FAQ's Answered! EU VAT Rules & How They Apply

by Rapid Welding 28. January 2013 10:13

Your FAQ's Answered! EU VAT Rules & How They Apply

One of the regularly asked questions we receive at Rapid is, ‘what are the rules for European VAT and how does it work between borders?’

VAT may need to be charged on the supply or transfer of goods out of the UK to an individual or company in another country. Goods supplied to another EU country are called ‘dispatches’ or ‘removals’, unlike ‘exports’, which is the term referring to sales outside the EU.


Generally speaking, the following rules of purchase will apply:

·         If you are outside the UK but in another European Union Country, you will pay VAT if you are a private individual or a company without a registered VAT number.

·         If you are registered for VAT in another EU country, VAT will not be charged (or will be zero-rated) so long as the registration number is inserted into the appropriate box during the online checkout process.

·         You will not pay import duty or VAT on your purchase when it arrives in your country.

·         If you are outside of the UK and European Union you will not pay VAT.

·                       If you are in the UK you will pay VAT regardless of your status.

For our online customers, Rapid’s checkout process offers a number of prompts to make sure the correct information is obtained, including your billing country and VAT number, so that the VAT can be updated before payment is made.

Rapid terms and conditions are also accessible from this page.

For more detailed advice and guidance, visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/managing/international/exports/goods.htm

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V & F Sheet Metal - Another Very Happy Customer!

by Rapid Welding 7. January 2013 08:56

As you know, here at Rapid, we love to hear what our customers think about our service and products - the good the bad and the ugly. We also like nothing better than being sent photos of the products we have sold in their new working environment - think of us as proud parents if you will!

We had a lovely email from Ray Frith at V & F Sheet Metal last week. He'd previously purchased from Rapid some welding bay curtains, and he was so pleased with them, he wanted to share with us a few snap shots of them in situ.

Thanks Ray! 


Rapid's booked for Seawork International 2013

by Rapid Welding 6. December 2012 16:23


After the success of MACH 2012, we're doing it again at Seawork 2013!


At this time of year we all look back at what we've done, how we've done it, and if next year, we can do it any better.

One of Rapid's key successes of 2012 has to be the MACH exhibition held at Birmingham NEC earlier in the year. Being 'exhibition first-timers', we had a small convoy of our equipment travel up from Portsmouth. We had open minds, sensible footwear, and our very own coffee-making machine, and in true Rapid style, we had a really successful and fun event.

Off the back of such a great experience, our Rapid team will once again be putting their best, sensibly clad feet forward, and exhibiting at the Seawork International Exhibition 2013 for the first time - we have previously attended the event as visitors.

Seawork International is one of the largest growing commercial marine and workboat events and is being held in one of Europe's busiest harbours. The event attracts over 450 exhibitors and 7200 visitors from all over the world.

The exhibition will include:

  • 10,000 m2 of exhibition space
  • Open air and under cover stands
  • On the water demonstrations
  • Purpose  built pontoons for more than 60 floating exhibits

 A busy pontoon

Seawork International 2012

As a high percentage of Rapid's customer portfolio covers the marine industry sector, Seawork is the perfect platform for us to put our message across to the international commercial marine industry. We are particularly proud to be presenting the kemppi Supersnake extended reach mig wire feeder, which is perfect for building aluminium workboats.

Seawork International runs from June 25th - 27th 2013, and you will find the Rapid Team on Stand SR15.

The exhibition takes place in the Canary Islands Fruit Terminal, 103-104 Herbert Walker Avenue, ABP Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1HJ, United Kingdom

More information about Rapid's services is available at http://www.rapidwelding.com/index.aspx
To visit Seawork: http://www.seawork.com/home



Working-Holiday Snapshots from the Rapid Family Album

by Rapid Welding 20. November 2012 12:49

As they say in the movies, 'That's a Wrap!'

The Fabtech Expo event has finished, and our weary yet highly delighted travelers have returned home with stories to tell (some of which can't be shared!) and some fabulous new leads to explore.

