Lincoln Steps Up to Fill the Skill Gap in the Welding Industry
Written by IMPO
According to a 2011 article in Welding & Gases Today (the publication of GAWDA, the Gases & Welding Distributors Association), the welding industry is poised for significant growth over the next decade. But with well over 200,000 available welding jobs predicted, the industry is not exactly jumping for joy. In fact, this key area of metalworking has long been known for the skill gap it consistently faces. So whatâ€™s the problem, who will solve it, and â€“ perhaps most importantly â€“ how?Read More
Joining Technologies, Inc. to Exhibit at EASTEC 2013
Written by Weld.com
Joining Technologies, Inc., an innovator in industrial laser applications, announces that it will be exhibiting at the Society of Manufacturing Engineersâ€™EASTEC 2013 Exposition, to be held May 14-16, 2013 at the Eastern States Exposition, in West Springfield, MA, Booth #2042. Joining Technologies will be highlighting its capabilities in laser welding, laser cladding of metal alloys, laser cutting, and laser system integration. The company will also discuss its supply chain management services, as well as electron beam welding capacity.Read More
Times are changing for welding industry
Written by Brent Balinski
The CEO of global welding company Kemmpi Oy has commented that its industry is experiencing a number of shifts, including the increasing role of software technology and automation, and demands for welders to be technical experts.
Anssi Rantasalo, CEO of Kemppi, based in Finland and parent company of Kemppi Australia, recently visited Australia. He commented that overall, the need for high-quality work in manufacturing and in areas such as offshore work, was pushing welding companies to increase the sophistication of what they produced.
â€śToday's welding equipment is far smarter, offering greater capability and it's a trend that will continue,â€ť he said.
â€śManufacturing welding equipment is no longer just about creating machines that a welder can use. It's now about developing and combining software with welding machines to create a sophisticated piece of equipment that helps the welder complete a quality job quicker and easier.â€ť
House Set to Vote on Helium Legislation
Written by GAWDA
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote this week on H.R. 527, a bill to complete the sale of the Federal Helium Reserve. While Congress must give the Bureau of Land Management new authority to continue selling off crude helium, the bill would create an auction process that could jeopardize existing contracts for the purchase of refined helium by welding gas distributors. In turn, that could affect your ability to meet your customers' needs for helium. GAWDA has released more information on the topic, which can be found here.
GAWDA asks you to contact your House member today to oppose this legislation. To aid in your contact, GAWDA has provided a template letter that can serve as the basis for your appeal.
Thanks to GAWDA for their aid in spreading this important news.
Weld Purge Monitor improved to read down to 1 part per million
Written by Huntingdon Fusion Technologies
The PurgEyeÂ® 300 Nano Weld Purge Monitorâ„˘ which was launched for the first time in 2012, has been updated to now read right down to 1 part per million (ppm) using a new style Zirconia sensor.
In spite of this stunning update, this attractively priced instrument remains at the same lowest cost anywhere for any other instruments measuring Oxygen levels down to 1 ppm.
Designed specifically for Personnel in welding and quality departments, who are responding to the latest quality control standards for lower oxygen levels, this new Weld Purge Monitorâ„˘ is suitable for weld purging of all Stainless, Duplex and Super Duplex steels as well as Titanium, Zirconium and Nickel alloys.
The PurgEyeÂ® 300 Nano makes an excellent stepping stone for those people who are entering the field of manufacturing with exotic alloys, obviating the need to purchase the more expensive instruments with all of the advanced features, that are needed by the established companies in the field.