The New Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode for Duramax Torches

by Rapid Welding 19. June 2012 10:25

Technology Upgrade Alert!


There is always something shiny and new to talk about appearing on the market, and the new Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode is no different. It has been designed for use with handheld Duramax torches when cutting 12mm or under, and with two times longer consumable life over original Hypertherm consumables designed for the system, it is now possible to cut more parts, reduce operating costs and lessen down time. Upgrading is easy - the CopperPlus is a drop-in replacement for the standard Duramax electrode, and it is compatible with Duramax torches installed on Powermax 65, 85, 1000, 1250, 1650, 600, 800, 900, MAX 42 and 43.

The Hypertherm CopperPlus Electrode for Duramax torches is now available to purchase online from Rapid - simply click here  for more information.

Rapid Product ref: 220777


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QR Codes and Body Art!

by Rapid Welding 8. June 2012 12:33

Rapid QR Codes and Body Art!

Thanks to growing technology and the marvel that is the Smartphone, the modern day version of the bar code can be accessed by pretty much anyone nowadays. I won't bore you with the nitty-gritty, but in a nut shell the QR code - or Quick Response Code - is like a normal bar code only 2D, so it has a much greater capacity to store data. It provides a super quick and easy way for everyone to find the information they want, linking the user to texts, emails, websites, phone numbers and much more. Also, so long as you own a Smartphone, most of the barcode scanner apps are completely free to install, allowing the phones camera to simply read the data from the code.

QR codes are becoming really popular with businesses and consumers alike. They seem to be popping up in newspapers, brochures, magazines, billboards, body-art - oh yes, QR Code body art. Google it! This year the Chelsea Flower Show had an entire garden dedicated to the phenomenon, displaying a two by two metre code cut from Pyrex.  



Here at Rapid we like to keep up with the times - although personally I draw the line at tattooing a bar code on my arm - so we introduced the QR code ahead of the MACH exhibition back in April, displaying it on the stand and having it printed on our stationary. Anyone leaving with a Rapid mouse mat - and there weren't many who escaped empty handed - can now link to the website with the push of a button - try it, I dare you! We're also constantly looking for ways to improve our service, so we'll keep you posted on any new developments with the codes.



 This QR Code was designed for MACH and displayed on the stand and on our statoinary. It takes you directly to the Rapid experience! 



PlasmaCAM - An Affordable CNC Plasma System

by Rapid Welding 29. May 2012 14:38


PlasmaCAM is a robotic plasma cutting table that can turn any design idea - from your own drawings to imported pictures or files off the internet - into finished pieces of metal art work. One off garden sculptures & features, signs & plaques, lettering & numbers, mass produced mechanical parts & geometric shapes can be easily achieved - the diversity only proves how important welding is as part of work and life today. And the best bit is you don't have to be a computer buff  or have a degree in computer software to learn how to use the PlasmaCAM. The software is a windows-based program that runs on your home or works computer, and the robotic cutting table plugs in like a printer!   

The possibilities are endless...... 


 Key features of PlasmaCAM: 

  • Complete integrated cutting system.
  • Draw and edit your designs in a time efficient manner.
  • Simple or complex projects easy to realise.
  • Accurate drawings/dimensions for cutting geometric parts and custom fittings.   
  • Copy and place multiple arrays for maximum efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Variable cutting speed.
  • Cut as many copies as you want.

  Rapid is now an offiially appointed UK agent for PlasmaCAM. For more detailed information and to view the full range of plasma cutting machines for 110V, 240V, 415V power sources, visit the website or give us a call on 02392 214 214 to discuss which model best suits you.




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Rapid at MACH 2012

by Rapid Welding 21. May 2012 12:29

What a Team! Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, visited the Rapid stand at MACH.

MACH was a first for Rapid, but it definitely wasn't the last!


The MACH exhibition is an established showcase for the UK manufacturing industry, promoting its interests on a world-class stage. This year, Rapid decided to take part in the weeklong event, securing a stand in the Welding World Village as organised by the AWD (Association of Welding Distribution).

The week was a success. We'd like to say a big thank you to all the Rapid customers, old and new, who kindly took the time to visit us on the stand. It was great to put faces to names and catch up over a coffee. And it wasn't all hard work; the girls were enjoying themselves before MACH had even started! Not wanting to miss an opportunity to go shopping they went all out on their 'uniforms', opting for a 'Virgin Atlantic' themed dress code with a Rapid twist! Who says welding and manufacturing can't be glam? And the boys didn't scrub up badly either.

As well as the fun bits, the exhibition also proved to be a great place to showcase Rapid's new website - Rapid has been trading online since 2003, but the website has recently had a major overhaul and now provides customers with a more informative, interactive, and user friendly service. The full range of CK products attracted a lot of attention - especially the reduced access micro torches and clear Pyrex nozzles, as did the new design Kemppi machine.

We went to MACH wanting to raise the Rapid profile, and with 490 exhibitors and 21,624 visitors from the UK and overseas, we certainly achieved that!

Did our feet ache on Friday? Yes.

Did our smiles waver? Not once.

Would we do it again? Definitely.


The Rapid Knowledge Centre is growing !

by Rapid Welding 18. May 2012 09:19

The Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre is expanding all the time...

As well as Manuals and Operator Guides for lots of the equipment, we've now added Process Information.


The Knowledge Centre Document Library contains the manuals and operator guides. You can easily see which machines the documents are for and you can also see the documents available for each machine from the item pages in the website.

Click the image above, or click here to go to the Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre.

Introducing the Thermal Arc Fabricator 211i

by Rapid Welding 16. May 2012 09:58

A RARE BEAST: Thermal Arc’s Fabricator 211i is the first industrial quality MIG Welder that will weld on a 110 volt site supply!

The Main Features:


  • Dual Voltage: 230V input allows up to 210A welding output for use in workshops. 110V input allows up to 140A welding output for on-site work.
  • Voltage reduction device for improved site safety.
  • Digital voltage and Amperage meters.
  • 3 in 1 Inverter capable of MIG, DC Lift, TIG, and DC Stick Welding.
  • Integrated wire feed for 100mm, 200mm AND 300mm Spools.
  • Excellent portability: Lightweight, only 26kg.
  • Spool Gun ready.
  • PFC Power Factor Correction: Up to 40% more electrically efficient than conventional MIG Welders.
  • Comes with a range of options and accessories.

Read more about the Thermal Arc Fabricator 211i on Rapid's website or follow the link:

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Welcome to the Rapid Welding Blog!

by Rapid Welding 14. May 2012 12:28

Hello and welcome to our new Rapid blog. We'll be letting you know about special offers, discussing new products, and bringing you all the latest gossip from the world of Rapid Welding!



Rapid Welding Knowledge Centre

Our New Knowledge Centre has Machine Manuals, Operator Guides, Videos, Hint's and Tips....

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