By Dave Marquard March 20, 2020 We cant all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud whentheygo by.--- Mark Twain Some things dont change. Mark Twains sense of humor causes laughter today just as it did 140 years ago. Even today he is often lauded as the greatest humorist in American history. I am sure he would have had a funny take on our modern welding technology if he were alive today. Reputations have a way of sticking through the ages. I can imagine the type of humor Twain might have written had he known about robotic welding or additive manufacturing, for example. The jolt of cataclysmic historical events always passes and we move on from them. But we remember a lot about them. All WEMCO members remember 9/11 and where they were and how they heard about it. All WEMCO members remember Columbine. The events passed and we recovered but the impact and change they caused altered our way of life in a permanent way. When was the last time any of us did not have to
By Dave Marquard November, 2019 I had attended forty consecutive AWS Welding/Fabtech Shows until the streak was snapped a few weeks ago because of an important meeting elsewhere I had to attend. No one can physically be in two places at the same time, although todays technology allows us to beam up our presence from afar via electronic robot cameras. Its a technology my companies are investing heavily in because of the immense potential it has for allowing us to dramatically cut travel and expense costs. In my absence from physically being at Fabtech I thought a lot about what I missed most about it. I missed walking the aisles, meeting people and seeing the latest welding technologies a lotbut oddly enough I also missed the entertaining shows I often found while walking those aislesespecially the magicians hired by companies to attract people to their booths. Many magic tricks are based on illusions. The magician makes you think you saw something that didnt happen. The hand is
Join us at FABTECH! FABTECH is where the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing community comes together to see whats new and whats next. Its where connections are made and where deals get done. Where you can experience interactive exhibits, learn from expert-led education and network with peers. The complimentary expo pass in the link below gives you access to 1,700+ exhibits, hands-on product demonstrations, keynotes, special events, and more. Make plans today to attend and be part of the Industrial Evolution taking place. Experience the future of metal fabricating and more - only at FABTECH 2019. Stop byB33077! Please join us at the 2019 FABTECH Welding Show in Chicago, IL November 11-14, 2019 Booth #B33077 Download your free pass here! See whats new! SuperFlashs Super Shield Gas Mixer is a 2-gas adjustable gas mixer that allows users to mix their
All the common welding and industrial gases found in the work place are hazardous when safety procedures and equipment are not used or ignored. Welding and industrial gas safety requires training and equipment which is readily available from gas and welding equipment suppliers.
By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair June 8, 2019 Curiosity has often driven me to action. In 1982 I purchased one of the worlds first portable computers, the Osborne 1. It weighed almost 25 pounds and didnt have an on-board battery. It had to be plugged into a wall outlet to power up and use. However, it was still classified as a portable computer because it could be hand-carried. The Osborne 1 shipped with a large bundle of software worth almost as much as the computer. That software included some of the most powerful and pioneering programs of the day such as D-Base2 for data sorting; SuperCal, an early spreadsheet, and WordStar, a leading word processor application that had a dominant market share that lasted until the mid-1980s. I was a young VP at a small welding equipment manufacturing company, which while a market leader in its small niche, could never seem to break out of a slow growth cycle. My new computer aided ability to process large amounts of data, prepare what
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iMixone with integrated high-pressure regulators and flow control Gas mixer with diffusion-mixing system for two gases with up to three pre-set mixing ratios, especially for welding processes. The SuperFlashiMixoneis used, for example, in the production of mixed gases for protective gas welding and covers the most frequently used gas mixtures for the MIG, MAG, TIG welding. Due to the mixing principle, this mixer also ensures a constant gas mixture even if the volume of gas withdrawal changes. Avoid additional energy costs with the iMixone! ADVANTAGES High mixing precision even if the volume of gas withdrawal changes Up to 3 mixing ratios can be pre-set according to customers requirement Cost savings due to the avoidance of storage of different premixes Gas inlet filters protect the device against contamination Diffusion-mixing principle, no power supply required Withdrawal of mixed gas from 5 l/min up to maximum capacity Sturdy, compact design Low maintenance EASY HANDLING Direct
Here are three simple actions you can take to help prevent your own personal obsolescence.Warning: Personal obsolescence in a leader / manager can manifest itself in organizational underperformance, less than optimal personal compensation, and even unemployment. EMBRACE YOUR INDUSTRY MARKET: More than 2,500 years ago the great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (544 BC to 496 BC) wisely observed: If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. To modify this ancient axiom a little, You need not fear a hundred salary reviews, decisions, or market / industry changes, if you know the industry and the market. Having worked a dozen years for a large conglomerate before founding my own companies, I witnessed a common mistake by new division executives who often believed they didnt need to put in the considerable extra time required to learn the industry, market, and or even their products. This mistake was most often rooted in the erroneous belief
Four (4) $250 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to anyone who shares a near miss, or where a flashback arrestor prevented a "near miss" and / or accident that we could use in trade publications.
