Job Vacancy - Trainee Welding Service Engineer

by Rapid Welding 9. January 2020 12:13


Trainee Welding Service Engineer



Hedge End

Job type

Trainee Welding Service Engineer

Working hours

43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 and Friday 0800 to 1600.

30 minutes lunch


Minimum wage


20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed

 between Christmas and New Year)

Job Overview

Trainee Welding Service Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company, Rapid
Welding & Industrial Supplies Limited.

Based at their busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be:

·        Servicing and basic repairing of welding and welding related machinery. 

·        General housekeeping of service department. 

·        As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues. 

·        On the job and manufacture training will be provided. 

Ideal candidate requirements


·        Experienced or interest in electronics. Would potentially suit a college leaver. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential. 

·        Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial. 

·        IT literate. 

·        Calm under pressure. 

·        Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

·        The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service. 

·        Driving licence preferred*

Company clothing and PPE supplied.

*Depending on age, you may be able to use company vehicles.


To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to



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Job Vacancy - Stores & Logistics Manager

by Rapid Welding 9. January 2020 08:00



Stores & Logistics Manager  


Location                       Portchester 

Contract                       Full time with six month probationary period  

Job type                       Warehouse/Logistics/ distribution 

Salary                          £25000.00 - £28000.00, subject to experience


Rapid Welding is expanding and we now have a vacancy for a Stores & Logistics Manager at our Portchester branch.   As a professional Company with 30 years experience, we are constantly evolving and expanding and are looking for new staff to support our worldwide distribution through our ground breaking and award winning website.  

Job description 


·        Stores & Logistics Manager required for our busy stores, warehouse and despatch area, reporting directly to the Operations Director, ensuring goods are delivered in the most effective and efficient manner and to exceed our customers expectations. 

·        Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be ensuring our stock is accurate, in the correct location and our customers orders can be filled accurately and quickly and this role will also require over-seeing accurate stock receiving, picking and despatching in accordance with pre-set instructions and standards. 

·        Goods returns and stock rotation. 

·        Ensuring all items despatched are correctly packaged to arrive securely and without damage. 

·        Communicating with, reviewing and revising despatch couriers. 

·        This role includes managing and motivating other stores personnel and drivers, calls for encouraging a positive and encouraging environment and ensuring team members comply with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety. 

·        The role includes serving members of the public, trade customers and working with our suppliers.  

·        Striving to continually improve quality of service. 

·        Clothing and safety boots supplied. 

·        Please note: this is a physically demanding role. 


·        Monday to Thursday 7.00am – 5.00pm, Friday, 7.00am to 4.00pm, 46.5 hours per week.  30 minutes paid lunch 

What we're looking for……… 


·        Experience in managing & motivating team members 

·        Working knowledge of warehouse processes and flows essential 

·        Calm under pressure 

·        IT Literate 

·        Full driving licence 

·        Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

·        Ideally have an engineering/welding background. 

·        The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service and cleanliness. 


·        ISO experience 

·        Forklift licence 

·        International shipping knowledge


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Welding Blankets - Choosing the correct one

by Admin 8. January 2020 11:22

 Choosing the correct welding blanket can be a difficult task. With so many options on the market it can be hard to ensure you get the one which best suits your requirements.



Welding blankets were previously made from woven asbestos, but due to safety concerns production of these ceased. Now, safer materials are used, with blankets using materials such as fibreglass and silica as base materials which can then be coated.

Fibreglass is an ideal material to use for a welding blanket as it has a high melting temperature, as well as being strong and durable. However, if they are not coated, they can shed and irritate the skin.

Silica welding blankets can withstand the highest temperatures, the heat resistant fabric is high quality and can be environmentally friendly and non-hazardous.


There are a number of different coatings which are used on welding blankets. These determine the use of the blanket and the estimated peak temperature.

Heat Treated – This causes the fibreglass to shed less and increases the level of heat resistance provided.

Vermiculite – Used on Silica blankets to provide a mineral based finish to improve its abrasive resistance and helps prevent fraying. 

HT – In-organic coating which increases the anti-slip properties and the heat resistance.

PU – Specially formulated fire-retardant PU-coating with aluminium pigments to increase the anti-slip properties and resistance to fraying. 

