The Metal Mashup: March Vol.2 – 2019

March 2019: Breath freely, Fronius hook-up, rebate reminder, SkillsUSA champion, Metallica gives back & spring cleaning!

PROTECTION FROM POLLUTANTS

The spring season brings pollen and new air pollutants which irritate our sinuses and cause allergies. With Spring literally in the air, we wanted to remind everyone we carry a range of Half Mask Respirators to provide you with respiratory protection in harsh, dirty environments. We can’t cure your allergies, but you can protect yourself from harmful fumes and particles, while welding & grinding during allergy season & all thru the year.

LOOK WHO HOOKED UP

CK Worldwide and Fronius Welding have made it official … CK designed a SafeLoc Dinse Connector specifically for Fronius Welding machines!  But wait, there’s more! These new Fronius Dinse Connectors are part of CK’s adaptable dinse connectors. Just change a few component pieces in its modular interior and you can connect your Water or Air Cooled TIG torch to virtually any welding machine. Not sure which connector, TIG torch, or interior components you need… No worries! If you can’t find it online, Arc-Zone has developed a proprietary connector guide with every identifiable connection we could find. Just call in, send us an email, or message us via live chat, and we’ll get you locked in! 

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Chandler Vincent, a former SkillsUSA champion who started his own company at just 16 years old. After Chandler was introduced to welding in high school, he says, “Welding was a challenge and something that I had to put the work into every day to improve but I knew it would be needed in society and that it was going to be a good career.” Not only did he turn welding into a career, but he took his skills all the way to the United Arab Emirates after he was named Best of Nation  during the 2016 SkillsUSA championship. Now, on top of running CRV, Chandler trains hopefuls looking to compete in WorldSkills 2019 and advocates for the younger generation to join the trades industry by working with the American Welding Society and Lincoln Electric. To learn more, check-out Chandler’s interview on TheFabricator!

WHAT’S A METALLICA SCHOLAR?

The Metal band, Metallica, is putting a molten spin on giving back in support of careers in heavy metal. Through their non-profit organization, All Within My Hands, Metallica has partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges to support workforce education by donating $1 Million in Grants split among 10 colleges to fund the first-ever Metallica Scholars. Each college is using its $100k to fund initiatives that best align with their regional goals. For example, WSU Tech will use its grant to advance “Women in Manufacturing” by funding aviation sheetmetal, machining and welding for female students. If you know any-woman near Wichita, WSU is currently accepting applicants.

SPRING CLEANING

Before you throw out all the old junk you compiled while spring cleaning, check out how this guy literally turns one man’s trash into another man’s treasure.

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

The Metal Mashup: March Vol.1 – 2019

March 2019:  Prepare for the purge, make a connection, create your own luck, build your dream, and celebrate women!

THREE OF A KIND

With 3 welding tape options to choose from, you’re guaranteed to reduce purge gas usage, improve weld-quality & save time. Each is designed to solve a unique challenge:

  • Adhesive Free EZ Zone Tape:  Wraps around the joint & is peeled back as you begin the root weld
  • Fiberglass Insulated Backing Tape:  Attaches to back of thin material to surround weld area w/ shield gas. Reduces or eliminates need for back-purging
  • Aluminum Tape:  Heat resistant w/ halogen-free adhesive aids purging and facilitates both tacking & end-capping

Each Tape is available in different sizes to suit your specific application.

A WELDER’S RAINBOW, SAY WHAT???

Ever heard the saying, “Make your own Luck”? Luck is “made” by working hard, putting yourself out there, and using the right tools. Properly insulate your cable connections and find the Pot o’ Colorful Gold at the end of your cable. Besides, there’s no shame in welders expressing their flair too. With color-coded connectors, you can easily keep track of your stuff on the job or simply choose your favorite colors. We have all the flair you need right here in every color, amperage and style. 

