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Red-D-Arc Equipment Available at Select Air Liquide Branches

21 December, 16 11:51 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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The acquisition of Airgas by Air Liquide in the fall of 2016 has created opportunities for Red-D-Arc to expand the number of locations where our rental equipment is available in Canada.  This relationship greatly benefits our customers by giving them increased options for where they can rent their welding equipment and buy the welding gas and welding wire they need. Air Liquide is a world leading provider of gases, technologies and services for industrial applications and health care.

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Air Liquide Branches Providing  Red-D-Arc Equipment:

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Lease Your Core Fleet of Welding Equipment

29 September, 16 2:30 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Red-D-Arc UK recently supplied 20x Fronius TransSteel 5000’s to a customer in the South of England through our WelderLogistics operating lease program. Red-D-Arc’s operating lease program provides all of the benefits of equipment ownership while delivering additional cost and operational advantages. A cost effective option to acquire your core fleet of welding equipment.

Benefits of the Red-D-Arc lease plan:
• No budget constraints and acquisition delays
• 100% write-off for tax purposes
• No interest charges and other carrying costs
• Fully factory warranty during the lease term
• Only the latest equipment
• Replacement of the equipment every three years with optional mid-term equipment upgrades
• Reduced operating costs
• Improved quality

Please call Red-D-Arc for further details on our WelderLogistics operating lease program at 1-866-733-3272 or Contact Sales.

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International Pipeline Conference & Expo

23 September, 16 8:35 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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International

Red-D-Arc will be attending the International Pipeline Conference & Expo in Calgary – September 27-29, 2016. If you’re planning on attending, drop by booth #2101 and talk to our equipment specialists to learn more about how we support pipeline operations around the globe.

Red-D-Arc carries a wide range of equipment for the pipeline industry including induction heating equipment, pipe end prep, multi-process pipe welders, orbital welders and generators.

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Map:  Hyatt Regency & Telus Convention Centre

Customer Project: Tesla Gigafactory

01 September, 16 11:17 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Nevada – The Tesla Gigafactory, which produces lithium-ion batteries for Tesla Motors, will be the second-largest facility (by usable space) in the world, once all construction phases are completed. Staff from our Branch in Sacramento have been on site since ground was first broken in 2014. Red-D-Arc has been working closely with contractors on the project, providing a fleet of welders and generators, expert advice, and ensuring equipment performance and availability.

Our experts regularly consult on large scale construction projects and help solve the challenges around equipment procurement and maintenance faced by engineering project managers. Contact an expert for insights and advice on your next construction project.

Steel Fabrication Company Lowers Costs, Increases Productivity

18 August, 16 2:45 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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A Red-D-Arc customer in Atlanta wanted to increase their capabilities in cutting and fabrication of lighter gauge mild steel (up to 2″ thick) using plasma. With the help of the Red-D-Arc Weld Automation – Cutting Services group they decided to expand their existing cutting rail system and added a brand new Koike MasterGraph Extreme Cutting Machine with Hypertherm’s HPR400xd High Definition Plasma power supply. This dramatically increased their cutting capacity and quality, lowering their overall cost of production for cutting mild steel.

Note:  Red-D-Arc cutting services is moving to Airgas sometime in 2017.  Details will be available here.

The Red-D-Arc Cutting Services team supplied a complete install including operator training. The local Airgas team supplied and installed all of the regulators and gases for the new plasma cutting system. Airgas will also be supplying the consumables for the plasma cutter. Our cutting table service experts can help you select the right equipment to lowers costs and increase productivity. contact one of our experts to learn more. Red-D-Arc carries portable plasma cutting equipment in a range of sizes. Visit our plasma cutter rentals page to learn more.

Orbital Welding in Opelika: Demo of Orbitalum’s powerful pipe welder

12 August, 16 9:16 am · Leave a comment · reddarc
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“We were grateful to be able to see a product demonstration for the Red-D-Arc (Orbitalum) system. The machine lived up to its expectations and the technical team was invaluable”

—Rob B. (customer)

Update: Red-D-Arc now offers Orbital Welding Equipment from Axxair. 