Alu-foil - The foil is applied to the fabric (heat resistant bonding agent) and gives the fabric a high heat radiation reflection. These blankets are suitable for protection against radiation heat. The foil with which the fabric is coated is resistant to abrasion and cracks.

Neoprene – Fully cured flame-retardant black neoprene rubber which helps to protect against oil, grease and acid.

Silicone - Silicone rubber which has high resistance to extreme mechanical, thermal and electric influence.


It’s important to consider the recommended peak temperature when buying a blanket as the temperature will depend on your process being carried out and the materials being used.


The thickness of the blanket should depend on the process and the level of protection you require. It’s important to ensure you buy a thicker blanket if you intend to use it multiple times. Blankets can also be folded to give multiple layers of protection.

Cepro Welding Blankets

Cepro offers an extensive range of welding blankets to provide protection from sparks and welding splatter. Blankets have been tested according to specifications of the European standards EN 13501-1 and do not contain any asbestos or ceramic fibres. Cepro recommends using multiple layers and to use the blanket at an angle to the welding arc, as this provides the best protection.

When using any welding blanket, the welder must remember theses are consumable items. If you have continual use for a blanket its important to buy a higher quality, thicker blanket which will last longer and give a better level of protection in the long run.

Cepro Range

Economy Welding Blankets – These welding blankets are made with top quality material whilst also a very competitive price. These blankets are the thinnest ranging from 0.41mm to 0.44mm.

Standard / Basic Welding Blankets – These welding blankets come with a fantastic price and equally great sizes to choose from. They range from 0.68mm to 0.75mm thick.

Premium Welding Blankets - These welding blankets are constructed from top of the line raw materials and are able to withstand higher temperatures due to the premium coatings and the thickness of the blankets which range from 1.3mm to 1.6mm.

Other Cepro Blankets – These blankets have specific uses.

The Cepro range of blankets can be found on the Rapid Website here

For more information or technical advice don’t hesitate to contact Rapid for more information.  




Cepro - Protecting people at work

by Admin 8. January 2020 11:20

Rapid Welding are official distributors for Cepro safety products. Cepro develops safe setups for welding and grinding facilities to effectively protect people and the surrounding facilities from danger. Site safety is an indispensable part of any workshop operation to provide a safe working environment.

With over 30 years’ experience, Cepro have designed and developed a number of Welding Safety products to offer the ultimate protection, giving them the position of International market leader. Their product range consists of welding curtains, blankets, screens and booths. All their products are certified and meet the required standard. 



Kemppi Gamma GTH3 XFA Auto Darkening Welding Helmet & PFU 210E PAPR System

by Admin 8. January 2020 11:04

The Kemppi Gamma range is built to provide outstanding levels of personal protections for all kind of professional welders and fabricators. The Gamma GTH3 model meet the highest possible standard of EU classification in terms of respiratory TH3 performance with its levels of protection, removing 99.8% of workshops fumes and particles.

This welding helmet was constructed from a user’s perspective and, because of this, the Gamma GTH3 model includes optimum vision through the lenses thanks to state-of-the-art features such as Axis regulation and the GapView function. In low light working conditions, the XFA line optimises 70 lumen LED lights to provide the best of welder safety and maximum comfort.


  • Able to filter more than 99.8% of airborne particles
  • Helmet pressure design makes breathing easy and effortless
  • Clarity of visions improved thanks to LiFE+ Colour ADF Technology
  • ADF adjustment made easy, even with the helmet still on
  • XFA models exclusive with integrated LED work lights
  • Designed for all welding procedures

This ready to weld package includes everything you need for the ultimate protection: 

  • GAMMA GTH3 welding helmet with an auto darkening XA 47 welding filter and a shade range of 5, 8, 9-15
  • PFU 210e powered air purifying respirator system including battery, battery charger, filter and flow meter  
  • Kemppi carrier tool bag 
  • Kemppi 2 year parts and labour warranty

 For more information on this helmet, or any others, don’t hesitate to contact the Rapid Team! Either call +44 (0)23 92 214 214, email or ask Andy through the Rapid Website.


Christmas Opening

by Admin 12. December 2019 11:45

 Rapid will be closed from 12.30pm Tuesday 24th December until 8am Thursday 2nd January 2020. 

