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Why Attend Industry Trade Shows? Let’s Stop. Collaborate and Listen

Why Attend Industry Trade Shows?  

Although he probably wasn’t referring to attending industry trade shows, Vanilla Ice said it best, “Stop. Collaborate And Listen.” So why do people attend industry trade shows anyway?

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We polled a handful of customers to learn why they’re planning to take time away from work and family to attend FabTech this year in Vegas. Overwhelmingly, they echoed a desire to collaborate in person with their peers and to familiarize themselves with new products.

This desire for people to share with like-minded folks is no new concept. We see it with politics, sports teams, craft circles, churches, trade organizations, etc. At a time when it seems that the media is pointing out our vast differences, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to connect with people, even across the aisle. We’ll never agree on every topic or welding technique, but it’s always possible to find a positive connection with a new person regardless of whether they’re across the globe or across the weld shop.

Why is listening an important element of attending a trade show? It’ not until we stop ourselves from telling our own story and show genuine interest in our partners, competitors, and customers that we really learn. The art of listening requires us to remove our auto-darkening lenses and hear what someone else is both saying, and not saying.

When asked what sets Arc-Zone apart — we’ve been told us that it’s our customer service, technical knowledge, and great product range. While we aren’t always perfect, our entire team is dedicated to problem-solving the challenges presented to us by our customers.

Again, it seems that the phrase, “Stop. Collaborate and Listen” is appropriate. We are active in our local AWS Chapter, on social media (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and our Blogs), Pro Partnership, and our Metal Mashup newsletter because we want to connect with vendors, partners, welders, fabricators and subcontractors from across the globe to share new tips, products, and success stories. We are always open to your suggestions and feedback. Feel free to identify new products, clearer information, and ways we can better serve you. Stay tuned for our latest product additions.

We hope to hear from you too, because “if there was a problem. Yo, I’ll solve it. Check out [my weld] while my DJ revolves it,” and you know the rest… “Ice ice baby!”

 

Today’s Rosie is a New York City Bridge Welder!

Not only do we like writing about the amazing women that work in the welding industry, we enjoy reading about other women in the industry!

A Day in the Grueling Life of a New York City Bridge Welder

What it’s like to be one of the few women maintaining New York’s iconic bridges.

Moloney, who is 29, is working as a journeyman and is one of the few female welders (out of a crew of about 100) on the bridge project. She grew up in New Jersey and—thanks to an interest in sculpture—took welding classes in Manhattan’s Chinatown before holding down various gigs as a tattoo artist, freelance illustrator, and café manager. Then she headed to trade school for welding. There, at Apex Tech in Long Island City, she head about the union, Brooklyn’s Ironworkers Local 361. There was a test coming up, and she went for it.

http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2016/05/a-day-in-the-grueling-life-of-a-new-york-city-bridge-welder/481656/

Let us know if you know any amazing women in the welding industry! Or if you are one  yourself!

What’s Hot in Welding for March

Here’s a roundup of what’s hot in welding around the internet this month:

Arc-Zone Product Spotlight

It’s not too late to get in on the deal for March 2015:  We’re introducing the 3M line of Personal Protection Equipment for welding safety products:

3M™ Rugged Comfort Half Facepiece 6500 Series

Happy Monday! All of us here @arc_zone are very proud to announce that we are now carrying @3mspeedglas products! To kick things off, we’re running a MARCH ONLY promo on the 6500 Quick Latch Half Mask #Respirator with replacement filters! When you buy this mask anywhere else, it does NOT come with filters. We’re giving you a set with each order so you’re ready to get started as soon as you get your package. Don’t sacrifice safety folks, this is your lungs we’re talking about. Check out promo link on profile page or call our wonderful Customer Care Team at 1-800-944-2243 or 760-931-1500. Thanks folks and as always #weldlikeapro!


