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How Cobots Are Changing the Game in Manufacturing

Automation is changing the world all around us. Manufacturing is one of the industries in which automation has had the most impact. There are many different automated routes a manufacturer can go down. One of the newest and fastest-growing automations is collaborative robots, including the Lincoln Electric Cobots. 

Cobots, or collaborative robots, are designed to collaborate with human assistance. The idea of most automation is to increase productivity while maintaining quality. How do manufacturers do these things and what does it consist of? The answer is simple: resources, money, and time! The three components are connected so improving in one area tends to have a domino effect. 

Who Can Benefit From A Cobot?

Before diving too deeply into what a Lincoln Electric Cobot has to offer, let’s talk about who would best benefit from a Cobot. A Cobot is certainly not a one-type-fits-all piece of technology. Since cobots work in collaboration with you, they are designed with safety in mind. Cobots move slower than traditional robots with a max speed of 250 mm/second. When compared to a traditional robot in a time cycle analysis, a Cobot will tend to have increased cycle time. However, the weld time will remain the same since both cobots and robots weld at the same weld travel speed.If you’re not mass manufacturing a single part non-stop but rather have 20-50 parts of multiple different items you interchange, a Lincoln Electric Cobot could be a good fit for you. When operating with a traditional robot, running these mass amounts of one item and then switching to another item significantly affects production rates and downtime. The time to switch out all the necessary components and reprogram the machine becomes expensive fast. The cobot controller has the capability to store hundreds of programs so once that program is written it is easy to call it back into production. You can also “call” multiple programs into a master program enabling you to weld different parts or designs inside the same robot program.

Cooper cobot


As previously mentioned, cobots were created with human collaboration in mind. To the worker, a Cobot could be considered a coworker. Cobots are often advertised as an ‘anyone can do it’ piece of technology. However, there is a necessary minimum amount of knowledge in the field you work in required to operate the equipment. It is important that your cobot programmer knows how to manually weld and is also comfortable with a smartphone. Another important quality is your controller needs to have a clear vision of the desired results and a general understanding of what it takes to achieve your end product. While not for just anyone off the streets, the teachability of Lincoln Electric Cobots is still one of its largest selling points. If you combine the general understanding I touched on previously with the teachability of the Cobot, your likelihood for success is significantly more feasible. 

If we look at resources from another perspective, a Cobot (like any robot) is designed to increase efficiency. This isn’t only from a time standpoint but also from a production perspective. When a Cobot is taught a task its job is to complete the task as taught. This functionality results in fewer mistakes and more consistent work, which maximizes your use of physical resources For example, a MIG weld wire using pulse waveforms has a 98% process efficacy. This means 98% of the weld wire purchased actually makes it into the weld rather than spatter on the fixtures or shop floor. Taking this a step further, this maximizes your output as well. 

There tends to be a negative connotation associated with robots and Cobot automation in general. However, taking the time to understand the functions and purpose behind the technology can help alleviate these concerns. As mentioned previously a cobot is a collaboration robot. It is not designed to take the place of the worker; it is designed to be a resource for the worker. The best part is that Lincoln Electric Cobots are customizable - we work with you to get the setup you need. 


The next area of productivity is time and this is an obvious point of discussion with any form of automation. One of the greatest leaps the manufacturing world can take when increasing productivity is streamlining operations as much as possible. The idea of having a seamless flow from one operation to the next is the ideal pathway for any manufacturer. For streamlining operations, cobots can be a pivotal resource, as the production rate of a robot is typically triple that of a manual welder. The repetitive and consistent nature of a Cobot makes for a process to be completed from the starting teach point to the finishing teach point the same way, every time. Since the Cobot is busy doing the actual welding, the operator now spends their time loading and unloading parts. Using a Cobot is like picking up an employee who also happens to be the fastest welder in your shop. 

A Cobot allows companies to explore new technology, refine existing processes, and push the boundaries of what is possible in manufacturing. This equipment is not only a resource for improving productivity but also a catalyst for innovation and progress.


It is no secret that when time is saved, money is also saved! As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, “The typical labor and overhead cost is three times the hourly wage of the employee, meaning that a $20/hr employee costs the company $60/hr to have on staff.“ In areas where operations can be streamlined, resources optimized, and downtime minimized, money can be saved. These benefits rank among the first improvements you’ll see that help prove your return on investment. Additionally, its collaborative design eliminates the need for expensive safety measures and dedicated robot zones, further reducing capital expenditures. Another bonus with the Lincoln Electric/Fanuc Cobots is that you’ll always have access to the latest software updates; as these are FREE and available online - keeping your production a step ahead of the game.

Find The Perfect Cobot With Arc Solutions!

Technology never slows down and is in a constantly evolving state. The Cobots designed today will continue to adapt to the needs of the industry and we are ready for it. The dynamic role of collaborative robots in enhancing manufacturing environments cannot be overstated. From improving safety and productivity to fostering innovation and adaptability, cobots are redefining the way we think about manufacturing. As we embrace this collaborative future, one thing is clear: the era of cobots has only just begun, and the possibilities are limitless. If you’re interested in finding out if a cobot is the best fit for you contact us to schedule a demo today!

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Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 211i Welder: A Buyer’s Guide

Lincoln Electric manufactures a large variety of welders, making it hard to know which unit is the best fit for your needs. In this blog, we will discuss the Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 211i (k6080-1) and all its abilities. The POWER MIG® 211i is capable of MIG and flux-cored welding. The machine is compact but can still cater to a wide variety of needs, lending to why it is a valuable asset to have in many different welding environments.

Benefits of the Lincoln 211i

The Lincoln POWER MIG® 211i welder blends innovation with practicality, making it a powerhouse for welders at any skill level. Let's take a look at what makes this welder so special.

User-Friendly Interface

The 211i is outfitted with a seven-segment display. The interface of the unit includes basic knobs and control buttons. This simple design allows for an uncomplicated, straightforward setup for welding processes. There is no extra work or time required in fine-tuning specific settings, only a streamlined workflow. This allows a beginner welder all the way to a seasoned and professional welder the ability to use the same equipment.

Lincoln 211i display

Portable, Robust, and Versatile

The POWER MIG® 211i is encased in a compact design with dimensions 22” L x 11” W x 16” H and a weight of 41 lbs. The smaller design does not take away from the robustness the unit has to offer. The machine comes with multiple lift handles making moving from project to project that much easier. Further enhancing the portability of the machine, the 211i also offers dual input voltage. The 230V to 120V power cord adapter allows the machine to plug into any common power supply.  This capability also allows for increased versatility with the machine from working at home in your garage to light industrial shop work, the 211i will have you covered. 