LUCKY CHARMS 

Horseshoes have been considered lucky charms since 400 BC when the Celts hung iron horseshoes above their doors to ward off evil spirits. Today, you can create your own luck with this charming craft book by Barbie The Welder! *Purchase Barbie’s Horseshoe Crafts in March, and we can include a bundle of horseshoes to get your project started.
Disclaimer: These shoes are straight from the farm, corrosion, dirt and all. You’ll need to clean them VERY thoroughly, before you strike your arc! (*Sent upon request & while supplies last)

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Chip Tate doesn’t just make award winning whiskey, he handcrafts every bit of the Tate & Co. Distillery. By reviving an old welding building into a distillery and welding his own stills out of copper, Tate started his company with a hammer, torch, and a dream. Through collaborations with other craftsmen (and women), his goal is to “create and foster a new environment of creative collaboration for dedicated distillers around the world.” Although we aren’t distillers, like Tate, we believe collaboration paired with a garnish of friendly competition is the best way to keep the blue collar brotherhood / sisterhood alive and thriving. 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

As avid supporters of women in the workforce and gender equality, we applaud those companies creating a female forward environment and working to close the gender gap. Besides, there is mathematical proof that the rise of women in the workforce can significantly increase the economy. Don’t believe us?! Check out this Forbes article.

MEAN GREEN MACHINE

Let’s face it, Saint Patrick’s Day is pretty much about enjoying a some guilt-free frolicking and cold ones. What’s on your list of spring time fun? A mud-tastic ride is definitely on our Top 10… who wouldn’t wanna tackle a mud hole or 12, before heading down to the local pub to join the St. Patty’s Day party? Kiss Me. I’m Green. Irish. And Muddy. Video Cred: @wildboaratvparts

ONLINE & IN PERSON

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

The Metal Mashup: February Vol.2 – 2019

Feb 2019:  Save gas, clamp & cut, earn cash back, meet a friendly welder, weld virtually, and crack up!!

DON’T GO BLIND

Seeing what you’re doing is, well kinda important in welding. It’s not like you can run your hand over a fresh bead to see if it feels good… Having clear visibility of what you’re doing, while you’re doing it is the best way to improve the quality of your work, save time, and save $$$ on gas consumption. CK Worldwide’s Gas Saver Kits deliver consistent gas flow and make it easy to control your torch angle & travel speed.

MAKING THE CUT

If you thought the Rhino Cart Mobile Fixturing Station couldn’t get any better, think again! Now you can cut, clamp, and fixture on the most convenient work station with the Plasma Cutting Tray which folds flat when not in use. Make your shop space more productive with the Cart that has it all!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

When AJ Fernandez was just 10 years old, he learned to use a Harbor Freight MIG welder that his dad had in the garage. Because of his dad and social media influencers like Justin the Fabricator & Nate Bowman, AJ became fascinated by the idea of creating things out of nothing. He fell hard for all the creative possibilities that welding offers. He’s currently building a welding rig out of a 1st generation Dodge Ram and can’t wait to take on his next challenge, especially now that he has the Arc-Zone Monster Pro Kit to keep his TIG torch equipped with high-quality parts. (Yes, shameless plug 😉 Here’s to AJ, welders, and makers everywhere who help others & build a community.

FARM TO TABLE

The American Welding Society & Lincoln Electric are bridging the gap between the agricultural and welding industries by teaching FFA students and local farmers how to maintain their own machinery and literally mend their fences.

WE’RE CRACKIN’ UP

In honor of National Pistachio Day, let’s get crackin’ with some Wonderful Pistachios! How’s this related to welding, you say? No food production facility can operate without the help of  sanitary, high purity welding professionals. Sure, farmers grow the food, but welders make sure it’s safe to eat! 

ONLINE & IN PERSON

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

The Metal Mashup: February Vol.1 – 2019

Feb 2019: Add another notch, heat your flow, extend your reach, find love under the hood, and deal with the freeze!!!

BRRR… IT’S COLD IN HERE  

With the freeze taking over pretty much all of North America, it’s time to think about heating things up to keep your machines running smoothly. Try a Heated Flow Meter to prevent regulator freeze up and eliminate porosity in welds. Not only will it keep you up and running, but a heated flow meter extends the life of your regulator… which saves you money in the long run. 

DON’T BE A DRAG!

Stop dragging your machine all over the workplace and extend your TIG torch leads in a safe and easy way! The 150 and 200 Amp Dinse or Tweco/Lenco style Extension Kit features a large insulating boot with a large male short whip connector to easily connect to any length female power supply lead. 

