This Week in Welding
Aug. 11, 2015

Female professional welder heading to 2015 World Skills Competition for manufacturing team challenge
The Huffington Post
At 21 years old, Erica Heckman is already breaking stereotypes by being among the 5 percent of American professional welders that are female. Having recently graduated from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville (TCAT Knoxville) with a degree in welding, Erica has been shining in the male-dominated field for years. As a member of SkillsUSA — an organization dedicated to the skilled workforce — since high school, Erica demonstrated an aptitude for manufacturing early on in her career.More

High Temp Metals Conference — Last Chance to Register
Aug. 18-19, 2015
Moraine Valley Community College
Chicago, IL

Materials used in high temperature application are becoming more complex to achieve the creep strength and corrosion resistance. A range of low alloy, high strength, and austenitic materials are required depending on the application. What choices does the engineer have once the weldability window for high-temperature steels is cut in half? Come and learn from the experts how to manage weldability of P91 steel, dissimilar metal welding, postweld heat treating, selection of weld consumables, the types of weld cracking, and more. More

Pipeline Conference
Sept. 1-3, 2015
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA

Regional and transcontinental pipelines are a very efficient way to deliver chemical resources from upstream facilities to power plants, chemical plants, offshore facilities, maritime ports, and collection & distribution centers to name a few. This conference will discuss advances pipeline welding materials and technology. Higher strength materials are being qualified which can provide signicant cost savings and reliability. Innovative welding processes are being developed for these materials to assure toughness and fitness for service. Automated nondestructive test methods are being developed to assure quality, and support in-service inspection and repair. Join other industry leaders in the field, as the AWS Pipelines Conference explores new research, trends and applications for this growing discipline. More

18th Annual Aluminum Conference
Sept. 22-24, 2015
Omni Hotel
San Diego, CA

A distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts will survey the state of the art in aluminum welding technology and practice. The 18th Aluminum Welding Conference will also provide several opportunities for you to network informally with speakers and other participants, and to visit an exhibition showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding industry. Aluminum lends itself to a wide variety of industrial applications because of its light weight, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and other attributes. However, because its chemical and physical properties are different from those of steel, welding of aluminum requires special processes, techniques, and expertise.More

Lincoln Electric buys Specialised Welding Products
Crain's Cleveland Business
Welding equipment maker Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. of Euclid, Ohio, said it has acquired Specialised Welding Products, a privately held wholesaler of welding and safety equipment in Australia and New Zealand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.More

3 newest US subs 'impacted' by unauthorized weld repairs
The U.S. Navy has sidelined its state-of-the-art Virginia-class submarines, including one commissioned just recently, due to welding problems in the piping connecting the U-boats’ nuclear reactors to their propulsion system. The Naval Sea Systems Command says that USS Minnesota, USS North Dakota and USS John Warner are now being inspected for welding issues after a contractor, General Dynamics Electric Boat, apparently performed "undocumented" repairs on the components in question. More

MTI plans to expand in South Bend, Indiana
South Bend Tribune
Manufacturing Technology Inc., which recently produced the world’s largest friction welding machine, will expand in South Bend, Indiana, and add jobs. Co-owner and Chief Technology Officer Dan Adams confirmed the news Aug. 6. The company will move its contract welding business from West Washington Street to North Sheridan Street beginning later this year, Adams said. Its machine assembly business will stay put. More

Students in Arkansas learn about manufacturing
The Baxter Bulletin
The small metal bat hanging from Sydney Phifer’s neck is her own creation. She drew the design in a software program, made it on a computerized numerical control machine, cut excess metal from it, drilled a hole in the end to wear it with her lanyard and added her name for a personal touch. It has been the favorite thing the 13-year-old has made recently at North Arkansas College’s Young Manufacturers Academy.More

What's so great about manufacturing?
The New Yorker
Democrats and Republicans disagree on a lot, but leaders of both parties are as keen now as they were decades ago to embrace manufacturing jobs. GOP presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have spoken of a "renaissance" in American manufacturing; Rubio, for his part, told a Los Angeles audience in April that taxes and regulations need to be relaxed to create more factory jobs. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic senators have joined forces with labor unions and some big businesses to support an ongoing campaign, backed by legislation, called Manufacturing Jobs for America.More

Skill trades put to work in East Milton, Florida
Santa Rosa's Press Gazette
While there are plenty of lucrative professions available throughout the country, there is one career field which might not get the recognition it deserves, the skills trade professions, which include welding, machinists, electricians and more. "It’s getting harder and harder to find skilled craftsman, because everyone is getting into the technical trade," said Kevin Dinwiddie, president of Formweld Fitting Inc., a Florida manufacturer of welded fittings. More

Holston Gases acquires Georgia supply company
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville, Tennessee-based Holston Gases has acquired Welding & Equipment Supply of Rome, Georgia. "We are very pleased to add the Welding & Equipment Supply employees, customers, and product lines to those of Holston Gases," said Robert Anders, Holston Gases president. More