Category Archives: Welding Trade Associations

20 Years of Flames, Sparks and Melting Metal!

AWS Member Card

I got my AWS membership credential in the mail recently– I have been a member for 20 years! If you are not familiar with the American Welding Society. The AWS is the welding professional, standards, and certification organization. I would encourage you to get involved, check out there web site and if you want to know more drop me a line and I would be happy to help you get set up with the benefits of an AWS membership.

Check out the signature from the AWS President–Nancy Cole!  First woman president of AWS!  We’re interviewing her now for an upcoming feature on CarmenElectrode.com where we regularly profile women welders–the New Rosies.

AWS is leading the way in advancing the technology of welding, making membership a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest (some of which you’ll find over at Arc-Zone.com) with the Welding Journal magazine, tons of Technical Publications, Welding Educational Programs, and Welding Certification programs, it’s also a great place to mix and mingle with your colleagues in the industry.

Each year the AWS holds a trade show, FABTECH International and the AWS Welding Show, and on the local level you can join your AWS chapter.

And, if you need to up your skill level– or you (or someone you know) is interested in getting into the welding industry, the online Welding School Locator will get you started. AWS also offers scholarships, and welding student chapters.

 

UPDATE:  just learned that Nancy Cole is the 2nd woman president of AWS!  either way, it’s big news and nice to see!

FABTECH Optimism

Sponsors of the upcoming Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show (including Metalform) in Chicago were polled about their plans for future business growth in light of the recession.  The results were surprising — in a very good way.

Poll: Manufacturers detail recession survival strategies, report better conditions

Opportunities for manufacturers abound as economy improves suggests a poll by sponsors of the Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including Metalform, in Chicago. Sponsors are American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).

— Manufacturing Business Technology, 9/8/2009 8:02:43 PM MDT

To survive what many view as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, 69 percent of manufacturers indicated they reduced their workforce, followed by delaying capital expenditures (66 percent), negotiating with suppliers for better deals (48 percent) and cutting promotional activities (37 percent.) The survey asked 1,046 past or prospective registrants of Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including Metalform. The poll was conducted in late July.

However, with signs that the economy is currently improving, those surveyed plan to reverse downsizing — nearly one-third of those surveyed said they expect to add to their workforce in the next 12 months. Manufacturers reported an increase in demand in product as the leading factor that would prompt an increase to the workforce (78 percent) followed by the opportunity to upgrade workforce (7 percent) and the need for new skill sets (6 percent).

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Even for Welders Networking Works!

Isn’t it time you started getting involved? That’s what these students thought!

I met them recently at one of our local AWS (American Welding Society) section meetings.  Daren Hitchman and Fred Paregoy (3rd from left in top and bottom rows) are the member recruiter and publicity chairman of their AWS student chapter, respectively.

I spent some time talking with them and I couldn’t help but take a picture of their workbooks. Unfortunatly, I did not capture the notes and diagrams on the inside; they were very detailed and technical — I was impressed with the level of training that these new students go throught to get certified.

Though they both are currently going to welding school at ECC in San Diego, they make the time to get involved in the local welding community by coming to events like this one.

Through attending meetings and events sponsored by local welding supply companies, professional organizations etc., these students are getting a better idea of the jobs that are available to them once they leave school.

Who knows? They might even meet a future boss, or learn about an opportunity to open their own shop just by hanging around and learning about the latest welding equipment!

Find a chapter of AWS near you and get involved!

Lincoln Electric Harnesses the Wind

The alternative energy industry continues to focus on wind power as a viable addition to address the ever-expanding global energy demand. With this in mind, Lincoln Electric has recently hosted more than 120 industry professionals interested in learning more about wind tower fabrication for several day-long seminars.
Seminar attendees traveled from across the United States and as far away as Brazil and Portugal to Lincoln’s Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters to learn more about wind tower fabrication. Each seminar featured an industry overview, technology sessions and live welding demonstrations for companies already fabricating wind towers and those currently considering it.

With more and more companies looking into alternative energy sources, Lincoln Electric has decided to take the lead by hosting seminars on welding wind towers.

Lincoln Electric Hosts Two Successful Wind Tower Welding Seminars

Day-long seminars provided industry veterans and newcomers insight into trends and technologies

wind towerThe alternative energy industry continues to focus on wind power as a viable addition to address the ever-expanding global energy demand. With this in mind, Lincoln Electric has recently hosted more than 120 industry professionals interested in learning more about wind tower fabrication for several day-long seminars.

windtower2Seminar attendees traveled from across the United States and as far away as Brazil and Portugal to Lincoln’s Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters to learn more about wind tower fabrication. Each seminar featured an industry overview, technology sessions and live welding demonstrations for companies already fabricating wind towers and those currently considering it.

