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BotX Robotic Welder Feature Article on Automation.com

13 July, 21 2:41 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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The BotX robotic welder was featured on the Automation.com blog in April 2021. Automation expert Bill Lydon examines how some of the challenges faced by manufacturing firms can be met through the adoption of automation technologies like the BotX Welder. (more…)

BotX Welding Cobot: Radial Weld Set-Up Challenge

06 July, 21 11:31 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Video: Watch how easy it is to set up the BotX Robotic Welder for a radial weld. Just over 2 minutes total.
This next generation welding robot is easy to learn and use and is operated via a mobile app.

Learn more about the BotX Robotic Welder.

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Welding Cobot Solves Production Challenge for Ontario Auto Parts Manufacturer

30 June, 21 3:11 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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When a major auto parts manufacturer asked an Ontario fabrication shop to weld 50,000 parts in just 2 months, they took the job immediately; then they had to solve the problem of how to get that much welding production done within such a short time time period.  Read about how the adoption of welding cobots helped them deliver in this article from Shop Metalworking Technology magazine.

“If you turn this down once, you will never see a job like this again.”

 

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How to Choose a Generator

20 May, 21 4:47 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Readily available power is a requirement for most businesses. In fact, power outages on construction sites and other facilities can be disastrous without a reliable electricity backup.

A dependable generator is often a requirement to power all the necessary tools on a job-site. In other circumstances, generators can be used as a supplementary or backup supply as a precaution for any incidents that cause the loss of power. Generator rentals are an easy way to protect your power at all times. (more…)

Welding Aluminum Just Got Easier with the Lincoln Magnum SG

06 May, 21 2:46 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Lincoln Magnum SG spool gunWelding aluminum just got easier with the help of the Magnum SG spool gun from Lincoln Electric. The Magnum SG is a lightweight, semiautomatic spool gun designed to provide easy and reliable aluminum wire feeding. It works with a variety of CV power sources and engine-driven welders. Rated 250 amps @ 60%, the Magnum® SG features a 25 ft (7.5 m) gun cable and integrated wire feed speed control in the handle to reduce the need for walking back to the power source. (more…)

The Lincoln Dual Maverick Gives Twice the Power

03 May, 21 11:21 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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maverick dual operator welderThe Dual Maverick™ 200/200X is an advanced diesel engine driven welder with dual welding outputs. This best-in-class arc welding machine provides reliable power for multiple welding arcs, runs quietly, and promotes fuel savings with variable engine RPM and auto start/stop capabilities.

“This best-in-class arc welding machine provides reliable power for multiple welding arcs, runs quietly, and promotes fuel savings”

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The Arc Reach Heater Makes On-Site Heat Treatment Fast and Easy

03 May, 21 11:09 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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arc reach heaterMiller’s ArcReach air-cooled induction heating system is designed for preheat and bake-out applications at temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315°C), without requiring cooler and coolant. Temperature control settings can be manually programmed or uploaded via USB stick. All heating data is recorded automatically and can be saved for quality control and documentation purposes.

“Achieve critical temperatures quickly and hold them steady over long periods of time”

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What is the Welding Cobot Advantage?

03 February, 21 10:15 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Most of us are aware of industrial welding robots—those large, fast machines found on big assembly lines. But what about collaborative robots, also known as cobots? These compact machines can work safely alongside humans, but don’t let their size fool you; they’re the next big thing in welding automation.

Let’s explore how Red-D-Arc’s welding cobot can support your operation.

Setup is a breeze

If you can operate a smartphone, you can set up and operate the BotX welding cobot. Traditional industrial robots can take weeks to install and program.  This same app offers a real-time cloud connection, which allows for 24/7 performance monitoring and troubleshooting support.
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Supporting Community Development in Vancouver BC

19 January, 21 4:52 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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On Saturday, December 12th, Red-D-Arc supplied a 45kVA generator and 4 propane industrial heaters in partnership with BC Rentals, to a local Vancouver, BC event called The Vancouver Street Store. The Street Store is a free outdoor pop-up store facilitated by Employ to Empower, held each December for residents in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. The goal of the store is to provide a dignified holiday shopping experience where residents can choose what they need at no cost, and it’s set up like traditional shops, with departments in different tents and volunteers who act as sales assistants.
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How To Choose the Right Industrial Generator Rental

