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Weldcraft Introduces Water-Cooled TIG Torch

The WP-280 TIG torch. (Photo: Weldcraft)

Weldcraft has a new option to help meet the needs of demanding water-cooled TIG welding applications. The new WP-280 water-cooled TIG torch has been designed with the company’s exclusive Super Cool™ Technology to provide consistent and dependable cooling performance. This technology consists of a design which improves the torch’s efficiency, resulting in less downtime due to overheating and a longer lasting torch. The WP-280 TIG torch body also includes an anti-rotation feature to prevent handle movement during welding and improve operator control. Adding to its maneuverability is the torch’s Tri-Flex™ hose and cable assembly, which has been designed to remain flexible in cold weather, improve operator control and prevent cracking. ColorSmart™ hose and cable sets differentiate input water, water/power cable and gas hoses to simplify torch installation. The WP-280 TIG torch has additional features to improve performance and increase product longevity, including durable copper components, which maximize current capacity and high-temperature silicone rubber insulation to protect against high-frequency voltage leaks. Mechanical fittings also provide a secure gas and water connection to prevent leakage and allow end-users to replace hoses easily as needed. Weld-Ready™ torch package has installed front-end parts, including a nozzle, a medium back cap, 3/32-inch collet and collet body, and 3-inch length Ceriated tungsten electrode


Ocean Safety Debuts Exposure Torch Range

Photo: Ocean Safety

U.K. independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, will be showing its range of torches from Exposure Marine at Seawork for the first time. Exposure’s torches are already being used by organizations like the Norwegian Sea Rescue Association (NSRA), proving their fitness for the scrutiny of commercial maritime professionals visiting Seawork. Exposure Marine initially developed torches for the professional mountain bike market


Torch Offshore's IPO Checks in at $16

Torch Offshore Inc., an undersea construction firm, priced its initial public offering at $16, the top end of its expected price range, underwriter UBS Warburg said on Thursday. The company offered 5 million shares and raised $80 million through the deal. Torch, which will trade under the symbol "TORC" on the Nasdaq, had expected the deal to price between $14 to $16 per share. The offering comes amid a spate of energy company IPOs, such as Global Power Equipment Group Inc


Torches' Midnight Rider at 100% Utilization

Torch Offshore, Inc. said that the Midnight Rider has had nearly 100% utilization since it began its first project on December 7, 2001. The Midnight Rider, a pipelay/bury barge, was purchased in June 2001 to expand the company's capabilities on the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Shelf, both in water depth and pipeline diameter. The barge immediately entered drydock to return it to class and to make minor modifications to improve its capabilities, all completed on time and on budget.


ESAB Introduces Smart Voltage Height Control System

The new Smart Voltage Height Control system (Photo: ESAB).

Florence, SC - ESAB Cutting Systems has developed the new Smart Voltage Height Control (SVHC) system. SVHC improves plasma cut quality and maximizes plasma consumable life by automatically compensating for electrode wear. By integrating a number of plasma and CNC features which have existed for many years, this new system lets plasma users receive maximum value from their cutting machines, improving performance and driving down the total cost of production.


Fendercare's Rowlands Cares for Olympic Torch

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On Wednesday July 4, Paul Rowlands, Marketing Executive for Fendercare Marine was given the honor of being an official Olympic Torchbearer and carrying the flame through Fakenham, Norfolk. Paul was nominated to carry the torch in recognition of his fundraising efforts, following the death of his daughter, Alice at just 15 days old in 2007.   Alice was born six weeks early and with a rare liver condition, neonatal hemochromatosis


Sonsub and Torch Offshore Sign Frame Agreement

Sonsub has signed a one year Frame Agreement with Torch Offshore, L.L.C to provide ROV support onboard the Midnight Wrangler. Sonsub will be supplying our 200 Hp, in-house designed and built Innovatorâ work class ROV with a depth rating of 3,000m. The Midnight Wrangler is a deepwater construction/pipelay vessel capable of laying rigid pipe, flexible pipe, coiled tubing and umbilicals, utilizing up to four reels, in water depths to 3,000m and beyond.


Jotron Launches Multi-Purpose Strobe Light

Norwegian Jotron Electronics a.s introduces a new multi-purpose strobe light to be used as a personal safety equipment. The new handy pocket-sized rugged strobe light incorporates the very latest technology and weighs only 150 g, including batteries. The AQ-5 has two light sources: a high intensity xenon strobe light plus a low power torch. The high intensity strobe has a light output of 36 000 Pk lumen with a range of up to 6 nm and still an endurance of 12 hrs of continuous strobe operation


ESAB Introduces SVHC for Plasma Arc Cutting

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ESAB Cutting Systems continues its long history of plasma cutting system innovation with the new Smart Voltage Height Control (SVHC) system.    SVHC improves plasma cut quality and maximizes plasma consumable life by automatically compensating for electrode wear.  By integrating a number of plasma and CNC features that have existed for many years, this new system lets plasma users receive maximum value from their cutting machines


Miller Expands Metal Cutting Offering

Photo: Miller Electric

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. announced that it has consolidated the Smith Equipment oxy-fuel cutting equipment product line under the Miller brand. The consolidation expands the current Miller metal cutting offering, which includes a variety of portable plasma cutting packages. The oxy-fuel product line will continue to be manufactured in Watertown, S.D., to the same high quality standards. The only difference is that the name on the product will change to Miller, the company said.  