The wire feed in the 211i is similar to the POWER MIG® 215 MPi™ and the POWER MIG® 140MP® systems, offering a consistent and smooth feed. The 211i system paired with the included Lincoln Electric Magnum® PRO 100 L Welding gun makes for seamless operation. The Magnum® PRO 100L is a semi-automatic MIG welding gun with 100A, 100% mixed gas duty cycle. This model is the lightest gun in the Magnum® PRO series. Its curved handle with rubber molding makes for easier grip and enhanced comfort. Together the gun and the machine are ideally used in home and small shop projects, as mentioned above, along with farm, auto body work, and light maintenance/repair applications. 

lincoln 211i wire feed

Whether performing maintenance, repair, or light industrial work, this welder excels in delivering superior results across various tasks. With simple and adjustable settings and reliable performance, users can tackle diverse welding projects with ease and efficiency. The Lincoln Electric Power MIG® 211i welder offers a comprehensive solution for welding enthusiasts searching for portability, versatility, and performance.

A Game-Changer in Welding: Lincoln POWER MIG® 211i

Step up your welding game with the Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 211i! Perfect for everyone from the passionate DIYer to the seasoned small shop owner, this welder is a game-changer. Imagine the projects you'll tackle with its unparalleled simplicity and performance. Don't let another day go by without this essential tool in your arsenal. Click here to unlock the full potential of the POWER MIG® 211i.

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Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP vs 45 XP: Which is Right for Your Workshop?

Known for its portability, user-friendly controls, and reliable plasma arc, the Hypertherm Powermax series boasts some of the most reputable plasma cutters on the market. Whether you're new to cutting or a pro, these tools cover a wide range of applications, making them a great choice for anyone.

Which Plasma Cutter is Best for you?

Two of the most popular models are the Hypertherm Powermax30 XP and the Hypertherm Powermax45 XP. This selection of machines caters to a wide range of metal fabrication needs, from cutting thinner metal projects to gouging tasks. 

Powermax30 XP

The Powermax30 XP has a host of impressive capabilities for being the less formidable of the two machines. The 30XP has a recommended cut capacity of 3/8in (10mm), a severance cut capacity of 5/8in (16mm), and an output amperage of 15-30 A. This machine supports drag cutting, fine feature cutting, and extended reach cutting or gouging. The 30XP also comes in a carrying case that includes:

  • 240 V/20 A plug with adapters  or 120 V/15 A and 240 V/20 A circuits
  • Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP Power supply, 15 ft. (4.5 m) Duramax LT hand torch with standard consumables, 15 ft. (4.5 m) work clamp
  • Operator and safety manuals
  • Consumable kit with 1 standard nozzle, 1 electrode, 1 Fine Cut nozzle, and 1 Fine Cut deflector
  • Carrying strap
  • Leather gloves
  • Shade 5 glasses

Fully loaded with all these items, the Powermax30 XP is a good choice as an on-the-go plasma cutter.  The machine by itself weighs in at about 21lbs, making it one of the lightest plasma cutters Hypertherm has to offer. Along with its lightweight, the Powermax30 XP also offers dual voltage 120V/240V, thus enhancing its portability to plug in anywhere.

On mild steel cutting 1/8 in thickness, the Powermax30 XP outperforms traditional oxy-fuel cutting speed by over 300%. The enhanced speed of plasma cutting saves the end user both time and money. Not only is this machine fast, but as mentioned above, it allows FineCut® capabilities making it a good choice for fine-detailed and thin-metal projects. The Powermax30 XP stands out as a competitor in the realm of plasma cutters by showcasing its versatility, not only excelling at primary functions but also demonstrating the capability to gouge metal effectively. For a hobbyist or someone who plasma cuts on the go consistently or enjoys being a garage hobbyist, the Powermax30 XP is a great investment.

Powermax45 XP

As the more robust of the two machines, the Powermax45 XP is capable of everything the Powermax30 XP can do and more. This machine supports:

  • Drag cutting
  • Extended reach cutting and gouging
  • Fine feature cutting
  • Flush cutting
  • Max control gouging
  • Marking
  • Mechanized cutting
  • Precision gouging

This comprehensive list of functionalities demands a heightened level of performance from the machine.  The Powermax45 XP has a recommended cut capacity of 5/8in (16mm), a severance cut capacity of 1-1/8in (29mm), and an output amperage of 10-45 A. This machine is also lightweight at 30 lbs and comes with a lift handle on top. However, it does not offer the ability to plug into a 120V household outlet like a Powermax30 XP and is an overall larger machine dimensionally. But don’t let this detract from all the other attractive features the Powermax45 XP hosts. The Powermax45 XP is a high-performing plasma cutter with industrial capabilities and is often used as such. The unit would typically be considered overqualified to be purchased as solely a garage hobby cutter. 

This machine offers compatibility with hand torches, machine torches, robotic torches, and handheld long torches. The Powermax45 XP torches are also equipped with FastConnect™ torch to allow for quick and easy switching between torches. Hypertherm also offers a cartridge adapter that allows the torches that are compatible with the Powermax45 XP to accept the new SYNC cartridges. The SYNC cartridges are an added convenience in plasma cutting because they eliminate the need for multiple consumable pieces. Instead of having an individual swirl ring, electrode, nozzle, shield, and retaining cap, with the cartridge adapter (428951) the SYNC cartridge functions as a 5-in-1. 

Choosing your Hypertherm Plasma Cutter: Expert Guidance

In conclusion, the Hypertherm Powermax series stands as a pinnacle in the realm of plasma cutters, catering to diverse metal fabrication needs. On one hand, The Powermax30 XP, with its lightweight design and versatile capabilities, is an excellent choice for on-the-go plasma cutting tasks, boasting remarkable speed and precision. On the other hand, the Powermax45 XP offers industrial-grade performance, featuring an extensive range of functionalities and compatibility with various torch types, including the innovative SYNC cartridges for added convenience. Whether you're a hobbyist or an industrial professional, the Powermax series delivers cutting-edge technology and unparalleled performance for all your metalworking needs.
Are you ready to enhance your workshop's cutting efficiency? Decision-making can be challenging, but with the right information, it becomes simpler. Whether your interest is piqued by the compact precision of the Powermax 30 XP or the powerful versatility of the Powermax 45 XP, the ideal plasma cutter for your needs is within reach. Get in touch with us now for expert guidance tailored to your specific requirements, or explore our detailed product listings to make an informed decision. The perfect Hypertherm model for your workshop is just a step away – let's make that choice together today!

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Lincoln POWER MIG 215 MPi vs POWER MIG 140 MP: Find What Suits Your Needs

Hobbyist and professional alike, Lincoln Electric has a welder to suit everyone. Their vast array of welders range from portable shop units that plug into a typical household outlet, all the way to engine drives that pull behind utility vehicles for industrial work. In this article, we are going to dive into two of the many shop units Lincoln Electric has to offer; the Lincoln POWER MIG 215 MPi and the Lincoln POWER MIG 140 MP Multi-Process Welder

Lincoln POWER MIG 140 MP Multi-Process Welder

lincoln welder 140 for sale

Let’s start with the POWER MIG 140 MP. This unit is a multi-process welder which means that it has MIG, Stick, Flux-Cored, and DC TIG welding capabilities. Users can easily access the TIG capabilities on this machine by purchasing the POWER MIG 140 MP TIG One-Pak®. The package includes a Lincoln Electric TIG torch and foot pedal. This option is convenient as it provides users with a comprehensive welding solution all in one purchase. The versatility of this compact and powerful unit is one of its many attractive features.