The last day for us to despatch goods will be Monday 23rd December 2019 and we will recommence on 2nd January 2020.

Our Webshop will be open as normal, 24 hours a day, over the Christmas and New Year period with any orders received being despatched from 2nd January 2020.

May we take this opportunity to wish our past, present and future customers seasons greetings from the Rapid Team.



Meet the team - Stuart

by Admin 10. December 2019 10:09

 Stuart has been part of the Rapid team for over 18 years starting as a stores person and gradually working his way through the ranks up to Operations Director.

The best part of Stuart's job is watching his team excel and being part of a growing company. He gets to work on customer projects making sure their needs are met. Stuart is not scared about getting his hands dirty and can often be found “helping out down stairs”.

Fun fact about Stuart, he’s never missed a Christmas party in fact any Rapid do and never drove.


World's First - Bluetooth Welding Helmet - Fronius's New Visor Connect

by Admin 4. December 2019 11:25


Throughout a 6-8 hour day of welding, a welder can ignite the arc more than a hundred times. Every time the arc is ignited, there is a split-second delay before an automatic auto-darkening filter cartridge reacts and closes. The new, Fronius Vizor connect uses Bluetooth technology, to auto darken the lens eradicating the delay.

  New technology from Fronius reduces the delay in the time from the arc igniting and the filter reacting.  The Visor Connect Helmet is connected to the welding machine via a Bluetooth connection, this enables the helmet to be darkened before the arc is even ignited.  The auto-darkening filter cartridge remains reliably darkened even at extremely low currents and during out-of-position welding. 

This works particularly well for low amp TIG welding and even considers the pre and post flow gas to ensure the lens works in conjunction with the arc.

The autopilot feature works with the Bluetooth connectivity and automatically adjusts the lens to correct level of protection required. The auto-darkening filter cartridge darkens automatically and regulates the level of protection according to the arc intensity.

The Visor Connect features a specially designed shaped filter cartridge, which gives the wearer six times the field of vision of conventional welding helmets. With a brightness level of 2.5 when open, the Visor Connect is ideal for pre-fabrication and rework tasks, as the welder will no longer need continually take the helmet on and off.The Visor connect can also be used with all conventional welding systems as it hosts all the advantages of a high-quality automatic welding helmet.

The Visor Connect is compatible with the Fronius MagicWave 230i, TransTig 230i and TPS/I models.  These are the three Bluetooth enabled Fronius welding systems, in which the Visor can offer the welder complete protection.The Visor Connect is available as a conventional mask as well as well as an air fed version. The air fed version can be used with Optrels E3000 and E3000x PAPR systems.

These helmets are available to buy from Rapid Welding and can be found here on our website. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us. 


Meet the team - Karen

by Admin 11. November 2019 10:36

Karen has been part of the Rapid team for over 9 years and is a fundamental member of the service team. Initially Karen sold gas on behalf of Air Products, but now enjoys bossing around the Service Engineers, working as the team administrator based in Hedge End. She’s the first point of contact for all service-related enquiries, organising machine collections and site visits, quoting customers and keeping them up to date on repairs and sometimes she’ll even pop on some overalls to help out in the workshop!

Due to Karen’s role, no two days are ever the same. Her favourite part of the job is the variety of customers she gets to work with and of course, working with the Rapid team! 

Karen’s Fun Fact: I have a huge love for Zombies and Zombie films and actually got to meet the King of Zombies himself George A Romero a few years ago. I’ve also volunteered in the past to be a Zombie in a horror maze at Comic Con which helped raise money for QA Hospital. 


Welders Gift Guide 2019

by Admin 8. November 2019 10:39





When it comes to buying gifts, welders aren’t known to be the easiest to buy for. Welding is a popular hobby as well as a profession, so with that in mind we have put together a practical gift guide to find something the welder in your life will love.

Welding Jacket

Staying safe while welding is an important consideration for every welder. A leather welding jacket offers protection from sparks and heat from welding and other industrial processes. This particular jacket is made from split cow hide and includes a number of different features for improved comfort including a cloth back with shoulder vent, cloth under arm to improve flexibility and adjustable wrists.

