Category: Welding

Your Quick Guide to Using Propane

It’s amazing that a gas originally burnt off as a byproduct of oil refining is now used by millions of people around the world. Propane or LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) has over 1,000 applications in industry, commerce, power generation, heating, cooking and leisure. With so many potential uses, it’s easy to miss LPG opportunities that would help your business. So here’s our quick guide to using propane gas: Why is propane so useful? Propane has many qualities but probably the three most valuable are its versatility, efficiency and low carbon qualities. Its versatility is, in part, due to its portability. Propane...

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2017 in review: Our top 10 blogs

It’s been a busy year here at BOC, from taking big steps in digitisation and reimagining how we do business to being at the forefront of hydrogen fuel developments and campaigning to help keep our staff safe as they travel home from work. Here are some of 2017’s highlights… 1. Reimagining gases At the start of the year we pledged that 2017 was going to be all about being imaginative and innovative as we aim to generate more value for our customers. With a focus on digitalisation we’ve made changes to the way we engage with customers, embarked on...

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Acetylene: the Swiss Army Knife of fuel gases

Acetylene is one of the most versatile gases for welding and related processes. We look at what it can do… Few people realise just how versatile acetylene is as a fuel for welding, preheating and cutting metals. What is acetylene? Many people will know of, and use, acetylene because of its workshop capabilities. It’s the hottest and most efficient of all fuel gases, with a heat transfer rate of 3160oC compared to propane’s 2828oC. Why is it so versatile? We like to refer to acetylene as the Swiss Army Knife of fuels – one fuel that can carry out...

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7 ways to promote your welding company on social media

‘Using social media? There aren’t enough hours in the day!’ Is that what you’re thinking? Well, yes, social media does require effort but, used effectively, it is time well spent as others have found. Back in 2015, a LinkedIn survey of over 450 SMEs found 93% used social media for growth. Nearly 70% felt it was important for marketing their business, plus gaining and retaining their customers. Imagine what those figures could be now. So, before you reject the idea, why not invest the next 2 minutes checking out our 7 top tips for social media success in promoting...

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Welding skills shortages – light on the horizon

Good news from Hartwell Manufacturing in West Yorkshire. Concerned by the shortage of new welding talent, the company set up its own training centre at their Wakefield factory last year. Now, six months later, 10 of the students have been offered apprenticeships by Hartwell and other local steel manufacturers, providing a skills boost to the whole sector. As a result, Hartwell has taken on another 10 trainees to learn skills direct from their highly experienced team of welders. Providing skills for the whole welding sector Training young welders to be apprentices elsewhere was all part of the Hartwell plan...

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