 The POWER MIG 140 MP is an excellent choice for small, on-the-go type projects. This unit weighs in at 35 lbs and plugs into a household 120V power source, which makes transport an ease from the garage to the shop. Lincoln Electric describes this machine as, “If you can only have one welder, the POWER MIG 140 MP from Lincoln Electric is the one to have.” Portability and versatility aren’t the only selling points for this unit. Affordability can certainly squeeze its way into why it is a top seller in the Lincoln Electric line-up. The POWER MIG 140 MP comes in at a price point of $969 making it one of Lincoln Electric’s least expensive welders. 

It’s clear the POWER MIG 140 MP delivers on its promise of versatility and accessibility, making it a top-seller in the Lincoln Electric lineup. This machine proves that great quality does not require a hefty price tag.

Lincoln Electric POWER MIG 215 MPi™ Multi-Process Welder

lincoln 215 mpi for sale

Now let’s uncover the Lincoln Electric POWER MIG 215 MPi™ Multi-Process Welder. This unit can attack all the same projects the POWER MIG 140 MP can handle and then some. The POWER MIG 215 MPi is capable of MIG, TIG, Stick and Flux-Cored welding when paired with the proper equipment. This machine offers two different One-Pak® options:

The POWER MIG 215 MPi houses a more robust design in size and shape. The unit offers multiple lift points and weighs under 50 lbs. The machine includes an adaptor for 230V to 120V so the user can utilize its dual input voltage with any common power source. These combinations of features gear the Lincoln Electric POWER MIG 215 MPi towards general fabrication jobs, small contractors, and repair personnel. 

With the capability to withstand heavier duty jobs, the price also follows suit. However, this does not make the machine unaffordable by any means. The ArcFX® Technology in this unit provides instant visual feedback on how settings affect the weld outcome, which is certainly a factor in the expense of the machine. Other technological related expense factors consist of the simple Ready.Set.Weld® setup to make it easier to get started and the memory available to easily recall saved settings to get welding faster. When compared to others in the same class of work as the POWER MIG 215 MPi that also share similar capabilities and technology, this machine comes in at one of the lowest price points of $1,999. This price also includes Lincoln Electric’s 3 year warranty in the event of system failure. 

The POWER MIG 215 MPi stands out as a reliable and cost-effective solution for welding enthusiasts and professionals. The unit’s next-level and user-friendly technology makes this a great choice for any welder at work. The machine's versatility is its ability to take on MIG, TIG, Stick and Flux-Cored projects, making it one that is hard to beat. The POWER MIG 215 MPi is a higher price point than the POWER MIG 140 MP, but is undoubtedly a competitive choice for the features it offers.

Lincoln Electric Solutions: Power MIG 215 MPi & Power MIG 140 MP

Both the Lincoln POWER MIG 140 MP and POWER MIG 215 MPi showcase the quality and innovation of Lincoln Electric. The POWER MIG 140 MP caters to hobbyists, offering versatility at an affordable price point. On the other hand, the POWER MIG 215 MPi steps up the game with enhanced capabilities suitable for heavier-duty tasks, coupled with advanced technology features. While the POWER MIG 140 MP excels in entry-level applications, the POWER MIG 215 MPi targets a more demanding audience, balancing performance and affordability. Ultimately, the choice between these models depends on the user's specific needs, skill level, and the nature of their welding projects. 
Lincoln Electric provides options that cater to a spectrum of users, ensuring quality welding solutions for every job type. If you’re wanting to elevate your welding game with Arc Solutions's full range of Lincoln welding solutions, visit our collection here.

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Oxy Fuel Cutting | Mastering Gas Cutting Torches

In recent years, gas cutting torches, better known as oxy fuel cutting, has taken a backseat to plasma cutting. However, oxy fuel cutting still carries great significance in the shop setting. 

Oxy fuel is good for a range of jobs because many torches can be outfitted for various tasks including welding, bending, brazing, heating and cutting. Oxy fuel is self-contained because it doesn’t require an electrical outlet or air compressor. Likewise, versatility of oxy fuel torches and its numerous abilities makes it an invaluable investment.

Oxy Fuel Cutting Techniques

Oxy fuel is a combination of oxygen and any fuel gas (typically propane, propylene, natural gas, acetylene, etc.) Oxy-acetylene is arguably the most popular in the oxy fuel cutting scene.  However, propane is more stable and easier to handle, making it a popular choice for hobbyists and small-scale cutting projects. In general, the choice of gas depends on the specific application and desired outcome.

Properties of Cutting Fuels:

  • Propane - Produces a lower flame temperature than acetylene but has about the same cutting speed.
  • Propylene - Requires an injector torch, and tends to have a heat source that is concentrated on the outside of the heat cone. 
  • Natural gas - Produces the lowest flame temperature, so it has the slowest cutting time.
  • Acetylene - Produces the highest flame temperature, resulting in faster speeds than the other gasses.

There are different types of oxy fuel cutting torches as well, based on the gasses being used:

  • The first of the two torch types is equal balance torch, which functions similarly to its name; it delivers the mixture of gasses all at an equal pressure. The equal balance torch is versatile and can use various fuel gasses, such as acetylene, propane, or natural gas. 
  • The second type of cutting torch is a fuel-injected torch, or a low-pressure torch, used for gasses delivered at low pressures. The fuel-injected torch uses acetylene as its fuel gas and is ideal for welding and brazing applications. It is essential to choose the right type of torch for your cutting application to ensure accurate and efficient cutting.

The Setup

We are focusing mainly on Oxy-acetylene cutting, as it is used the most often. There are a few things to keep in mind when working on your oxy fuel cutting skills. 

To master the technique, becoming familiar with the flames your torch puts off and what they are supposed to look like will give you a leg up in clean cuts. The are three different types of flames:

  1. Carburizing - This means there is TOO MUCH FUEL. Cutting with a carburizing flame creates carbon deposits along the cuts.
  2. Neutral - All the cones within the flame are equal and in the ideal state for cutting.
  3. Oxidizing -  This means there is TOO MUCH OXYGEN. When cutting with an oxidizing flame, your cut will leave porous zones on the metal. 

When you are setting up your torch and you have it lit, the first step is to make sure that your blue gas cones within your flame are all equal with and without the oxygen lever pressed. This will help ensure you’re ready to cut. 

You can also take a look at your torch flame and observe the length. A cutting torch with a nice clean cutting tip will have a nice long, even flame. A weak or short flame coming from the torch could be an indication that you need to clean your torch tip with a file and tip cleaner set. 

To get the best cuts, preheat your metal! By preheating your metal you are raising the temperature of the plate just before the cut to aid in the heat transfer and avoid cracking the metal plate. These two tips combined with steady travel speed and some practice will give you clean cuts in no time.  

Maintaining Your Torch 

It’s important to keep your torch well maintained, not only for your safety but also to ensure it's always functioning at optimal efficiency.  As mentioned before, this is vital for achieving clean cuts and getting the results you want.  