One of our clients, a machine shop based out of Opelika Alabama, needed a solution for welding stainless steel tubes and elbow sections efficiently that would be able to withstand hydrostatic testing of up to 300psi. After taking the time learn about their requirements, specialists from the Red-D-Arc branch in Austell Georgia, worked alongside experts from Airgas to demonstrate how the Orbitalum enclosed orbital welding system would help solve their challenges.

Red-D-Arc welding specialist Gregory Bellamy showed how the extremely narrow design of the Orbiweld 76S enclosed weld head was ideally suited for working in situations where space is limited. The Orbimat 76s was fitted with clamping shells (which are available for all dimensions of pipe) to ensure an exact match and strong hold. The pipe on this application was stainless steel tubing 1.500″ with a .035″ wall, diameter tubing (straight tube) and stainless steel elbow 180 degree 1.500″dia. with a .049″ wall. When the welds were complete, the welded pipes passed the hydrostatic testing at upwards of 300psi.

Thanks to Gregory Bellamy and Rob Storch from Red-D-Arc as well as Wayne Blamire and Bill Hatter from Airgas for their support on another successful orbital pipe welding customer demo.

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Apex 2100 Orbital TIG Welding System Demonstration

28 July, 16 10:46 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Companies involved in the pipe welding industry are always looking for new ways to increase productivity and win more contracts. At Red-D-Arc, our goal is to provide the best possible solutions to address their needs. Staff at our Red-D-Arc Las Vegas branch recently did a demonstration of the Apex 2100 Orbital TIG Welding System. The demonstration was performed on a 6.5 inch piece of carbon steel pipe. The Apex 2100 captures data about the weld in real time and allows the user to monitor, adjust and control the welding parameters throughout the process. A compact, lightweight pendant allows for convenient one handed operation and the simple interface is intuitive and easy for operators to learn. The system is also easy to service and maintain, allowing for maximum up time and onsite maintenance.

Our experts can provide a demonstration of this and many other types of weld automation equipment. Contact us today about the advantages that orbital welding and other welding automation systems can bring to your business.

 

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Quick Response Helps Flood Recovery Efforts

05 July, 16 11:17 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Flooding can cause serious damage to both inventory and building facilities. A flood recovery company recently called on our Chicago branch when they needed some on-site power.  Our staff  were able to rapidly deploy several of our mobile power generators to the site and get the restoration company powered up in a timely manner.  Kudos to the staff at our Chicago branch on a job well done.

Red-D-Arc provides rental power generators, fully fueled and ready to provide you with the electrical power you need, when and where you need it.

Having a Blast in the Lions Den

29 June, 16 2:13 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Staff Blast Cleaning Tautphaus Park Zoo
The staff at Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls were looking for a solution to quickly and efficiently remove worn epoxy coatings from the inside of their large cat enclosures. The Red-D-Arc Blasterentals team supplied the zoo staff with a Farrow 150 wet abrasive blasting system which was able to safely and efficiently remove the epoxy coatings. The Farrow 150 is an environmentally friendly wet blasting solution that is 100% non-toxic, which was an important consideration for this job, benefitting both the park staff and the animals. Red-D-Arc provided onsite training services and was able to have the park staff up and running within a very short period of time. If you’re considering sandblaster rental, but need an eco-friendly, wet blasting alternative, consider the Farrow 150.

A job well done by the Red-D-Arc Blasterentals team and a special thanks to the staff at the Tautphaus Park Zoo. For more blast cleaning customer application stories follow our blast cleaning specialists on Twitter: @Blasterentals1.

Texas Welding Training Institute Expands by Leasing Welder Certification Trailers

16 June, 16 4:58 pm · Leave a comment ·
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A Texas career training institute recently experienced a jump in enrolments for their welding training program. In order to provide the best possible learning experience for their students it was clear that they would need to acquire additional welding assessment tools and welding equipment. Red-D-Arc worked very closely with the customer to help them understand their equipment and financing options. It was clear that the Red-D-Arc WelderLogistics lease program was the right choice. The WelderLogistics program is a low cost, flexible financing option which allowed the school to acquire Red-D-Arc Welder Certification Trailers, Advanced Process Welders and Wirefeeders and all while conserving their capital; avoiding a significant investment in depreciating assets.