16 January, 21 10:00 am · Leave a comment · reddarc2
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Generator RentalSouthern states find the winter months colder every year, leaving power grids strained as people warm their homes and businesses. Midwestern states continue to battle tornado weather during the spring. Even northern states are seeing an increase in electrical needs as temperatures soar higher in the summer. If you run a business or industrial complex, you understand just how important continued access to electricity is. You also know just how easily grids can become overwhelmed or powerlines can go down, leaving you in the dark; unless, of course, you’ve opted for an industrial generator rental. (more…)

What Are The Factors To Consider With a Generator Rental?

16 January, 21 3:49 am · Leave a comment · reddarc2
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Generator Rental A good generator rental can mean the difference between a profitable and failed project. Generators make it possible for you to source power during natural disasters and in areas without existing infrastructure. When sourcing a generator, you might wonder if buying is better than renting. You might also feel overwhelmed by the many different types of generators you can choose from. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the factors you need to consider. (more…)

Choosing the Right Size Generator Rental for Your Emergency Power Needs

05 January, 21 1:03 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Planning for emergency power outages due to weather, brown-outs, or natural disasters by using a generator rental can save your business thousands of dollars in lost revenues. However, to get the most out of your generator, you need to choose the correct size and type for the job.

The Importance of Choosing the Right-Size Generator

Cost-conscious business owners may be tempted to try to get by with an underpowered generator to save money, but this is not a good idea. Using the wrong size generator can damage both the generator and the equipment that is being powered by it, which can end up being more expensive than renting the correct size generator in the first place. When estimating your emergency power needs, it is better to choose a generator based on the high end of your estimate for several reasons:

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Benefits of Renting a Generator Instead of Buying One

05 January, 21 11:31 am · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Once you have determined the type and size of generator you need, the next big question is usually whether you should get a generator rental or purchase a generator outright. Several factors determine which route is best for you.

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Advantages of Renting

The primary benefit of renting a generator instead of buying one is that the upfront costs are lower. The purchase price of a large industrial generator can be twenty to well over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. If cash flow is a concern, renting may be a more attractive option, and the lower cost isn’t the only benefit.

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Industrial Paint Booth Cleaning With Dry Ice Blasting

10 December, 20 9:06 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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60% Reduction in Paint Booth Cleaning Time

Red-D-Arc’s Dry Ice Blasting Specialists are industry-renowned for delivering solutions centered around cleaning and performance maintenance, particularly in commercial/industrial paint operations where dry ice blasting often proves superior to conventional hand scraping or chemical methods for the removal of overspray deposits.

Here is one such example.

Project Scope and Development

A Wisconsin-based manufacturing company contacted Red-D-Arc inquiring about the feasibility of dry ice blasting for their paint operation. The process was to be part of a deep clean for one of the client’s paint booths with the goal of removing heavy overspray from walls, floors, windows, lighting covers, fixtures, and sprayers. Once the deposits were removed, the bare surfaces would undergo a protective clear coat application and the booth would then be returned to production.

Red-D-Arc’s Dry Ice Blasting Specialists were instrumental in reviewing the application, evaluating onsite compressed air requirements, and calculating removal rates and ice consumption estimates. They provided the client with a “clear picture” of the job scope, and they tailored a turnkey rental package specific to the customer’s environment and painting operation. (more…)

Webinar – Manufacturing: The Next Generation

18 November, 20 11:43 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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The Impact of Collaborative Robotics

Collaborative robots like the BotX Welder are shaping the future of manufacturing.  Rob Goldiez of Hirebotics joins robotics investor Marc Cuban and Enrico Krog Iverson of OnRobot to discuss the impact of collaborative automation technology.

November 19 at 1:00pm ET

Manufacturing: The Next Generation — through collaborative automation’ 

This virtual event will see the robotics thought leaders discuss their powerful visions of the future of manufacturing. The expert panel will share insights on how collaborative automation helps future-proof manufacturing companies, helping to build resilience and reduce risk as the world navigates unprecedented COVID-19 challenges where uncertainty is now the only constant.