The biggest things you want to avoid when oxy fuel cutting are burnback and flashbacks. Having torches with built-in safety features like the Victor Torch Kits is one way to help. If you don’t have these capabilities here are a couple things to keep in mind when maintaining your torch:

  • Clean your torch tip - Debris and residue can get inside your torch tip. This causes issues with the flame from your torch and how well it cuts. 
  • Check for leaks and replace worn parts - Apply a soapy water mixture to gas connections and watch for any bubbles that form. If bubbles do form this could be a sign of a gas leak. Replacing worn parts such as o-rings inside fittings with gas leaks or replacing hoses with tears or cracking helps eliminate gas leaks.
  • Proper storage - Be sure to store your torch, hose, and gas canisters in a dry, cool place. This will help prevent damage to all three mechanisms.

In the end you’ll see that carefully caring for your equipment will save you time and money in the long run. Whether it be your plasma cutter that we talked about in our last blog, maintaining your welding unit as discussed in the first blog, or your oxy fuel torch in this blog. Proper maintenance of your equipment expands the lifespan of your machinery and is one of the most valuable investments you can make. 

The Importance of Oxy Fuel Cutting

While oxy fuel cutting may have taken a backseat to plasma cutting in recent years, it remains a crucial tool in the workshop. The versatility of oxy fuel torches, which can handle welding, bending, brazing, heating, and cutting tasks, coupled with their self-contained nature, makes them a valuable investment. Understanding the different gas properties and selecting the right torch type are essential for efficient cutting. Mastering the technique involves recognizing the right flame characteristics and ensuring proper preheating. Maintaining your torch is key to achieving clean cuts and prolonging its lifespan. By taking care of your equipment, you're not only saving time and money but also making a valuable long-term investment in your workshop's success.
At Arc Solutions, we're here to support your welding and cutting needs. Whether you need high-quality oxy fuel cutting equipment, expert advice, or maintenance tips, our team is ready to assist you. Visit our website today to explore our product offerings and discover how we can help you succeed in your workshop.

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Unlocking the Power of Plasma Cutting: Techniques and Maintenance

The Rise Of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting has been around since before the 1970s but wasn’t widely accepted until the 1980s. Since the 80’s it has just continued to excel in popularity and innovation. Plasma cutting is a powerful tool that can be used in a multitude of industrial/manufacturing settings such as:

  • Fabrication
  • Automotive industry
  • Large structural or pipeline steel work

The speed of plasma cutting and its adaptability to multiple facets are what have helped it propel to one of the most desired shop utilities.

The Art Of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting sends an electrical arc through forced gas that is constricted, this raises the temperature high enough that the gas enters the 4th state of matter. The fourth state of matter is plasma. Plasma comes from inside of the nozzle down at a great force and an extreme heat to cut your metal. The gasses typically used in plasma cutting can be oxygen, nitrogen, argon or forced shop air. 

In Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR 088096, there is a built-in air compressor within the machine. This Hypertherm plasma cutter does not require any shielding gas. With the Powermax 30 AIR it is as simple as plugging it into the wall , properly attaching your ground clamp to the material, picking up your torch and cutting! The built-in air compressor on this machine makes it highly portable and very attractive to anyone that is plasma cutting on the go. 

Some higher intensity plasma cutters that have been discussed in previous blogs (Hypertherm SYNC Plasma Cutters Role in Metal Cutting) are those of the Hypertherm SYNC series. With the latest in the industry technology, the SYNCs give you the ability to outperform other plasma cutting technologies. From the SmartSYNC® torches technology to the color coded, app-pairing consumables these machines leave all the guesswork out and help increase your project-to-project efficiency.

Effective Plasma Cutting Techniques

Tips and tricks to master these technologies almost sound too good to be true, because they are that simple to use. If you want clean, precise cuts with your plasma cutters you just have to make sure you’re checking this list. 

Tips To Clean And Precise Cuts:

  1. Familiarity With Your Machine: Make sure you are familiar with your machine and its capabilities. Choose a suitable project based on your machine's abilities and available materials. Adjust materials or consumables if needed for optimal results.
  2. Consumable Health: Inspecting your consumables before tasks can prevent issues. Check them for proper functioning. SYNC cartridges indicate when to change consumables, saving time. If not using SYNC, refer to this list: swirl ring, electrode, nozzle, retaining cap, shield cap.
  3. Setting Adjustments: To find the right settings for your projects, practice cuts on the same material help you adjust amperage or heat. For thinner materials, a faster travel speed yields cleaner cuts.
  4. Torch Techniques: Hold the torch perpendicular to the metal for a straight cut. Use a cutting guide or straight edge if needed. Maintain a proper stand-off distance to avoid damage and ensure cut quality. Torch stand-off guides can be used for assistance.

Fun Fact: Hypertherm torches have a shield technology that isolates the nozzle from the metal, so you can drag the nozzle directly on the metal, with no worry about double arcing.

Maintaining And Troubleshooting Plasma Cutters: Q&A

Like the tips and tricks section, maintaining your plasma cutter is simple and will again feel too good to be true. A lot of the same general maintenance tips that we talked about in our first series, Equipment Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide For Welders, will apply to your plasma cutter. The main takeaways being:

  • Make sure your machine and consumables are clean and in good condition.
  • Inspect all cables and cords for breaks or wear to confirm good electrical flow. 
  • Monitor gas flow and coolant levels to help keep your machine cooled and running efficiently.

Let’s troubleshoot some scenarios:

Q: What do I do if my Hypertherm Powermax 30 AIR 088096 won’t strike an arc?

A:  Check your ground clamp or the surface your ground clamp is connected to. The ground clamp needs to be in decent condition and the surface it is connected to should be clean and free of debris. Things like paint, rust, and dirt will hinder the electrical flow to your equipment, making it difficult to strike an arc. 

An alternative problem could be that the gas flow to your torch is too high, creating a hard start. Excess gas pressure is something to be aware of because it can quickly deteriorate your consumables and damage your torch.

Q: What do I do if my Hypertherm SYNC65 083343 is burning through consumables?

A: Checking your gas flow could solve this problem. If the gas flow to your torch is too high it could cause your torch to hard start. Excess gas pressure can cause consumables, especially electrodes, to rapidly deteriorate. Also check the settings on your machine to ensure they are compatible with the consumables you are using and appropriate for the project. This is something to be gravely aware of as it can cause damage to not just your consumables, but your entire plasma system. 

Q: What do I do if my Hypertherm Powermax 45 088112 is producing excess amounts of dross?

A:  Similar to the last question, this is likely a settings issue. Double checking your amperage and gas flow, along with being mindful of the speed which you are cutting; could alone solve the problem. Another possible cause of dross is worn consumables that need to be replaced.

Revolutionizing Manufacturing: The Role Of Plasma Cutting

The role of plasma cutting in the world of manufacturing and industrial work is invaluable. Once you’ve taken the time to master your plasma cutting skills, the opportunities for increased efficiency, direct cost savings, and valuable shop time are endless. Keeping your cutting equipment in good working order, through regular maintenance, is the best way to extend machine longevity. 
In the final blog of our maintenance series we will discuss the best ways to maintain and utilize your oxy-fuel torch. Follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on all things new on equipment maintenance!

