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Red-D-Arc Supports Grimsby Welding Program

23 December, 15 12:02 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Red-D-Arc-Grimsby-SecondaryRed-D-Arc is supporting the development of future welding industry professionals thanks in large part to Joe Nagy – Regional Operations Manager for Canada. Joe reached out to Ed Stavnitzky, student achievement leader from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and welding instructor Bill Meloche from the Grimsby Ontario High school welding tech shop to discuss ways in which Red-D-Arc could support their efforts. The DSBN adult welding program trains adults to CWB standard 4G and prepares them for a career in the welding industry. Red-D-Arc provided nine wire feed packages and a plasma cutting machine; helping to get this community project off the ground. Ten students started the program in the Summer of 2015 and eight finished with all position CWB certification. Ed and Bill recently informed Joe that seven of the eight graduates are employed in welding or welding related industries throughout the region. Joe has since reached out to Dan Tadic Executive Director at the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) and is in discussions to partner with the CWA Foundation Charity to help students, institutions and industries right across Canada.

Red-D-Arc Generators to Power Niagara Wind Project

17 December, 15 10:22 am · Leave a comment ·
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Red-D-Arc Welderentals will be supplying the Niagara Wind Farm Project with 77 rental power generators to service the construction of new wind turbines. When it is complete, the Niagara Region Wind Farm will be one of the largest in North America and will supply Ontarians with an additional 230 Mega Watts of wind energy. Red-D-Arc developed a custom power distribution panel to meet the specific onsite needs of the builder. This is another example of how Red-D-Arc employees create solutions that help our clients reach their goals. Red-D-Arc is already recognized internationally as a leading provider of welding and weld automation rental equipment and we continue to expand our horizons by offering new products like power generators, light towers and other specialty equipment.

 

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On-Site Power: Where You Need It, When You Need It

Red-D-Arc offers a variety of onsite power solutions including diesel, NG/LPG and Bi-Fuel Generators as well as self powered light towers and power distribution panels.
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Mobile Lighting Towers Now Available

04 December, 15 4:45 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Mobile Lighting Tower - Job site lighting

For some time, Red-D-Arc has been powering job sites with our mobile generator fleet and power distribution panels; now we are pleased to announce that we supply mobile lighting towers as well. On site lighting helps the work to continue safely when light conditions are less than ideal. In areas where shorter daylight hours are a factor, this can really add to the productivity of a job site.  We have options to suit your needs and location and we’ll get the lights to your site when and where you require them.

Red-D-Arc Elevating Head and Tailstock Positioner – RDA EHTS200 NA

11 November, 15 4:54 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Visitors to the Airgas/Red-D-Arc booth at FABTECH 2015 had the opportunity to see a demo of the latest Red-D-Arc Weld Automation products including a new Red-D-Arc head and tailstock positioner.

The RDA EHTS200 NA elevating head and tailstock positioner offers a 20,000 lb. load capacity and features fabricated steel carriages with 12 anti-friction rollers, 6 of which are adjustable to ensure minimum “free play”. The rotation gearbox is worm geared for a consistent precise turn. The elevation motor is helical geared and can lift at a speed of 24 inches per minute. Controls are mounted on the side of the headstock frame and fitted with an isolating switch, emergency stop, elevation and rotation (clockwise/anti-clockwise) controls

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Red-D-Arc Blasterentals Keeps the Fleet Rolling at Smith Transport

06 November, 15 10:47 am · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Trucking companies like Smith Transport need to get at least 12 years out of their trailers. Replacement costs are substantial at over $70,000. In 2007 the trucking industry began using epoxy coating to protect against corrosion. Over time the epoxy gets broken down by the elements and needs to be stripped to allow for visual inspection and repairs. This is a time consuming process requiring a team of up to 12 workers scraping the coatings for more than a week.

Using the power of the Farrow 150, Smith Transport was able to cut prep time per trailer from weeks down to hours. The protective coatings are stripped from the trucks so that they can be inspected, recoated and returned to service in less time, and at a fraction of the cost. Fleet life is extended, down time reduced, and money is saved. That’s smart business.

Red-D-Arc offers an extensive line of Farrow Coating Removal equipment for sale, lease and rent.

See us at FABTECH 2015 in Chicago

06 November, 15 10:21 am · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Red-D-Arc FABTECH S015 Welding Automation Display
Red-D-Arc Welderentals will have a display at FABTECH 2015 which takes place from Nov 9-11 in Chicago’s McCormick Place MAP. Drop by and see us at Exhibit #N18031 and check out some of our latest welding automation products. We’ll have helpful experts available to answer all of your questions and make recommendations for the right weld automation equipment for your business.

