Welding Curtains, Strips & Screens

by Admin 11. June 2019 15:14


The welder is protected with a welding mask and protective clothing, but have you considered the bystanders who are also exposed to hazards created by the welding process? It is important to protect bystanders too as unprotected exposure to welding can cause illnesses like conjunctivitis, arc eye, cataract and skin burns.

When creating a designated welding area or bay, it’s important to consider all involved. The designated area does not want to be isolated from other work areas so its important to have a transparent material, this is also important in case of emergencies and situations which require a fast reaction; therefore, the majority of solutions are made from PVC material. However, canvas products are also widely available.

When buying a welding curtain, strips or a screen it’s important to consider all the options available to ensure you get the right solution for you.

Curtain, Strips or a Screen?



Welding strips and curtains offer the same visual protection. The choice between the two options is based on mechanical load, when the mechanical load is heavy, strips are recommended.

A curtain is usually one sheet which is mounted at the top on a frame with curtain rings securing the curtain. Curtains come in different sizes and can be made to measure if required. Its important to consider whether your curtain is supplied with eyelets for ease of hanging.

Strips are made from the same material as a curtain, however, are hung separately, in strips with an overlap. When purchased, strips come in a roll, so its important to have accurate measurements of area designated and the ability to hang them.

Welding screens are mounted in a metal frame with a curtain hung in the middle, usually fastened on all four sides. These are supplied on wheels so they can easily be manoeuvred around a workshop when there are variations of the welding position of a large job.

Why do they come in different colours? What’s the difference?

The colour of the welding curtain makes little difference to its performance; However, the translucency of the colour is an important area for consideration. Some curtains will allow enough light to get into the welding bay, so you are able to see an outline from outside the bay. This will allow passers-by to see if someone is working inside. Canvas curtains and some darker PVC coloured options do not let any light into the bay, therefore only when someone is welding can you see there is someone working.

Other things to consider

         Certification: ISO EN 25980, this standard ensures that companies all round the world can be assured they implement high quality and safe products in their workspace. Ensure the products you select adhere to this.

         Quality: Ensure the product you buy is resistant to abrasion, tearing and weld spatter. Some curtains are self-extinguishing and can therefore also withstand welding sparks.

         Sizes: Ensure you know the size of the curtain you require. If you are going to use strips, consider the length of the roll and how much overlap you require.

         Access to the welding area: ensure you have the ability to create an opening where required.

Here at Rapid we supply a wide range of solutions to meet every requirement. All curtains, strips and screens are quality assured and comply with ISO EN 25980. They are available to shop online, click here.

If you require any further advise or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact our sales team: sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.


Crystal clear vision and the ultimate respiratory protection . . .

by Admin 11. June 2019 10:08


The new Optrel Crystal 2.0 is now available from Rapid as a complete air fed package. 

What could you achieve with a practically unclouded and clear view of your working environment?


The new Crystal 2.0 sets a new record with an incredibly low shade 2 light state. This new development reduces the need for a flip up visor. This, in combination with the almost perfect colour spectrum, helps the welder to have a clear view of their working environment. With a clearer view of the job in hand, this helmet has the ability to improve the weld and assist the welder in perfecting a given task.  

Do you know what shade level you should be working at for different welding processes and jobs? The auto pilot feature automatically adjusts the dark shade depending on what you are welding, this eliminates the need to manually change settings for different jobs.

Key Features

Crystal Lens Technology 2.0 - See clearly what happens before, during and after the welding process.
Autopilot Shade Level 4 to 12 - Your welding helmet automatically adapts to changing light conditions.
Twilight Function - You can always remain relaxed, even in case of fast lighting changes.
Sensitivity Control - Adapts the helmet to your environment and requirements.
Grind Mode - The brightest vision during grinding work ever to be offered by a welding helmet.
Heat-Reflecting Paint - Helping you keep a cool head at all times.

