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Engaging the workforce of the future in the skills-gap era
Plant Engineering
Anyone who interfaces with the manufacturing sector knows all too well that we need more skilled people on our plant floors, and we need them now, writes Carl Peters of The Lincoln Electric Company. Finding, hiring and retaining qualified talent in the skilled-labor pool poses a great challenge for today’s employers. Manufacturers face a significant and growing gap between their requirements for the talent they need to grow their business and the qualified candidates actually available to them.
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'So You're the New Welding Engineer' conference comes to FABTECH
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How to get "up to speed" quickly. How to ask the right questions. How to get the results you need, save money, and stay out of trouble! This two-day conference from Nov. 18-19 is for managers, engineers, designers, and others with welding responsibility but limited exposure to or background in welding. The conference focuses on arc welding applications, but the principles have universal applicability. Presentations and discussion are based on the "Application Analysis Worksheet," which was developed to teach a senior college course to engineers about to enter industry, with the objective of helping them develop a path to understand and deal with the challenges they were about to face.
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Emmet A. Craig Resistance Welding School
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RWMA offers this intensive two-day course about the basics of resistance welding once a year. The school is designed to give operators, production supervisors, engineers, and others the opportunity to study, better understand and further their knowledge in the theory, applications and equipment used in the resistance welding process. This intense learning atmosphere will better prepare the unfamiliar and further educate the experienced.
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A new kind of welding
The Messenger
Iowa Central Community College welding technology instructor Branden Otto lowers his helmet, adjusts it a bit and then grabs the wire feed welding head. He moves into position, then strikes an arc. The bright light flickers, the electricity makes sizzling noises and sparks fly off of the two pieces of mild steel being joined together. A few seconds later, the pass complete, he lifts the helmet and looks at his work. Then he pushes a few buttons on the Lincoln Electric VR-Tex 360 Virtual Welding simulator — and does it again.
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Smart robots can now work right next to autoworkers
MIT Technology Review
BMW has taken a huge step toward revolutionizing the role of robots in automotive manufacturing by having a handful of robots work side-by-side with human workers at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C. As a new generation of safer, more user-friendly robots emerges, BMW's man-machine collaboration could be the first of many examples of robots taking on new human tasks, and working more closely alongside humans.
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Manufacturing growth should continue through 2015
IndustryWeek
While the first quarter of this year showed strong growth and the second quarter wasn't as strong, the overall rate for 2013 should come in at 2.2 percent, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. Inflation-adjusted GDP increased at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter of 2013. Manufacturing declined at a 0.8 percent annual rate, a correction for the exceptionally strong pace of manufacturing production in the first quarter relative to meager growth in the overall economy.
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Hybrid laser welding of rail coaches
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Manufacturer and systems integrator Tube Tech Machinery has signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation of Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic, for a railway coach production plant based on laser welding technology. TTM has been active in the introduction of laser welding to rail coaches. TTM's offerings include an automatic warehouse, handling equipment, laser cell, inspection devices and automation of the plant.
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Victor Technologies streamlines welding products under Tweco brand
Collision Repair Magazine
Victor Technologies has announced it is positioning Tweco as its single brand for specialty welding products and arc accessories. Starting with the Tweco Fabricator 3-in-1 welding machines, and continuing throughout the entire Thermal Arc product line, all welding products will transition to the Tweco brand.
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Wisconsin veteran now teaches welding for fellow veterans, others
WITI-TV
Imagine after years of training for one career, you’re forced to start all over again. That is a prospect every member of the military faces when they leave the armed forces — and one veteran has turned his Air Force experience into a civilian business. Kim Weckerly spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, 16 of those as an aircraft welder. When he retired from the military in 1994, he had a difficult time getting used to civilian life. Now, he’s passing his experience on to others as a teacher at Gateway Technical College. Though the course is open to anyone, many of Weckerly’s students are Iraq or Afghanistan vets searching for a new career.
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Indiana welder gets help through program; others might soon not
Kokomo Tribune
After decades as a day laborer and a stint in an Arizona jail, Peter Helmschrott is grateful for one thing — a full-time job. But it took his last $200 to get there. And the future of the program that helped him is in jeopardy. Helmschrott, 36, moved back to Indiana this year after about three years trying to settle in to work in Louisiana. With little education — he dropped out of Howe Military School after ninth grade — Helmschrott started working part-time for Monterey, Ind., hardware store owner Lawrence Loehmer.
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Welding innovation helps Canadian farmers save time, money and fuel
Edmonton Journal
As he takes another pass through a field of ripe red spring wheat, Curtis Harrish says his combine is running smoother and sending cleaner grain to the hopper than most of his neighbors. That’s because a Calmar, Alberta, welding firm with a reputation for innovation has designed a new bolt-on, aftermarket grate system, called a concave, that more efficiently separates the wheat from the chaff.
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Illinois program teaches specialized skills for manufacturing jobs
The Herald & Review
When Charles Hammons was laid off from his manufacturing job nearly 11 months ago, he knew he needed to find employment to support his wife and three children, but soon discovered that in a slowly recovering economy, finding a job is easier said than done. Recently, however, Hammons and 13 other job seekers in the Decatur, Ill., area received some hope as they learned about a new, fast-paced manufacturing training program provided through Workforce Investment Solutions and Richland Community College.
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Marine welder and machinist keeps metal together
DVIDS via Military.com
It is Sept. 4 on the Pacific Ocean. Temperatures are peaking in the mid 80’s, and humidity is very high. Toward the back of the well deck of USS Harpers Ferry remains a lone amphibious assault vehicle, separated from the others. Small streaks of turquoise light shoot from underneath the massive green armored personnel carrier. A walk to the other side reveals a Marine lying on his back, welding aluminum together.
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Engaging the workforce of the future in the skills-gap era
Plant Engineering
Anyone who interfaces with the manufacturing sector knows all too well that we need more skilled people on our plant floors, and we need them now, writes Carl Peters of The Lincoln Electric Company. Finding, hiring and retaining qualified talent in the skilled-labor pool poses a great challenge for today’s employers.

