Category Archives: Welding Industry News

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!!!

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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!

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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. 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.

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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 May Vol. 1

May 2017:  Introducing Low Rider TIG kits, fixturing solutions, and a celebration of Mothers & Fab Females!!!

INTRODUCING… THE LOW RIDER

You might be surprised by How Low Your Torch Can Go!
After talking to customers, who were struggling to get a clean, quality weld in tight spaces, we came up with an innovative solution for reducing the footprint of the torch’s front end. The Low Rider kit can get under, over, and in between with style & finesse. Hit them corners with your Low-Low…

FIT FOR A QUEEN

As a tribute to all the female fabricators and mothers out there, we’re showcasing a collection of apparel and safety gear for women. Pick something out for yourself or grab a gift for the woman in your life… if she isn’t already doing so, maybe she’d love a lil’ time under the hood!!! And if you’re not careful, she’ll be schooling you on your dime-stacking technique in no time.

ONE TUNGSTEN = MORE TIME & MONEY

What does it mean to run a lean shop? At most businesses, there’s a crazy amount of CA$H tied up in inventory & tools. And these things are only valuable if you use them to make $$$ or if you sell them. So, if you can use just one, high quality tungsten for most applications, you’ll have less “stuff.” Hang onto your CA$H and stock only what you need. You’re the Pro, and we’re here to help you run lean and clean.

ADAPT YOUR TOOLS TO [ANY] JOB

How much do you get paid to set-up and tear down? No one wants to spend hours “getting ready.” Dedicated fixtures are perfect… if you only do one thing. But for most of us, variety is the spice of life, and each project has different requirements. This article reads like a case study of how your shop can benefit from the modular fixturing tables & tools from Strong Hand Tools. Check it out, and let us know how we can get you “Imagineering” your best build yet!

EVER SEEN A CAR BOUNCE???

It’s all about the hydraulics… How do those Lowriders get their cars to ride that low? or bounce 8 ft in the air? Enjoy the video and pics that bring this car culture to life. If the lowrider scene has been around since the 50’s, there must be something to it. Its community spans the globe and brings people of all cultures together. Enjoy the creativity and ingenuity!

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Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup March Vol. 2

March 2017:  March Madness means it’s time to upgrade, pick MVPs, draft new PAC favorites, & watch a welding 3 pointer.

NO HACK-A-SHAQ NEEDED!!

The right cutting accessories allow you to sink your fade away cutter with a clean swish, each time down the court. No need to hack away at it! We’ve added a few new HPR and PowerMax replacement parts and leads to our line-up. You’re guaranteed to pick a Winner from our expanded field of Plasma Arc Cutting torches and accessories.

LINCOLN 210 HAS ADVANCED TO TIG

Get named onto the All Conference Team, when you dare to go beyond your machine’s generic accessories. The TIG Upgrade Kit for the Lincoln 210 MP Multi-Process Machine advances your machine with everything, except a 3 point jumper.
Kit Includes:
  • 17V-12R, 150 Amp TIG Torch with Built-In Gas Valve
  • Dinse Connector (Installed)
  • Gas Hose
  • Foot Control
  • Adapter Cord
  • Detailed Hook-Up Instructions

PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR MVP

We’re a small company, so we really appreciate it when our customers take the time to give us feedback. We truly take your words & suggestions to ❤️️. Our Best Sellers section is packed with our Fan’s “Most Valued Products.” If you have a favorite Arc-Zone product or suggestion for how we can improve, we’re always looking for more “assists” so we can earn a triple-double each game day. Check-out this week’s stats!

DRAFTING THE RIGHT FILLER:  HOW TO CHOOSE?

This month’s edition of Practical Welding Today really does a great job of outlining the best way to decide between filler metals for welding 6XXX series aluminum. For example, “Will it be exposed to sustained elevated temperatures? Are strength, ductility, and toughness key requirements?” Answering each question will help you select the TIG Rod that best suits your application. As always, we’re here to help!

WELDING’S VERSION OF A 3 PT PLAY

This is what you call stick welding from downtown! Go ahead, try this at home and see what kind of magic you can create… if you can actually strike an arc from 4 electrodes deep. Too cool! It’s always nice to share something fun and entertaining. Someone even referred to Pierre as the Stephen Curry of welding. Pure, unadulterated awesomeness!!

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Although Bruno Kochan (@kochan_welder) is early in his career, his skills & his welds foreshadow a long and successful career. He started off, like most, by honing his Stick Electrode skills. He now spends his days TIG welding pipe. He practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys participating in competitions, which we suspect keeps him connected to his Brazilian heritage. Cheers to Bruno and to all the Tradesmen & Women who know, all too well, that the devil is in the details!

Arc-Zone The Metal Mashup March Vol. 1

March 2017:  May your pockets be heavy and your torch be light. May good welds pursue you each morning & night.

WELDER’S POT O’ ☘️ GOLD ☘️

We’re always looking for the pot o’gold at the end of the arc. This month, we uncovered a pot of gold, green & lucky tools and accessories. Let us know if we hit the mark or if we’re full o’Blarney. Get Your Jig on!

DON’T FILL IT WITH GUINNESS

But once you’ve got your water cooler set-up, you can weld your own brewing tanks. These Abicor Binzel coolers run quieter, have a built in flow switch, simple-to-use tank, and a “no wear” impellar pump. A great investment that will improve productivity for years to come. Eliminate the unnecessary Stops & Starts – Keep your torch Cool and your welds Hot!

LAST CHANCE TO GET A FREE STEADY GRIP

Until 3/31, we‘re offering a FREE Steady Grip remote amperage control with the purchase of a CK-MT200 welding machine. Invest in a dependable power source, backed by a top notch warranty & customer service. The Leprechaun will send that rainbow and package to you for free too, within the contiguous USA.

TRUE CALLING. WHAT’S YOURS?

A highlight into the day and career path of an apprentice welder / ship builder. This video is one segment of a series entitled, True Calling. It’s a great story and wonderful resource to share with anyone looking to find his or her career path in the trades.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain & kidnapped by Irish raiders… This edition of our “fun video” offers a quick lesson on the History of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, when you got out celebrating you can impress your friends and fellow pub crawlers with some notable Fun Facts! Maybe you can even win a trivia contest for a Free Beer.

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Lisa (aka Elizabeth @I_am_girlwelder) is a talented fabricactor from Yekaterinburg, Russia. She works for Etun Fabrication, a custom fab shop that makes exhaust systems, inter-cooler kits and other high-end car accessories. Her work is an expression of her passion, and the quality of her welds speak for themselves. She loves working on her 1989 BMW e30, so if she’s not under her welding hood, Lisa’s likely wrenching under her German hood.