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Customer Project: Minnesota Vikings’ New Stadium

08 June, 16 11:52 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Scheduled for completion in July 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, is a fixed roof structure that will be nearly 30 stories tall at its highest point. During construction, the base plates of some of the structural support columns needed to be pre-heated to 400o prior to welding. Traditional heating by flame proved to be difficult. It was determined that induction heating was the right solution to safely and efficiently heat the steel to an exact temperature. Induction heating is the preferred method to address challenges associated with the pre-heating of structural steel because it provides a safe and accurate method of heating the metal to a precise temperature.

Red-D-Arc offers Miller ProHeat 35 Induction Heating Systems (IHS) available for rent, lease and sale. This highly efficient technology uses non-contact heating to induce heat electromagnetically rather than using a heating element in contact with the part.

UPDATE:  This project was completed ahead of schedule.

Customer Success Story- Pierce Metals

27 May, 16 5:05 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Pierce Metals Inc – a steel fabricator located in Bristol, TN offers structural steel fabrication, miscellaneous/custom steel fabrication, steel stairs, handrails and other steel products to the commercial and industrial sectors.

Pierce reached out to their local Airgas team of Gary Killebrew, Chris Smithand Gary Roberts in search of a solution for cutting flat plate as well as large I-beams, on the same machine.

“This project is an excellent example of the value that Red-D-Arc Cutting Services and Airgas are able to deliver for our customers. There is nothing else like it in the industry.”

Walt Lewis
Red-D-Arc Cutting Services

Jonathan White – National Sales Manager with Red-D-Arc Cutting Services, together with Airgas Specialists, were able to engineer a complete system, unique to their needs. The system included a full
Hypertherm suite with CNC, drives and plasma, incorporating the latest True Hole® technology from Hypertherm.

Airgas supplied the gases, regulators and customer support while Red-D-Arc Cutting Services supplied the service, technical support and equipment.

Thanks to the exemplary service provided by the Airgas Advanced Fabrication Team and Red-D-Arc Cutting Services, Pierce Metals signed a 5 year gas and consumables contract.

Visit our plasma cutter rentals page to view our selection of portable plasma cutters. 

Featured Product: E.H. Wachs Guillotine Pipe Saws

26 May, 16 4:27 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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“used extensively in nuclear facilities and underwater operations due to their capacity for robotic setup and operation…”

 

This versatile series of pipe saws are capable of cutting, 2 inch through 24 inch pipe and solids made from materials including ductile iron, steel, stainless steel, alloys, structural steel pieces and rails. They provided fast, accurate, square faced cold cuts at right angles and can be mounted in any position. Since they are so versatile, the Guillotine Pipe Saws have been used by water and gas companies, nuclear power, petrochemical operations, refineries, and for regular plant maintenance. E.H. Wachs Guillotine saws are completely portable with a rugged design that stands up under demanding conditions. They are compact and easy to operate and require very little maintenance. Precise fingertip controls allow the operator to adjust the speed of the saw blade for optimal results. These pipe saws are used extensively in nuclear facilities and underwater operations due to their capacity for robotic setup and operation.  Installation time is less than three minutes. These pipe cutting saws have been adapted for many unique situations and work well under adverse conditions.

Farrow 150 Wet Abrasive Blasting System

24 May, 16 11:40 am · Leave a comment ·
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Update: We now offer the ClearBlast 150 Wet Media Blaster for Rent, Sale or Lease.

Did you know that the Farrow 150 Wet Abrasive Blasting System is a fast and effective way of removing sealant from paving stones, cement and brick surfaces? Using a standard #6 nozzle and 185CFM Air Compressor, the Farrow 150 replaces the slow and messy process of chemical stripping and power washing commonly used today. A paving restoration company based out of Illinois rented the Farrow 150 and “blasted” through nine different projects in one week; cleaning between 4-6 square feet per minute! Clean up time was also greatly reduced thanks to the use of environmentally friendly crushed glass media. The company is now considering one of Red-D-Arc’s flexible leasing options.