The trip didn't go quite to plan from the outset, with Roy breaking his ankle several weeks before the big event. But in true Rapid style this hiccup swiftly turned into an advantage, with Roy managing to organise a specialist taxi to ferry him around and a 'rent-a-chariot' in 'Rapid red' for the duration of the show - a necessity for getting about in a timely fashion, but also lots of fun - think racing down the corridors in the hotel!

Rent a Chariot!

Overall the experience was worthwhile, with our guys catching up with suppliers and generating some exciting new product leads to follow up. They also visited the Save Phace stand, a company based in North Texas and whose products Rapid now stock (see previous blog). The EFP helmet is doing amazingly well both here and abroad, and has been greatly received by Rapid's customers (The shelves have been re-stocked because of its popularity). Needless to say, the Save Phace stand was mobbed at Fabtech, but Roy in his 'Rent a Chariot' managed to find a way through to talk business.


 A warm welcome at the Save Phace stand


There was plenty of time for fun too, and shopping - Marianne!



It's wouldn't be Vegas without some glitz & glammer! 



Saying "hi" to our mates at CK  - "Hi Jeff!" (He must be hiding!)



 There's that guy again!



by Rapid Welding 8. November 2012 19:11

Watch This Space 


Rapid is always striving to move with the times and stay ahead of the game, and we love nothing more than finding exciting new products tantalizing the market in the UK and abroad and making them available to our customers. For those of you unaware – and there can’t be many of you by now - our Rapid representatives have already arrived in Las Vegas for the FabTech Expo event this week in order to do just that.


Available NOW! 



One new product range Rapid is already proudly the importer for is the Save Phace series of welding helmets.


Save Phace,  a company based in North Texas, is committed to developing the best face protection products available, and within hours of stock arriving at Rapid HQ, these welding helmets were literally pinging off our shelves.



A Revolutionary Product: The EFP - Extreme Face Protector, isn't your average welding helmet




Developed after more than five years dedicated research, the EFP is a new, innovative welding helmet, with key features inclusing:

  • 180 degree peripheral vision
  • Welding helmet, splash guard and grinding mask all in one.
  • Face forming profile means less bulk allowing you to work in tighter spaces & providing better airflow.
  • The ONLY welding helmet in the world integrating an auto-darkening filter into a 180 degree welding lens.
  • Amazing graphics available.
  • Replaceable sweat absorbent headband.
  • ANSI and CE approved.


This exciting new product range and further information is available from Rapid NOW, just visit the website: http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/Category.aspx?c=SAVEPHACE&o=0&zl=2&sq=7


To learn more about Save Phace, please visit http://www.savephace.com/EFP/EFP-Helmet



Kemppi Arc System 2.0 ArcQuality - Welding Quality Management

by Rapid Welding 18. October 2012 17:11

Any welder worth their pinch of salt will make sure each job is carried out to the best of their ability and conforms to strict control measures and approved welding procedures. But is there any proof of this once the job is complete, and what formal documentation or qualitative evidence is there to confirm the correct procedures were in fact carried out, with quality materials and equipment, and by appropriately qualified personnel?

'The Kemppi Arc System 2.0, module ArcQuality (ArcQ) provides an accurate and formal solution to this quality problem.'



Kemppi  initially launched the Arc System 2.0 module Arc Quality in China this year at the July Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting Fair, then at the HI Design Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland in August. Following on, they will be at the EuroBLECH Fair in Hanover, Germany on the 23 - 27 October (hall 13, stand E24).

 ArcQ Explained

The hub of the system comprises of an ArcQuality Smart Reader, into which can be scanned the professional credentials of the welder (taken from the bar code on their personal ID tag) and the WPS (Welding Procedure Specification) of each material alloy, welding type and shielding gas being used. If there is any deviation to WPS compliance, this information is communicated to the welder and project/managerial teams involved.

