More from the Rapid Hall of Fame!

by Rapid Welding 4. September 2014 15:10

We were lucky enough to be sent a few action shots of our Isle of Wight Challenge hero's, Marianne Edwards & her walking partner Chris. They completed the gruelling 35 miles in a commendable 9 hours 10 mins!!!

Well done you two!


You can't get a more stunning view than this!

Who's motivating who?



What a SUPERSTAR! Another member of the Rapid Family does good!

by Rapid Welding 14. August 2014 15:30


We always stand, applaud, cheer, hang out the bunting and generally go a bit mad when one of the team do something special, and this time it's Chris Anderson's turn to get the full on fanfare.  

Chris Anderson MAAT - Rapid's latest Superstar!

Chris works in accounts, and has been at Rapid since May 2011. Yesterday he received the long awaited news that he has passed his AAT level 4 Accountancy exam (AAT stands for Association of Accounting Technicians - not Awful At Tennis as one of our office comedians suggested - and is the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for vocational accountants).

Chris has previously completed two book-keeping courses in 2011 and 2012, then the AAT level 3 in 2013. The completion of Level 4 means that Chris has achieved the highest level for AAT. 

Over the duration of the courses Chris has studied many different aspects of accounting, including business and personal tax, budgeting, accounts preparation, cash management, spreadsheet software, cost and revenue, indirect tax, professional ethics, financial performance, financial statements, not to mention coursework on internal controls and accounting systems - Phew!

So here's a big and well deserved well done from all of us at Rapid, Chris. All your hard work has paid off.

AAT - It doesn't stand for Awful At Tennis 

 Proud of Our Team!

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Choosing the Right Welding Helmet for You

by Rapid Welding 25. July 2014 10:18

Choosing the Right Welding Helmet for You!

Lincoln Viking 2450 Auto Darkening Shade 9 - 13 Welding Helmet

The type of welding you do determines which welding helmet is right for you, and factors such as working environment, welding applications, materials, and the amount of time spent welding all need to be considered. 

In terms of PPE, a welding helmet is one of the most essential pieces of kit a welder must invest in. It protects the wearers eyes and face from visible and invisible hazards such as ultraviolet/infrared rays and sparks, and there are numerous options available in today's market to meet individual needs, budget, and personal preference.

 3M Adflo Welding Helmet

Things to take into account when choosing a welding helmet:

Safety First: Before shopping up, make sure your chosen helmet complies with the necessary industry and regulatory standards. Check the product guide or operators manual and look for EU standards and CE marking.

Type of welding: The type of welding application you do may mean you require higher shade levels or lower shade levels, or even the ability to change between the two - as provided by many auto darkening helmets.

Length of time spent welding: Welder fatigue is dangerous and non-productive. Consider lightweight alternatives to increase comfort and safety, as well as a preventative measure against neck strain.

Weld, grind and plasma cut all with one helmet - Save Phace is a popular choice with our customers.

Get the look: For the fashion conscious welder, there some stylish themes, colours and graphics to choose from, with some brands offering the option of personalisation.

Budget: There is a wide range of welding helmets with numerous options to fit all pockets without compromising on safety.

The market today is fairly extensive, so you should be able to find something to meet your requirements. Rapid stocks a broad range of welding helmets - Kemppi, Lincoln Electric, 3M, Save Phace, to name but a few popular brands, along with helmet spares and replacement parts such as lenses, head gear and sweatbands. Why not take a look online, or discuss your needs with our product specialist, Andy on (0)23 92 214 214.

Happy Shopping fellow welders! 

Welcome To The Rapid Experience

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Amazing Engineering In Focus

by Rapid Welding 18. July 2014 09:56

The Kelpies 

We think these sculptures are incredible and yet another display of amazing engineering.

Designed by sculpter Andy Scott, these visually stunning giant horseheads called The Kelpies are the largest works of art in Scotland. Standing at 30 metres (100 feet) and weighing in at 300 tonnes each, these beauties are Scotland's newest visitor attraction and were opened to the public in April this year as part of a multi million pound redevelopment of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. Built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding, the sculptures took a whopping eight years of planning and one year to manufacture and assemble. 

As well as The Kelpies, there are two sets of 1:10 scale models known as Kelpie maquettes which were sculpted from steel and then galvanized using a hot dip process. The Kelpie maquettes were welded by hand from small plates of steel and are displayed across Scotland in locations such as Edinburgh Airport,The Field Museum, and at several engineering events including Expo 2013 (Glasgow) and the Sheffield International Steel Celebration.


The maquettes on display at Edinburgh Airport


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Plymovent Diluter - for a cleaner, healthier work environment

by Rapid Welding 3. July 2014 09:40

Plymovent Diluter - For a Cleaner, Healthier Work Environment

Suitable ventilation and air cleaning solutions are a must to protect employees and sensitive equipment from welding fumes. 

