Author Archives: Jim Watson aka Joe Welder

Nestor: An African Welder Transforming His Community

Why are the Trades Key to Sustainable Community Transformation?

An Oklahoma based, non-profit has executed on its vision of “putting communities on a path toward self-sufficiency.” – water4.org/what-we-do/  Pouring money into band-aid or one time fixes, only solves a crises for a moment in time. When the leaders of our industries, local communities, or countries take the time to evaluate the human capital (or people resources) available to solve local problems, both big & small, they gain the traction needed to fabricate long term, sustainable solutions that provide opportunities for the very people they support.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to guide your way or just your day, check-out this story about Nestor, the Togolese Welder who’s simultaneously built a business and helped solve the water crises that plagues his community in Togo. How can you use your own 2 hands to make a difference?

A little bit about Nestor:  He was born into a family of Togolese blacksmiths, and since childhood he aspired to achieve more than his father and ancestors. In the early years, Nestor worked all morning and night for just less than a dollar a day. In 1995, he built his own small shop, but he had very little consistent business, which made it difficult to survive each month. In 2010, an opportunity with Water4 gave roots to Nestor’s dream. The first piece he created for Water4 was the cross-piece for the surface assemble of a water pump. Through the hard work of Nestor and other tradesmen, 106 wells were drilled in Togo in 2014, bringing access to clean water to more than 10,000 people! (All credits for the story about Nestor and about the Water4 organization belong to Water4.org)

It’s easy to feel lost and powerless in our great big, lumbering, global economy.  But the power to positively transform our communities and our lives, lies within each of us. Why can’t our local trade associations work with local small business owners, metal-workers, and students to create tangible goods, tools, complete solutions that benefit our communities at large. We have the power to bridge a pathway to recover from job losses due to innovation, outsourcing, automation, and paradigm changes. How can we take what we know, build upon it, and develop our own plans to harness opportunities and solve problems?

Maybe your passion isn’t to work with people across the globe; maybe instead it’s to give a hand up to those we see when as we drive across town. What can we build, weld, tack, or fabricate together to solve critical problems? By working together, we can dream big and build a reality that’s even bigger and better than any one of of thought possible! If you have any ideas on how we can work together, drop us a line, we’d love to be inspired.

What is your dream? Weld on and make a difference. “Be the Change you want to see in the world,” – Gandhi

Fabtech 2016 Schedule and Live Videos

At Fabtech this week, Arc-Zone is partnering w/ CK Worldwide and some talented fabricators (like you… if you dare) to demo the MT200 machine, outfitted with a Monster nozzle. We’re hosting live welding challenges at CK’s Booth #N4520, and you’re invited to join the fun. Scroll down for details on how to participate & win… from home.

Fabtech Welding Demonstration Schedule

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Live Razor Blade Challenges!

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Pic Credit: @Kingpita_fab                                      @narcissisticwrench

November 18, 2016 (Friday) 12:00 – 1:00 P.M

November 17, 2016 (Thursday)

 

 

November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

Not Going to Fabtech? You can still participate in the Razor Blade Challenge!!

For those of you who are unable to attend this year’s Fabtech 2016 that want to participate in the Razor Blade Challenge we didn’t forget about you! Let’s see what skills you’ve got! Tag Us in your photo and use #razorbladechallenge and #WeldLikeAPro for your chance to win a Monster Nozzle of your choice!

Winners will be picked by the Arc-Zone Pro Partners at the end of each day (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and will be announced the following morning.

 

Welding Fix Of The Day: Stubby PRO Kit

Take a look at these goodies!😍
Now with the Low-Profile, Stubby Pro Kit you can shrink the size of the “long” parts on your 17, 18, 26 & 3 series TIG torches. Go ahead, dive right into those hard to reach areas and achieve maximum detail on your welds. 🔥👌
#arczone #weldlikeapro #welding #arctime#weld #welder #arczoneoriginal #prokit via Instagram

Welding Fix Of The Day: Welder’s First Aid Kit

Safety Police… Picked this up at my local industrial supply store a couple weeks ago. Never had one, or seen one dedicated to the Weld-shop.
So when your best laid plans and all your good welding safety precautions fail – You need a back-up plan!
We actually take safety pretty seriously at Arc-Zone.  We carry a select line of welding safety apparel, including welding wear for women!  And the best gloves for TIG welding.

Welding Fix Of The Day: Monster TIG Nozzles

We not only sell the best MIG, TIG, and Plasma Arc welding accessories the industry has to offer, we make bitchen welding products. AND, we provide good paying middle-class jobs for some amazing folks. I love what I do… Complete range of Monster TIG nozzles dropping next week. #arczone #weldlikeapro #madeinusa #monsternozzle #comingsoon #nohype #initforthelongrun #tig #tigwelding #welding #reality via Instagram

Welding Fix Of The Day Monster TIG Nozzle Madness


Here’s a sneak peek at the latest additions to our Monster™ TIG Nozzle lineup:  the Monster 12, 14, 16 & 24!

We are adding these gas cups to Arc-Zone’s world-leading selection of TIG welding cups. We offer the  Ceramic (pink), High-temp Ceramic (grey), Lava (light brown), Pyrex (glass), Metal (aluminum and  copper), nozzles AND  Flooding & Trail-Shields… in other words, we’ve got you covered!

These new Monster™ TIG Nozzles address a wide range of welding challenges and are dropping soon in our secure webstore.

Pre-Order your Monster by direct messaging us:  customercare@arc-zone.com  or give us a call:  800-944-2243 (toll free) or 760-931-1500 (worldwide).  You’ll be the first to know when these Big Monster TIG Nozzle are ready to roll out.

Already using the original  Monster™ TIG nozzle? or the Monster™ 15?

The Original Monster TIG Nozzle

Monster TIG Nozzle

Look for an upgrade offer soon and get ready to ditch the Scotchbrite diffusers!

We make each nozzle to our exacting specifications and with the highest-quality grade “A” ceramic. Our technicians precision machine the screen stacks the skillfully assemble them.  And we don’t use dissimilar metals!

With the right setup, you can get the best quality weld every time. All at a Fair Price!!!

If you’re using the Toxic style nozzle you’re in luck:  The Monster 12 & 14 are direct replacements. You can order complete Monster cup kits, or just the ceramic nozzle, or screen stack. Choose from 1/16″ (1.6mm) & 3/32″ (2.4mm) tungsten guide sizes! Best of all, there’re available when you need them along with the most complete line of TIG welding products for simple, one stop shopping! Arc-Zone.com has been delivering quality welding equipment for over 15 years. Our business is based on helping you build yours👊🏻 #tigwelding #welding #monsternozzle #weldlikeapro #tigasthetics #tig #arczone #metalfab #weld via Instagram