Newarc get new colours!

Longstanding, popular brand Newarc, who are well known for their British-made, robust, and reliable welding machines, have shed their classic orange and blue skin for a chic new grey and navy. The rebranding comes after their partnership with well-known retailer, Weldability Sif in march 2020, alongside other industry favourites such as sifWELD and Extractability. While Newarc’s fantastic quality and programming will remain unchanged and the machines will continue to be made in the UK, the new colours will bring this staple of the welder’s arsenal into the 21st century in a stylish new way. To celebrate this change, Newarc have released the first of many new collectable stickers available for FREE from their Instagram. The design immortalises the Viper - the tiny TIG machine with a bite! - in the clean new grey and navy with a subtle nod to the classic orange. Follow them on Instagram here: to claim your FREE sticker and stay up to date with some fantastic upcoming competitions!

1941 sifTIPS advice to women in welding: Proud to say, we've come a long way from this!

Since the beginning, sif has been a champion of women in welding, but when a brand has been running for as long as this one has, things are bound to need updating a little. While the team were deep in the sifTIPS archives this week we came across an advice column from 1941 onwards featuring Winnie the Welder offering handy tips to women new to the welding world as part of the war effort. Most of the suggestions focused on whether it was important to maintain your femininity while working and what hurdles to this end professionals could expect to face - rather than actual welding tips. Once in a while, we all need to have a good laugh at ourselves, so we’ve chosen our favourites to share with you below! Attire: As much as one dislikes seeing women in trousers, it seems to be the general opinion that for welding in factory conditions, trousered overalls of the bib and brace type are more suitable than skirts and silk stockings the trousers give protection to the legs against sparks and hot falling metal. Care of hands: Welding will not spoil your hands but to keep them soft and attractive wash them regularly and use a well-known brand of cream after the day’s work is over. Nails will not get damaged if kept well-trimmed and not too long. Care of hair: There is always a certain amount of dust in any factory, so it is advisable to wear a dark coloured bandeau or beret. A good hair rinse twice a week and regular daily brushing night and morning will keep your hair silky and fresh. The regular movement of goggles during a day’s work will spoil the most permanent of hair waves and for this reason it has been found that a head cover of the beret type affords best protection whilst still retaining that feminine charm. Care of eyes: Goggles must be worn and are generally provided. As an extra aid a daily douche with a well-known eye lotion is a good tonic, although not essential. Most girls are at first somewhat apprehensive about the daily use of welding goggles and they generally fear that their eyesight may be impaired there is no need to worry on this score providing that they are supplied with a pair of goggles fitted with Protex grade A glasses to B.S. Specification 679. These glasses are a light shade of green and are especially recommended to give 100% eye protection when used on light gauge sheet metal welding, sifBRONZE welding and aluminium welding. Grade B Protex glasses are a darker shade of green for heavy oxy-acetylene welding, but these are rarely used by girls. Don’t forget to check our social channels for a few more throwbacks as we uncover them, and we look forward to better supporting the whole welding force with some actual advice - we promise!

Weldability Sif release new sifWELD Evolution range of welding and cutting machines

We are very pleased to announce the long-awaited release of our revolutionary range of sifWELD Evolution welding and cutting machines earlier this year. We listened carefully to the feedback we’ve received in the past and have been secretly working on this range for a long time, because we wanted to get it right. The all new sifWELD Evolution range of MIG welding machines combine the very latest inverter dual pulsed technology check back for our next post on why this is important with synergic programmes designed to take the guess work out of finding the optimum welding parameters for the specific material, wire size and shielding gas, including optimum MIG welding of aluminium and options for MIG Brazing, while MIG Manual mode gives the operator full control of all available settings and most models have a supervisor lock for specific welding settings. They also feature IGBT technology, providing ideal, lightweight, multi-process machines. The sifWELD Evolution TIG range combines aerospace technology and optimised ergonomics to create a smooth and powerful TIG performance with a simple, intuitive interface. These machines provide smooth operation, with pulsing function up to 999Hz, for excellent control of your weld bead on Aluminium, steel, stainless, copper and titanium. The combination of Aerospace technology and high-end features in these machines would usually price them out of the market but you’ll be surprised by how affordable the sifWELD Evolution packages are. Finally, the range’s plasma cutters offer a smooth and reliable cutting arc controlled by a simple, easy-to-use interface, with a single point of control. The included air regulator and vapour-trap make it totally user-friendly. The display allows you to select and adjust your cutting power and view any error messages identified by the machine’s intelligent circuitry. These smart plasma cutting units detect insufficient compressed-air supply, arc failure, missing shield cup or electrode, or short-circuiting of the torch to the workpiece, and display this information clearly to the user, enabling the issue to be quickly rectified. The whole sifWELD Evolution range features large colour LCD displays on the power sources and wire feed units where applicable, with each display offering a simple, intuitive interface, where you can adjust all the settings you need. Click here to discover the new range of sifWELD Evolution machines for yourself.

