Red-D-Arc Welderentals has acquired the assets and operations of eKipro Rentals and Grupo Industrial Daymaga, known collectively as “eKipro”. Headquartered in Villahermosa, Tabasco in Mexico, eKipro is a specialty equipment rental and services company.
eKipro’s five locations in Poza Rica, Veracruz; Tampico, Tamaulipas; Salamanca, Guanajuato; Hermosillo, Sonora; and Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche and more than 100 associates joined Red-D-Arc, effective May 1, 2015.
“The acquisition of eKipro will increase Red-D-Arc’s presence in Mexico and strengthen our position in this important area, particularly within Mexico’s energy sector,” said Mitch Imielinski, President of Red-D-Arc Welderentals. “We’re very pleased to welcome our new associates and customers to the Airgas family and look forward to continuing to offer excellent service and an expansive range of products.”
Red-D-Arc is pleased to announce that we have recently expanded our presence in the United Kingdom by acquiring Hember Limited. Headquartered in Warrington, Lancashire, Hember Limited was established in 1974 as a privately-owned provider of rental welding equipment and associated welding products, and grew to five locations with more than 26 associates throughout the United Kingdom including Bridgend, Barton, West Thurrock, Warrington, and Southampton. The acquisition of Hember expands Red-D-Arc’s presence within the United Kingdom to include more than 40 associates in seven locations, all offering the company’s full line of welding positioners, manipulators, turning rolls, and other weld automation products for sale and lease, as well as a range of Red-D-Arc welding products and equipment for both long-term and short-term rentals.
Red-D-Arc UK was recently awarded the contract to supply a fully-automated welding system to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC), a UK-government funded organization sponsored by several global companies including Rolls-Royce (the lead industrial partner), Areva, Westinghouse, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel.
The UK government’s Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, initiated in July, 2009, was a commitment to “establish a Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre that combines the knowledge, practices and expertise of manufacturing companies with the capability of universities.” Following bids from some of the UK’s leading universities to develop the centre, it was announced in December, 2009 that the NAMRC would be managed by the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester in conjunction with the industrial partners.
NAMRC took possession of its facility in the Advanced Manufacturing Park in October 2011, with an official launch in May 2012. The refurbished Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory in Manchester also opened in October 2011.
Red-D-Arc supplied and installed a sophisticated, fully-automated system (pictured above) consisting of a 4m x 4m column and boom, a 15-ton positioner complete with slip-rings for heating, a Miller tandem sub-arc head, and a Miller strip-cladding head capable of welding a 90mm strip. All this equipment is controlled and programmed through a touch-screen PLC control system that Red-D-Arc supplied. All the equipment (except for the Miller welding equipment ) was manufactured by Key Plant, our new partner for PMT/Weld Automation products and services. The successful fulfillment of this order puts Red-D-Arc in a strong position to offer additional weld-automation equipment packages to other companies who will be investing in the UK nuclear-build programme. If you would like further information about this project, please contact Ross McCrorie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Red-D-Arc UK was recently awarded the contract to supply a fully-automated welding system to QA Weldetch, a UK company which is a large subcontractor to companies involved in the manufacture of subsea components, these companies being FMC, Cooper Cameron’s, GE, Aker etc.. This system was designed to clad pipe up to a maximum length of 6.5 meters and to a minimum diameter of 125mm.
Red-D-Arc UK was invited into the customer’s facility to measure the facility so that the customer could clad the maximum length of pipe that their facility would physically allow. Our engineers visited the site then provided the customer with the GA, showing what RDA’s design and solution was for them. The system consists of Key Plant – RDA fully automated control system, 7 ton hollow bore head stock, 2 sets of floating pipe supports (to compensate for any bend in the pipe), Fronius welding power sources and Fronius hot wire power sources.
If you require any further information on this system or a vertical hot wire cladding system please contact Ross McCrorie at email@example.com
Earlier this year, Red-D-Arc delivered several of our MIG/MAG 4-pak and 6-pak multi-operator welding packages to Heerema Fabrication (HFG) for their yards in Zwijndrecht and Flushing, Holland. HFG manufactures complex steel structures for use in the offshore oil and gas industry.
