Panther Safety Range

by Admin 16. October 2019 15:30

Rapid is pleased to announce that we will now be stocking and selling the Panther safety range. Staying safe and protected is essential when working in any environment.

The Panther range offers hard-wearing welding safety equipment which is ideal for workshop use. This range offers protection from sparks and heat generated from welding and other industrial applications. The Panther range conforms to BS EN ISO 11611:2007 for protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes.

This new range of safety wear is available on the Rapid Welding website as well as from our Trade counter in Cosham.

Click here to view the range online




Optrel Crystal with e3000 10Hr PAPR package has been replaced with the new e3000X 18Hr PAPR system

by Admin 24. September 2019 14:19

 The Optrel Crystal with e3000 10Hr package has now been discontinued and has been replaced with the new e3000X 18Hr package, which when paired with the Optrel Crystal for PAPR is currently the same price! 

The e3000X Powered Air Purifying Respirator is the new league for fresh air and breathing protection.


The best just got even better . . .

30% longer filter life
18 hour run time before charge
Lightest long-life battery available on the market
Compatible with particle, odour and gas filter
++++Plus many more features not found on any other PAPR system

X-tending your possibilities!

Highest safety class (TH3) respiratory protection
Protects reliably from smoke, aerosols and dust
Ready for A1B1E1 gas filter
Integrated, automatic air flow control and calibration
Expandable with mountain breeze odour filter

X-tended Performance

Optrel have managed to double the efficiency of the new e3000X by combining a performance-optimised design with the latest battery cell technology. With up to 18 hours of battery life and 240 litres of air per minute available at the touch of a button, the new e3000X is the perfect choice for the most powerful ventilated breathing protection system available on the market.

X-tended Safety

The new e3000X shows you the battery charge level at the touch of a button and calibrates the air flow automatically, so you can get through the day safely.

X-tended Productivity

As soon as the filter in the current air flow level is saturated, you receive an acoustic alarm and the new e3000X‘s intelligent alarm function switches fully automatically to the next lowest air flow stage – without you having to interrupt the work process.

X-tended Application Possibilities

The new Optrel e3000X PAPR system protects you reliably from particles like smoke, aerosols or dust. Furthermore, the mountain breeze odour filter keeps you free from awkward smells and insanitary ozone. In environments with hazardous or toxic gases the new A1B1E1 gas filter will be available from Q2/2020. The new e3000X adapts to your requirements.

 click here, to view the Optrel Crystal and e3000X package online. 


 For more information on air fed welding masks, don't hesitate to contact our Product Manager for Industrial Safety, Ken. 07803 898564



Rent, lease or buy welding equipment?

by Admin 17. September 2019 15:42

 The decision to rent, lease or buy welding equipment often depends on how often it will be used, the amount of equipment required and length of time in which it will be required for.

If equipment is going to be used more than 60-70% of the time for multiple jobs, either buying or leasing the equipment may be the correct way forward for you. If utilization rates are lower than 60% renting may be the way to go. Renting plant provides immediate access to professionally maintained equipment, exactly where and when its required.

Many companies prefer to own their core fleet of equipment then rent additional equipment when required to meet demands of a job or workload. Renting minimizes costs associated with maintenance, repair, storage, handling and freight, providing you with an opportunity to try out new equipment before deciding to purchase. When renting welding plant, you pay for actual use of the equipment, not equipment ownership, this allows you to be more agile as the job needs change and equipment demand increases or decreases.

At RentArc we specialise in the rental of welding equipment and have the most up to date, diverse fleet of rental welding equipment available to accommodate any process or technological requirement. Contractors, maintenance and repair companies, owner-operators and other welding professionals rent from RentArc because of our fleet size, equipment diversity, expert advice and equipment performance.

For larger jobs, lasting a longer period of time or for equipment which is needed on a regular basis, we can offer a longer-term hire contract. Depending on the length of the hire, and amount of equipment needed we can provide you with the equipment you need for the duration you need it at an affordable price.

We can also help to organise competitive lease purchase finance. This is a low cost, flexible option to build your core fleet, allowing you to conserve capital and avoid investing in depreciating assets. In addition to the tax benefits in taking out lease purchase finance, the equipment remains under full factory warranty during the lease term.

RentArc is here to meet your needs and to Keep welders welding. We are always happy to discuss your requirements to find the best options to meet your circumstance and requirements. . . 023 80 867 789



Choosing the best way to clean your Tig Welds . . .

by Admin 11. September 2019 09:07

Effective finishing and cleaning of a Tig weld is a crucial part of the post welding process.

