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Dean R. Wilson elected 2014 president and chair of the board of the American Welding Society
AWS
Dean R. Wilson has been named as the 2014 president and chair of the board of the nearly 70,000-member American Welding Society (AWS). Wilson has been active in the Society for over 30 years and has served on numerous standing committees, including WEMCO, An Association of Welding Equipment Manufacturers, where he served as chair in 2005. During his presidency, Wilson will manage the affairs of the Society and preside at all board of directors and executive committee meetings.
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2014 Pipeline Conference
AWS
March 3-4, 2014
Houston
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel

Welding has always been an integral part of pipeline construction. It all goes back to the days when handheld oxyacetylene torches were used to connect pipes together in the field. Current and future pipeline welding trends will be discussed during this AWS-sponsored conference on pipeline welding.

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Last week for Early Bird Registration — AWS Energy Conference
AWS
Feb. 5-6, 2014
New Orleans, La.
Hotel Monteleone

The demand for new and improved welding technology from the expanding energy markets are starting to pay off in the development of superior hybrid welding processes, new filler metals and hosts of cladding procedures. The technologies are showing up in nuclear power plants, in coal-fired utilities, and especially in the new 1,700-mile-long pipelines designed to bring oil and natural gas to American markets.

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In a Washington state welding class, students are the teachers
The Herald
The air was filled with the shriek of a chop saw cutting though steel, the crackle of sparks and the rumble of an exhaust fan. The room smelled of ozone, smoke and pizza. It's a Wednesday evening in the Agricultural Mechanics shop at Stanwood High School, where longtime instructor Darryl Main reigns. With him were approximately 20 students, most of whom take his Mechanical Technology in Agriculture classes during school hours. They come for the chance to do a bit of teaching themselves.
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Apple manufacturing partner looks to build factory in the US
CNBC
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, the main manufacturer of Apple products and a symbol of U.S. outsourcing, is reportedly weighing a plan to build an advanced display manufacturing facility in its largest market. At the company's 40th anniversary celebration Jan. 26, Chairman Terry Guo said he is looking to relocate capital-intensive and high-tech manufacturing to the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Walmart fund to support US manufacturing
The New York Times
William S. Simon, chief executive of Wal-Mart for the United States, said Jan. 23 at the United States Conference of Mayors that the company was providing a $10 million fund to promote American manufacturing in a public push to sell more American-made products. The fund, to be distributed over five years, will award grants for new manufacturing processes and help to encourage such projects in this country, a company spokeswoman said.
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Resistance spot-welding gun meets fiber laser
Industrial Photonics
The high-volume production environment in the automotive industry is one where resistance spot welding and laser remote welding are well-established technologies. Both technologies have pros and cons. For laser remote welding, the main advantage is the significant cycle-time reduction due to almost complete elimination of idle times and the advantages of laser-welded seams. For resistance spot welding, one of the pros compared to laser welding is the integrated clamping technology, which comes nearly for free.
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Florida construction industry hunting for skilled workers in 2014
Tampa Bay Times
Florida's construction industry is ramping up for a strong year of hiring in 2014 — if it can find the skilled workers it needs. That's according to an annual survey released Jan. 21 by the trade group Associated General Contractors of America. Last year, 46 percent of surveyed Florida construction companies added workers and 31 percent laid-off workers.
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The hot new manufacturing trend: CNC machining
The Buffalo News
CNC machines are the star of the modern factory floor. Computer numerical control machines, known as CNC for short, use computers to control machine tools that perform factory tasks such as grinding or milling. The machines reflect the increasingly high-tech nature of manufacturing, a step up from manually operated machines of the past.
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Welding worries on the eastern part of San Francisco Bay Bridge
KMPH-TV
If you've driven over the new part of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, you know what an amazing sight it is. But how safe is it? A new report from the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee shows engineers are now questioning some of the welding that was done on the bridge.
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Business leaders: Oklahoma has well-paid jobs unfilled for lack of skilled workers
The Oklahoman
Good jobs in Oklahoma go begging because companies can't find trained workers, business leaders said Jan. 23 in support of giving more funding to the CareerTech education program. Oklahoma's education system must equip people with the academic and technical skills needed to step into wealth-building jobs, CareerTech Director Robert Sommers said during a news conference.
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Mobile, Ala.'s Williamson High gets $555K grant to launch welding, culinary signature academy
AL.com
Williamson High School in Mobile, Ala., will receive a $555,000 grant to start a welding program and a culinary program — the key components of the school's Maritime, Engineering and Entrepreneurships Signature Academy that will open this fall. The grant came from the state Legislature's 21st Century Workforce Act passed last year, a $50 million initiative to provide funds for school systems to update career and technical education classroom technology and equipment.
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Diode laser material processing webcast shows installations for
laser welding