 

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Benefits of Renting Equipment During A Pandemic

16 November, 20 10:11 am · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Mitigating Risk in Uncertain Times

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2020 has been a year of uncertainty. As people try to manage their health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and governments are trying to do the same. In the United States and Canada, many construction, manufacturing, and maintenance businesses have been deemed critical or essential. Examples include those in healthcare, energy, food and water, transportation, and utilities. Work continues, but not in the same way that it used to.

The pandemic is also forcing business owners to take a hard look at their balance sheets. Companies of all sizes are looking for innovative ways to work safely and effectively, while reducing costs. Rental equipment has a key role to play in supporting these innovations. There are three distinct benefits to renting equipment instead of buying equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic: cost, flexibility, and availability. Here’s what you need to know. (more…)

27 Minute Coupling Hub Removal

11 November, 20 1:46 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Rotating Equipment Induction Heat Application

induction heating applied to coupling hub

Red-D-Arc’s latest customer success story highlights the benefits of using induction heating in rotating equipment applications.
A client contacted Red-D-Arc to inquire about the use of induction heating to remove a coupling hub from a motor shaft. The hub was 12 inches in diameter and roughly 4 inches thick.

The overall work scope was straightforward: the client needed to remove an old motor and replace it with a new motor. The coupling hub had to be reused, so the hub would need to be removed from the old motor and installed on the new one. Two things made this job challenging: the location and the time limit. The work was to take place on an offshore platform. Use of an open flame was not an option, as it would have led to a safety violation.
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Proper Maintenance of Power Generators

19 October, 20 3:07 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Power generators are crucial to numerous kinds of projects that require electricity. These include onsite work, events, emergency operations, and many others. Industrial generators serve as a reliable source of electricity for projects carried out in remote locations where there is no access to grid power. They are also an excellent alternative for projects that might put too much strain on the grid. For sectors such as oil and gas, manufacturing and construction , and others that require a continuous power supply, power generators provide a steady stream of reliable power during potentially damaging seasonal fluctuations in the grid electricity supply. They can also provide backup power in emergency and recovery situations.

Whether as prime, backup, or supplementary power supply, power generators have to be in good working condition to function correctly and deliver on all their benefits. Power generators are made up of numerous constantly moving components operating at very high temperatures and pressures. The key to keeping them working optimally throughout their life cycle, despite these operating conditions, is proper maintenance.

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17,000 Square Ft. Gymnasium Ceiling Renewal

13 October, 20 2:34 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Large Scale Paint Removal Job Using Dry Ice Blasting

Paint Removal Using Dry Ice Blasting
A coating and refinishing company out of New Jersey recently contacted Red-D-Arc for support on a gymnasium ceiling project. The paint on the ceiling was failing and required a re-coat. The client wanted an efficient and environmentally friendly solution requiring minimal cleanup. Dry ice blasting was the method of choice.

Dry ice blasting uses solid carbon dioxide pellets to remove debris without causing damage to the surface being cleaned. The pellets are accelerated to supersonic speeds through a pressurized air stream. The pellets then sublimate on impact.

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Seized Blow-Out Preventer Un-Stuck After 9 Years

06 October, 20 11:18 am · Leave a comment · reddarc
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Blowout Preventers Increase Safety for Drilling Operations

A blowout-preventer (special valve or device used for preventing blowouts on oil and gas wells) which had been stuck together for 9 years is finally separated with the quick application of a Miller induction heating system from Red-D-Arc.

In addition to the many welding heat treatment applications, our heating specialists have years of experience applying this technology in numerous applications from hydro dam maintenance to heavy equipment repair. Contact a specialist to find out how induction heating can be applied to your next challenge.

Thanks to Michael Hernandez AWS CWSR from our Houston location for providing the footage.