Weldability Sif welcome a new managing director!

It is with great excitement that Weldability Sif announce Jonathan Burrage as their new managing director following the departure of Gareth Hawkins. Jonathan brings with him a wealth of experience as a business leader as well as a proven record of modernising and boosting efficiency with digitisation to keep businesses on the cutting edge. He has a keen eye for new product development and is, in his own words, “obsessed with the delivery of true customer value at every touchpoint with our business.” It has been a busy few years for the Weldability Sif team following the retirement of founder Adrian Hawkins and the acquisition by Indutrade AB. Weldability Sif has, however, remained steadfast and true through these changes and through the coronavirus pandemic due to their long-standing heritage, trusted brand and of course, loyal customers. The company now looks forward to aiding Britain - and the world - in a speedy economic recovery. The whole team at Weldability Sif would like to extend their thanks to sales and marketing director, Richard Moore, for the fantastic job as interim managing director and his assistance with what has been an extremely smooth transition. Weldability Sif would be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding this process, which can be addressed to Jonathan Burrage.

The 2020s: Time to embrace online learning

There has never been a better time to embrace online learning. Whether you are interested in getting into welding for the first time, running a course in learning to weld or offering your new employees a brush up on their safety and techniques before they begin, what could be better than an extensive online course, designed by experts, right at your fingertips? In this time of continued social-economic upheaval, second of course to taking care of our general wellbeing, it is vital that we remain productive to continue with both our own personal development and the development of our businesses and ever-growing fabrication industry. Weldability Sif’s new cloud-based eLearning platform allows you to complete your training just about anywhere. This audio-visual welding and fabrication eLearning course can be used for both home-based learning and to compliment hands-on training in colleges and workshops. Rather than being stuck in an endless loop of scrolling through TikTok videos or binge-watching Riverdale on Netflix for the sixth time, learners interested in welding, or perhaps waiting to begin a new job in the sector, could be studying each of the recognised modern welding and cutting processes and gaining a good knowledge of the theory. This would provide the foundation to progress into further practical learning and a reliable job in a rewarding, vital industry. The course covers modules such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, which aims to stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety in places of work, Personal Protective Equipment PPE, safety signs, Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health COSHH, working at heights, basic first aid, manual handling, risk assessments, fire protection, electrical safety, workplace welfare, provision and use of work equipment, managing yourself and working relationships and commination and interpretation of information, before going on to cover the welding processes, their uses and the technique behind them. The software runs in a web browser and requires an active internet connection. A sample of the online course is available via the View eLearning Demo button on the Weldability Sif Website. View eLearning demo here

Case Study: Fume extraction to comply with HSE regulations

A manufacturer of machine components already had mobile fume extraction units in place from other manufacturers, but not all the points in the factory were covered. These mobile extraction units were expensive to run due to the cost of the replacement filters. This manufacturer approached Extractability as they had previously purchased mobile ProtectoXtracts to add to their original mobile units finding they were more cost effective to run. Extractability were asked to provide a tailor made proposal to capture the stainless steel welding fume at source when they were creating a new welding section in the factory, this included two lathe welding systems and three fully enclosed welding booths. The solution Objective 1: To capture the stainless steel welding fumes and return clean air back into the workplace with a low ongoing cost. Solution: Fixed ductwork to two supporting arms and three enclosed welding booths and all attached to a self cleaning Protecto EcoCube. Objective 2: Cover the area where they have seven lathe welding systems. Solution: Seven self-supporting extraction arms connected to a ductwork system, which was joined into an external mounted fan that vented to the atmosphere. Objective 3: Provide fume extraction to the main welding system area, which consisted of seven hand welding processes and two fixed robotic welding systems. Solution: Hand welding - self supporting extraction arms which capture the fumes at source. Robotic welders - direct connection to the booths. All extraction devices were linked by ductwork into a standalone self-cleaning ProtectoCube 11KW which recycled clean air back into the workplace. Additional project 1: To provide extraction to four enclosed welding machines, which were linked into ductwork and connected into a ProtectoCube 5.5KW recycling clean air back into the workplace. Additional project 2: To provide two self-supporting arms again into ductwork and then into a self-cleaning Protect Continued support All the systems are tested annually by Extractability and the performances are of high standards. So much so, that when air monitoring was carried out the personal and background levels in the welding areas were lower than 0.02mgs. Extractability took care of all the LEV through examination and testing not only on welding extraction systems but for all the customer’s other extraction systems already onsite. The manufacturer was so impressed by the efficiency, low operating costs of the products and the after sales service, that they will continue to choose Extractability for all their fume extraction solutions. Products ProtectoArm - ProtectoArmLAB - ProtectoXtract - Protecto EcoCube 2N-2H - Protecto EcoCube 4N-4H - If you would like to speak to one of our team regarding the products mentioned in this article or would like to discuss your own challenges please email