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Equipment Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide For Welders

Regular equipment maintenance is key to increasing the longevity of its lifespan. In this series, we are going to go over how to maintain welding equipment (this blog), plasma cutters and oxy-fuel torches. The sole idea is to keep your equipment in tip-top shape to decrease downtime and increase output with maximum efficiency.

One thing you’ll notice if you’ve worked in a machine shop for any amount of time is when it gets hot during the summertime, machine downtime tends to increase. This also ties directly to the cleanliness of your equipment. In a welder there is a lot of build up from lubricants, metal shavings, grease and dirt, creating higher internal machine temperatures. The external heat only adds to the ‘fire’ so-to-speak, aiding in mechanical issues. Taking the time to properly inspect your welder will help you to identify potential causes for troubles. 

General Equipment Maintenance Tips

Unplugging And Allowing Rest Time

It's very important that you FIRST unplug your machine and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before beginning an inspection. This is to avoid possible shock. Once that is done, you can find the side door/cover on your unit. Most weld machines have a door that you can open up or a side cover with screws that you can remove to get inside to repair the mechanical components of your welder. Taking a look inside to examine all the working parts often is a good way to get familiar with your machine. On heavily used equipment, you’ll likely see the build-up of debris mentioned earlier as soon as you open the door.

Preventing Grime Buildup

Things that you can do to prevent grime buildup in your Lincoln welders, your ESAB multi-process welders, or nearly any welding unit, are taking the time to thoroughly clean your machine. You can use an air hose to blow out any debris on the inside of the machine and wipe down with a dry rag. While cleaning your welder, examine control cables and weld cables that may need replacing. Signs of wear typically appear as cuts and cracks in the cables.

Maintaining The Weld Hood

Another thing that is always helpful when welding is to be sure you are changing your inner and outer lens on your weld hood. There is always a huge difference when going from an old dirty/scratched outer lens to a brand new lens. Regularly changing both the inner and outer lens of your weld hood is essential for better visibility and safety while welding. Old, dirty, or scratched lenses can impair your vision, leading to subpar welds and potential safety hazards.

Equipment Maintenance Checklist For Welders

  • Drive Rolls Inspection: Ensure that the drive rolls are still in good shape and functioning properly.
  • Fluid Levels Check (for engine drives): Inspect and maintain appropriate fluid levels in engine-driven welding equipment.
  • Filter Examination: Check and clean/replace air or oil filters to maintain proper ventilation and prevent contamination.
  • Contactor and Relay Inspection: Visually inspect contactors and relays for signs of arcing or damage, and address any issues found.
  • Fan Functionality: Verify that the cooling fans spin freely and are working efficiently to prevent overheating.
  • Debris and Oil Spills Removal: Thoroughly clean the inside of the machine, removing any debris or oil spills that may affect performance.
  • Consumables Check and Replacement: Regularly inspect and replace worn or damaged consumables, including tips, nozzles, diffusers, wire, liners, etc.

Periodically running through your equipment maintenance checklist should do the trick in helping maintain your welding equipment. A thought to remember is to not be afraid to check/replace your consumables (the same goes for the settings on your units). Sometimes a problem that is frustrating can be as simple as needing new consumables or adjustments in the weld settings.

Welding Equipment Troubleshooting Q&A

The ability to troubleshoot your equipment is also a good skill to learn. This skill comes with time and experience, and the longer you’ve welded the more familiar you’ll be with the issues that can occur. As mentioned before, it is a good idea to get familiar with your machine both inside and out. So, when an issue arises you have a better chance of nailing down what is the problem before it causes significant amounts of downtime.

Here are some troubleshooting scenarios with example machines, but do what applies in your case: 

Q: What do I do if my Lincoln Power MIG 215 is having trouble with poor weld quality?

A: The problem could be poor porosity, so be sure the surface you are welding is clean and the consumables you are using are appropriate, specifically your wire. Using a deoxidizer with the wire is a way to help control porosity.

Q: What do I do if the arc on my Lincoln Power MIG 211i is erratic?

A: You’ll want to begin with checking your input voltage to the machine. Take your time to check that cables are also working and there are no faulty connections. Another possible cause is incorrect type/size gun tip, also being sure the tip is damage free. While doing this it is helpful to double check over your gun to make sure it is in working order without breaks. You can also check your ground clamp for a weak connection.

Q: What do I do if my Lincoln POWER MIG 140 is having issues with unstable welds and arcing?

A: This could be much like the last issue. Do you have any faulty connections? Are your electrodes tightly connected to your lugs? (Connections that are loose can cause overheating and lead to fusions of metal, putting your machine in need for repair.) In this scenario, you can also check your ground clamp for a weak connection.

Key Takeaways Of Welder Equipment Maintenance 

Takeaways from the maintenance guide in a nutshell would be to ensure your welder and the surface you are welding are clean and clear of debris. Along with that, make sure all equipment and consumables are in good shape and not in need of replacement (such as cables, liners, drive rolls, nozzles, tips, and diffusers.) Taking the time often to run through a good maintenance checklist will help prevent your machine from going down and needing to be repaired. In our next series we are going to address the techniques and maintenance of plasma cutting machines. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for the debut of that blog!
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Hypertherm SYNC Plasma Cutter’s Role In Metal Cutting

The Technology: SYNC Machines And Plasma Cutters

All of the SYNC machines are equipped with some of the best plasma cutting technology, such as RFID (radio frequency identification) technology that helps the machine read messages from the SmartSYNC Torches based on the attached consumable cartridges. This allows the plasma cutter to automatically adjust to the correct amperage. These consumable cartridges come specific to the job.  To further the ease of use with these cartridges, Hypertherm has made them color-coded based on application:

  • Yellow - Drag Cutting
  • Gray - Mechanized / Stand Off
  • Green - Gouging
  • Black - FlushCut®

If you already happen to own a Duramax torch, there are limited capabilities. However, it is likely that with the right torch adapter, you could still benefit from some of the features that these revolutionary consumables offer. Another thing that is appealing about these single-piece cartridges is that they save customers, on average, $57/per consumable set. You save time and money instantly through the accuracy of the end-of-life detection offered through the RFID communication technology. Hypertherm’s dedication to innovation really gives consumers the best plasma cutters with the latest technology on the market!

Plasma Cutters: Material Types & Machine Options

The three variations of SYNC machines that we are exploring all have the ability to cut mild steel (FineCut high or low speed), stainless steel, and aluminum. Which machine is right for you is ultimately going to depend on the demand of the project. As you step up the Hypertherm plasma cutting ladder first with a SYNC 65, SYNC 85, and then SYNC 105, your capabilities will expand. 