Benefits of Using the ArcQ System

  • System alerts the welder if corrective action is required, therefore saving time
  • Identifies problems prior to inspection and testing
  • Reduces costly rework
  • Ensures welder qualifications are current and valid prior to work
  • Collects and records data allowing traceability of each individual weld
  • Ensures quality control & WPS compliance
  • Records & compares information
  • Guides welders to follow acceptable procedures & use repeatable, trustworthy welding techniques
  • Allows for swift office/employer intervention should quality measures be overlooked
  • Creates non-conformance reports in real-time
  • Records arc/non arc time
  • Records service history & anticipates service needs
  • Includes a welding fleet management tool
  • Designed for monitoring MIG/MAG welding
  • Web based reporting
  • WLAN technology
  • Arc Quality Data can be logged into & viewed securely worldwide
  • Single or multiple site users
  • Provides reports for client consultation & project development in conjunction with WPS 
    'Kemppi Arc System and its module ArcQuality, provide the simple, but formal solution to ensure conformance to set welding quality standards. Of course customers may have slightly different demands in order to meet their local site needs and integrate ArcQuality to their existing quality system, so Kemppi project team can tailor most needs through client consultation and project development.'



For more information visit: http://productinfo.kemppi.com/showroom/open-kemppi-video.php?lang=en&v=arcquality_video1&video=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2F0mr_oLGq7gI%3Fhl%3Den%26cc_lang_pref%3Den%26cc_load_policy%3D1%26rel%3D0



Rapid Takes Vegas!

by Rapid Welding 10. October 2012 11:49


The show is called FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. The venue is the Las Vegas Convention Centre....and Rapid is dropping in to say hello!

The event describes itself as 'a convenient 'one stop shop' venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.' Running from November 12-14, the event will cover in excess of 400,000 square feet, and with 1,100 exhibiting companies it is expected to attract an attendance in excess of 25,000.

Marianne, who's a very lucky but very deserving girl, says, 'Rapid is hoping to find new, innovative products to bring to the UK as a distributor to enlighten and educate the UK market. We are buoyed by our success in becoming the sole CK agent following our attendance in Atlanta two years ago, and we already have many appointments with North America Manufacturers.'

In order to prevent downcast faces and pouty lips, which nobody wants to see, our four Rapid Representatives will also have the opportunity to enjoy their fair share of fun in the party capital too.

Watch out for our blog and follow us on Twitter, where we will keep you updated on what happens in Vegas, including news from the event, the fabulous surroundings and people, and a very special trip down memory lane....

For more information on FABTECH visit: http://www.fabtechexpo.com/overview.cfm 

Follow event on #fabtechexpo

Show days/Dates

Monday, November 12, 9.00am - 6.00pm

Tuesday, November 13, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday, November 14, 9.00am - 4.00pm








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Kemppi SuperSnake Protection Frame Now Available From Rapid

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2012 15:03

The Kemppi SuperSnake Protection Frame for the SuperSnake Subfeeder is now available from Rapid

  • Made of hot galvanised steel, the frame protects the feeders wire feed casing from damage in heavy environments and when device is pulled across the floor.

  • Can be used for carrying and hanging the SuperSnake Subfeeder.

  • Weighs in at 2.3kg.

  • Replaceable display protection piece.

  • Support for opened hatch.

  • Can be used with all GT02S/6153XXX and GT02SW/6154XXX models (the liquid-cooled models must have a new water hose connector (W004227) according to version A. It can be obtained as a supplement part for old products.


Visit Rapid's website for further details by clicking on: http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/DisplayItem.aspx?c=6185276

Order ref: 6185276







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Submerged Arc Welding

by Rapid Welding 2. October 2012 09:42


Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) is so called bacause the tip of the welding wire, the arc, and the weld joint are covered by a layer of granular flux. The purpose of the flux is to act as a shield against spatter, fumes, and sparks, clean impurities from the weld metal, help prevent contamination and oxidisation, and shape the welding bead. In some cases, flux alters the chemical properties of the weld by adding alloy elements to the metal.

The process of SAW uses the heat of the arc to melt the surface of the metal and the end of the electrode to become the deposited weld metal. Flux covers the weld area and generates gases and slag to provide a 'glass-like' shield during the process.



Advantages of SAW:


  • High travel speed
  • Deep penetration
  • Safe to use - no visible arc or spatter
  • Weld quality is high and consistent
  • Fully automated - Beam-mounted, portable tractor or semi-automatic systems for heavy fabrication environments.
  • High productivity and deposition rate - It is possible to weld very large joint areas with fewer passes.
  • Easy set up.
  • SAW can be carried out both manually and by mechanised techniques. Mechanised welding is used in the majority of applications.   