MacAljon Increases Thin-Wall Tank Productivity by Over 50%

12 August, 15 1:21 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Red-D-Arc RDA MFUB-TW
MacAljon, an industrial general contracting firm, has increased the productivity of its thin-wall tank manufacturing operation by more than 50% using the Red-D-Arc RDA MFUB-TW (fit-up bed for thin-wall cans). Fit-up time has been decreased by 20% and the use of spider bracing is no longer required. With no spider bracing to get in the way, a manipulator is now used to perform SAW ID circumference welding which has increased productivity by 30%.

The RDA MFUB-TW system is specially designed for the construction of thin-wall vessels ranging in size from 10′ to 15′-6″ in diameter (custom sizes are available). Our patented system is fitted with independently-adjustable vertical-rolls to support, align and compensate for tank non-concentricity when assembling multiple thin-wall sections which eliminates the need for spider bracing.

If you work with vessels that require the use of spider bracing or that have a wall thickness of between 3/16 – 3/8″ contact the Red-D-Arc sales team to learn more about the RDA MFUB-TW and how it can increase the productivity of your thin-wall tank manufacturing operation.

Read more about the RDA MFUB-TW here.

Airgas/Red-D-Arc’s Weld Efficiency Analysis

16 July, 15 6:08 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Welding equipment and operations can be expensive, but these costs can be lowered by making a few minor changes. Many fabricators and manufacturers are aware they have problems in their operation but struggle with quantifying the real costs associated with those problems. Some things to consider when trying to lower your costs but increase efficiency and productivity are: the type of equipment you’re using, how old the equipment is, labor costs and properly equipped welding stations.

The Airgas/Red-D-Arc Weld Efficiency Analysis program can help you find hidden costs robbing your profits. This free program helps customers understand and control the hidden costs associated with many welding operations. We will analyze your welding operations and compare your results to peer benchmarks and best practices. A three-and-a-half day class is also available, designed to help you learn from experts, reduce your operating costs by 20% or more and improve quality …all without any capital investment.

Learn more about the Airgas/Red-D-Arc Welding Efficiency Analysis program.

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Global Welding Equipment Market 2015-2019

01 April, 15 1:53 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Research and Markets, a leading market research firm, has released a research report titled Global Welding Equipment Market 2015-2019. The report highlights the growing need for the automation of welding processes. An analyst involved in creating the report commented: “One key trend upcoming in the market is the automation of the welding equipment. There has been a continuous shift from manual to automatic welding in the welding industry in recent years. The need to automate manufacturing processes is one of the major requirements of the Global Welding Equipment market.”

As a leading supplier of weld automation equipment Red-D-Arc is ready to meet the ever-evolving needs of the welding industry. We are your one-stop-shop for sales, lease and rental of welding positioners, manipulators, turning rolls and other weld automation products, available through our global distribution network. We also design and build complete turnkey weld automation packages which can include integrated controls – such as digital touch-screen interfaces and camera systems – for your complete project requirements. Our team of engineers will provide you with weld process recommendations and set up all your equipment for optimized reliability, functionality and productivity.

Learn more about Red-D-Arc Weld Automation products and services.

For more information on the Global Welding Equipment Market 2015-2019 report visit the Research and Markets website.

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D&D Power Oilfield Services

19 February, 15 3:43 pm · Leave a comment ·
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As one of the leading power generation rental and service providers in the southwest U.S. D&D Power, a Red-D-Arc company, has the capability to keep your oilfield power generation equipment running. With over 40 service technicians covering the shale plays of Texas, Oklahoma and southeast New Mexico, we offer critical response service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We usually have equipment back up and running in under 2 hours.

D&D Power offers rental diesel, natural gas and hybrid bi-fuel generators along with generator paralleling systems and portable light towers. Visit the Oilfield Services web page to learn more.

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Sub Arc Welding Heads and Controls

19 February, 15 3:28 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Single and tandem (multi-wire and multi-arc) submerged arc welding heads are available for sale, lease and rent. Tandem systems include multi-arc heads with up to 6 welding arcs and multi-wire heads capable of up to 4 wires, all of which are available to accommodate deep groove and narrow gap applications. We have extensive experience designing special purpose, custom welding heads to suit any requirement.

Red-D-Arc’s tandem welding system provides a touch screen interface for data monitoring and provides full welding control. The multi-arc central console system provides control of up to 6 weld heads and allows welding parameters to be saved and downloaded. An ergonomic hand held pendant allows the operator flexibility to observe the weld and adjust parameters “on the fly”.