Powermax65 SYNC

The first of the series is the Hypertherm Powermax65 SYNC. The SYNC 65 has the ability to cut up to 20mm or 3 ⁄ 4'' and has a cut speed of 500 mm/min (20 ipm). This machine is the mildest performer of the 3 plasma cutters, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. This machine would be more likely used for thicker metal sign cutting, doing some simple auto body work, or smaller projects around a fabrication shop. Personally, a SYNC 65 is likely a little more equipped than what a hobbyist would need just doing side jobs. However, it can certainly do all those side jobs and more, thus furthering its reputation in versatility. 

Powermax85 SYNC

The Powermax85 SYNC is the next in line as we step up the Hypertherm plasma cutter ladder.  This plasma cutter can cut up to 25mm or 1” and has a cut speed of 500 mm/min (20 ipm).  This machine can be considered as the happy medium. With its ability to cut a 1” thickness it proves itself to be a good choice for metal fabrication in an industrial setting or factory setting but it can do nearly all the same things as the Powermax65 SYNC, making it the shop workhorse. 

Powermax105 SYNC

The Powermax105 SYNC is the heaviest duty of the series line. This machine can cut up to 32mm or 1-1/4“ with a cutting speed of  500mm/min (20 ipm). The most common use for this machine model would be as an industrial plasma cutter, performing well in plasma cutting jobs for steel structural projects such as metal for bridges, car parks, and large pipework. This professional plasma cutter is best fitting for a much larger scale of industrial work.

Plasma Cutting Performance & Tips

When you begin to compare other plasma cutters on the market, it is a little harder to find something comparable to the SYNC series. There are plasma cutters that perform similarly to the SYNCs, but none of them come with the same perks. From the torches to the single-piece consumables, Hypertherm’s technology takes you to the next level in plasma cutting. The ease of use and application sells not only the SYNC series but all Hypertherm plasma cutters, elevating it above its competition. For example, when plasma cutting, a common tip you'll usually get from a seasoned cutter is, “Use a stand-off guide to better your movement and get a good distance off your metal.” With Hypertherm you don’t need that trick because the torches are designed to electrically isolate the nozzle from the metal, thus eliminating double arcing. Another tip that the SYNC machines took into consideration and made their own is “checking setting adjustments.” With the new consumables you don’t need to worry about it, because once attached, the machines read them and adjust them for you! The opportunities provided by the technology Hypertherm offers you in their equipment make the possibilities endless.

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Cutting & Welding Essentials: Victor Torch Kits

Let’s talk about torch kits. What are the trade-offs for buying tools individually or all at once? Which one best fits your needs? Some of the best selling welding/cutting kits are the Victor Torch Kits.  With a multitude of torch sets and outfits, Victor has the right tools for all different sorts of welding and cutting. 

What You Need To Know About Oxy-Fuel Cutting & Welding

Oxy-fuel technically speaking is a combination of oxygen and any fuel gas (typically propane, propylene, natural gas etc.), but the specific combo to focus on is arguably the most popular: Oxy-Acetylene welding and cutting. To talk about the chemical details of cutting and welding, I’ll use the terms oxy-fuel and oxy-acetylene interchangeably. 

The heat generated from the combustion of oxygen and the hydrocarbon compound acetylene is used to weld materials together, but can also be used as a jet stream to cut materials. The materials mainly used in oxy-fuel welding are steel, brass, and copper. For cutting, mild steel is the main material used. The most common uses for oxy-fuel welding are welding thin metals such as:

  • jewelry repair
  • electronic repair,  and 
  • crafts or hobbies out of a home-based shop.

Oxy-fuel welding and cutting proves to be extremely versatile, with cutting being the more common practice of the two. No matter the size of the project, Victor carries a large variety of torches for all kinds of uses!

Light-Duty Torch Kit

Our most popular light-duty torch is the Victor G150-J-P Portable Tote without tanks.

This kit includes:

  • Color coded gas hoses
  • Oxygen regulator
  • Acetylene regulator
  • Striker
  • Safety cutting glasses
  • Brazing nozzle
  • Heating nozzle
  • Torch handle with check valves
  • Carrying tote
  • Couplings
  • Tank wrench

A huge selling point for this particular torch kit is the portability. A lot of reviews will show the (separately purchased) gas tanks in the carrier and the hose wrapped around the tote, making the kit something you can take or store virtually anywhere. This set is capable of HVAC and plumbing brazing applications. This comes with a  7 Year Warranty on the Regulator and a 10 Year Warranty on the Torch Handle and Cutting Attachment.

Other Victor light-duty options:

Other kits may cut thicker plates but struggle to weld. This Victor kit can cut up to ½” plate and weld up to ¼”. With all these features at a budget-conscious price, a light-duty kit makes simple jobs even simpler.

Medium-Duty Torch Kit

Our most popular medium-duty torch kit is the Victor Performer EDGE™ 2.0.

This kit includes: 

  • Color coded gas hoses
  • Oxygen regulator
  • Acetylene regulator
  • Striker
  • Googles
  • Tip cleaner
  • Torch tip
  • Torch handle with check valves
  • Cutting attachment
  • Heating nozzle
  • Brazing nozzle

One benefit for purchasing the kit over all the individual pieces, is certainly the COST. This Victor torch kit total is $279.89+tax (free S&H over $100). When you add all these items together purchased piece by piece, at the lowest cost your total winds up being roughly $320 before shipping or tax. Someone could argue that you may not use all the pieces in this Victor torch set, however you have them available in case you need them, and at the kit’s price they’re practically free. This torch set can cut up to 6” and weld up to ¼” and comes equipped with everything you would need to get started, aside from a fuel source.

Other Victor medium-duty options:

Victor sets themselves apart from competitors with a focus on safety. The WH100FC torch handle in the medium duty set comes with built-in flashback arrestors, unlike other brands’ kits which have their arrestors detached or even optional. Victor’s torches offer the check valves and built-in flashback arrestors to give operators peace of mind during their work.

Heavy-Duty Torch Kit

Our most popular heavy-duty torch kit is the Victor Journeyman® EDGE™ Series 2.0. If you go into google and search for “Best Oxy Acetylene Torch Kits,” this kit ranks #1. 

This kit includes:

  • Color coded gas hoses
  • Oxygen regulator
  • Acetylene regulator
  • Striker
  • Googles
  • Tip cleaner
  • Torch tip
  • Torch handle with check valves
  • Cutting attachment
  • Heating nozzle
  • (3) Brazing nozzles

The heavy-duty torch is what is going to be typically used for large projects such as structural or industrial work, while also being able to tackle the light fabrication jobs. This specific torch outfit comes with multiple brazing nozzles for welding depending on the magnitude of the task. While still staying true to having all the other necessity pieces that have come in the light and medium-duty kits we’ve discussed. 

Other Victor heavy duty options:

Like competing medium-duty kits, many brands sell heavy-duty kits for hundreds more than the Victor price, often without built-in flashback arrestors and fewer brazing nozzles. At an affordable price and with a variety of accessories, the power of this Victor Kit comes in its versatility and ease of use.

Which Kit Best Fits Your Project?

