Volume 3 | January 2020
Bringing More Than 100 Years of Experience and Service to You, Our Customer
New Year and New Decade
Resolve to Be Safety and Health Conscious
Welcome to 2020! With all of the challenges that businesses face as we move into the new decade, a primary focus is being placed on employee health and safety. In November, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD , published an article in which he described the initiative . To that end, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced its new program,
Total Worker Health , Total Worker Health® (TWH) is defined as "policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being."

Airweld is ready to partner with you providing the products and training to keep your workers healthy and safe, including fall protection equipment, respiratory protection and air filtration, eye and face protection, ergonomic equipment and protective clothing. Contact your Airweld representative or local branch for more details.
Process Improvement Initiative
Another important resolution for the new decade is Process Improvement. Studies have shown that small and medium businesses that do not analyze and improve their manufacturing and fabricating processes will be out of business within 5 years! In the welding industry, new machines, filler metals, automation and techniques are the number one focus of companies like Lincoln Electric, Miller Electric, ESAB and Hypertherm . Airweld's sales staff and our manufacturer partners are ready to visit your facility, get an understanding of your processes and objectives and make recommendations to save you time and money. Contact your Airweld representative and make an appointment today!

Our question this month comes from Joseph M. of Islip. He asks:
Dear Answerman: I am silver brazing some copper tubing and need to purge and pressure test it. I thought I could use my oxygen tank to do this but a friend told me not to and to get nitrogen. Why?

Dear Joseph: Your friend is absolutely right! Pure oxygen should never be used for purging, pressure testing or any industrial application other than safe
oxy-fuel welding and cutting.

Oxygen behaves differently than air, compressed air, nitrogen and other inert gases. The air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen. Even a small increase in the oxygen level in the air – to just 24% – can create a dangerous situation where it becomes easier to start a fire, which will then burn hotter and more fiercely than in normal air. It is also very reactive. Pure oxygen, at high pressure – such as from a cylinder – can react violently with common materials, such as oil and grease. Other materials may catch fire spontaneously. Nearly all materials, including textiles, rubber and even metals, will burn vigorously in oxygen.

The right gas for purging and testing is nitrogen . It is inert and non-reactive. Your local Airweld branch has many sizes of nitrogen cylinders as well as regulators and hoses designed for pressure testing and purging.

Do you have a question for the Airweld Answerman? Email your question to theanswerman@airweld.net and if your question is selected, you will win an Airweld t-shirt. Thanks to Joseph for his question.
Alberto is On Top!
Congratulations to Alberto Ordonez, our January winner of a Miller Auto Darkening Helmet! Alberto, a 25 year veteran welder and co-owner of Jesus Construction and Welding of Woodside, New York, loves the friendly and prompt service he receives from the staff at Airweld's Maspeth branch. "These guys are the best and make my shopping visits fast and fun," he shared. "It's wonderful to be welcomed with warm smiles and recognition even though I'm an average customer," he added.
Visit your local Airweld, Bronx Welding or Atlantic Welding location, fill out our survey card, and maybe you will be our next winner! No purchase necessary but neat printing is!
Meet Tyrone Washington
When asked how long he's been driving for Airweld, Tyrone Washington laughs and jokingly says "Too long!" With seventeen years at Airweld and almost 21 years total on the road, this veteran driver is looking forward to "eventually" retiring, but not yet! Tyrone prides himself on "beautiful customer relations" and feels "welcomed and appreciated" at every stop. He says driving in the five boroughs can sometimes be daunting but he loves the challenge! Even when not driving, Ty may be found on wheels! He loves roller skating and working on cars, playing paint ball and tending his aquariums filled with tropical fish that he imports from different states! Tyrone may be long in years but is absolutely young at heart!
Meet Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez was like the old "Maytag Repairman"-- he was "the loneliest man in town." His career in commercial dish washer repair was "all washed up", he was agitated and needed a clean start. A friend told him about an opening at Airweld and he traded his tools for a truck! Nine years later and he's not lonely anymore! "I love the environment of our workplace and the relationships we've built with customers," Javier beamed. This doting father spends lots of time with his eight year-old twin boys who share his love of trains. He and his wife are members of the NYC Transit Museum and take their boys on frequent outings there as well as The Hall of Science and Intrepid Museum.
Technical and Event Videos
We are building our library of videos on Airweld Inc On YouTube . These include special events coverage as well as technical tips and advice. Check back regularly for new videos.

May 2020 Bring
Health &
To You and Yours!
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