In addition to maintaining high-quality welding standards, HFG was able to increase both worker productivity and safety by employing Red-D-Arc’s multi-operator packs for the welding processes at their fabrication yards. The packs include six welding power sources and wire feeders with gas lines to accommodate up to six individual welders – and each welder has his own 115VAC power supply as well as an airline that provides filtered breathing air to the welder’s helmet. All input power, shielding-gas and breathing-air connections are made via single connections in the pak’s enclosure in order to simplify hook up as well as enhance portability.
“With the multi-packs our operators can get set up faster and start welding immediately. The time savings and increased efficiency easily covers the cost of the packs.”
After receiving their initial order of 6-paks, HFG placed a second order for 4-paks, having recognized the benefits of the system.
Red-D-Arc 4-Pak and 6-Pak MIG/MAG Multi-Operator Welding Packages are available for rent, lease or purchase. Contact Sales to learn more.
Red-D-Arc designs and builds complete turnkey weld automation packages for your complete project requirements. Our team of engineers and designers develop specialized solutions alongside our customers. We’ll provide you with weld process recommendations and set up all your equipment for optimized reliability, functionality and productivity.
The Red-D-Arc Weld Automation team has extensive industry experience which includes hundreds of special and turnkey installations provided to diverse sectors of industry such as Oil Exploration and Refining, Nuclear Industries, Aerospace, Defense, Steel Mills, Mining and Wind Tower Manufacture. From small positioners for integration with welding robots to 500 tonne capacity positioners with unique HMI controls complete with onsite training, services and support.
Single and tandem (multi-wire and multi-arc) submerged arc welding heads are available for sale, lease and rent. Tandem systems include multi-arc heads with up to 6 welding arcs and multi-wire heads capable of up to 4 wires, all of which are available to accommodate deep groove and narrow gap applications. We have extensive experience designing special purpose, custom welding heads to suit any requirement.
Red-D-Arc’s tandem welding system provides a touch screen interface for data monitoring and provides full welding control. The multi-arc central console system provides control of up to 6 weld heads and allows welding parameters to be saved and downloaded. An ergonomic hand held pendant allows the operator flexibility to observe the weld and adjust parameters “on the fly”.
Research and Markets, a leading market research firm, has released a research report titled Global Welding Equipment Market 2015-2019. The report highlights the growing need for the automation of welding processes. An analyst involved in creating the report commented: “One key trend upcoming in the market is the automation of the welding equipment. There has been a continuous shift from manual to automatic welding in the welding industry in recent years. The need to automate manufacturing processes is one of the major requirements of the Global Welding Equipment market.”
As a leading supplier of weld automation equipment Red-D-Arc is ready to meet the ever evolving needs of the welding industry. We are your one stop shop for sales, lease and rental of welding positioners, manipulators, turning rolls and other weld automation products, available through our global distribution network. We also design and build complete turnkey weld automation packages which can include integrated controls – such as digital touch-screen interfaces and camera systems – for your complete project requirements. Our team of engineers will provide you with weld process recommendations and set up all your equipment for optimized reliability, functionality and productivity.
Learn more about Red-D-Arc Weld Automation products and services.
For more information on the Global Welding Equipment Market 2015-2019 report visit the Research and Markets website.
MacAljon, an industrial general contracting firm, has increased the productivity of its thin-wall tank manufacturing operation by more than 50% using the Red-D-Arc RDA MFUB-TW (fit-up bed for thin-wall cans). Fit-up time has been decreased by 20% and the use of spider bracing is no longer required. With no spider bracing to get in the way, a manipulator is now used to perform SAW ID circumference welding which has increased productivity by 30%.
The RDA MFUB-TW system is specially designed for the construction of thin-wall vessels ranging in size from 3 m to 4.7 m in diameter (custom sizes are available). Our patented system is fitted with independently-adjustable vertical-rolls to support, align and compensate for tank non-concentricity when assembling multiple thin-wall sections which eliminates the need for spider bracing.
If you work with vessels that require the use of spider bracing or that have a wall thickness of between 4.8 mm – 9.5 mm contact the Red-D-Arc sales team to learn more about the RDA MFUB-TW and how it can increase the productivity of your thin-wall tank manufacturing operation.