the process of everyday welding. All Flexlite TX products feature tremendous technical performances lifespans and there is plenty of different sizes and types to choose from to fit your welding needs. Flexlite TX welding torches provide excellent user comfort and lowers the chance of welder fatigue. A firm grip is made from silicone rubber and the torches’ innovative design reduced time in wrist loading, allowing more time to concentre on welding tasks.

 

Product Brochure: Click Here

 For more information on these machines or torches please contact our sales team: sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.

 

 

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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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“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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