Category Archives: The Metal Mashup

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup November (2017)

Nov 2017:  A double salute to our vets (don’t miss the video), Save BIG on welding tables, cutting EZ style & C-Clamper.

BUILD LIKE A PRO & CHARGE LIKE A RHINO

If you’ve been dreaming of a modular, level tabletop with limitless fixturing options, now is the time to make your dreams come true. BuildPro & Siegmund tables and the invincible Rhino cart are ON SALE for another 45 days… No coupon req’d. Just Select & Save. Invest in tools that will make you money from day one. If you need a little time to fund this dream, talk to our Customer Care team, and we’ll put our heads together to work-out a payment plan.

CLAMP ON. CLAMP OFF. THE C-CLAMPER

Choose from our “C” style lead clamps in a wide range of sizes. A good work lead/ground clamp reduces energy costs, extends cable life, helps produce consistent welds, and allows you to quickly change ground location. Arc-Zone offers the industry’s best clamps & connectors on the market… and they’re all casted & molded Right HERE in the good ‘ol USA. A quality clamp offers better conductivity, operator safety, and less heat. The Right Tools Make All the Difference!

WHY IS THE EZ CUT SO POPULAR?

 

You don’t have to be a Pro to cut like one… Steady hands aren’t even required to make even the straightest cuts. Flametech’s EZ Cut levels the playing field. With the EZ Cut, you can quickly set your line and burn some metal. Watch this video testimonial to see if it’s the right investment for your shop. Get ‘er Done Right the first time, without having to stop & attempt to clean up after your speed wobbles jack your edge.

TEACH A MAN TO FISH…

It’s About the Warrior (IATW) is on a mission “to assist and empower all post-9/11 veterans and their families” in its tri-state Pittsburgh area. What struck us about this story is how the founders were inspired by a large scale veteran’s organization to instead channel their energies to serve their local community of veterans – people that lived across town. A retired NFL player turned furniture craftsman, a USAF veteran, and a Marine who lost both his legs in an IED explosion have formed an unbeatable Team at IATW. They work one-on-one with veterans to connect them with job re-training, financial & moral support, and scholarships.

THERE’S NO MORE IMPORTANT JOB

When you’re completing welding repairs on the armored vehicle that keeps your comrades safe, your job truly becomes a labor of dedication & love. The music and footage in this video give us a tiny glimpse of a deployed welder’s life in Iraq. We salute this warrior, and all soldiers, for their service and for the impenetrable welds they lay down.
Watch the video. Then, Thank a Veteran Today!!!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Jason of @moser_fab is one of our talented Pro Partners who lay down some of the best beads in the biz. We are so grateful for their honest feedback on the tools they use to make a living! Jason, who helps make the Arkansas highways drive-able by maintaining the heavy equipment that builds the roads, also has his own fabrication business in his home shop. Check-out this multi-angle EZ-Video that shows us all How it’s Done!
P.S. That just might be a BuildPro table he’s workin’ on…

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup October Vol.1 (2017)

Oct 2017:  Crimpin’ Big Lugs, Tips on Giving, an Epic Bench Warmer, Sliding into Home, Fabtech Teaser, & Rocket Failures.

SAFELY SLIDE INTO HOME PLATE

Steady your wrist for ultimate precision and slide that bead on into home with the Hand Rest Glide Kit.

✓  Reduces Fatigue
✓  Increases Stability
✓  Swivels 360°
✓  Now $25

TAME YOUR BIG LUG

Repair and maintain your own cables, lugs and connectors. Don’t get caught without the proper tools to keep your crew on task and meet project deadlines. The Right Tools Make All the Difference and keep even your biggest lug in line!

LOOK WHO’S SITTIN’ ON THE BENCH

Invest in the Best & Produce Optimal Work in Less Time. Our A-PT-051 Pro is a benchtop positioner designed to render its predecessors irrelevant and obsolete. Weighing in at 22 lbs and with 110 lb horizontal weight capacity, this petite powerhouse can transform your shop into an automation wonderlandIntroductory priced at just $989, this turntable offers exceptional bang for your buck. And it’s probably cheaper than a few beers & bags of peanuts at a MLB game.

GO FUND WHO?

With so many tragedies (and charities) across the globe, it’s difficult to decide how or where to donate. Josh of Brown Dog Welding outlines how he determines where, when & how he gives back. If you’re thinking of donating pieces of your work, your money, or even your re-postings & “shares” across social media, this article is a Must Read. Confidently promote charities and causes that both stir your heart and do the most good for those who really need it. Can the fundraisers’ answer the question, “What % of my donation actually reaches the people in need?” You might be surprised by what you learn.

NO WORRIES.  I’VE GOT THIS…

Even rocket scientists have bad days, get it wrong, and make BIG mistakes. If you shoot for the moon, you’re bound to need more than a couple tries to get it right. Enjoy this collection of SpaceX’s failures to give you that lil’ extra motivation to keep on keepin’ on til you succeed and realize your dreams. Planet Mars, here we come!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

We’re Goin to the Show! Team Arc-Zone is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones at Fabtech in a few weeks. We’re excited to get feedback on our new products & talk shop with buyers, distributors, and fabricators from all across the land. Be on the look-out for our Team in CK’s Booth and as we navigate the floor with our Ambassadors, Vendors, & Pro Partners. Look-out Chicago, Here We Come!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup September Vol.2 (2017)

Sept 2017: It’s Manufacturing Season with the Release of a New Positioner, Hot Tungsten, Female Drivers & MFG DAY.

