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Here you will find the latest Red-D-Arc company news, such as branch openings and acquisitions along with information about our latest product and service offerings, industry related news, events, tradeshows and conferences.

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.

PDF Used Equipment Flyer

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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Aero 80FP
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.

Red-D-Arc’s Bidadoo.com Online Auction Ends Thursday March 10th

04 March, 16 3:22 pm · Leave A Comment · Colin Brown
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Red-D-Arc Bidadoo Auction
Looking for a bargain on used weld positioning equipment? Don’t miss Red-D-Arc’s Bidadoo.com online auction, ending Thursday March 10th at midnight. The auction includes turning rolls (idlers, drives, self-aligning), positioners and welding head manipulators of various capacities from manufactures such as Preston Eastin and Ransome.

Visit bidadoo.com and enter “Welding Equipment” into the search field to see the available equipment and make a bid.

Growing Line Systems Used for Wind Farm in Adriatic Sea

02 March, 16 4:21 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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Growing Line Systems

Red-D-Arc contributed several Growing Line Systems to be used during the production of wind tower foundations for a wind farm in the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the Growing Line Systems, Submerged Arc Welders were supplied along with camera systems that are equipped with a monitor and touch screen for optimal control of functions. Red-D-Arc equipment was used because the foundations must be long and strong to withstand the depth of the Adriatic Sea.

To learn more about Red-D-Arc Growing Lines and Fit Up Stations watch our video: reddarc.com/videos

Red-D-Arc Works on The Wilshire Grand Centre

18 February, 16 2:21 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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Red-D-Arc provided ProHeat 35 induction heating systems during the construction of The Wilshire Grand Centre in Los Angeles. Large box columns of various sizes and weights needed to be pre-heated during the fabricating and erecting process. Red-D-Arc suggested the use of Pro Heat 35 induction heating systems and helped design fixtures for the heating cables so the box columns could be pre-heated safely and effectively. The 73 story, 1100 foot tower is planned to be completed in 2017 and will become the tallest tower in California!

Send Us Your Story – Get a Free Hat

12 February, 16 4:45 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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We want to hear from you. Send us a brief explanation of the project, the equipment, and how it helped your business. We’ll be glad to share your story on our blog and social media channels. This is a great way to build exposure for your company. Plus, we’ll send you a complimentary Red-D-Arc Hat. Send your story to RDA.socialmedia@airgas.com

Featured Product: Millermatic 252 – The welder that you can teach anyone to weld with

11 February, 16 4:10 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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Miller 252 Welder The Millermatic 252 —sometimes referred to as the Miller 252— is an extremely popular and easy to use welder. You only need to see the reviews quoted on Miller’s product site to see how much those who use this welder like it. It can be used for metal fabrication, maintenance and repair, farm and home use as well as light industrial applications.
Capable of MIG (GMAW), Wirefeed, and Flux-Cored Welding (FCAW),this machine employs Active Arc Stabilizer technology which creates consistent power output resulting in better quality welds. The push/pull gun connects directly to the unit with no extra module required in between.
Review - millermatic 252 welder
The unit detects the gun automatically and recalls the voltage, wire feed speed and timer of the active gun. There’s a panel on the front of the unit with a quick-reference parameter chart so you can quickly apply the correct settings for the consumables you are using. This welder has the highest output in its class (250 A at 28 VDC) allowing longer welding times on high-end applications. This is a very popular unit, praised for its ease of use by people who are learning to weld, hobbyists and others for whom welding is only one of many tasks they perform in a day. One user says that he taught his entire family to weld using this machine, including his 57 year old mother. Feature rich, well thought out, and easy to use, you would be hard pressed to find a better welder than the Millermatic 252.

Interested in renting one? Request a Quote.

See the Millermatic 252 in Action

Red-D-Arc Social Media

22 January, 16 2:33 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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In order to keep customers up to date with special offers, company news, events, new products …and all things Red-D-Arc, we’re increasing our presence on social media! Find Red-D-Arc on Linked In, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

Linked In is being used to update our followers in the professional world with company news, job postings and industry events.

On Twitter you’ll find Red-D-Arc interacting with our customers and fans while sharing knowledge and expertise, all within 140 characters.

Find photos and videos of events, trade shows, products and much more on Instagram.

YouTube is where you’ll find our professional videos featuring products, promotions and events.

Facebook is where Red-D-Arc connects with our customers, where we engage in conversation and post relevant and timely product promotions.

Red-D-Arc Social Media

Winter Deals on Used Welding Equipment: January 1 – March 31

19 January, 16 3:12 pm · Leave A Comment ·
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We’re currently running a special offer on used welding equipment. Our Quality Checked pre-owned welders are thoroughly checked over and maintained to ensure that you’ll get a reliable machine that  is in excellent condition. Select Rated machines run and weld to the manufacturer’s specifications are operationally safe and load bank tested. These machines come with warranties which vary depending on status of the machine. 90 day warranty on Select Rated machines 12 months for Quality Checked. See the flyer for details in your area.

PDF Used Equipment Flyer – USA
PDF Used Equipment Flyer – Canada

 

Used Lincoln DC600 Welder for Sale Used-Miller-Dimension-452-For-Sale

 

Offers Valid Until March 31, 2016

The DC600 and the Milller Dimension 452 are just a few of the used welders we have available.

 

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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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.
View the Generators or Get a Quote

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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