This jacket is available in 5 different sizes, ranging from medium to XXL.

Prices from £32.30 ex VAT


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Welding Helmet

Every welder needs a helmet no matter where they are welding or what process they are doing. Helmets provide vital protection for the eyes and face area from burns, sparks, light and heat. Whether the welder you know is just starting out or is more experienced and requires an upgrade, a helmet is a great gift! 

Our favourite choice for helmet is the Optrel Crystal. This helmet was launched this year and has been a proven to be a best seller. Every welder dreams of having one of these! This helmet has a lens like no other. With the 2.0 crystal lens technology the welder is able to see before, during and after welding with a practically unclouded and clear view of the working environment.

£348 ex VAT 



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If you’re looking to spend a little less, the Lincoln 3350 is a great value helmet, which has proved to be a very popular option amongst our customers at this price point. With its 1/1/1/1 optical class it provides the largest viewing area compared to others in its class. This helmet comes with a bandana and decal sheet for a personal style. 

£164 ex VAT


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For more information, please consult our helmet buying guide by clicking here or contact our sales team for expert advice.

Welding Gloves (Gauntlets)

Another essential piece of PPE for welding is gloves. They’re a vital component to every welder’s set up. We have chosen two of our most popular gloves. One pair for MIG welding gauntlets, which are a little bit thicker and offer the ultimate protection. Then a pair of TIG gauntlets. Being a little thinner, these are perfect for TIG welding giving the welder more control over the torch and wire.

 MIG Gauntlets £5.43 ex VAT 


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 TIG Gauntlets £6.15 ex VAT


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Arc Welder

Lincoln Electric presents the Bester MMA Inverter series of Arc welders.

These great value Inverter welding sets are the perfect solution for anyone wanting to stick weld. They are compact, yet versatile, allowing for anything from workshop use to site work. These MMA welders also offer excellent striking with Lift TIG offering fantastic machine characteristics that welders can rely on. 

With three models to choose from we have the complete range, all with the same features:

Great welding characteristics

Digital display, allowing precise setting of welding current

Generator compatible

Lift TIG with excellent striking

2 Year warranty

These machines come as a complete ready to weld package with an electrode holder, 3m ground cable and carry case.

From £159 ex VAT 


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MIG Welder

The new Lincoln Electric Bester 190C multi process machine is a great all-purpose inverter welder. This machine comes in a package which includes a MIG/MAG welding gun, earth cable and gas hose. Extra accessories can be bought separately to experience the excellent TIG lift and MMA welding processes. This compact machine is portable and lightweight making it perfect for workshop use and site work.

Compact and robust single phase inverter 

Portable and lightweight 

Large digital display, friendly user interface 

Suitable for use with generators 

Easy polarity change 

Functions: Arc force, hot start and anti-stick 

2 Year warranty 

£429 ex VAT


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TIG Welder

The small but mighty Kemppi MinarcTig Evo 200. This is a great compact machine producing the finest TIG welding quality. The accurate and refined HF ignition and the necessary control, power and work capacity to reliably complete a variety of professional welding tasks. This is a great machine for light industrial manufacturing, installation, repair and maintenance applications.

200 A DC @ 35% duty cycle, 1-phase, 230V

Smooth welding quality

Refined arc ignition from 5A

Pre and post gas timer

Torch switch latching

MLP and Pulse welding option

Remote current controls options

PFC technology for ultimate energy efficiency

Kemppi 2 year warranty 

      From £1299 ex VAT 


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Plasma Cutter 

This compact inverter plasma cutter is capable of a 10mm maximum cut and its constant striking pilot arc allows a swift and distortion proof cutting of all conductive materials such as steel, stainless steel, galvanised steel, aluminium, copper and brass. This model is equipped with a built-in compressor which makes it highly suitable for mobile work.

Reduced weight and dimensions

Warning indication for torch in under voltage

Automatic cooling of plasma torch

Protection from thermostatic, over-voltage, under-voltage and over-current

CE Marking and EAC Certification

Weighing only 16.5kg

1 Year Warranty

Just £729 ex VAT


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For more information on these products, or any others, don’t hesitate to contact the Rapid Team!

Either call +44 (0)23 92 214 214, email or ask Andy through the Rapid Website.


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