Industrial Laser Solutions
In the latest in a series of Webcasts on industrial laser materials technology presented by Industrial Laser Solutions, Wolfgang Todt, vice president of U.S. operations of Laserline Inc., describes the developments made in commercial diode lasers and their use in a variety of industries for welding/brazing, surface treatment, and cutting applications. Diode lasers are now being installed by the hundreds for these applications in industries such as automotive. Ranging in power from 40 to 4000 W, these lasers are not only competing with nonlaser processing, but with other laser technologies such as fiber and disk lasers.
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Dandy welds steel to create pieces in fine detail
Shelbyville Times-Gazette
You have to hand it to Maurice Dandy. He can sculpt about any design from steel — even a hand. The 1994 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School is welding together large and small pieces of metal to design works of art. He is in his third trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. Dandy started his studies at TCAT in auto collision repair but moved on to the welding class, where he has been refining his technique with the instructors' help. The two subjects "go hand in hand," he said.
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Indiana machinery company to add 9 jobs in $1.3 million investment
The Journal Gazette
An Indiana manufacturer is planning to create nine new jobs by mid-2015 as it invests $1.3 million in new equipment and real estate improvements, according to paperwork filed with Allen County. Hercules Machinery Corp. already employs 30 people full-time at 5225 New Haven Ave., New Haven. The company has the opportunity to expand to adjacent property. The new jobs are welding, CNC machine operating, assembly, sales and accounting positions.
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Austria's Voestalpine eyes 10 percent share of India's welding market
Press Trust of India via The Economic Times
Austria-based Voestalpine group, which last month acquired a Delhi, India-based company, is eying a 10 percent share in the welding products market in India in the next 4-5 years. Voestalpine Bohler Welding, a part of metal engineering division of Austria-based Voestalpine group, acquired Delhi-based Maruti Weld Pvt. Ltd. in 2012. Voestalpine group manufactures consumable welding products like premium steel strips, electrical steel strips, heavy plates, cast products, tool steel, forged parts, rails and wires, among other products.
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Wisconsin students' sculpture headed to national conference
Kenosha News
A welded sculpture created by two Gateway Technical College students might unlock doors to jobs and recognition for them. The artwork, called "Keycock," is on its way to Florida for display during an upcoming national conference. Graphic design student Greg Kirstein, 21, of Walworth, Wis., views the sculpture — peacock shaped and adorned with keys — as a boost to his resume as well as a satisfying creative endeavor.
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Dean R. Wilson elected 2014 president and chair of the board of the American Welding Society
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Dean R. Wilson has been named as the 2014 president and chair of the board of the nearly 70,000-member American Welding Society. Wilson has been active in the Society for over 30 years and has served on numerous standing committees, including WEMCO, An Association of Welding Equipment Manufacturers, where he served as chair in 2005.

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US carmakers use aluminum, carbon fiber to cut weight
Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek
More vehicles than ever on display at the Detroit auto show are using nontraditional materials — aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium — as U.S. automakers fight to get vehicle weight down and gas mileage up.

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Good news: It's possible to weld wood with friction
Geek.com
By melting small portions of the metal together, welding can create air- and water-tight seals, and extremely strong connections. But one downside is that it can only be done with certain types of materials — or so we thought.

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Alabama's Bishop State awards 19 welding scholarships totaling more than $31,000 via Build Mobile grant
AL.com
Nineteen Bishop State Community College students have been named recipients of the 2014 Build Mobile scholarship program. Kathy Thompson, Bishop State's dean of technical education and workforce development, said each scholarship — including 17 for the spring 2014 semester and two for the summer 2014 session — totaled $1,656 for 12 credit hours per student, or about $31,464 combined.
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Louisiana company expands fabrication shop
Daily Comet
Morgan City, La.-based New Industries has announced the completion of the expansion of its Morgan City piping fabrication shop. The expansion adds an additional 10,000 square feet of space, two additional overhead cranes and an automatic submerged arc welding system. The piping fabrication shop is used for manufacturing subsea piping components and assemblies.
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