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Join two pieces or create consistent notches on straight, angled, or curved tubes and pipe with the Modular Tube & Pipe Notcher. Just mount it to your welding table and notch away! This tool makes alignment and length control a breeze. It’s perfect for building motorcycle frames, exhaust systems, custom railings, and more… in no time flat!

#WELDLIKEAPRO

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we present one of welding’s cutest couples@fullpenfab & @jenthewelder . Dallas and Jen met nearly 10 years ago when Jen was searching for local welding shops on Facebook. Jen and Dallas were both welders before they met, but nothing compares to when they began welding together. With different welding skills and styles, they teach each other new techniques and motivate each other to become better each day. When’s the last time you invited your sweetheart into the shop for a lil’ one-on-one time?

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

If you’re living in the Mid-West or East Coast, we feel for you. This year’s winter freeze is No Joke! Here’s a few suggestions on how to turn that frozen-frown upside-down. (Try sayin’ that 10 times fast)

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Whether you like it or not, robots are infiltrating traditionally blue collar industries at a rapid rate. Many of us are concerned they’ll take our jobs.  Everyday, we’re challenged to stay ahead of (or even in step with) the curve of innovation. We’ve gotta look for ways to benefit from it. Besides, who’s going to fix the robots when they break down?

ONLINE & IN PERSON

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

The Metal Mashup: January Vol.2 – 2019

Jan 2019: SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS EDITION’S NEW PRODUCTS, NEW DEALS, AND TOP BRANDS!

GO WITH THE FLOW  

Welding is all about precision but being precise doesn’t stop at the angle of your ground tungsten or how well you laid your bead, it extends as far as gas flow. With a dual flowmeter/regulator, you can accurately regulate the flow of welding gases to two separate welding processes from a single gas cylinder. It’s easy to adjust and engineered for long trouble-free performance.
And now with the Joe Welder Signature Series Flowmeter Kits, you can save money while saving precious welding gas. The JW Flowmeter kits include the primary gas supply hose and secondary purge gas hoses with quick-disconnect fittings, as well as a brass plug with chain leash to cap off the unused gas port

IT’S CK’S WORLD, WE’RE JUST LIVING IN IT

CK isn’t Worldwide for no reason; their brand is known around the globe for the innovative, versatile, and fairly-priced TIG torches and accessories. We happen to carry the largest selection of genuine CK Worldwide parts and think it’s about time you picked yourself up some. CK’s TIG torches last longer, improve weld quality, and are available in a variety that suit multiple welding applications. From hand-held micro TIG torches to 900 amp machines torches, there is a TIG torch model engineered for your application.

HONORING THE KING

Welding students at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) honored Martin Luther King Junior by showing off their newly found welding skills. Using MIG, TIG, and Stick welding, they built a 700 pound steel sculpture which was showcased during San Diego’s annual Martin Luther King Jr Day parade. Instructor Mike Bradbury says, “This project has really taught them to work together.”
The students at SDCE not only learn the basic skills of welding but also project management and leadership skills. They are preparing for a career in the trades industry which some believe is being overtaken by robots. Bob Pyle, SDCE instructor reassures his students, “Robotics have been with us for years. They’re not a threat to human being welding at this point. We still need people who are able to maneuver in tight areas and manual welding. There’s still a huge need for that.” 
For information on SDCE and how to learn the latest skills in the industry, visit sdce.edu

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Madison Ervin, a classic car restorer who has a TV commercial to thank for her new & favorite career choice.
Before enrolling herself into the Tulsa Welding School, @maddieceph  was attending cosmetology school. She recalls, “I saw a commercial on TV, went and toured the school, and signed up immediately. I loved every second of school and knew right away that was what I was supposed to be doing.” One of Madison’s favorite things about working with metal is how she can fab something new out of old, rusted pieces. 
When there’s a project she’s having trouble with, she turns to her boss Shaun Kiddy who she says is her mentor, adding, “I can come to him with any questions or what’s the best way to tackle something and he shows me the best solution and explains WHY.” 
To learn more about Madison and see some of her work, check out her Instagram and give her a follow.

BOMBBARD THE ENEMY

Plan a surprise attack on neighborhood thieves with this genius hack. Literally a genius’ hack, this glitter bomb was created by the same man who helped design and build the Mars Rover!