" The difference between other welding helmets and the Crystal 2.0 is like the difference between watching black and white TV and colour TV " 
 Review from a very happy welder and owner of the new Crystal 2.0

The e3000 PAPR system

The e3000 PAPR system compliments the Optrel Crystal, providing the best protection in terms of safety, health and comfort. Safety regulations state that air flow on a PAPR systems must be checked before every use, the e3000 automatically checks this when the system it turned on, unlike other options which require a manual air flow check.

Highest safety class (TH3)
Protects reliably from smoke, aerosols and dust
Integrated, automatic air flow control
Mountain breeze odour filter, increasing comfort
Improved working conditions for greater efficiency, comfort and better performance

For more information on this helmet or any others, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

 Optrel Crystal 2.0 and E3000 10 hour PAPR System


 Optrel Crystal 2.0 and E3000 20 hour PAPR System


Optrel Crystal - Helmet Only (not for PAPR)



Watch, Ken's overview of the Optrel Crystal 2.0 PAPR System

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New Safety Alert from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) - Change in Enforcement for Mild Steel Welding Fume

by Rapid Welding 20. February 2019 07:25


Change in Enforcement for Mild Steel Welding Fume

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have released a new Safety Alert announcing a change in enforcement expectations for mild steel welding fumes. This comes following new scientific evidence suggesting exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.

The Alert states that all businesses undertaking welding activities should provide effective and correctly used engineering controls to prevent exposure to fumes arising from welding activities. Where engineering controls are not adequate, appropriate Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is required to control the risk from the residual fume.

As a result of this new evidence the following action is required!

  • Make sure exposure to any welding fumes is adequately controlled using engineering controls (typically LEV).
  • Make sure suitable controls are provided for all welding activities, irrelevant of duration. This includes welding outdoors.
  • Where engineering controls alone cannot control exposure, adequate and suitable RPE should be provided to control risk from any residual fume.
  • Make sure all engineering controls are correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to thorough examination and testing where required.
  • Make sure any RPE is subject to an RPE programme. An RPE programme encapsulates all the elements of RPE you need.
  • Ensure your RPE is effective in protecting the wearer.

More information on this Safety Alert can be found on the HSE official notice:



Fume Extraction Solutions

Engineered/ Stationary Extraction Solutions

Engineered solutions or multiple arm systems can extract fumes from a row of welding booths. Combined with fans, control equipment and filters, they are the ultimate solution. Custom-made for workshop requirements, the advantage is that each arm can be independently positioned so it's located close to the source of the welding fumes, while multiple arm systems can be controlled automatically helping reduce energy consumption, resulting in faster recovery of investment costs.

For example, a state-of-the-art Plymovent system will automatically monitor and adjust the air volume required, depending on how many workplaces are being used at any given time. The controls in the system will adjust to the pressure drop in mechanical filters and maintain the air volume performance at each fume extractor. This type of system will also make a contribution to improving the global environment.

For more Information on Plymovent Engineered Solutions, visit: Plymovent Direct 

Mobile Extraction Units

Mobile extraction units are usually on wheels or light and compact enough to carry. They can be moved around the workshop to the source of welding fumes, providing increased flexibility to the user. The air is sucked up through the hood, then down the arm where it gets filtered and released back into the surrounding air.

Different mobile extraction units are available, however the model required will depend on the amount of welding being carried out and the process being used. Our team are here to advise you which system will be most suitable for your needs.

Visit: Mobile Extraction Units

Fume Torches

Torch fume extraction captures welding fumes directly at the point of generation. Fumes are extracted by openings in the nozzle at the top of the torch, which are then carried through the hose into the 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 clean air back into the workshop.

Visit: Fume Torches  


Extraction Tables 

Extraction tables are a combination of welding bench and filtration system, suitable for applications such as welding, grinding and plasma cutting. The tables can be placed anywhere in a workshop including inside a welding booth, thus removing fumes and dust directly from the breathing zone of the welder. 