The welding process can cause discolouration, heat tints and burn marks. Removing these can subsequently improve corrosion resistance, which in the long run will increase the durability of a weld and preserve the physical properties of the metal surface and weld.

When produced stainless steel has a chromium oxide film which is formed on the surface during production. The fabrication process can damage this film through scratches, the formation of surface oxides and embedded iron, this causes areas of lower corrosion resistance. To restore the protective surface areas can be treated and cleaned.


Pickling Paste

The traditional method of using pickling paste is slowly being filtered out due to the time-consuming method and potentially dangerous chemicals involved. If pickling paste is the chosen method, it is important to ensure the correct procedures are in place. These can be found of the HSE website by clicking here.

Electrolytic Weld Cleaning

Electrolytic weld cleaning is the ideal cost-effective solution to ensure clean and durable welds. This is an extremely quick solution and considered to be very safe in comparison to the hazardous process of applying pickling paste or exposure to excessive amounts of grinding dust.

The electrolytic weld cleaning process is very simple. An electrolytic cleaning fluid is applied to the surface of the weld using a conducive welding brush. When the electric current is applied the desired effect of cleaning and passivation occurs. This is a quick process which removes the iron-based oxides from stainless steel Tig welds, leaving the bright finish on the weld.

Affordable Weld Cleaner

The Telwin Cleantech 200 is an innovative TIG and MIG cleaning system. The Cleantech 200 is accurate and can give 100% in every job and task imaginable.

This machine will restore shine to stainless steel by eliminating elements of discolouration and oxidation at an astonishing pace. The kit contains two parts; the Cleantech 200 Welding Machine, with work clamp with 1.8m cable, dinse plug and handle kit and the cleaning kit, with 2x threaded pins, brush kit, tip kit, cleaning strips, Brush It Liquid kit and a Clean It Liquid kit.

Machine Features

- Enables smart auto power technology, which allows quick distribution of power on surface to clean

- Compact and light, easy to carry within work spaces small and large

- Reduced energy consumption, making the machine healthier and cleaner than previous models

- CE marking and EAC certification

View on the Rapid Website, by clicking here.

If you would like to know more information about this process, don't hesitate to contact the Rapid Team for expert advice.


Meet the team - Logan

by Admin 11. September 2019 09:04

Logan joined Rapid in January 2006, during his time here Logan has become a fundamental member of the warehousing and logistics team. Logan is responsible for internet logistics and warehousing team leader; his favourite part of his job is the variety of people he gets to support and speak to on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Logan enjoys spending time with his family and supporting Portsmouth Football club.

A fun fact about Logan: He once flew a plane (as a co-pilot).


Rapid Welding is pleased to announce that we are now official distributors for Furick

by Admin 11. September 2019 08:59

Rapid Welding is pleased to announce that we are now official distributors for Furick.

Furick specialise in the creation and production of Tig torch accessories. With Furick’s extensive knowledge and experience within the welding industry including the fabrication of F1 exhausts, they have designed their range with the sole purpose to make only quality innovative products.

The complete range of Furick products are available on the Rapid Welding website, they can be found by clicking here.

For more information on the products we sell, don’t hesitate to contact the Rapid team! Either call +44 (0)23 92 214 214, email or ask Andy through the Rapid Website.


A very happy Rapid customer . . .

by Admin 30. August 2019 10:52


I think it safe to say we have a very happy customer! Two new Fronius machines and an Optrel Crystal helmet, not to mention a Rapid mug! What more could one welder want?

This happy chap is the latest of our customers to be benefitting from Fronius’s quality manual welding equipment. With a joint demonstration between ourselves and Fronius our customer is assured that they have purchased the correct high-quality welding equipment to meet all their welding needs.

Choosing the correct welding machine to meet all your requirements can be a mind field, not to mention all the accessories required to go with it. For technical support and advice, the Rapid team are here to help! With years of welding knowledge and access to the newest products on the market, we’ve got you covered! From robotic welding systems to safety spectacles we can provide you with the products to meet all your welding needs.

For more information on the products we sell, 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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Meet the team - Becca

by Admin 13. August 2019 12:38

 Becca joined the Rapid team in March 2017 as a Marketing Co-Ordinator having previously graduated with a degree in Business from Chichester University. Becca is responsible for marketing activities for Rapid and enjoys the varied projects. 