Fire at Los Angeles Port Stops Container Traffic

Thick smoke from a smoldering fire started by a welder's torch at the Port of Los Angeles was preventing the movement of containers at the facility on Tuesday, because air conditions were too harmful for dock workers, officials said. The fire broke out on Monday evening and burned about 150


NSPR Set to Reduce Weld Distortion

HiDep Arc Welding

  Since weld distortion is a very costly problem for U.S. shipyards, the National Shipbuidling Research Program (NSRP) has embarked on a project to reduce weld distortion through innovative Induction Heat process. A new welding process -- HiDep Arc Welding -- has been invented


Messer to Debut MetalMaster Xcel

Image: Messer Cutting Systems

Messer Cutting Systems said it has answered the call from manufacturers that have been demanding a faster, more accurate way of producing cut parts. Messer’s MetalMaster Xcel features traversing speeds of 3,000 IPM, a robust design, with high acceleration drives


Minimize the Risks, Think Cold Bonding

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Cold bonding: a safer alternative to hot work Hot work required for welding, grinding and cutting operations presents certain potential hazards when conducted in potentially explosive and flammable environments. According to the Health and Safety Executive guidance 2013


Divers Lost in Fog as Dive Boat Breaks Down

RNLI lifeboat display Happisburgh: Photo courtesy of RNLI

A UK dive boat’s malfunctioning GPS & engine breakdown were the cause of two divers being lost in fog near the wreck of the ship ‘Alster’. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was called by a dive vessel at just after 1530 on a recent summer afternoon


Back to School

Student Josh Lanser displaying his recent welding project.

Vigor Industrial invests in Training & Education             For Vigor Industrial, a privately-held shipbuilding and repair company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the future looked bright and a bit ominous at the same time


Canada's Most Powerful Tug Built With ShipConstructor

OCEAN Tundra

As a 100 metric-ton bollard pull ice class tug, the OCEAN Tundra is reportedly the most powerful harbor tugboat to ever be built in Canada. SSI's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application was used to construct this vessel. SSI client Robert Allan Ltd


Skipper Fined for Flare Misuse

The skipper of a former fishing vessel has been ordered to pay £3,825 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to firing rocket distress flares when not in need of immediate help. A red distress rocket flare was fired just before the boat torch light procession at this year's Salcombe


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 8

USS Bagley (DE-1069). Credit: PH1 S. Smith.

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 8 1861 – Capt. Charles Wilkes seizes two Confederate diplomats from the British steamer Trent, causing an international controversy with Great Britain (known as the Trent Affair). 1942 - Operation Torch (Allied landings in French Northwest Africa)


Enhanced Delta Plasma Rotator Launched

Photo: Messer Cutting Systems

Messer Cutting Systems announced its new product launch, the Delta plasma rotator. The launch of the Delta is scheduled for the 2013, Fabtech Show in Chicago, Il., North America's largest, metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event


PyroGenesis Flushing on a Grand Scale Aboard New Aircraft Carrier

USS Gerald Ford: Image credit NNS

Environmental solutions company PyroGenesis Canada Inc., manufacturer of plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announces that the 'USS Gerald Ford'  (CVN-78) is equipped with their patented Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System (PAWDS).


New Steel Processing Equipment Helps Build Australian Warships

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Inventive steel processing companies provide the backbone for infrastructure, transport, shipping and consumer goods sectors. One such company, Ferrocut Australia, was called on by the Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Shipbuilder


McAllister Avoids a Date with the Drydock

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Unconventionally lowering costs, safely and improving the bottom line. That’s the Victaulic way. In the towing segment of the marine industry, sometimes it does seem that boats are under perpetual repair. A tugboat that’s tied up in maintenance and not able to work is a lost revenue


ESAB Debuts Oxy-fuel/plasma Cutting System

Courtesy ESAB

ESAB Cutting Systems introduces Crossbow, a compact oxy-fuel/plasma CNC cutting system that is portable and economical. According to ESAB , the machine’s size and weight make it easy to transport as the application requires. Automated functions and a user friendly CNC provide powerful


More Than 3,000 Chinese Evacuated From Vietnam After Violence

  More than 3,000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, following deadly rioting that stemmed from an outpouring of rage over Chinese oil drilling in a disputed area of the South China Sea.






 
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