Tag your post on Instagram with a #WeldLikeAGirl or #WomanWelder and we may feature you, your welding work, or your creative welding solutions:

Women Welding (and other metal work) Around the Web

11055571_1556244367975187_1341479336_n@sh_cardinal forgot her hood at home so rather than go back, she uses what she’s got! When are you coming out on the market with these high-tech hoods? This was too good not to share. It’s #ArcFlashFriday but we’re about T-minus a couple hours from the weekend! Have a good one everybody and always #weldlikeapro  #arczone #welding #StickLife #SMAW #PipeWelding


Most Commented Post AND Most Liked Post

This past month our post about the Razor blade challenge was not only our most commented post and our most liked post, but so far is the most commented and most liked OF ALL TIME (well at least for as long as we’ve been on Instagram!)

10963998_1572064729699991_1289946460_nHave any of you tried the #razorbladechallenge? @crummy_welding did and by the looks of it, we’d say he mastered it. You also can’t help but appreciate the #MadeInUSA blades The little things like this can keep your skills, no pun intended, sharp. Let’s see your best shot at the #razorbladechallenge #weldlikeapro #arczone #arc_zone #arctime

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What’s Hot for February?

11008264_543267525813172_1721225127_nDid you know you can follow Arc-Zone.com on Instagram?  Over on JoeWelder.com we just posted a round-up of some of our most popular posts.  But if you follow us on Instagram, you’ll not only get some amazing photos of inside our shop, from Jim out in the field, news from our PRO Partners and from our customers, you’ll get first notice of special promotions…. and if you strut your welding stuff on Instagram, we may just feature YOUR work!  Tag #arczone and #weldlikeagirl and we just find you!

 

Before February passes, we want to let you know about some promotions that you’ll find on our Best Sellers and Favorites section of our webstore:

Pictured here is the CK-230 water cooled 300 amp TIG torch from CK Worldwide.  This month we’re offering 10% off PRO Torch package.  You can choose from the CK-230 Flex Head or the Rigid Head TIG torch and the 12.5′ or the 25′ cables.

If you already have a basic TIG torch, you can UPGRADE what you’ve got by purchasing a Upgrade Kit.  Select the PRO Upgrade kit for your CK Series 2 /  Weldcraft/Miller 9/20 style TIG torchPRO Upgrade kit for your TIG Torch OR a PRO Upgrade kit for your CK Series 3 / Weldcraft 17/18/26 style TIG torch.

Complete TIG Torch Kit Contains:

  • Ballistic nylon cable cover
  • Choice of 1/16″ (1.6mm) or 3/32″ (2.4mm) Gas Saver™ Series front end parts with #8 (1/2″ (12.7mm)) pyrex nozzle
  • One ArcTime™ non-radioactive hybrid tungsten electrode precision ground to 22° (installed)
  • Spare #7 alumina nozzle
  • TIG Calculator
  • Shield gas flow tester

These are 17/18/26 (3 Series) front end parts compatible with most manufacturer’s 17, 18, and 26 style TIG torches. Including but not limet to:
CK-150, CK-C150, CK-210, CK-300, CK-510, CK-TL210, CK-TL300, CK-TL18, CK-TL26, CK-FL150, CK-FL250, CK-17, CK-18, CK-26, WP-18, WP-17, WP-26, CS410.

 

Welding Giant Angel Wings

Barbie Parsons, Woman WelderBarbie Parsons was fascinated by the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks, but she was not drawn to the story of survival, nor character played by Tom Hanks, but rather with the woman welding giant angel wings at the beginning of the movie.  She said to herself, “I would love to do that!”  And for the last seven years that’s exactly what she’s been doing.

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Arc-Zone Pro Partner Joanie Butler

Arc-Zone’s very own Joanie Butler has been selected to participate in  The Arc-Zone Pro Partnership program.  A little over three years ago, Joanie’s adventure with Arc-Zone began. She has proven to be a Jill of all trades who assists our Customer Care, Marketing, and Purchasing Teams; she creates metal art as a hobby, and even single-handedly designed and built a one-of-a-kind sign for Arc-Zone’s Ultimate Showroom.

She’s an inspiration to female fabricators everywhere and was recently hand-selected by the AWS to serve on a National Committee to create a Program for the Girl Scouts of America. Without further ado, Arc-Zone proudly presents to you, Joanie Butler!

Joanie Butler @joaniebutler sporting the Arc-Zone pro Partnership Tee

Joanie Butler @joaniebutler sporting the Arc-Zone pro Partnership Tee

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