View: Extraction Tables

 Air Fed Welding Helmets

Also known as a form of RPE (Respiratory protective equipment), Air Fed Welding Helmets are known to provide the best all-round protection for welders and should be used as the front line of defence against harmful fumes. The system is configured to allow the PAPR unit to take in the ambient air, passing it through a filter to remove a sufficient amount of hazardous materials before feeding it into the helmet to ensure the welder has clean air to breathe.

The PAPR unit is connected to the helmet and worn by the welder, either as a belt of a harness. This allows the welder to move to various locations without worrying about moving the system around. 

Safety regulations state that the air flow of a helmet must be checked before every PAPR use. Optrel helmets fitted with the e3000 PAPR system automatically check the air flow at start up, effectively decreasing start up time compared to helmets requiring manual air flow checks.

Important things to consider when buying an air fed helmet:

  • Has the helmet been officially approved by the relevant authorities to meet specific standards?
  • Are replacement cartridges and filters easily available to you, ensuring they can be easily changed when required?
  • Does your Air Fed Helmet fit? – The correct fit is extremely important.
  • Movement - Does the respirator provide enough freedom of movement; how noisy will it be?

View: Air Fed Helmets


More information can be found online at the HSE.

If you're not sure what method of fume extraction meets your requirements, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team: sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.



Keeping Our Welders Welding - Why We Offer The Ultimate Welding Service

by Rapid Welding 19. February 2019 07:31

Staying ahead of the game and keeping our customers welding is key to our business.

When Rapid and RentArc joined forces, we knew it was a solid move and one that would enable us to offer a complete service to our customers.

The move has paid off, with RentArc operating from our purpose built Hedge End facility and growing from strength to strength. Whether our customers want short or long term hire, single units or fleets of machines, we can supply and deliver it. Last week we delivered Nine Tig sets and Nine Inverter Welders, all with relevant accessories including leads, torches and regulators!

When asked last year why RentArc was proving so popular, Director Damian Bryant replied, "Our customers return to RentArc because they trust us to supply the correct advice concerning choice of equipment. They trust the equipment is reliable and ready to weld. They trust it will be delivered on time to the correct location. They trust they will be billed fairly."

Quality products, value for money, great deals and friendly, knowledgeable customer service is what you can expect from Rapid Welding and RentArc.  And not only does our rental fleet consist of the very best welding equipment available in the market place, but after every hire our machines are serviced and validated by us before going out again, ensuring they arrive at your site in perfect working order to commence work without delay.

Our promise to you: Rapid and RentArc will keep your welders welding. 


Come Join Us - We are looking for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative to join our team

by Rapid Welding 28. November 2018 07:31

Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Location: Portsmouth PO6
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £18,525.00 /year


WORKING HOURS: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1700, Friday 0800 to 1600. You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch

SALARY: c£18525 pa including paid lunch.

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

** Candidates MUST have a Full Driving Licence, you will be based at the warehouse and will provide cover for fellow stores people / delivery drivers when required **


We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Successful candidates will predominately work as a Dispatch Warehouse Operative. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues and delivery drivers. You will need to have a Full Driving Licence and the flexibility to go out on deliveries at short notice.

Working as the Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will work within a team to ensure that all goods are put away correctly, and orders are picked, checked, and dispatched correctly.

As a Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will support the smooth running of the warehouse and be responsible for preparing paperwork, to deadlines, to support courier deliveries

You should have excellent time management skills and customer service skills, as you will be required to serve on the trade counter while meeting daily deadlines.


