Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News

A team of 100 welding students at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technical Academy joined together with the homeowners association of the Northwood Lake community in order to build a 35 foot by 14 foot playground. The homeowners association also donated $1,000 to TCTA’s career academy. The students provided the bulk of the labor, and then a local construction company assisted with the final installation.

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The project was proposed by an instructor who saw the project as an opportunity for students to develop real world training and experience, while also creating a rallying point for the community. The fabricated playground is designed to be sturdy and stable for years to come.

Welding Industry

Tesla Shares Video of Welding Process
“Electric automaker Tesla released two videos of the assembly processes for its much-hyped Model 3 at its Fremont, California assembly plant, amid news of production ‘bottlenecks.’

The bad news for anyone who ordered a Model 3 is that Tesla has pushed back its production ramp-up of the Model 3, the electric car that starts at a relatively cheap (by Tesla standards) $35,000. The delay is because of the increased automation in the assembly process, the company announced ahead of its earnings call on Wednesday.”

Welding Consumable Report Surveys Options
“Aluminum welding is becoming more prevalent as manufacturers strive to create light, durable products. The choice of filler metal for aluminum often comes down to one of two alloys: 5356 or 4043. These two account for between 75 and 80 per cent of aluminum welding jobs. The choice between the two or another option depends on the alloys of the base material being welded and the properties of the electrodes themselves. Understanding the difference between the two can help determine which is the right fit for your job or if a different option would be more suitable.”

Vibration Welding Partnership Formed
“Extol and CEMAS have reached an agreement that appoints Extol as the sole distributor of CEMAS’s exceptional vibration and hybrid vibration welding machines in the United States and Canada. Effective today, customers in the US and Canada will be able to purchase from CEMAS’s wide selection of vibration welding machines through Extol. In addition, Extol will build and provide tooling, stock and supply spare parts, and offer service and support.”

Solid-State Welders Save Significant Time
“In the last seven to eight years, solid-state lasers have come to dominate laser welding and cutting,” said Tom Bailey, product specialist for Trumpf Inc. (Farmington, CT). While Trumpf still produces CO2 lasers, for most applications solid-state lasers literally outshine them. They are two to five times faster, simpler to integrate into a machine tool, and less expensive to both purchase and operate. “The hourly cost to an operator using a solid-state laser is an order of magnitude less,” he said.”

Welding Education

Schools and Tech Schools Partner to Provide Job Training
“Nearly 700 employers received training and consulting services through Tulsa Tech over the last year. The majority of them benefited from significantly reduced training costs through our business and industry services department.”

Students Learn about Welding Career Possibilities
“nine students from a St. Cloud Technical & Community College class visited Rotochopper Inc. in St. Martin in May. The tour gave students from the welding/fabrication program a glimpse of a large welding shop’s operations. And it was a chance to think about job opportunities. Pat Burg, director of quality assurance and outside processing at Rotochopper, led the tour.

Program instructor Eric McAllister arranged tours of six area businesses during the second semester, giving students exposure to a range of possibilities.”

Welding Jobs

Welders in Alaska Prepare for Infrastructure Work
“Gunlik and her classmates have been living on the Yuut campus for the past twenty days during the first installment of their training. The students come from six villages with upcoming Department of Transportation (DOT) projects, where they will have the opportunity to put their new skills to use. Their travel, meals and dormitory housing are provided so they can focus on their classes while they are in Bethel. After a short break, the students will return to the Yuut campus for the second certification course, starting November 2.”

Iowa Welder Builds Custom Products
“Folks purchasing a fire pit from Woody Jones may travel to his place to pick up something to build a fire in, but what they are truly bringing home is a gorgeous work of art. That’s because Woody is an artist in every sense of the word, a metal artist, and he’s doing amazing things on his acreage 4 miles northwest of Malvern.”

Welding Events

FABTECH
Nov 6, 2017 – Nov 9, 2017
North America’s largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – November 6-9, 2017. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 725,000 net square feet and anticipates over 40,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.

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