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What Skills Do All Welders Need?

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…
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A Closer Look at Some of Our Welding Equipment

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 welding 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.…
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Uses of Welding in Everyday Life: a Brief Overview

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…
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How to Store Welding Equipment

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…
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Spring Offers on ESAB Equipment from Arc Welding Services!

Spring Offer on ESAB Equipment 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.     spri  
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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…
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An Introduction to the Arc Weld

An Introduction to the Arc Weld   The arc weld is an integral aspect of construction and one of the most common welding processes used today, but what exactly is an arc weld? Well, since Arc Welding Services have a wealth of industry knowledge, we have put together this blog to run you through some of the defining characteristics of this weld, along with the basic process and other key features. Basic Process In essence, an arc weld is one of several fusion processes for joining metals. The idea is to apply intense heat to melt the metals intended to…
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Understanding Welding Alloys

  If you’re reading this blog post, it’s fair to assume that you understand the basics of welding, but for those who don’t: welding is the process of joining two pieces of metal together by melting them at the intended joining point. A filler metal - or welding alloy - is utilised to blend with the melted metal of these two pieces, which can offer various benefits, dependant on the alloy itself. Types of Welding Alloy There are a variety of different metals that are utilised together in welding alloys - in many iterations - in order to concur with…
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The Four Main Welding Positions

Welding is applied in a variety of different ways, all of which can require the adoption of a different position to carry out. Not every welding project is the same, so it’s important to ensure the right weld is used each time. Here at Arc Welding Services, we decided to run you through the main four welding positions in most applications, ranging from least to most complex.   Flat weld A ‘flat’ weld is the most basic of all welding positions. This is where the weld is performed along the horizontal access, from above the joint. The flame motion should…