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Update from the HSE: Fume Extraction Notification

There has been an important update from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), focusing on mild steel welding fume extraction. The directive is relevant for anyone that welds, and is important to take on board for your own safety, as well as others around you. You can read the full directive at the link below: HSE Mild Steel Welding Fume Extraction Notification
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Welding Health and Safety: The Essentials

Welding provides solutions in so many areas of the manufacturing world. It is an extremely useful process that requires years of training and experience to master. As well as being useful, though, it is also potentially quite dangerous. It is absolutely essential that welding health and safety is constantly adhered to throughout the process, regardless of how experienced or inexperienced the welder may be. Here, Arc Welding Services Ltd explain the essential health and safety points that must be considered by anyone working in welding. Fumes Breathing in fumes while welding is a common cause for illness, so it’s important…
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The World’s Biggest Welding Projects from the USA

Welding is a broad term that simply refers to the joining of metal parts by using heat. It’s easy to see why so many industries rely on the practice, but sometimes its significance can be overlooked. To underline the potential of welding as a practice, we’ve put together a list of some of the world’s largest, most impressive, welding projects. We’ve taken a look, in particular, at our transatlantic cousins for this one. They seemingly have a talent for it. Empire State Building Where else could we have started? Until recently, the Empire State building was the tallest building in…
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What Skills Do All Welders Need?

Welding is, as we’ve explained in one of our previous blog posts, used all over the place in everyday life. How though, can you get into the industry? In our latest blog, we examine the skills you need if you’re going to become a welder. For questions about our services, please either call us on 0121 327 2249, or fill out one of our online contact forms. Technical knowledge If you’re going to work in welding, you need technical knowledge. What we mean by that is that you’ll need to understand the concepts of welding before you’re able to try…
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A Closer Look at Some of Our Welding Equipment

Here at Arc Welding Services Ltd, we’ve got a great range of welding equipment available for hire. In our latest blog post, we’re taking a closer look at some of that equipment, with a view to explaining what it does and why it’s so useful in the world of arc welding. Compact MIG Gas metal arc welding (more commonly referred to as MIG) are perfect for anyone prioritising the aesthetics of their work. The reduced spatter levels generated by this machine make it that bit easier to keep things tidy. MIG welding also allows you to weld a greater number…
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Uses of Welding in Everyday Life: a Brief Overview

There are a huge number of services and products that rely on welding, in one form or another. Unless you live a particularly sheltered life, you’re probably coming into contact with these all the time. From public transport to theme park rides, welding is a vital process used in a variety of ways, for a variety of different results. Infrastructure It’s a very broad point, so that’s why it makes sense to start out with it. Welding, in its many different forms, is commonly used in infrastructure in a whole host of ways. Bridges are one of the easiest examples…
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How to Store Welding Equipment

It is absolutely essential to store welding equipment properly, both from a safety perspective and to ensure the lifespan of your tools isn’t shortened. Here, Arc Welding Services take a look at a few measures you can put in place to ensure your equipment is stored properly, preventing it from becoming damaged or dangerous. Ignoring proper storage of your equipment can easily damage your rods, causing them to become inaccurate and making potentially hazardous errors more likely. Your Rods Ensuring that all of your welding rods are stored upright should help preserve them. Allowing them to lay flat when you…
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Spring Offers on ESAB Equipment from Arc Welding Services!

Running from February 21st to June 29th, Arc Welding Services are offering up to 45% off on three products from industry-leading manufacturers, ESAB. Boasting a 3-year warranty, we are giving you the opportunity to purchase the Rebel EMP 215ic, Renegade ES 300i, and the SENTINEL helmet at fantastic, discounted prices! This range includes a powerful multi-purpose inverter welder, a compact inverter with an extreme power-to-weight ratio, and a state of the art helmet used by the best welding professionals.      
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The Benefits of Apprenticeships in Welding

The benefits of apprenticeships in welding are well known by employers that work in the industry, but perhaps not so clear for those evaluating their options for post-16 education. What is clear, though, is that an apprenticeship is a great opportunity to kickstart a career in welding. Here at Arc Welding Services, we have a wealth of industry knowledge and understand the importance of apprenticeships in welding completely. We have compiled some background - as well as some of the key benefits - of welding apprenticeships below. Background An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in a practical environment…
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The Risks Involved with Structural Welding

Welding is a dangerous industry, and with there being various risks and hazards involved, it’s important to understand how these can be combated and the health and safety of employees protected. Here at Arc Welding Services, we are experienced in the welding industry, so we have detailed some of the most important aspects of structural welding safety in this blog. Electric Shocks Perhaps one of the most prevalent risks in structural welding, electric shocks can cause serious injury or death. Most commonly, an electric shock occurs during a weld when the welder touches two metals that have a voltage between…