Dispatch Warehouse Operative duties and responsibilities include:

  • The correct receiving and putting away of supplier deliveries.
  • The correct picking, checking and packing of sales orders.
  • Completing any relevant documentation required for national and international deliveries.
  • Working in a timely and efficient manner, complying with customer deadlines.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
  • Very occasionally covering absence of delivery drivers.
  • Good level of computer literacy
  • Full driving licence
  • Anticipate, respond to and seek to exceed the expectations of existing and potential customers
  • Show support for business values and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity
  • Respond positively to changing business circumstances and readily adapt behaviour to maintain effective performance
  • Be able to work in a well-structured manner with strong organisational skills
  • Ensure tasks are completed by set timescales, accurately and with an attention to detail
  • Build and maintain good working relationships, able to communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • An industrial warehousing background although this is not essential

A current forklift licence would be advantageous but this is not essential.


To be considered for this job vacancy, please apply via: https://www.indeedjobs.com/rapid-welding--industrial-supplies-ltd-8ebd719/jobs/678601610abc4bdd2a6d


Keep your welding equipment in tip-top condition and ensure your meeting health and safety acts and legislation's

by Becca 16. November 2018 10:34

Electrical Inspections

To conform with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) welding machines are required to be electrically inspected annually. This is not a PAT test as this is not thorough enough, a machine can pass a PAT test and still be dangerous to use.  All electrical testing is to BS EN 60974-4:2016, which ensures your equipment is working correctly and safely, lowering the risk to employees and helping to meet your insurance requirements.


Validations of welding equipment is to ensure that the welding equipment is suitable for the intended purpose.  Ensuring it functions correctly and produces the desired welding parameters as per its operation characteristics.  If required validations must happen at least once a year. Some may require it more frequently depending on the work being carried out use of the machine.  Since July 2014, all Structural Steel work and Aluminium must conform to CE marking BS EN 1090, the validations we offer will help you comply with this.

Rapid’s validation tests exceed BS EN 50504:2008 and is fully audited under our ISO certification so you can be sure you are receiving the best service. Calibration certificates for our test equipment are also available from us and online, this validates your certificate. All equipment information is held on our database and reminders are sent, so you can be sure your machines are never out of validation


Under PUWER welding machines are required to be kept in good repair, this means they should have a periodic inspection every half a year by the owner or user and an official service at least once a year by a fully trained, competent Service Engineer. Most manufactures state a service schedule, noncompliance with this can void the warranty on new machines.  

Gas Testing

Gas testing should be carried out at least once a year, working with any compressed gas can be dangerous to both life and property. Gas and oxy fuel equipment should be tested regularly to ensure it is operating safely and within maximum efficiency.

Rapid offers a fully comprehensive and cost-efficient gas testing service. Gas equipment is tested to B.C.G.A CP7: REVISION 7 2014 and CP47:2018, the latest standards. A certificate will be issued when equipment is compliant, this provides written evidence that you are proactively following H&SE and PUWER requirements.

This information given in as guidance and varies depending on the equipment in question and the environment it works in, including the amount of use.

These tests stated are covered in numerous health and safety acts and legislation's which can have a negative impact on a business and trading.

Why choose Rapid’s Service Department

  •  We are ISO9001 registered, so you’re assured of a quality service.
  •  We employ 5 full time service personnel, over 3 sites, and hold a large stock of repair parts for a quick turnaround of your machines. 
  •  All our engineers are fully factory trained by major suppliers, meaning we’re a fully approved warranty and repair centre for all our brands. Your machines are repaired by competent trained engineers, saving time and money.
  • All our test equipment is in calibration back to national standards. This means you can be sure our testing is accurate. Calibration certificates for our test equipment are easily available online.
  • We have a fully equipped machine workshop, allowing fabrication of parts for older or obscure machines. This means we can work on machines where parts are no longer available, extending the lifetime of your machine fleet. 
  •  Machine asset list, with historical service / repair information and costs available on our customer portal (machines we have validated or worked on). Let’s you easily see which machines are costing you most money on repairs.
  •  Machine Inspection and Validation Certificates and Product Test Certificates are available any time online, with easy access for you.

As well as planned maintenance and service contracts we can also provide ad-hoc repairs on all types of machines. 

Hire machines are also available from our sister company RentArc Ltd at a discounted rate for service customers, to keep your welders welding.