ANNOUNCING THE A-PT-051 PRO POSITIONER

Arc-Zone is thrilled to launch our A-PT-051 Pro, a benchtop positioner designed to render all its predecessors irrelevant and obsolete. Weighing in at only 22 lbs and with 110 lb horizontal weight capacity, this lil’ powerhouse can turn your shop into an automation wonderland. Priced at $989, this turntable is guaranteed to give you exceptional bang for your buck. With the PT-051, every shop can Invest in the Best!

WHAT COLOR’S HOT THIS SEASON?

It doesn’t matter what color the [welding] stylists are sayin’ is Hot this year, we’ve got whatever color tungsten you want. Strut your stuff and lay down the perfect bead with the tungsten of your choice. While tungsten quality and prep are always important, you deserve to choose the blend that best delivers a quick start, stable arc, and low burn off.

THE RIGHT TOOLS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Never underestimate the importance of selecting the right tools to help you get the job done. We looked through our offering to highlight a few tools you might not have yet… Scissor lift, Rhino carts, Rotary positioner, Wide Mouth, Panel & 3-Axis Clamps, Mag-levels, Expand-O Pliers & more. Check ’em out to see if you think they’ll serve you well.

2020 IS ONLY 2 YEARS AWAY…

No need to check your eyes. We’re getting close to 2020, and we’ve gotta pay attention if we want to remain relevant.
  • Frustrated by the search for technology that will pay for itself?
  • Scratching your head as you look for better ways to deliver products to market… and do it faster?
  • Looking for talented, career-focused employees who actually want to learn (and work)?
You Are Not Alone! We’re in this together & our collective future is as bright as the eclipsing sun. IndustryWeek looks at the future of manufacturing in North America, and it’s definitely worth the read. Prepare to be Inspired… to get to Work!

JERGENS:  A MFG DAY PROFILE

Jergens, Inc. a manufacturing tooling company, that dates back to WWII, works hard to stay at the cutting edge. In this video, produced in honor of MFG Day, employees explain how a Team with a shared vision can innovate and structure its offerings to stay relevant 50 years later. Decide for yourself if you can learn from this Ohio company that demonstrates Real staying power.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

In honor of Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6, we are highlighting a video we posted a few weeks ago. It’s shot by one very proud papa, Justin, @sohjustin. Mfg Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. We can’t think of a better way to instill your love for your craft, than to share it with your children. Get out there and celebrate!!! This Wonder Girl has some serious skilz!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup September Vol. 1 (2017)

August 2017: Prep. Step. Weld. Repeat. Then Watch & Read to be reminded Why you follow documented weld processes.

STEP ON IT!!!

Having the right foot control is essential to maintaining a consistent arc. Just like your work shoes, the pedal has gotta feel comfortable under your foot. So kick back, settle in, and press down on that pedal to strike the perfect arc. We’ve got whatever cord length and plug combination you need.

I’D BE LOST WITHOUT YOU…

Is it weird to talk to your favorite tools and let them know how much you appreciate them? Well, yes… but it’s ok to tell your friends which tools have made your [weld] life better. We’ve even produced a little video to share some of our favorites and how useful they are. Check it out… the tune is kinda catchy too.

GET YOUR WELDX ON

The WeldX Jacket by Miller is definitely a staff favorite. It has the durability of a leather jacket but is light and comfortable from Day 1. If you’re looking to treat yourself (or send a hint to someone who wants to see you well protected), you can’t go wrong with the jacket of all trades.

FLYING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS…

Generally leads to making mistakes that coulda been avoided. Set yourself up for success, avoid rework, and the plague of weld failure. Spending time on proper prep, actually saves time & money. No one likes a dirty, sloppy weld with:  misalignment, inclusions, closing the root gap too much, inconsistent penetration, and cracking. Check-out the article in last month’s Fabricator for a few tips to share with your team.

BAD WELD = BAD RACE [START]

Why is good weld penetration so important?… Hmmm… because if it’s horrible, you just might twerk your frame right in half! And nobody wants to see that… Well, maybe we’d like to see it, so long as we weren’t responsible.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Andrew, who’s from the UK, has been welding since he was 16 years old. He started welding with his father, and Andrew now TIG welds primarily in the food and beverage industry. Can you say [INSANE]itary, High Purity welding skills? In his spare time, he enjoys anything related to cars, Formula 1, and going to the gym. Cheers to Andrew (@Budgie195) and all the women & men who burn metal each day to make it happen. Share your journey w/ us on social media. We’d love to cheer you on too!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup August Vol. 2

August 2017: How Hot is too Hot? No Worries. Transformers, Water coolers, Monster cups & the Multitool will keep you cool!