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Report: Unsafe welding led to fatal Gulf accident
The Associated Press via Star Telegram
A recent report by a consultant for a Texas-based company after a deadly 2012 explosion off the Gulf of Mexico blamed unsafe welding practices for the incident. A subcontractor used the workers whose welding was faulted. The report was released the same day a $180 million lawsuit was filed in connection with the accident.

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In NASCAR, where there's a weld, there's a way
Yahoo Sports
NASCAR race cars require hundreds of welds — and every single one of them has to be perfect. At the shop for Stewart-Haas Racing, master fabricators such as Daniel Smith spend hours making sure every weld is just right.

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MIT study: US needs to step up manufacturing
Boston Herald
The nation’s booming innovation economy is in danger of losing steam and moving overseas unless there is a significant increase in manufacturing in the U.S., according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We think there’s no task more urgent in the United States than to rebuild the capabilities in the industrial ecosystem,” said Suzanne Berger, MIT professor and author of the global manufacturing study released recently.
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Sparks fly as ladies learn to weld in Australian mining town
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
When you think of welding, tradesmen or farmers fixing gates might come to mind. But for some ladies in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, they're swapping their office day jobs for melting metals at night. Comparing ways to fuse steel together and staying safe from welding sparks are common conversations amongst the students.
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Investing $25 million in Montana's future workforce
Billings Gazette
What happens when 13 colleges and 57 businesses collaborate statewide to meet student and employer needs for job training? Montana will find out over the next four years as a consortium of two-year colleges uses a $25 million federal grant to get Montanans ready for careers in energy and advanced manufacturing fields.
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Community colleges try to revamp image to keep students
The Wall Street Journal
Community colleges, in a bid to boost graduation rates, are shedding their image as commuter campuses with big parking lots. The two-year colleges, which offer everything from certificates in welding to associate degrees in computer science, are increasingly building student centers and developing housing options to keep students more connected to their schools. They are offering services like mental health counseling to help students navigate life outside the classroom.
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Manufacturing makes major gains in Northeast
The Motley Fool
Manufacturing is making improvements in the Northeast, according to a Philadelphia Federal Reserve report released Sept. 19. That branch of the Fed publishes the results of a monthly survey asking regional manufacturing stakeholders whether certain components of manufacturing have experienced growth or contraction. After clocking in at 9.3 for August, analysts had expected a slight increase to 10. Actual results came in at 22.3, the fastest monthly growth rate in over two years.
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Ingalls Shipbuilding starts fabrication of new destroyer
United Press International
Fabrication of the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyer for the U.S. Navy has been started by the shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The 100 tons of steel cut by the robotic machines of Ingalls Shipbuilding are for the future USS Ralph Johnson, the 30th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer built by the company.
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Bluco Corporation will display their new line of manual rollover positioners at FABTECH 2013. These positioners can be used as stand-alone fixturing solutions, or complement your existing Bluco fixturing system. There are several styles and lengths of positioners available to suit your application. Stop by Booth #N2411 and speak to a Bluco sales engineer. MORE
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