To answer the question, it depends on the job. If you are doing some light around-the-house handy work such as HVAC, plumbing or even simple electrical gigs, a Victor light-duty kit is going to be more than enough to complete the project. But, if the work calls for a little more grit such as machinery or light fabrication, then you’ll want to stick with the medium-duty Victor Performer EDGE™ 2.0. Moving up to more intense work such as industrial and structural metalwork requires a heavy-duty kit like the Victor Journeyman. If these specific options don’t suit your needs, each category has alternatives with adjustments to match unique applications.

Find The Perfect Torch Kit With Us!

Regardless of your project, you can find the right Victor Torch Kit for the job on our website! Browse our selection even further here.

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Why You Should Opt for A Hypertherm Plasma Cutter

When it comes to plasma cutting, Hypertherm is a brand that is synonymous with quality, reliability, and innovation. With a range of plasma cutters and consumables that cater to different needs, Hypertherm has something for everyone, from industrial manufacturers to hobbyists working from their garages. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons why you should consider a Hypertherm plasma cutter for your cutting needs.

Hypertherm Plasma Cutters: The Pioneers of Innovation

Hypertherm is a company that believes in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with plasma cutting. Their slogan "Shaping Possibility" is a testament to their commitment to innovation. Whether it's their patented consumables or their latest SYNC® plasma cutters, Hypertherm is always striving to make plasma cutting more efficient, versatile, and precise.

Versatility That Fits Your Needs

Hypertherm's range of plasma cutters and consumables is vast and covers a wide range of applications. From the industrial world to hobbyists, Hypertherm has a machine that fits every need. The SYNC® plasma cutters, in particular, bring a new level of adaptability to the playing field. With the ability to quickly and easily switch out consumables to fit your job application, you save time and money. These cartridges also take out the guesswork when it comes to traditional individual consumables such as shields, nozzles, swirl rings, and electrodes.

High-Quality Cutting at an Affordable Price

Investing in a quality plasma cutter is crucial for any cutting application, but it doesn't have to break the bank. The Hypertherm Powermax 30AIR is a plasma cutter that is both affordable and of high quality. This machine has an internal air compressor, making it easy to operate anywhere, and it can be plugged into any 120 or 240 V power source. Additionally, the torches that accompany every machine are also test-fired to ensure quality. If something were to go wrong, Hypertherm honors a 1-year warranty on the torch and a 3-year warranty on the power supply.

Industrial Solutions

In an industrial setting, Hypertherm's range of machines can tackle numerous tasks. Some of these consist of leg work for structural projects. Steel beams or columns for large buildings/structures can require some prep work, which is a fitting job for a Hypertherm SYNC® 105. This machine is also capable of multiple applications such as mechanized cutting, drag cutting, FineCut™, max control gouging, and FlushCut™, giving it high versatility in your workplace. In a sense of time, on most mild steels Hypertherm’s plasma cutting has a significantly higher cut speed than oxy-fuel. This not only saves time but also ensures high-quality cutting without compromising structural integrity.

Shop Plasma Cutters For Every Project At Arc Solutions

Looking for a reliable and high-quality plasma cutter for your next project? Shop our wide range of Hypertherm plasma cutters and consumables. With a commitment to innovation and versatility, Hypertherm has a machine to help you get the job done. Visit our website to find the perfect plasma cutter for your cutting needs!

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What You Need To Know Before Buying A Lincoln Welder

Whether new to welding or a seasoned veteran, there is a machine for you. But, before purchasing a welder you want to make sure it fits your needs and expectations. Let’s talk about what a Lincoln Electric welder can or can’t do for you.

Your Welding Machine Essentials

First, we can start with the bare necessities to weld from a MIG or TIG perspective.

Things Typically Included

Welder – Generally, a Lincoln Electric machine will come with the essentials. For example, when purchasing a POWER MIG 256, your MIG gun, ground clamp, drive roll, wire guide, and gas regulator with hose kit all come included in the box. On this specific Lincoln Electric MIG welder there is a built-in undercarriage with an easy-load gas cylinder platform.

The model of welder you purchase from your Lincoln welder dealer will dictate if there are more or less items included, such as 1 lb spools of wire to get started or the appropriate consumables compatible with your machine’s gun. If you are TIG welding, purchasing the appropriate TIG rod would be on your list of additional items to purchase.

Additional Welding Products To Purchase

Shielding gas – This item on its own is NOT included with any of the Lincoln welders. For MIG welding, 75% Argon and 25% CO2 is required, and TIG welding requires 100% Argon.

Safety – The two biggest PPE items that are needed are a welding hood (helmet) and gloves. There are a variety of lenses and shades that are adjustable to each consumer and project. The 3350 Lincoln helmet series is equipped with an auto-darkening lens, cutting out the time to take your hood on/off and adjust darkness levels. 

Pliers/Welpers – These are a great purchase for a multitude of reasons! Pliers and welpers can hold the materials you’re welding, cut or pull through MIG wire, and help change and clean out consumables.

Pros And Cons

The next angle we want to look at when searching Lincoln welders for sale are the pros and cons. Whether professional or hobbyist, the first thing most people consider is cost. Compared to the other small machines that you can find at your local hardware store, a Lincoln Electric welder may appear to be pricey. However, the old saying stands true, “You get what you pay for.”

As previously mentioned, with almost all welding machines there are additional items to purchase which also contribute to the cost factor. These items include, but are not limited to: safety equipment, shielding gas and appropriate tools. Depending on your project or job, this list can increase exponentially. Once prepared for the initial cost, a person can usually justify the upkeep of their welding equipment. Lincoln Electric welders are well recognized for their quality and standards, and welding service centers like Arc Solutions Inc. help keep them up and running for as long as possible. Depending on your purchase Lincoln Electric has an excellent warranty program that will help get your registered machine up and running again should something happen.

Much of what goes into a welder’s experience is their knowledge of the trade. Basic things like ensuring proper clarity in a welding helmet by changing your inner or outer cover lens can make a huge difference. Also, dirty surfaces or consumables can taint the quality of your weld. Making sure your consumables and materials are clean will easily improve your weld experience.

Easy On The User

Lincoln welders are great, because as we discussed in the earlier segment, most of the welders come with what you need to get started. Then maintaining and replacing your consumables is easy. This is a definite positive for someone looking to purchase a Lincoln welder that isn’t a ‘seasoned professional’ so to speak, because it gives the hobbyist a leg to stand on. Another user-friendly feature with Lincoln welders is the display screen that helps achieve the proper settings for your project. This display allows the welder to see the voltage, which controls how the weld “wets out.” This feature helps everyone from a hobbyist to an industrial welder when completing a job, thus reiterating its user versatility.

Ask The Right Welding Equipment Questions

When it comes to investing in a Lincoln Electric welder, there are many questions to consider. Do I have the right tools? How much will the proper accessories for my welder and myself cost? If I do purchase a welder, and something breaks, what do I do? We’ve got the answers! Grab what you need for your next project on our pages for consumables,safety equipment,MIG and TIG welders, and machine repair. With our large selection of products, you can research the best option and make the right decision.

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Are You Using Modular Welding Fixtures?