'The machine does most of the work. The user just has to adjust the parameters when necessary. The new equipment is fairly simple for the operators to run."

Mike Flagg, SAW manager for the Lincoln Electric Co.






Flux comes in powder or granual form and can be mixed to create a paste, depending on the application it is used for. As with anything these days, it is important to choose the right kind of flux for the job otherwise there is a risk to the overall join quality. There are different fluxes for different metals and applications, such as but not limited to, aluminium and aluminium based alloys, steel, bronze, iron and ferous metals.

Flux Handling: Unopened packages should be stored in dry conditions. Once opened, packages should be used immediately or kept in a humidity controlled store for re-use and dried according to manufacturers guidelines. Slag or dust particles may change the composition of flux and could cause blockages to the feed system


SAW is slightly different to other welding processes, in that it doesn't produce high levels of spatter or fumes - depending on what is being welded. - and normal workplace extraction should be sufficient.

In terms of what the welder should wear, normal gear, such as a head shield and leather apron is often not necessary, although it is important to follow workplace procedures in place.

 Other PPE such as goggles, heavy gloves and protective shoes are required for related operations such as chipping or grinding.







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Meet Andy - Rapid's Online Specialist!

by Rapid Welding 25. September 2012 08:22

Meet Andy!

 'Our' Andy is on the front line when it comes to advising customers, answering queries, and going through product choices over the telephone. His cute dimples and charismatic smile beams from the top of the homepage every time you access the website, and with glowing customer reports as to the service he provides, we decided to delve a bit deeper and learn about the man behind the knowledge. I managed to pin Andy down in a rare moment off the phone and between web chats, to ask a few questions about welding, life, and his rise to becoming Rapids Online Specialist!  

Q.       Andy, what first sparked your interest in the welding industry? 

A.     I did a welding course at a local tech college when I was still at school, then did more welding for my Engineering apprenticeship.

Q.       What was your first weld job?

A.     Joining Universal Welding Alloys in Chessington in 1987

Q.       Worst Welding moment? 

A.     Using a 100 amp Plasma cutter for a whole morning without eye protection. I was young and never gave it the respect it deserved. I didn’t see for 2 days.

Q.       If you hadn’t gone into welding, what would you be doing now?

A.      Enjoying Retirement!

Q.       Worst thing about working in the welding industry?

A.     Lack of planning. Why is almost everything needed yesterday ?

Q.       If you were a customer, why would you choose Rapid?

A.     Because you know you will receive a quality product. We don’t buy anything we would not be happy to receive ourselves.

Q.       Favourite welding process and why? 

A.     Submerged Arc. Great speed and great quality, and so under-used. It will go down to 3mm material if needed and is pretty simple to set up.

Q.       Do you always smile for pictures?

A.     Certainly do. I have dimples and the Ladies love them.

Q.       Biggest pet hate?

A.     Radio Jingles. I turn off  Radio 2 everyday at 5.05pm to avoid the Simon Mayo Jingle.  I don’t even listen to commercial radio because of  the advertising Jingles.

Q.     Perfect day?

A.    Sailing in the Solent

Q.      Music you would get up and dance to? 

A.    The Spin Doctors -  Two Princes

Q.      One thing you wish you’d known when you were young?

A.     Never argue with a Female. Or even try to work them out.

Q.       What do you drink with dinner?

A.     Guinness. It's not just for breakfast you know !

Q.       The title or nickname your colleagues would give you?

A.     Maverick

Q.       You would be the person most likely to ….. at a works party? 

A.     Drink 20 pints and shout “Who wants a Lift?” 



Why Rapid's Customers love Andy.......

"Thanks for your excellent service. The online chat helped me choose the right equipment. You have welded me to your website."

"Andy sorted it out within 15 minutes of my enquiry."

"Very good general advice. If you are hobbyists don't hesitate to call them...it's not just the professionals they deal with."

"The online question and answer service was very useful."


Thanks Andy



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