A metal fabrication workshop has a range of safety hazards. However, welding is a physical job involving bending, reaching, and gripping, all of which present risks of MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders).
If you could run 100 metres one second faster than the last time you ran, would you really care? Unless you're an elite athlete, probably not. What about if you could save 3% on your welding gas?
Once you've worked out the best shielding gas for your welding task, the next most frequently asked question we receive is "which size bottle should I choose"?
One of the most common enquiries received by our welding specialists is, "what flow rate should I use?".
For optimal weld quality and performance not only is the choice of welding gas important but also the welding equipment.
Personal Protective Clothing, often referred to as PPE, is clothing worn by employees to protect them from hazards at the workplace.
Onsite nitrogen generators are gaining popularity as a cost-effective means of producing nitrogen gas on demand.
As long as safety protocols are clearly set out and closely adhered to, welding is a safe process.
Leaks are the largest cause of wasted welding gas. However, despite the apparent financial benefits, onsite nitrogen generation is far from an all-around solution.
Welding is a highly skilled profession. It follows, then, that the biggest cost for any welding operation – by far – is the cost of labour.
MIG Welding aluminium is challenging. There are many characteristics that need to be front of mind when MIG welding aluminium.
TIG Welding aluminium is challenging. There are many characteristics that need to be front of mind when TIG welding aluminium.
Sustainability is a word on everyone's lips at the moment. Climate change, plastic waste, carbon footprint – are conversations taking place in our personal and professional lives.
We cover why it’s important to control welding gas flow rate, and the best way to optimise and economise welding gas consumption.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much time is spent managing your welding gas cylinders?
We look at how travel speed affects weld quality and efficiency, and the important role that welding gas can play.
This article looks at simplifying the task of optimising your welding application
Spatter is made up of many thousands of droplets of molten filler metal that escape from the weld pool and are scattered around the work area during welding. These small, round balls of molten metal can fall on the welder, workpiece, the floor and surrounds.
As with other types of stainless steels, austenitic stainless steels are corrosion and oxidation resistant due to the presence of chromium that forms a self-healing protective film on the surface of the steel.
There are numerous national and international regulations covering the safe operation of welding and cutting systems, find out how to work safely Arc Weld.
Cylinders are heavy and awkward to handle. Frequent lifting and handling can cause back injuries and upper limb disorders. There are some simple rules to follow to avoid injury.
Gas cylinders are large, heavy and relatively unstable due to the small base-diameter to height ratio. There are a few simple rules to follow to ensure on-site safety.
Find out how to work safely with Gas Cylinders
Drive safely, arrive safely. There are some basic rules to follow when transporting cylinders.
Weld distortion or deformation can occur as a result of the non-uniform expansion and contraction of the weld and base metal during the heating and cooling cycle.
Porosity is caused by absorption of gas in the weld pool, that is released as solidification takes place to become trapped in the weld.
Steam engines and mechanisation in the late 18th century brought us the industrial revolution.
The UK media frequently report about the skills shortage in engineering and healthcare, however the shortage of welders is not so prominent in the headlines.
There are more than 16,000 companies in the building construction industry in UK and Ireland* and, therefore, a significant segment for Air Products welding gases.
For over 15 years, Air Products has supplied MDF Engineering, Antrim, with a wide range of quality industrial gases for its cutting and welding processes.
Porosity can be a significant problem when welding aluminium, caused predominantly by the absorption of hydrogen in the weld pool, which forms pores in the solidifying weld metal.
“See the bigger picture” is the message that Air Products is advocating to promote their Maxx® weld process gases range.
Quality defects have significant costs associated to them such as money, time, resources and if not ultimately resolved then customer satisfaction.
Welding generates fume and gases that, if inhaled, can be harmful to health.
A uniform flow of gas is needed to shield the molten metal by blanketing it properly to avoid atmospheric contamination, which can lead to increased levels of oxidation or even porosity of the finished weld.
British Cycling, under the guidance of Sir Dave Brailsford, have been incredibly successful. But what’s the link with welding? The concept is just as applicable in fabrication – small changes all add up.
An industry leading comprehensive guide to gas shielded arc welding and oxy-fuel cutting.