Visit our Wet Media Blaster Rentals page for more information on dustless blasting systems
The Clearblast 150 is an excellent dustless blasting system.

Offshore Technology Conference 2016 | Red-D-Arc Booth #423

02 May, 16 10:05 am · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the offshore energy industry’s premier global event, running from May 2nd to 5th at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. OTC gives attendees access to leading-edge technical information, the industry’s largest equipment exhibition, and valuable new professional contacts from around the world.

Be sure to stop by the Red-D-Arc Booth (#423) to meet some of our Executives and Sales people, learn about the latest Red-D-Arc offshore equipment, and enter into one of our draws.

Red-D-Arc 30 ft Boom Manipulator

22 April, 16 4:35 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Red-D-Arc designed and built a custom made manipulator with a boom length of 30 ft for a leading tank manufacturing company in the Netherlands. The Red-D-Arc facility had to be customized with a raised roof section to accommodate the height of the large column. The raised roof was later opened, allowing for a crane to hoist the manipulator out of the manufacturing facility and then shipped to the customer.

The manipulator was part of a welding system provided by Red-D-Arc. The system featured a compact welding head designed for welding in narrow spaces, touch screen controls and a high resolution weld monitoring system to allow the operator to monitor the welding process from a safe distance.

Lions, Sharks and … Dry Ice Blasting?

22 April, 16 4:12 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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We were pleasantly surprised to find this incredible video on the National Geographic website. It’s a bit different from what one might expect i.e. lion, sharks and other natural phenomenon. The video illustrates the power of dry ice blasting. Incredibly, this blasting medium is strong enough to strip hardened tar yet gentle enough to remove the ink from a business card without damaging the paper. Great work by the folks at ColdJet demonstrating this incredible technology.

Red-D-Arc has a complete line of Cold Jet dry ice blast cleaning machines available for rent, lease and purchase.

44th Annual SEAA Convention & Trade Show

22 April, 16 2:36 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Visit Red-D-Arc at the 44th Annual SEAA Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, NC (Booths 55 & 56) from April 27-29, 2016. The annual Steel Erectors Association of America convention and trade show offers attendee’s the perfect balance between education and fun; providing insightful, educational seminars as well as organized excursions such as golf and fishing.

Stop by the Red-D-Arc Booths (55 & 56) for a chance to win a quick change helmet, fishing pole or a discount on your 1st rental. We will be showcasing a Side Winder Package, Multiprocess Welders and we are having a special promotion on used equipment for SEAA show attendees only, with discounted prices on pre-owned ES275i, EX360, E500, LN25 and various welding cable.

Learn More: 44th Annual SEAA Convention & Trade Show

Extending the Legs of a Large Seabound Work Platform

21 April, 16 3:33 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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A Red-D-Arc customer shared some interesting photos which document the process of extending the legs of a large seabound work platform and also feature several Red-D-Arc turning rolls. The platform is used for cleanup activities on the seabed and in order to work at greater depths; the legs of the work platform needed to be extended. The massive cylindrical legs were placed on Red-D-Arc turning rolls and rotated while the cutting and welding processes were carried out. Once the extensions were completed the legs were then returned to the platform.

Submerged Arc Systems for Wind Farm Manufacturing

21 April, 16 11:41 am · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Red-D-Arc delivered three submerged arc systems to a construction company from Willebroek (Belgium) which has acquired a record contract for the construction of foundation structures to be used in an offshore wind farm close to the German-Dutch border. The Red-D-Arc manipulators are 23 ft x 23 ft and are equipped with a double wire system powered by the ESAB 1250 for welding 4 mm cored wire. In addition, each of the manipulators included a seam tracking system and flux recovery unit. Thanks to the advanced electronics and touch screen interface controls the turnkey systems each require only a single operator.