ONLINE & IN PERSON

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

The Metal Mashup: January Vol.1 – 2019

Jan 2019: MAKE THIS YEAR YOUR YEAR TO CONQUER ALL OF YOUR WELDING APPLICATIONS. FIND THE YEAR’S BEST TOOLS & TIPS RIGHT HERE!

AMPLIFY YOUR RESULTS

With so many Tungsten electrode types, it may be difficult to decide which one is right for your application. Some professionals recommend testing to determine which Tungsten is best suited for you, but we’d like to make it a little easier by offering a simple guideline.

  • Hybrid: With a combination of high-quality rare earth oxides, this general use electrode has a longer tip life, superior arc stability, and current continuity.
  • Thoriated: This general use electrode has an excellent arc behavior and good tip life but may raise health, safety and environmental concerns due to its radioactive blend.
  • Ceriated: Commonly used for orbital tube, pipe welding & small parts, this non-radioactive formula is good for DC welding with low amperage.
  • Lanthanated: Popular general use, non-radioactive blend that features excellent ignition/re-ignition and good service life.
  • Zirconiated: The non-radioactive blend balls up easily in AC applications, features good ignition, and has an excellent current capacity.
  • Pure: This tungsten has a high “work-function” which makes it difficult to maintain a stable arc and also results in a shorter life.
  • ICE-T: The perfect choice for automated TIG & PAW welding, this Cryogenic treated tungsten is easier to start, has a longer tip life, and produces consistent welds.

Now that you know what you need, visit www.arc-zone.com to check out the variety of tungsten we have to offer. 

WHY OUTSOURCE, WHEN YOU CAN DIY?

The new year is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, setting goals, and making improvements. Here at Arc-Zone, our new year’s resolution is to make things easier for our customers. 
We now offer top of the line cable cutting, crimping, and swaging tools, as well as U.S. and international style copper and brass fittings, nipples, and connectors to help you build new or repair old power cables or water, gas and power leads. 
To make it even easier on you, give our customer care team a call and they’ll guide you towards the perfect tools for your welding application.

[STRAIGHT-UP] FLAMETHROWERS

Some say, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Well those people must not have the Flametech Scorpion EZ-CUT because this pre-set mechanized controller makes cutting on both horizontal and vertical surfaces a breeze. It cuts with a consistent push or pull and allows up to a 60° bevel. With strong magnets to hold any position and tracks available from 15-48 inches, the Flametech Scorpion EZ-CUT allows for straight, clean, and longer cuts which reduces grinding and rework. Purchase the EZ-CUT today to enjoy an easier experience!

BLACKBURN: FABRICATE, INFLUENCE, REPEAT

Dave Blackburn, the newest addition to the Arc-Zone Pro Partnership, is a multi-faceted man. Interested in welding since he was a kid, Dave’s been working tirelessly on his way to the top where he now owns his own mobile welding company. According to Dave, if it weren’t for the people who taught him the ropes, he wouldn’t be where he is today … which is why he’s on a mission to become a mentor for other up and coming kids in the trades industry. He’s truly a diamond in the rough and we are stoked to have him on our team.
To learn more about Dave’s life, passions, and hobbies, visit the www.JoeWelder.com

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Jeremy Bitonti (@jermfsu), a friction stir welding technician who learned how to weld at 15 years old while he swept floors at a machine shop. He says, “I watched over the old timers’ shoulders while they ran the machines and tried to learn without them catching me.” Without any direction or guidance, he spent many lunch breaks “shocking and burning” himself until he got it right. After a year of practice, he was able to prove his welding skills to his boss and continued welding until he moved onto a different shop. 15 years and 4 shops later, Jeremy is now welding rockets at SpaceX (@spacex). 
The projects Jeremy works on are top secret but something he’s allowed to share is that he highly recommends the Sharpie tungsten grinder for a clean and direct arc point, our Monster nozzle for great coverage and smoother welds, and the Flex head TIG torch combined with our LowRider kit to reach tighter areas.

OSHA SMOSHA

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident … or does it?

We can only assume what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have to say about the practices occurring here. We’re pretty sure nothing is OSHA approved.

ALL SHINY ‘N NEW

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you!