Video: Siezed Blowout Preventer Released by Induction Heating

Unraveling the Mystery of Heat Treatment

05 October, 20 11:19 am · Leave a comment · reddarc
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This article originally appeared in Connector Magazine, Fall 2020 Edition

Erectors can save cost and time by taking this welding technique in-house

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Large steel erection projects commonly require heat treatment for welding because of the thick materials used in structural steel construction. Proper implementation is critical; so often this work is outsourced. The perceived level of expertise to perform this work can make the prospect of using in-house personnel daunting. However, most welding contractors are actually fully capable of performing on-site heat treatment operations.

The two primary methods for heat treating metal are preheating and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT). Preheating is the process of heating the base metal to a specific temperature prior to welding to minimize the temperature difference between the welding arc and the base metal. This process helps to reduce internal stresses that occur as substantial temperature differences between the weld and the base metal normalize, which can cause cracking and distortion. Slowing the cooling rate also allows hydrogen to escape from the weld, which minimizes the potential for cracking.

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Storage Tank Fabricators Build Efficiently with Induction Heating

10 September, 20 9:29 am · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Applications and Advantages in Tank Fabrication and Maintenance

Tank Fabrication and Maintenance

In the fabrication of storage tanks, as in most other welding applications, there are two crucial processes that storage tank fabricators must carry out to ensure the final quality and durability of the tanks. They are weld preheating and post-weld heat treatment.

Pre-Heating

Preheating involves heating the material to be welded to a particular temperature before welding. This process reduces shrinkage by minimizing the temperature between the arc and the base material. It also removes moisture, lowers hydrogen, and slows the weld cooling rate. These reduce the risk of cracking, brittle welds, and failure of the welds. Preheating is crucial for storage tanks as they are to withstand high pressures during operation.

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OVER 100 GENERATORS TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY POWER FOLLOWING HURRICANE LAURA

03 September, 20 5:01 pm · Leave a comment · Geoff Campbell
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Power is out to more than 500,000 customers with an estimated 3 to 5 weeks to restore power. Generator-powered, air conditioned tents have been set up to provide power workers with meals; and we’ve also supplied generators for power requirements for restaurants, casinos, fabrication shops, etc.

Other members of our South West Region team are working tirelessly to mobilize generators for all segments of need. A big thanks goes to Michael Stevens and all our supporting personnel to be able to deliver more than 100 generators in a matter of hours.

Special thanks goes to Dave Kendrick and his team, for their outstanding efforts preparing our Lake Charles building prior to the hurricane landing. Dave worked late into the night to provide us with the best chance of weathering the storm. In the pictures below, you can see we sustained minimal damage compared to other buildings located down the road and we are very fortunate to have come out of this storm as well as we did.

Thanks to all for a job well done!

How Can Power Plants Manage the Challenges of Seasonal Heat and Outages

27 August, 20 3:31 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc2
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Industrial generator rentalsSeasonal events like heatwaves increase the usage of power-hungry amenities from HVAC units at homes to buildings to reactor coolant systems in nuclear power plants.

Fluctuations in electric power during summer peaks may cause hardware failures and the cessation of business-critical operations for banks, hospitals, FMCG, refineries, and other sectors that need a continuous supply of power.

This enormous strain on the power grid and unpredictable electricity supply could lead to the loss of investment worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

That’s where electrical power reliability can protect public health and infrastructure.

Industrial generator rentals provide alternative electric sources that offer a steady stream of high-quality power to minimize production losses and operational downtime.

Power plants can rely on diesel generator sets in their job sites as an efficient emergency power backup source to provide capacity in the event of rising demand or fluctuation in supply.
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Microgrids Deployed Today – Filling the Void Within the Electric Utility Infrastructure

27 August, 20 2:57 pm · Leave a comment · reddarc2
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microgridsThe shift to an electricity-dominated global energy mix includes microgrids transforming the way electricity supplies to industrial markets, commercial markets, and oil and gas markets.

The falling expenditure of microgrid control technologies is among the top reasons US electric companies now actively deploy them across 42% of the country’s projects. This number has quadrupled since 2014, while the installed microgrid capacity has tripled.

Microgrids Enhance Electric Network Resilience

Microgrids, also known as supplemental power resource systems, are network-connected or operate independently from any electric utility grid. They range from remote microgrids that power the electrical needs of rural areas to true microgrids that supply additional energy to localized businesses.

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