Induction Heating Used for Removal of Hydroelectric Generator Rotor

20 April, 16 3:30 pm · Leave a comment · Colin Brown
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Induction Heating for Rotor Expansion Lift
A customer involved in the rebuilding of a hydroelectric power generation station came to Red-D-Arc with a unique challenge: Use induction heat to help separate a massive rotor from its center shaft assembly. A traditional approach is to use a combination of open flame along with dry ice which would have taken several weeks to set up and also ran the risk of being ineffective due to the scale and complexity of the project.

Sil Nonis, an induction heating specialist at Red-D-Arc, suggested using 6 induction heating units activated in sequence to provide thermal growth in a uniform pattern; releasing the interference from the center shaft before lifting the rotor. The 6 Miller ProHeat 35 Induction Heating Systems powered two half circle assemblies, positioned at the bottom of the locking ring which was 5′ in diameter as well as two half circle assemblies positioned on a top locking ring which was 4′ in diameter. Massive rotor arms also had 4 pads attached to them, positioned in sequence.

Setup took approximately 2 days and removal of the rotor was completed in a single day. The same process will be used to reinstall the rotor after it has been rebuilt. Over the next few years two additional rotor assemblies will be removed, rebuilt and reinstalled using the same process.

Red-D-Arc Installs Cladding System in Qatar

07 April, 16 4:53 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Red-D-Arc UK delivered and installed a new vertical cladding facility for a manufacturing facility in Doha, Qatar. Red-D-Arc’s logistics team arranged for the equipment to be air-freighted to the new manufacturing facility in Qatar where Engineers awaited the arrival to begin installation.

The installation consisted of a Red-D-Arc automation controller, 4×4 manipulators, 2×1 cross-sides and a 20 ton floor turntable. This took Red-D-Arc engineers only three days to fully install and weld test. They were able to begin on-site training shortly after.

Spring Deals on Used Welding Equipment: April 1-June 30th

06 April, 16 4:53 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Red-D-Arc is running a limited time, special offer on Quality-Checked used welding equipment. Until June 30th, a selection of pre-owned welders are available at significantly discounted prices. These welders are in “like new” condition, include a 12 month warranty and are in stock – for fast delivery. Don’t miss out! See the flyer for more details.

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Red-D-Arc Installs Weld Overlay Cladding Facility in Scotland

30 March, 16 11:41 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Red-D-Arc supplied equipment and installation services for a new weld overlay cladding facility in the west of Scotland for one of the leading global distributors of raw material for wellhead and completion equipment to the oil and gas industry. After discussions with the client, Red-D-Arc designed a solution to meet the specific needs of their project. It was determined that the new cladding facility would consist of six Compact Cladding Cells and four Butt Welding Stations.

“We regularly develop specialized solutions alongside our customers…”

Layout of the facility began with our experienced engineers installing the six Red-D-Arc Compact Cladding Cells. Each Compact Cladding Cell consists of an automated system controller, 2m x 1m cross slide, 3 tonne turntable with built-in slip ring for preheating, and a Miller power source. Next, the four Red-D-Arc Butt Welding Stations were installed. Each station consists of an automated system controller; 3m x 3m travelling column and boom; 300mm x 300mm oscillation slide; 3 tonne headstock, 2 travelling support pipe idlers and a Miller power source.

The Red-D-Arc Weld Automation team has extensive experience across diverse sectors of industry. We regularly provide weld process recommendations and develop specialized solutions alongside our customers to address their unique challenges. Red-D-Arc Weld Automation Systems are designed for optimized reliability and productivity, and come complete with installation, onsite training, services and support.

View our entire range of pipe welding positioners

Red-D-Arc Offers the Latest Dry Ice Blasting Technology

23 March, 16 3:31 pm · Leave a comment ·
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Get the latest in Dry Ice Blasting technology with the new Cold Jet Aero Aero 40FP and Aero 80FP. These units provide an on-board pressure regulator as well as a newly designed rotor that produces a more consistent, pulse-free ice feed. And both the Aero 40FP and Aero 80FP utilize a compact motor that reduces weight and lowers power consumption. Rent, purchase or lease the Aero 40FP or Aero 80FP to see what the latest generation of Dry Ice Blasting technology can do for your next blast cleaning project.

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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.