Category Archives: Welding Education

Trade (welding) School Enrollment Rises in Indiana

Train Depot or Welding School?


What’s an old train depot have to do with welding school?

For so long we’ve been focusing on getting kids into college–but the trend may be shifting.  Trade school attendance won’t leave you crippled with six-figure student loans and you’ll graduate with skills (like welding!) that are in demand.   In Indiana, enrollment in trade schools is on the rise and in fact, the Porter County Career and Technical Education center (which includes a welding school) has found a creative way to increase their classroom space–by using this old train depot--which they moved from its original location in Valparaiso, Indiana. Continue reading

How Do Professional Fabricators Jig Up Their Jobs?

The key to a fabricator’s success is incorporating little tricks and tools that improve both efficiency and weld quality. Often times, the right tools can turn a frustrating project into a “No Brainer”. Here’s a shot of a “No Brainer” Ultimate Accessory Kit all jigged up on a BuildPro™ Welding Table.

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As Seen On Instagram May 2015

Here’s a roundup of all the welding action on Instagram: Amazing welds, industry news, product launches, updates on Arc-Zone Pro Partner activities, and a look at what our customers are up to in the weld shop or out in the field.

Product Spotlight:   the Popular Sharpie Tungsten Grinder

Sharpie Hand-Held Tungsten Electrode Grinder for TIG WeldingIntroduced 15 years ago, the Sharpie Tungsten Grinder remains one of our most popular welding accessories (along with our comprehensive line up of TIG Torches from top manufacturers like CK Worldwide and Weldcraft).  If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, portable and reliable hand-held tungsten grinder then set your sights on the Sharpie PRO Kit to make sure you’ve got all the accessories you’ll need in one sturdy kit box. The Sharpie™ Weld Like a Pro Kit Includes our most popular accessory items:  the .040″ (1.0mm) collet and a replacement double-sided diamond grinding wheel, for just $50.00–saving 25% over the price you’d pay if you purchased each of these extras separately.  You also get the industry leading technical guides  “How-to-Select Tungsten Electrodes” and “How-to-Grind Tungsten Electrodes” along with the complete operations guide with all replacement parts listed for your convenience.

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Amazing Weld for # WeaveWednesday on Instagram

Check out this stellar weld from Aaron, @kingpita_fab, a fabricator out of Minnesota. He’s got some mad skilz! This photo he shared with us for #WeaveWednesday received 1,560 Likes!

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This was also the post that brought out the most comments!  clocking in at 169 comments! Lots of admirers out there. Continue reading

As Seen On Instagram April 2015

Arc-Zone April Product Spotlight

We did a write up on the EZ Wipes earlier this month. These are one of our favorite products in our Ultimate Weld Shop. They are easy to use, convenient, environmentally friendly, safe–they won’t put dangerous fumes into the air, and you can re-use them!

EZ Wipes--clean your base metal
After being off the market for a very long time, Aquasol’s EZ Wipes are finally back due to high demand and we just started carrying them! EZ Wipes make weld prep a whole lot easier, but more importantly, they remove contaminants without acetone or other harmful solvents to achieve pure welds. Its simple, yet effective design incorporates a two-sided saturated cleaning sheet. One side is tough and abrasive for loosening and removing dried contaminants on the surface while the other, smoother side, completes the process by removing remaining particles to reveal a clean and polished surface. For 10 Bucks you get 10 EZ Wipe packs, an Arc-Zone sticker pack, a re-sealable plastic bag to preserve your open EZ wipe packet, and last but not least, shipping’s included! Check out the promo link on our profile page for more details. #weldlikeapro #arczone #arczoneproductspotlight

PROMO runs through the end of April 2015.

Most Liked Post (about welding)

Actually the post about the Razor Blade challenge from last month is still our Most Liked Post… but this one showcasing this most excellent weave is second most liked post.

TIG Welding at its finestIt’s called #WeaveWednesday for a reason. Guys like @tool_and_die_welder are the epitome of this. You might wanna look at this now and come back later just to look again at how awesome this #weave is. #killallfiller #weldlikeapro #tigaesthetics #TIG #GTAW #arczone #arctime #weldporn #welding


Now I’m not sure but I’m going to guess that this welder uses a quality TIG torch and makes sure his base metal is clean and his set up is dialed in to Weld Like a PRO.  If you want to Weld Like a PRO check out the Arc-Zone Learning Center’s articles about TIG Welding.

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Again, the Razor Blade Challenge was the actual most commented post, but here’s the second most commented post….  and I bet you can just imagine the kind of comments!  Training wheels for your TIG Torch! I guess if you’re what we used to call a “Shaky Jake” this could come in Continue reading

Welding Safety FAQs

When we shared some of our TIG Welding FAQs (last blog post) we started with some basics on welding safety:  how to select a welding helmet and how to protect your eyes.  But there is a lot more to welding safety: welding apparel, heat stress, respiratory health, and welding gloves to name a few.  And here are some Frequently Asked Questions from the Arc-Zone customer service files:

What’s the best welding safety apparel?

JW-afireThe best apparel for welding is made of flame resistant material–but we also know that you want to look good on the job as well.  One of our favorite lines of welding safety apparel is the BSX Xtreme Welding gear tricked out with some awesome flame action on the sleeves (Pictured left: check me out in the Ultimate Weld Shop).

We also offer the more classic lines of flame resistant wear from Miller and Revco— top quality flame resistant fabric and leathers in classic styles.

We also like the Angelfire line of welding safety wear from Revco for women welders. In the picture below our own Joanie Butler is rockin’ the Angelfire welding jacket (sized and cut to fit a woman’s body). Continue reading

3 Traits Every Successful Welder Has

The most outstanding professional welders have three key characteristics that make them exceptional. Welding proficiency shows in the results of a welder’s work, which is based on drawing from a solid skill set, properly applying expertise, and having a particular flair for the work. A successful welder understands the craft, continues to learn, and finds a specific niche.



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