Welding Helmet Buying Guide

by Admin 30. October 2018 15:15

Not too sure which helmet is right for you? Check out this buying guide to help you choose! 

One of the most essential pieces of equipment when welding is a welding helmet.

The welding helmet plays multiple health and safety roles during the welding process. The correct helmet should provide complete protection, from flying materials to the blinding lights. The purpose of this welding helmet buying guide is to ensure you not only select the correct helmet for your welding applications but for the safety of the welder themselves.

Passive Vs Auto Darkening

A passive lens helmet has a fixed shade, the helmet is worn in the up position while the electrode, gun or torch is positioned. With a quick nod or snap of the neck the operator can flip the helmet into position before striking the arc. For the operator who doesn’t weld often they can find it difficult to position and hold the electrode while snapping the helmet into place.

Auto Darkening

Auto darkening helmets allow for wearing during the positioning of the electrode, gun or torch. This is due to the range of shade lowering usually down to shade 3 or 4, allowing for positioning of the welding equipment, whilst the helmet is in place. When the sensors detect the arc, the lens darkens. This can potentially improve weld quality as there is no movement required before welding can commence.

Fixed/ variable shade

On fixed shade auto darkening helmets, when an arc is detected the helmet will automatically change to the shade opted for on the control dial of the helmet, this doesn’t mean it’s the correct one for the application. If you tend to weld the same application with the same number of amps, this could be the helmet for you. However, if you are continually changing between jobs a variable shade helmet maybe the ideal solution.

Commonly welders do not change the shade for different amps or applications nor do they know exactly what shade they should be on (see table below for correct shades). If you don’t know the right shade for your application, then let the helmet choose for you, choose a model of helmet which can detect and automatically select the correct shade level. This is a new Optrel feature which can be found on their E684 and Panoramaxx helmets, this is also known as autopilot lens detection.

Lens Reaction Time

When switching from setting up your weld to the actual welding consider the lens reaction time, in most cases the quicker the better. The more arc’s you strike in a day the more you’ll appreciate a quicker speed. Some helmets have an adjustable display control, this allows for the lens to stay darker for a period once the arc has stopped, this would be beneficial when welding at high amperages, as molten metal may still emit harmful rays while it cools.

Optical Clarity

The optical clarity defines the quality of view you get through the helmet, you wouldn’t buy a cheap pair of sunglasses, so don’t let the quality slip when it comes to welding, after all you only get one set of eyes!

Optical clarity is governed by European Standards for the welding industry, the standard is known as EN379. Ratings are determined by tests that measure light transmission across the cartridge as well as lights from the cartridge layers. The ratings are displayed as numbers, each defining an aspect: Optical class (distortion), diffusion of light (blurry image), variations on luminous transmittance (even shade) and angle dependence. Ratings are graded on a scale of 1 to 3 in each class. A score of 1 is perfect, while 3 is the worst rating. So, the perfect clarity score is 1/1/1/1.

Viewing Size

The bigger the better right? Not necessarily in this case! Consider your environment when selecting the viewing size of your helmet. The bigger the viewing size, the bigger the helmet and possibly the heavier the helmet.

Number of Sensors

Helmets usually range from 2 sensors to 4. The more sensors the better coverage, if you are welding in restricted areas sensors could be obstructed, therefore the more the better.

Other Things to Consider

Availability of cheater lenses

Power source – Battery powered or battery and solar powered

Comfort — Ensure the helmet has a good fit or has changeable head gear. When wearing the helmet for longer periods, ensure weight is kept to a minimum.  

Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) – Do you require a fresh air unit on your helmet or may require one in the future? Check out the availability of an upgrade to a fresh air unit. PAPR are air fed helmets which supply filtered air back into the helmet to ensure the welder does not breathe in welding fumes.

If we’ve given you too much to think about, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team who will be able to assist in selecting the correct welding helmet for you, sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.