Congratulations to Airgas founder Peter McCausland for the recent sale of Airgas to the French company Air Liquide for $10.3 billion.
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The new GF-25 Inline Gas and Oxygen Filters are designed for use in pipelines. Very user friendly and can be used with a variety of gases, including oxygen and many other technical gases.
SuperFlash has a new product line for thermal process systems and heating processes with fuel gas and air mixtures. The new product line consists of check valves (GRV Series) in accordance with EN730-2 so-called safety devices without integrated flame arrestor as well as models with check valves and an integrated flame arrestor (GRS Series). The new products are characterized by minimal cracking pressures between 4 and 6 mbar as well as extremely low pressure losses. These products can be used in thermal process plant applications with a natural gas supply as well as heating processes for welding, cutting, and related processes that are operated with mixtures of fuel gas and air. In this area the safety devices are used to safeguard plants, pipeline systems and tapping points and prevent gas return (check valves, model: GRV) or gas return and flashback (flashback resistant gas non-return valve, model: GRS). The safety devices satisfy the requirements specified in all relevant international
In addition to our standard high flow stainless steel flashback arrestor (model DG91NSS), we now offer three additional versions to cover a much larger range of flow rates and situations. Choose from our model DGN for standard flow applications all the way up to our models ESF and Demax designed for high flow manifold applications. Now no matter what application you have, we can provide a flashback arrestor made from stainless steel and suitable for use with higher purity gases, and in more demanding environments. Stainless steel flashback arrestors are designed for oxygen, hydrogen and other flammable gases where all stainless steel type 316 with Viton or other elastomers are desirable. These arrestors are standard with NPT connections; however they can be specially adapted and tested in our lab with a wide variety of connections, including Swagelok tube fittings.
Different sizes of torches and tips require different flow rates to operate properly. It is very important to understand the required gas flow for your process to ensure safe operation. High flow capacity flashback arrestors allow sufficient gas flow for larger heating and cutting tips. Additionally they have significantly longer service life because of their high flow capacity. A flashback arrestor can restrict gas flow if it is too small for the application, causing backfires, short tip life, poor quality work, and even equipment damage. Tip sizes and consumption rates vary for equipment from different manufactures. A good rule of thumb is to use a high flow arrestor for tip sizes larger than #4. However It is always better to size an arrestor based on the actual gas consumption. Flashback arrestor flow charts and technical service are available to help make the correct decision based on the equipment you are using. High flow flashback arrestors have a larger flame barrier with increased
SuperFlash / IBEDA two-gas adjustable gas mixer By Dave Marquard July 30, 2015 Westlake, OH SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment, manufacturer of compressed gas safety and control devices, offers a two-gas adjustable gas mixer that allows blending your own shielding gases at almost any ratio and is simple to operate! Save Money and Get Better Shielding Gas! Often times, when buying pre-mixed gases, the mix purchased from the gas company is close but not exactly the formula needed for the application. Other times, pre-mixed gases arent used quickly enough and the gases will stratify (become un-mixed) in the cylinder. The best solution to this problem is to allow users to fully customize and mix the gases at the time of application. The SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment two-gas adjustable mixer allows blending your own shielding gases at almost any ratio needed to fit your process, requires no additional electricity, and is very simple to operate. Weighing in at only 7.5 lbs and
Our friends at IBEDA, Germany created videos about the importance of using flashback arrestors while welding, cutting or in allied processes. Using safety devices, like those manufactured by IBEDA, on a global scale has led to a continually decreasing number of accidents in this industry. IBEDA did a great job of translating this report from German to English, and they created a short video on how flashback arrestors are tested at their facility. See their video below on how flashback arrestors are tested. See their PVGD demonstration below.
For several years now SuperFlash has been awarding vendors for their superior performance in customer service, timely delivery and quality products. On Feb 1st, 2015, GAWDA wrote about our performance-based awards in the Member News section of Welding and Gases Today. Thank you GAWDA! To read more about the SuperFlash awards, and the GAWDA article click here.
IBEDA Germany has new Helium-Vacuum Leak Testing Equipment that has increased production capacity, thus allowing for further investment in automated manufacturing of gas non-return valves (check valves), gas safety devices and quick action couplings.
SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment had the privilege of hosting chief engineer from IBEDA Germany at the 2014 Fabtech show. We had a great show and were successful in introducing our new chemical line with Leak Detection Solution.