The Diluter from Plymovent is a stand alone air cleaning solution designed for light to medium welding processes and developed to reduce and control the background concentration of welding fumes in a workshop. First introduced in 2006, the function works by cleaning air and recirculating it back into the work environment without causing drafts at work level, and is an excellent choice if source extraction and hoods are not an option. Targeting welding fumes, the Diluter's nozzles can be rotated to optimise airflow and minimise the concentration of fumes in the workplace, immediately noticeable as the visual 'blue layer' disappears. As well as  having a low energy consumption, thus saving costs, adjustments can be made to the Diluters height, speed and direction of blow. It doesn’t require ducting, meaning it can be moved around the work place to suit multiple layouts and applications, making it a flexible option for you welders on the move. 

Benefits at a glance: 

  • Reduction of the background concentration of welding fumes
  • Continuous purification of (polluted) air
  • Energy saving; recirculation of expensively heated or cooled air
  • Stand alone unit; no ductwork required
  • Suits almost any work environment
  • Easy to install 

Rapid is an official distributer for Plymovent solutions. For more information and specifics, call or connect online with our lovely Andy on: (0)23 92 214 214 or for more information and to view the product click HERE.

For more information on Plymovent solutions, visit their website:  


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..... And They Did It!!!!!!!! A Midnight Walk to Remember

by Rapid Welding 23. June 2014 13:25

A HUGE Well done to Debs Knight, Nicky Green & Rapid's own Marianne Edwards for completing the 20 mile Night to Remember Midnight Walk in 5 hours and 5 minutes, helping raise over £143000,00 for St Barnabas House.



A Night to Remember!

by Rapid Welding 17. June 2014 15:48

Every now and again we like to bring you something a little different that isn't welding related, and when a member of the Rapid team gets up to something a bit special out of hours, we feel it is only right to share - with their permission, of course.

This weekend our lovely Marianne Edwards will be walking the walk from Worthing to Shoreham - a whopping 20 miles. And as if that isn't enough, she's doing it at midnight! 

Now, this isn't just a keep fit exercise, although Marianne and her very good friend Joby - who she has known since they were both 4 years old (collective Ahhhhh) - are no strangers to clocking up the miles. They started walking 8 years ago and each year have done a challenge together.

Joby & Marianne on their London to Brighton challenge last year - yes, you have read that correctly!

This year the challenge is a walk in aid of St Barnabas House - a service dedicated to giving local people the choice over where they receive end of life care. Over the last six years the walk has raised over £900,000, and this year the total amount raised is set to exceed £1 million! 

I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Marianne, Joby, and their fellow lady walkers all the best for this coming weekend.  

Get those arms swinging and the tunes pumping girls!! 

To find out more about St Barnabas Hospice and the Night to Remember Midnight Walk, here are the website details:



We'll let you know how our girls get on next week.

Till then ..... Keeeeeeeeeep welding!






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Rapid Secures Metrode Agency for Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex

by Rapid Welding 4. June 2014 10:16


 It's official! No, Kate and Will's aren't having another baby ... not that I know of anyway! This is bigger, better, infinitely more exciting than that, and in my book well worth dusting off the bunting.

 Rapid Welding is now an agent for the UK's leading manufacturer and supplier of alloyed welding consumables, Metrode!



Founded in 1963, Metrode is partnered with Lincoln Electric Europe as a business unit supplying one of the largest ranges of alloyed welding consumables, reaching power generation industries, chemical and petrochemical and offshore oil and gas.

Rapid Welding is now one of Metrode's proud UK distributers, working hard to ensure a wide range of welding consumables are easily and readily available to customers via the website. 

For more information on Metrode, click here, or to visit the Rapid experience and view the great range of Metrode products as well as our other great offers, simply visit

As always our in-house expert, Andy, is available to chat online or over the phone on (0)23 92 214 214.



 Keeping Welders Welding!


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Rapid's turning all flowery!

by Rapid Welding 21. May 2014 14:48

 Well, the Chelsea flower Show 2014 got underway in London's Royal Hospital gardens yesterday. Attended by 157,000 visitors each year, it is probably one of the most famous venues in the world for horticultural displays and inspiration. I hear even the Queen is a fan! 

This year the event is running from the 20th - 24th May, and if you have tickets we hope you enjoy the spectacle. While your there though, enjoying the flowers, do spare a thought for the many talented welders who have provided their input. Each year metal art is somehow cleverly integrated into the displays - remember the laser cut QR code from a couple of years back? Well, there looks to be some incredible pieces of work this year too.

 Firepit by Andy Gage as featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2014

According to the Telegraph's online blog which is covering the event in real time, Essex farmer, Andy Gage, had 'never done any metalwork before, but when he couldn't find a patio heater he liked he decided to make his own'. Well there you go. Let that be inspiration to us all!

And it's a small world, because one of our wonderful customers, Collin Phillip's of Designer Blacksmith (check out his website here) has made an amazing metal tree which is on the Hillier stand this year. See below.

What an incredible achievement Collin. We think your work looks fabulous. 

From all at Rapid, well done, and let us know how the stand is received. 

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Don't we scrub up nicely ...

by Rapid Welding 16. May 2014 11:25

We were very kindly sent this picture of our stand at MACH 2014.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage (second on left), accompanied by Phil Tranter, AWD National Chairman (far right), stopped by for a visit ahead of the AGM.


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