Your weld needs are changing and so are your fixtures. In this ever-changing industry shouldn’t your weld fixtures be as adaptable as you? Modular fixturing allows you to do that.

What Are Modular Welding Fixtures?

A modular fixturing system is composed of a flat welding table with precise machined holes for the setup of clamps and components on the tabletop. This set up makes fixture components interchangeable and reusable, allowing for the quick accurate set up of new jobs saving time and not sacrificing quality.

Modular fixtures can bring a benefit to almost all work environments; from being able to be used in the smallest to largest factories they also maintain the same accuracy of permanent fixtures at a lower cost. You can also save on the floor space that standard fixtures consume when not being used.

Eliminate the high price of machining new fixtures and the lost value in dedicated fixtures. With the correct modular fixturing system, you can create fixtures on the fly without the worry of costly engineering changes making your permanent fixtures obsolete.

Ready to take the next step? Modular fixturing can come in many shapes and sizes and choosing the correct setup for your needs can be tricky. The experts at Arc Solutions are here to help match up the correct fixturing system that best suits your needs.

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Hypertherm Has Your New Favorite Plasma Cutter

Looking for a handheld plasma cutter for your garage or shop? Hypertherm has you covered. Let’s take a look at the Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air.

The Powermax 30 Air Is Easy To Set Up And Operate

Don’t let its size fool you, the Powermax 30 Air delivers big performance. This small air plasma cutter — the smallest, lightest handheld plasma cutter in its class — includes its own built-in air compressor. That's right, it's a small plasma cutter with a built-in compressor so you can use the Powermax30 AIR anywhere there’s single-phase power. Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut. It's even dual-voltage. It comes with an adaptor so you can plug it into a 120 V or 240 V power source. Regardless of which power input (120 V or 240 V) you choose, we think you'll agree: the Powermax30 Air is the best plasma cutter available. With the built-in compressor, the 30 Air eliminates the need for an external compressor and filter. It also plugs into 120 or 240 V power.

Superior Performance In A Compact Design

  • Patent-pending consumable design enables consistent cutting by optimizing the airflow from the compact, internal compressor
  • Quickly cut metal grate or rusted metal without retriggering with the continuous pilot arc feature
  • Fast cutting speeds and superior cut quality let you finish jobs quicker, with fewer secondary operations

Exceptional Versatility

  • Just one tool is all you need to cut a variety of metal types and thicknesses
  • Small size and light weight let you take the Powermax30 AIR to the work, rather than bringing the work to the system – an ideal solution for a wide range of cutting applications
  • Built to withstand heavy-duty use in the most demanding environments

What You Get

  • Power supply, AIR T30 hand torch with 4,5 m (15') lead and work clamp with 4,5 m (15') lead
  • 240 V/20 A plug with adapters for 120 V/15 A and 240 V/20 A circuits (CSA model)
  • Operator and safety manuals
  • 1 nozzle and 1 electrode
  • Carrying strap

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Upgrade Your Plasma Cutting Workflow

Arc Solutions, Inc. is your go-to expert for finding the right plasma cutter. Check out the Hypertherm 30 Air and elevate your welding craftsmanship today!

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What Is 4C® Lens Technology?

Lincoln Electric’s proprietary liquid crystal display (LCD) enhances the visible color spectrum of the display. Unlike traditional auto-darkening filters, 4C lens technology broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states in this welding helmet. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle, while reducing eye strain 4C technology is ideal for a range of industries such as general fabrication, power generation, shipbuilding, structural, offshore and pipeline that use multiple welding processes, including Stick, MIG and TIG. Whatever the task at hand, 4C technology gives you a clear view to productivity and quality.

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The 4 Cs


Broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle while reducing eye strain.


All VIKING® welding helmets feature the highest optical clarity in the industry. This rating is determined by measuring blurriness, distortion, shade consistency and angle uniformity of the auto-darkening welding lens.


The weight of the 4C® auto-darkening lenses were reduced which improves balance and reduces neck strain to provide all day comfort.


The propriety technology improves clarity and shade consistency in out of position welding applications

The 4C Lens Technology upgrade to Lincoln Electric’s VIKING® welding helmets – including the 1840 series, 2450 series and 3350 series – improves visibility and reduces eye strain by minimizing the traditional lime green coloring in the helmet view screen.

It's Time To Upgrade Your Welding Helmet

Arc Solutions, Inc. is your go-to expert for welding products. Shop Now for Lincoln Viking Helmets with 4C Technology

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Lightweight Welding Power With The Lincoln Electric Power MIG® 210

The Lincoln Electric Power MIG® 210 MP® power supply is a multi-process welder for the hobbyist, educator or small contractor. This powerhouse holds everything you need to MIG weld and a lot more, including capability for stick, TIG and flux-cored welding. The push-and-turn digital controls and color display screen make usage intuitive and easy, while the all-metal wire drive and sturdy sheet-metal construction make it the welding equipment that's ready for any job in the home or small shop. The Lincoln Electric Power MIG® 210 MP® power supply is the ideal MIG machine for the welding novice, with plenty of room to grow as you gain more experience.


With the entire machine weighing only 40 pounds, lightweight and portable welding is here, with no compromise on power! Its Dual Voltage Inputs (120V or 230V) means you can plug into any common power supply with no power interruptions.

  • Intuitive push-and-turn digital controls make setup a breeze
  • Large color display guides you through the setup process
  • Advanced options and settings are simple to access and implement

210 Amps: The Power To Tackle Any Job

  • MIG weld is capable up to 5/16 in. mild or stainless steel or aluminum* up to 3/16 in.
  • Flux-Cored (Self- and Gas-shielded), built to tackle the biggest jobs
  • DC Stick that handles up to 5/32 in. stick electrodes
  • DC TIG, enabled by Touch Start TIG® technology

*Spool gun required (sold separately).


  • Magnum® PRO 175L Gun
  • 10 ft. (3.0 m) (K4076-1) 120V and 230V Input Cables
  • Work Cable and Clamp
  • Electrode Holder and Lead Assembly
  • Adjustable Gas Regulator and Hose
  •  Gas and Gasless Nozzles Gun Cable Liner (pre-installed in gun)
  • Spindle Adapter
  • Sample 1 lb (0.45 kg) Spool of SuperArc® L-56® Mild Steel MIG Wire
  • Sample 0.5 lb (0.22 kg) Spool Innershield® NR®-211-MP Flux-Cored Wire
  • 0.025 in. (0.6 mm) and 0.035 in. (0.9 mm) Contact Tips
  • 0.025 - 0.030 in. (0.6 - 0.8 mm) and 0.035 in. (0.9 mm) Drive Rolls
  • 0.030 - 0.045 in. (0.8 - 1.1 mm) Knurled Drive Rolls
  • 0.025 - 0.035 in. (0.6 - 0.9 mm) and 0.045 in. (1.1 mm) Wire Guides

We're Your One Stop MIG Welding Shop!

At Arc Solutions, Inc., we have the welding equipment you need to refine your craft, like the MIG 210 and a host of other machines. Shop now for all the welding equipment you need for a quality MIG welding setup on our website.

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