Red-D-Arc’s National Accounts Program

19 February, 15 2:03 pm · Leave a comment ·
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The Red-D-Arc National Accounts program is designed to help large companies who are doing business across various geographical areas throughout the United States. As the largest provider of welding and welding-related rental products and services in North America, Red-D-Arc is the only company capable of meeting the rental welding equipment needs of North America’s largest companies.

Advantages of enrolling in the national accounts program include standardized pricing/price percentage discounts, Red-D-Arc’s dedicated National Accounts Specialists taking care, custody and control of customers accounts and the National Accounts hotline to manage all equipment procucrement and servicing needs.

Our rental welders, weld automation and specialty products are available through over 70 Red-D-Arc Service Centers. We can supply you with the equipment you need – where you need it when you need it.

For more information please contact Chuck McCabe at 612-475-8485.

Visit Red-D-Arc at Insights 2015

17 February, 15 1:55 pm · Leave a comment ·
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The Insights conference and trade show is the premier property restoration industry event offering world-class speakers, training courses and networking opportunities for property restoration professionals.

Insights 2015 runs from March 2nd to the 4th at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. Be sure to stop by the Red-D-Arc booth (#415) to learn more about our products. We will be showcasing some of our latest products such as the Farrow 150 and other media blasting equipment.

Farrow 150 Wet Abrasive Blasting System

13 February, 15 3:25 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Update: We now offer the ClearBlast 150 Wet Media Blaster for Rent, Sale or Lease.

Red-D-Arc now carries the Farrow 150 – available for sale, lease and rent. The Farrow 150 is the most advanced, versatile, and user-friendly wet abrasive blasting system on the market today.

Wet blasting substantially reduces media consumption and dust while still providing any profile and surface cleanliness required. The Farrow 150 uses 50-75% less abrasive than conventional dry blasting. Air particulates are reduced by over 90%. Less contamination results in lowering clean-up and disposal cost.

Its compact size and weight make the Farrow 150 easy to transport to and from any work site. Blast pressure can be adjusted from 30 psi to 120 psi allowing for maximum range of control. Additional features include pneumatic controls, self-venting and pressuring pot as well as a 25 gallon internal water tank. The main components are now safely protected behind a fully enclosed powder coated frame, protecting the internal surfaces from corrosion for a more reliable, cleaner blast.

Visit our Wet Media Blaster Rentals page for more information on dustless blasting systems

Free Welding Electrode Classifications Quick Reference Wallchart

05 February, 15 4:06 pm · Leave a comment ·
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The American Welding Society (AWS) numbering system provides important information on stick electrodes including the appropriate applications, suggested welding positions and additional details which are critical to maximize weld quality and performance. Red-D-Arc offers many welding related resources including a quick reference guide designed to help make sense of the AWS welding electrode classifications.

Get your complimentary copy of our popular welding electrode classifications wallchart. This 18” by 24” quick reference guide provides helpful explanations and detailed information on welding electrode classifications, an essential resource for the office, shop or factory. Complete the following form to receive your free copy, shipped to you at no charge.

Turnkey Weld Automation Packages

03 February, 15 3:06 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Red-D-Arc designs and builds complete turnkey weld automation packages for your complete project requirements. Our team of engineers and designers develop specialized solutions alongside our customers. We’ll provide you with weld process recommendations and set up all your equipment for optimized reliability, functionality and productivity.

The Red-D-Arc Weld Automation team has extensive industry experience which includes hundreds of special and turnkey installations provided to diverse sectors of industry such as Oil Exploration and Refining, Nuclear Industries, Aerospace, Defense, Steel Mills, Mining and Wind Tower Manufacture. From small positioners for integration with welding robots to 500 tonne capacity positioners with unique HMI controls complete with onsite training, services and support.

Learn more about custom weld automation packages here.

The Importance of Smoke Extractors

29 January, 15 3:57 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Smoke extractors are essential in the welding workplace to protect welders and other people from welding fumes. All metals produce harmful gasses, some even cause deadly conditions. Smoke extractors are designed to trap these fumes and gasses and prevent them from spreading to the welders breathing zone, clean air is then recycled back into the air. Smoke extractors also prevent failure to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration welding ventilation standards.

Red-D-Arc offers two smoke extractors, SE1400 and SE1602W. SE1400 includes a Snorvac 10’ fume extractor snorkel arm which captures fumes 12-20″ from the source within an area of 20″ diameter. The arm can be rotated 360 degrees and the unit rolls on wheels making a versatile and flexible filtration unit that can be moved between work stations. SE1602W is lightweight, stainless steel enclosed and suitcase-size making it easily portable. It includes two suction levels while two hoses are available to fit your needs. Both models provide a high volume and high degree of filtration- up to 99.9% efficiency. Washable and reusable or disposable filters are available.