Now for the fun bit . . .

Now you’ve got an idea of the requirements for your desired helmet, let’s review some possibilities.

If you’ve decided you require the Elvis Presley (King) of the welding helmet range, look no further than the Optrel Panoramaxx auto darkening helmet with a E3000 PAPR system everything you could possibly require in a helmet.

• 6-times larger field-of-view compared to standard helmets

• Autopilot, detection of the arc brightness to automatically set the correct shade level

• Fully-automated shade level adjustment

• True Colour View

• Shade level 2.5 in inactive mode

• New energy concept with Lithium-polymere battery

• Optical clarity: 1/1/1/2

Maybe you want something close but not quite top of the range with a more reasonable price tag, the Weldline Goldenark the David Bowie of the welding helmet range, the general all-rounder with a bit of attitude, something a little more fashionable. The GOLDENARK is a high technology welding helmet for any application and gives the ultimate welder protection. 

• New comfortable and adjustable headgear

• Suitable for all applications

• Low battery indicator

• 4 operating modes: Welding, Cutting, Grinding & X-mode

• Low battery indicator

• External grind mode button

• ADF with digital display, showing shade and settings

• Welding mode shade 9 - 13, Cutting mode, shade 5 - 9 and Shade 4 grind mode

• Optical clarity: 1/1/1/2

Neither of those interest you? meet the Jimi Hendrix, great all-rounder with the ability of being the most influential. The Lincoln Viking 3350 Motorhead is Lincoln's top of the line welding helmet series, providing the very best in optical clarity and the largest viewing area in its class.

• Perfect 1/1/1/1 optical clarity

• Continuously variable 5 - 13 shade with internal control

• Continuously variable sensitivity and delay

• Grind mode

• 4 arc sensors

• Magnifying cheater lens capability

• Solar powered with replaceable battery

Fancy something with a bit more energy, invigorating and inspiring? Check out this limited addition Lincoln Electric Weldline Street art Chameleon, with only 64 available in the UK you're guaranteed to inspire your colleagues, Paul McCartney style. This helmet has a solar cell for power and a replaceable AAA battery, this is unusual in a helmet at this price point.

• Covering shape for an optimized head protection

• 4 plans adjustable headgear delivered with comfort cushion (for CHAMELEON 4 V+)

• Optical clarity: 1/1/1/2

• Auto-start: the LCD cell automatically turns on

• Reset button: press the reset button twice to re-initialize the original parameter

• The low battery indicator lights when 2-3 days of battery life remain

Still not too sure? Shop the full range of helmets available from Rapid here

Try before you buy and see the difference in helmets at our facilities in Portchester, Portsmouth. We have these helmets and many more on display for you to try before you buy.

Alternatively, if we’ve given you too much to think about or would like some more options to suit your needs please contact our sales team, sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.


Best Product of the Year 2018 Goes To ..............

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2018 13:58


There's been an exciting and deserved 'tick in the box' for Fronius UK Ltd's fantastic TransSteel 2200 Multi-purpose Welding System. Selected for the Red Dot Design Award and the Plus X Award “Best Product of the Year 2018” in the Tools Category, the TransSteel 2200 is also one of Rapid Welding's Best Sellers!

This exciting product clearly impressed an expert jury, which is no surprise in an awards described as 'an orientation guide for consumers', showcasing the best of innovation and design. Well, the TransSteel 2200 has all that alongside providing multi-functionality in an impressively compact package.

What's not to like?

Bringing together the three welding processes of MIG/MAG, TIG and MMA in a single device, this single-phase power source from Fronius is characterised by the intelligent design of the device. Ease of use, robustness, with a high level of reliability you would expect, the TransSteel 2200 weighs in at only 15.5kg, making it one of the lightest devices on the market.

The TransSteel 2200 is available now from Rapid. For more information on this and other excellent Fronius products, visit us online: Rapid Welding Website. 