Outside of work, Becca enjoys spending time with friends and family with the New Forest being a favourite destination as well as doing dog agility with her spaniel Millie.



Welding Fumes: On-Torch Extraction

by Admin 12. August 2019 11:58

On- torch fume extraction captures the welding fumes at the weld pool, at the point of generation. The fumes created during the welding process are extracted by the openings in the nozzle at the tip of the torch, the fumes are then carried through the torch hose to a collector unit.

To treat the fumes and for maximum efficiency, the torch should be connected to a high vacuum system, which collects and filters the fume, returning the clean air back into the workshop. These units are portable solutions, which are highly manoeuvrable around the workshop.

Fume torches come into their own when being used on large jobs, when moving and repositioning source extractors can be a problem.  If you have a workshop fitted with wall mounted extraction units or large portable machines it can be hard to move these to a desired location, therefore a fume torch is the ideal solution.

If you are looking to purchase a fume torch there are a couple of points which need to be considered:

  • How easy / hard it is to control the torch
  • The weight of the torch, if welding for long periods
  • The torch doesn’t affect the protective shield gas 

               Here at Rapid we have searched the market to find the best all round torch to meet the needs of the welder. Our choice for an on-torch fume extraction torch is the Rab Grip from Binzel, this torch has several different components to ensure ease of welding.

  • Highly efficient smoke removal directly at the source without affecting the protective shield gas
  • Problem free installation in all existing MIG/MAG workstations
  • Handle with extraction control and swivel joint for optimised handling

 The Rab Grip torch is available in either 4m or 5m. It can also be purchased as a package with a Plymovent PHV portable welding fume extractor.


Click here to find out more

If you would like any more information or would like to receive a product demonstration, please contact Ken, our Product Manager for Industrial Safety. You can get hold of him via email on or on 07803 898564.


The new Speedglas G5-01 flip-up heavy-duty welding helmet

by Admin 12. August 2019 11:06




Adjust your welding helmet, not yourself. Control the way you see and feel when welding. This new helmet is based on extensive input from welders doing heavy-duty, high amperage welding and grinding. The new design is as versatile as you are.

  • Protection against radiation, sparks and spatter, from a high- coverage welding helmet design with expanded coverage options available
  • View your work with Speedglas natural colour technology – with variable colour options in dark state
  • Effective respiratory protection, offering the highest safety class for powered air TH3 system
  • No need to compromise on comfort, personalise your helmet with accessory configurations and use the helmet controls to adjust the respiratory airflow to your preferences 

Natural Colour Technology: A more natural light state

Speedglas have introduced a choice of two filter options, both filters are designed to minimize eye strain when switching from dark to light state, by using an intermediate shade.

G5-01VC 1/1/1/2

Adjustable dark shades 5 (cut) and 8 to 14. Variable shade technology, which colour level is best for you? To provide a better view of the weld puddle the variable colour technology gives you three options: natural, cool or warm tones for the dark state. Determine which colour tone provides you with the best viewing contrast for your welds and the most comfort for your eyes.


G5-01TW 1/1/1/1

Adjustable dark shades 5 (cut) and 8 to 13. Tack welding model.

When tack welding, this filter uses an intermittent shade 5 light state to help minimise eye strain during extended tack welding applications. If an arc is not struck within 2 seconds the welding filter will switch back to its normal light state, shade 3.


Take control of your flow, adjust your airflow

Comfort controlled by you, the helmet duct system allows you to direct the airflow to either your face, your visor or a combination of both. You can even adjust the amount of air coming from the top outlet vs. the two side outlets or choose a blend of both. Adjustment levels can be assessed to your personal needs which you can adjust while wearing the helmet.

Adflo powered air respiratory protection

TH3 rated respiratory protection from the robust Adflo respirator.

3M Connected Equipment App

Securely pair your smartphone to your G5-01 welding filter for . . .

  • Up to ten memory modes (settings for dark shades, sensitivity, delay etc) with your phone
  • Your welding helmet maintenance log
  •  Instantly access your helmet statistics
  • View the user manual and part lists

We’re not done yet, further features include . . .

  • Light up your workspace with an optional helmet- mounted task light
  • Tailor your helmet to fit your preferences from the newly designed adjustment options and extra-large back pad
  • Configurable coverage options providing the right level of protection and a level of comfort for the welder


Product Brochure: Click here

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For more information or advice don’t hesitate to contact our team: or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.


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