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Calculating with Miller

New from Miller:  Ever wonder if your welding purchase is really worth the investment?

PipeWorx400System2

Miller has just created a special calculator and software that allows you to determine what your shop’s profit (or lack there of) will be upon buying this product.

What Miller has to say about their new calculator/cd-rom:

Online Calculators and Free CD Now Available for PipeWorx? Pipe Welding System
Miller?s free PipeWorx?
<e=jenn@arc-zone.com” target=”_blank”>http://ethreemail.com/e3ds/mail_link.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.millerwelds.com%2Fproducts%2Fmultiprocess%2Fpipeworx%2F&i=0&d=E2017CA0-AD04-48B0-89F8-4EB78B176C86&e=jenn@arc-zone.com> ROI/payback calculators show pipe fabricators the savings possible by switching to the PipeWorx welding
system.
Highlights/Key Facts
* Determines unique return-on-investment (ROI) and payback numbers
based on data from each individual welding shop.
* Calculates savings over conventional machines in four areas:
reduced process switch-over time, increased productivity with
Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD?) root pass/Pro-Pulse? fill and
cap, stainless steel pipe welding without a backing gas, and RMD
versus TIG on the root pass.
* Excellent tool for equipment justification and planning.
* CD includes PipeWorx? system information, advanced welding process
information and instructional weld techniques for pipe fabricators.
Simply plug in your shop?s data and learn how PipeWorx can improve your business.

* Determines unique return-on-investment (ROI) and payback numbers based on data from each individual welding shop.

* Calculates savings over conventional machines in four areas: reduced process switch-over time, increased productivity with Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD) root pass/Pro-Pulse fill and cap, stainless steel pipe welding without a backing gas, and RMD versus TIG on the root pass.

* Excellent tool for equipment justification and planning.

* CD includes PipeWorx system information, advanced welding process information and instructional weld techniques for pipe fabricators.

pw calc screen shot

All About FABTECH International

FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM
The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show now including METALFORM hits McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 15 – 18, 2009. The MEGA event anticipates hosting over 1,000 exhibitors, drawing an expected 35,000 attendees and featuring thousands of live equipment demonstrations throughout pavilions dedicated to metal forming, fabricating, tube and pipe, stamping, lasers, thermal spray and welding.
Preview video and show photos to see what the show is all about!
Show Location
McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL USA
Phone: (312) 791-6300
Show Dates & Hours
Sunday, Nov.15       11:00 a.m- 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov.16       9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov.17       9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov.18  9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m

You’ve already heard us talk about the upcoming FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show this November, but just in case you needed a little push to attend, we’ve got some more tantalizing information for you all.

First off is the general information – FABTECH’s main website with the who, what, where, when, why, and a magical little button that you push to attend.

FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM

The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show now including METALFORM hits McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 15 – 18, 2009. The MEGA event anticipates hosting over 1,000 exhibitors, drawing an expected 35,000 attendees and featuring thousands of live equipment demonstrations throughout pavilions dedicated to metal forming, fabricating, tube and pipe, stamping, lasers, thermal spray and welding.

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Secondly, Miller is going to be there (booth #34701 – write it down) and they will be showing some fabulous new products, so don’t forget your cameras.

Miller to Unveil Latest Welding, Safety and Fume Extraction Products at the 2009 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show

Filtair MWX-DVisit booth #34071 to see:

AlumaFeed™ Aluminum Fabrication System
FILTAIR™ MWX-D Mobile Fume Extractor
Miller’s Arc Armor™ PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator)
PipeWorx™ Welding System
Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™

Live arc demonstrations

APPLETON, Wis., August 13, 2009—Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will present its latest arc welding, welding safety and fume extraction products as well as live arc demonstrations in booth #34071 at the 2009 FABTECH International & AWS Welding show, November 15 to 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago. New products include the AlumaFeed™ Aluminum Fabrication System, FILTAIR™ MWX-D Mobile Fume Extractor, Miller’s Arc Armor™ PAPR, PipeWorx™ Welding System and Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™. Additional products will be announced as show date nears.

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Lastly, this is the first year that FABTECH International and AWS are partnering with METALFORM, resulting in more exhibits, more attendees (hopefully), and by and by large, a better show.

FABTECH INTERNATIONAL & AWS WELDING SHOW ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH METALFORM

First combined trade show will take place November 15-18, 2009, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

DEARBORN, Mich. – April 2, 2008 – Four industry-leading trade show organizers have formed an alliance to better serve the needs of trade show exhibitors and manufacturers in North America from the fields of fabricating, tube & pipe, welding and cutting, metalforming, and related processes.  The show alliance between the three organizers of the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show [the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and the American Welding Society (AWS)] and the organizer of METALFORM [the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)] will result in a combined annual exhibition.

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