Rent, Lease or Own Welding Equipment?

27 January, 15 3:52 pm · Leave a comment ·
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The decision to rent, lease or own welding equipment often depends on utilization rates, amount of equipment required and necessary process capabilities. If equipment will be used more than 60-70% you should consider buying or leasing equipment. If utilization rates are lower than 60%, renting may be the way to go. Renting provides you with immediate access to professionally maintained welding equipment when and where you need it. Red-D-Arc has the most up to date, diverse fleet of rental welding equipment available to accommodate any process or technological requirement.

We are a rental company after all, so let’s look at the welder rental option a little further. When renting a welder you pay for actual use, not equipment ownership. Renting minimizes costs associated with maintenance, repair, storage, handling and freight and can provide you with an opportunity to try out new equipment before deciding to purchase. Contractors, maintenance and repair companies, owner-operators and other welding professionals rent from Red-D-Arc because of our fleet size, equipment diversity, expert advice and equipment performance.

Many companies prefer to own their core fleet of equipment and rent additional equipment as required. Red-D-Arc’s WelderLogistics Lease Program program is a low cost, flexible option to obtain your core fleet, allowing you to conserve capital and avoid investing in depreciating assets. The WelderLogistics lease program is 100% write-off for tax purposes and the equipment remains under full factory warranty during the lease term. If you already have an existing fleet, simply trade it in for new equipment.

Manufacturers Series Positioners

23 January, 15 9:25 am · Leave a comment ·
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 Modular Fit Up Bed System for Thin Wall Cans

Offered at a very competitive price, Red-D-Arc’s new RDA FHV220-M NA and RDA FHV440-M NA Manufacturers Series Positioners provide 360° rotation with 120° forward tilt to position weldments for better down-hand or automatic welding and safe, trouble-free operation. These small, portable positioners are driven by worm-gear reducers and controlled using a standard forward/stop/reverse, variable-speed control. RDA FHV440-M NA tilt is controlled using a hand crank and has a horizontal load capacity of 440 lb (200 kg). The RDA FHV220-M NA offers manual tilt and 220 lb (100 kg) horizontal load capacity.

The RDA FHV220-M NA and RDA FHV440-M NA are available for sale only and include Red-D-Arc’s industry leading 3 year warranty. We have an extensive inventory of units available for immediate delivery.

Contact sales to learn more. Welding chucks are also available to accommodate your requirements.
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Modular Fit Up Bed System for Thin Wall Cans

21 January, 15 11:46 am · Leave a comment ·
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 Modular Fit Up Bed System for Thin Wall Cans
Red-D-Arc’s MFUB-TW Modular Fit Up Bed system is specially designed for the construction of thin-wall tanks ranging in size from 10′ to 15′-6″ in diameter. Our patented system is fitted with independently-adjustable vertical-rolls to support, align and compensate for tank non-concentricity when assembling multiple thin-wall sections. There is no need for spider bracing as the system will keep the cans concentric during fit-up and welding.

Each system is supplied with a Motorized Drive Unit (MDU) module connected to up to four Coupled Connection Drive (CCD) modules – depending on the length and number of sections to be joined. The CCD modules are connected to the MDU module by splice couplings and fish-plates at each side of the skid frame so that the wheel drums on all the modules are driven. The system is flexible enough to accommodate various lengths and sections of tanks. The MDU is driven on both wheel drums through a double-reduction heavy-duty worm and wheel gearbox with chain and sprocket through an AC vectored motor.

Each MDU and CCD module is fitted with 4 hydraulic-support-arms (upper link and lower link assemblies) giving 4 points of contact on each side of the work piece along the length of the fabricated tank. Once the tank section is lowered into position on the wheel drums, the support arms, which independently pivot, are moved into position to manipulate the shape of the tank sidewalls. After the tank sections have been welded together, the support arms – which are independently controlled through a solenoid-operated push-button station controlled via hydraulic power pack – can be disengaged and the tank can be removed.

For more information please contact Michael Keith – Director of Automation via email at Michael.Keith@Airgas.com or call 904-759-8503

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Airgas, an Air Liquide company, is the nation's leading single-source supplier of gases, welding and safety products. Known locally nationwide, our distribution network serves more than one million customers of all sizes with a broad offering of top-quality products and unmatched expertise.