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Another Challenge for Rapid: HIOWAA - Walking for Lives

by Rapid Welding 5. September 2018 15:38

This coming weekend is set to be another big challenge for Rapid Welding's Business Manager, Marianne Edwards.

Back in May, Marianne took part in another Ultra Challenge series event. The 50 km walk around the Isle of Wight - a feat Marianne and fellow walker, Jane Griffin, accomplished in 9 hours and 58 minutes, managed to secure some incredible donations for Rapid's 2018 charity: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Now they're doing it all again, only this time it's a 100 km!

The Thames Path Challenge offers a choice of 25 km, 50 km and 100 km walks, and in true Rapid style Marianne decided to go large when entering. The 100 km route takes you from Putney Bridge to Henley, which I hear is a stunning route steeped in history and following England's most famous river is sure to be enjoyable. But it is 100 km, let's not forget. So while it's going to be an amazing achievement for all who take part and make it to the finish, it's also going to be a huge test of stamina and determination.

~ Our visit to the HIOWAA base ~

Marianne and Jane are hoping to complete the test in around 20 hours, and they've been putting in the practice to make sure they are physically up for the challenge. As for mental endurance, well, I know these girls and I'm 100% confident they'll be able to motivate each other from start to finish, and still finish smiling.

We'll let you know how it goes, and don't forget Marianne is participating to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

So far the Rapid pot has reached £1585.06 of our £2500 target, but even if we exceed our goal we're not stopping. It costs in excess of £9000 a day to maintain this life saving service, and all that is down to donations from local communities. We'd be very grateful for any support, however large or small. If you would like to donate, please visit the Rapid Welding Just Funding page and help us make a difference. 

Thank you for reading.


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RentArc Keeps Your Welders Welding

by Rapid Welding 17. August 2018 12:11
Firstly, here's a huge Rapid Welding bear hug for those of you visiting our blog and showing your support to our wonderful group of companies based here on the UK's south coast.  We may be down here on our little island, but our customer base stretches worldwide.

This blog focuses on RentArc, part of the Rapid Welding Group specialising in the hire of welding equipment. The quality of products, value for money, great deals and personable service our customers expect from Rapid Welding, they can also expect from RentArc. It's also safe to say our rental fleet consists of the very best welding equipment available in the market place, and after every hire our machines are serviced and validated by our very own industry professionals before going out again, ensuring they arrive at your site in pristine working order to commence work without delay.

This is our promise to you: RentArc will keep your welders welding.

We mentioned earlier in the month that RentArc was having an incredible August regarding numbers of hire purchases leaving the depot.

Damian Bryant of RentArc said, "We're really pleased about the numbers, especially as it's 'out of season' for many of our key clients who are in the ship repair industry. You see, most ships do the bulk of their work between early spring and late autumn, and tend to get their repairs done when the weather isn't so good. So despite the time of year, many of these clients have kept busy during the lean time."
 Some of our rental fleet was used in the construction of Red Jet 7 on the Isle of Wight!
 And it's not just the ship repair industry we hire out to, although being based near Southampton and Portsmouth Docks puts us right on the pulse of that! In fact, RentArc's clients operate in a broad range of other industries including oil and gas, power generation (power plants tend to have their shutdown periods during the summer months), process pipework, rail infrastructure, not to mention general fabricators.  Another range of customers we're very pleased to support include bespoke luxury kitchen and wine cellar installation companies in Central London, and we also have machines way down in the West Country, South Wales, Kent and East Anglia.  All in all, we're very pleased to report that most of our clients seem very busy right now! 

When asked why the rental market was proving so popular, Damian replied, "Our customers return to RentArc because they trust us to supply the correct advice concerning the choice of equipment. They trust that the equipment is reliable and 'ready to weld'. They trust it will be delivered on time to the correct location. They trust they will be billed fairly." Basically, if you deal with RentArc, you know you can trust us every time to “keep your welders welding”.

  Another busy day in the life of RentArc!

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