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New era for Newarc under Weldability Sif

Weldability Sif are pleased to announce the purchase of the business of the Newarc group of companies, including Newarc Newcastle Ltd, Newarc Aberdeen Ltd, Newarc Exports Ltd and Newarc Ltd, the assets, operations and staff of which have now transferred to Weldability Sif, helping to save seventeen jobs. Newarc - since its inception in 1973 - has established a strong reputation as a British manufacturer of robust and reliable welding machines, with heavy duty cycle designed for a challenging environment such as: R5000 series CC/CV industrial inverter power sources, RT2500 dual voltage single phase TIG welder and the Viper universal DC HF TIG conversion unit. Newarc are trusted by customers internationally in the offshore, petrochemical, marine and defence fabrication sectors, and has delivered a suite of welding and industrial products and services from its facilities in Newcastle and Aberdeen, including comprehensive equipment hire and machine validation/calibration and maintenance services. By joining forces, Newarc provides Weldability Sif with stockholding, demonstration and service locations in the North-East of England and the North-East of Scotland, to better support its network of Distributors and further assist its Product Users. In turn, by becoming part of Weldability Sif, Newarc joins the wider Indutrade group, benefiting from the strength and sustainability of a rapidly growing international industrial corporation. It is Weldability Sif's intention to support the hardworking Newarc team in delivering customers the professional quality of service that Newarc and Weldability Sif are each known for.

Pushing the envelope with new HSE enforcements

It has been nearly a full year after the change in health and safety guidance for all welding fume, including mild steel welding, and The Health and Safety Executive HSE have increased their field presence in the industrial world. Many of you will have received letters from The HSE confirming that the Fabrication and Engineering sectors will be the subject of unannounced inspections which have now begun. The inspections are focused on welding fume and required control measures and look at two key areas: control measures for the release of welding fume internally, through Respiratory Protective Equipment RPE and Local Exhaust Ventilation LEV, and outside welding operations. You’ll need to put appropriate controls in place. This includes looking at how you control fumes, as all indoor welding activities will require suitable engineering controls, such as Local Exhaust Ventilation LEV and extraction. Where these alone cannot control the exposure adequately, additional controls should be implemented, such as the use of Respiratory Protective Equipment RPE to protect the welder from residual fume. A quick and easy solution for the business unsure of the effectiveness of their current fume extraction is the introduction of PAPR, air fed, welding helmets. Extractability’s Phantom Air lightweight power air-purification respirator PAPR units provide a 2-speed clean air flow of 170 lpm or 220 lpm and is fully CE rated to EN 12941 TH2, which makes them ideal to use either alone or in conjunction with other fume control measures. View Phantom Air PAPR + ADF Package Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Act 2002 means, in part, accepting that opening a window or relying on general ventilation is inadequate in terms of welding fume control. Similarly, welding outside will also require controls, such as suitable Respiratory Protection Equipment RPE at the very least. This RPE should be provided and employees should understand why these controls are in place and how to use the equipment safely. All equipment must also be suitable for the task at hand. There is no identified safe level of exposure, so the HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without suitable controls in place regarding exposure, irrespective of the duration of the task. Regardless of whether or not you have received a forewarning letter from The HSE, the time to take precautions against putting your workers’ health at risk and your business at risk of an unwelcome visit from the authorities, is now. Are you ready? Are you compliant? Contact us today for full details of our Fume Extraction solutions.

Weldability Sif begin the festive season by donating to local food bank

Weldability Sif has organised a collection of non-perishable food items and donated them to the Letchworth Foodbank on Tuesday 3rd December. The Letchworth foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities and across the entire UK. Every day, people in the UK go hungry for reasons including redundancy, illness, receiving an unexpected bill on a low income, and giving up work to care for a family member. Foodbanks provide a vital service for people in their time of need. As the decorations go up and the festive season begins, it's important to also think about those who are looking to local charities for support. The staff at Weldability Sif teamed together and filled several boxes with tins of food, long life drinks and shampoo. Please see the website linked below for more information and details about how to find and donate to your local foodbank: www.trusselltrust.org Weldability Sif wish you all a happy and safe festive season!

Weldability Sif launch new ARC160DV dual voltage inverter welder

Weldability Sif are pleased to announce the launch of their brand-new dual voltage inverter welder, released towards the end of 2019. This modern welding machine is perfect for beginners and professional welders, featuring IGBT technology it delivers a compact and lightweight efficient package for use with most types of welding electrode. It also comes supplied in a moulded carry case with earth clamp and electrode holder. Beneath its sleek design, the ARC160DV has auto sensing input Voltage detection and can be used from a 110V or 230V power supply. The machine incorporates a user-friendly control panel with logical layout for operation in MMA and is suitable for DC+ MMA, DC- MMA. The ARC160DV delivers a stable, consistent smooth welding arc. Target applications for this machine include general fabrication, sheet metal work, precision pipe work, stainless steel fabrication, process engineering and repair maintenance. You can take a closer look at the ARC160DV here.

Weldability Sif raise £150 for Garden House Hospice Care charity

Weldability Sif have raised £150 for the Garden House Hospice Care charity this Halloween with their Charity Treats event. Staff brought in a large selection of cakes, biscuits, sweets and chocolates to share, including several delicious home-made contributions. The colourful assortment of tasty treats was a big hit and the donation tin was rapidly filled with a steady stream of notes and coins. The Garden House Hospice Care charity provides specialist care and support to patients and their families in Hertfordshire, Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Their patients have often been diagnosed with a life limiting condition such as cancer, heart failure, or a neurological disorder. For detailed information and ways to donate, please visit the Garden House Hospice Care website: https://www.ghhospicecare.org.uk/

Health & Safety - Pulling the trigger on welding fumes

Five months after the HSE issued a change in their guidance and enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure to welding fume, including fume from mild steel welding, the response and industry activity has not yet died down. The HSE have begun conducting visits to sites where welding is being carried out, along with any other business where fumes, dusts, vapours or small fibres considered detrimental to human health might be present or created. They are very keen on seeing welding fume control systematically enforced and companies who are found not in compliance with the HSE enforcement expectations can expect to be given an improvement notice, enforcement order or fine. There is no window of leniency businesses are expected to have already tackled this problem. Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Act 2002 means, in part, accepting that opening a window or relying on general ventilation is inadequate in terms of welding fume control. Similarly, welding outside will require at the very least, suitable respiratory protection equipment RPE. This has led to a shift towards fume extraction at-source and coincides with the emergence of a range of new, next generation fume extraction torches recently launched by Extractability, a division of Weldability Sif. The SifGun Evolution fume extraction MIG Torch is more robust than competing models, with a sturdy metal swan neck, available in a range of angles and an ergonomic, easy to manipulate, metal trigger. The brand new fume extraction concept includes improved airflow and greater visibility of the weld pool, so while the gun may look very similar, the internals have been totally upgraded. This kind of on-torch extraction offers a 95% reduction of fumes and the SifGun in particular features an optimised nozzle, which balances pressures to prevent disruption of the shielding gases. This means you can use the same shielding gas flow rates as with a standard MIG torch. You can find our new range of SifGun Evolution fume extraction torches here.