MONSTER IS [TIG] LIFESTYLE IN A CUP

Who needs an energy drink, when you can get amped up by stackin’ dimes? Regardless of which [flavor] you choose, Arc-Zone has a Monster TIG nozzle to help you Weld Like a Pro. If you’re welding exotic alloys (i.e. Titanium, Stainless Steel, Inconel, Hastelloy, Monel, Chromoly, Docol R8), you can benefit from the Monster’s:

    -Improved Gas Coverage
    -Better Arc Stability
    -Longer Tungsten Stick-out (better joint access & visibility)
    -Light, Compact Feel that Won’t Weigh Down your Torch

HELP YOUR TORCH BEAT THE HEAT

Abicor Binzel® water coolers deliver excellent cooling & value for under $800. Constructed of high-quality components, with a rotational molded, long life plastic tank with quick release hose connections and adapters. Designed for water cooled MIG, TIG and PAW welding torches rated up to 600 amps. Be more productive and extend the life of your torch by running cooler.

MASTER YOUR METAL

The Multitool™ is so much more than a traditional belt sander, this versatile tool has a belt speed of ~5,400 sq.ft./min. It removes material up to 5 times faster than with a grit grinding wheel. Enjoy 5 grinding areas in one machine: contact wheel, platen grinding, slack-belt grinding, disc grinding, & stone wheel grinding. It’s so great, you’ll want to put it on a pedestal..

ALUMINUM: HOW HOT IS TOO HOT?

A reader asks Practical Welding Today which filler to use for 6061-T6 with service temps from 300-600F… But is aluminum even appropriate for his application?… Hmmm… What do you think? What did the experts recommend?

BUILDING REAL LIFE TRANSFORMERS

We love to see people re-purpose scrap metal and design creations that strike awe into those who experience them. This father-son duo was inspired by the Transformer movie, and theGIGANTIC transformers they’ve created from car parts are simply spectacular. Not only that, their passion has spawned a small business enterprise and strengthened their relationship. Great Big Story, the media company that uncovered their story, travels the globe to discover the untold & flat-out amazing.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Wes of @Wicked_Welding has spent the last few years building his business and his shop. From what we can see, theshop is as clean & organized as his approach to welding. By starting with the right tools, a lotta sweat, and a clear vision of where you wanna go, you can achieve your dreams. If it were easy… everyone would do it. Celebrate your successes and learn from your setbacks, so that at the end of the day, you’re that much stronger. Cheers to Wes, and all the men & women who burn metal each day to make it happen. Share your journey w/ us on Social media. We’d love to cheer you on too!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup July Vol.1

July 2017: Featuring crimping tools, Rhino Welding Carts, the Carmen Electrode story, and a welder named Blackburn.

CUT IT. CRIMP IT. CONNECT IT.

We’ve added new work lead tools; Repair and maintain your own cables, lugs and connectors. Don’t get caught without the proper tools to keep your crew on task and meet project deadlines. The Right Tools Make All the Difference (and cure headaches too)!

WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN…

Well… maybe not gold, but StrongHand Tools’ Rhino Mobile Welding Carts are the perfect all-in-one solution for shops of all sizes. Enjoy the fixturing options of a BuildPro table, the portability & storage of a cart, and a 66 piece fixturing kit is included. It offers a 4’x 2.5′ table top with a 1500 lb load capacity; roll it wherever you need it.

ROD GUARD

Show off your true colors and save your Rod. Whether you choose colors based on a favorite team, type of filler metal, or your welding machine – with Rod Guard colored canisters, you can organize your shop any way you choose. It’s kinda like pimpin’ your ride… but a LOT cheaper!

WATSON, WELDING & WOMEN: 

The Story of How Arc-Zone & Carmen Electrode Came to Be

Maybe it’s a trip down memory lane, sprinkled with the prominent role women have played in shaping both Jim’s journey and Arc-Zone’s history. Regardless, we think it’s a story worth telling, and reading (we hope). Grab your favorite beverage, read our tale, and please leave a comment to let us know what you think or what more you’d like to know. We really value your opinion; without subscribers, customers, friends, and partners… there would be no Arc-Zone.com, so Thank You for the role you’ve played in our story too!

GRINDING WHEELS ARE PRETTY SIMPLE, RIGHT?

No, not really. Even if you thought that you knew a lot about grinding wheels, you’ll probably learn a thing or twelve from this “How It’s Made” video. We’re all familiar with the finished products & what they do, but how are they produced? Click to see the end-to-end process of manufacturing each type of wheel, starting from the specific mixture of chemicals and minerals to placing the final labels on the wheels.

#WELDLIKEAPRO

We love to showcase talented welders, great welds, and every so often we have the opportunity to meet these folks face to face. Our goal is to foster a community of great peeps. Dave (@blackburnfabrication) is no exception. He stepped up to the booth & completely Wowed the Crowds, when he made the #RazorBladeChallenge at Fabtech happen. Dave’s stepdad and uncle taught him to weld when he was a kid… so he could fix his dirt bike. He enjoys all processes, as each has its own challenges. Dave does a lot of TIG repair jobs, and he’s building his own kickbutt mobile welding rig, so if anyone has an upcoming project in Central CA, Blackburn’s your guy!