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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AWS This Week in Welding, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AWS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

Nancy C. Cole elected 2013 AWS President and Chair of the Board
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An AWS Fellow and Life Member, Nancy Cole served three terms as a vice president before being elected 2013 president of AWS. Before forming her own company, NCC Engineering, she was program manager and contract manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where she was awarded three patents. At ABB Combustion Engineering, she developed welding electrodes, fluxes, and flux-cored wires. She served as chair of the AWS Technical Activities Committee, Fellows Committee, and C3 Brazing and Soldering Committee. She has received the AWS Honorary Member Award, the Dr. Rene Wasserman Award and the McKay-Helm Award. More

Study: Freer trade with China lowered American manufacturing by 29.6 percent
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A new working paper from the Fed's Justin Pierce and Yale's Peter Schott argues that the 2000 granting of permanent normal trade relations to China was the rare high-profile trade deal that really mattered. PNTR did not actually involve much in the way of new tariff reductions, but what it did offer was certainty. It suggested that previously eliminated tariffs on Chinese goods weren't coming back anytime soon. That reassurance mattered a great deal. All told, they argue that employment in the manufacturing sector in the United States was 29.6 percent lower than it otherwise would have been absent PNTR. More

Registration open for AWS Shipbuilding Conference in New Orleans
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The conference will include a technical program featuring presentations on advanced welding processes, NDT, materials, robotics and mechanized welding for shipbuilding applications. Presenters will discuss new flux core welding electrodes for high yield steels, a new approach to reduce diffusible hydrogen content in the weld zone, aluminum applications and welding tractors that can be used for all position welding that do not require tracks. Other presentations will address the integration of robotics and welding power supplies, hybrid laser welding in shipyards, and the use of portable robots to join thick steel plating. More

High-Speed Pipe Beveler from Steelmax

Steelmax offers a broad line of beveling machines, including the PBM1000 designed for beveling and facing short or full lengths of pipe and tube with 8" - 40" diameters. It produces accurate high-quality machined V and J Groove bevels through the use of high-speed rotary milling head with replaceable cutting inserts.

The coming shortage of skilled manufacturing workers
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As many as 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs remained vacant across the United States due to shortages of skilled workers, according to the Manufacturing Institute's most recent "skills gap" report. Yet, if there truly were significant shortages of skilled workers, employers would be increasing wages to attract them. That's basic supply-and-demand economics. How do you explain the fact that manufacturing wages are not increasing significantly above inflation? More

Teacher's legacy sparked during South Texas welding competition
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Students from A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, Texas, weren't just fighting for a trophy on Jan. 11 — they were honoring the legacy of the man who helped them get there. Students competing in the annual welding competition at the 78th annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show did so without the man who began the competition nine years ago and has been a fixture at every show since. Mike Mylnar, a welding teacher at A.C. Jones, died earlier this month after a stroke at age 50. More

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Obama push on advanced manufacturing stirs economic debate
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Emboldened by a new cadre of advisors, the Obama administration has proposed policies to boost domestic manufacturing involving tax breaks, new R&D spending, and vocational training of two million workers including around advanced technologies like batteries, computing, aerospace, and robotics. The idea is that manufacturing — especially the kind involving cutting-edge techniques or products — is so closely tied to American technological creativity that these industries must be actively protected from the kind of competition from Asia that have ravaged semiconductors, machine parts, and flat-panel displays. More

Donation allows Great Falls College to start welding test center
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With a $20,000 donation from a local family, Great Falls College of Montana State University will soon become the first welding accreditation test center in the state, which supporters say will only increase workforce development efforts in the region. Jim and Debbie Filipowicz, local owners of Steel Etc., see their donation as an investment in the future of Great Falls. More

Michigan auto production highest since 2007
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Michigan's auto production in 2012 rose to 2.26 million vehicles — its highest level since 2007. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in a new report on Michigan's economy said auto production in Michigan rose 3.5 percent in 2012. The 2012 production is 1.12 million vehicles higher than 2009, when car production fell to lowest level in decades in Michigan to just 1.14 million vehicles as General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC both filed for bankruptcy and idled their operations for significant stretches. More

5 signs of a healthy recognition program
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Seeing slow manufacturing statistics has to be frustrating for floor managers and workers. Few industries have taken a more severe beating than manufacturing. And yet, while the workload is lighter, North American factories still have orders to fill, goods to assemble and deliveries to make. How to handle it all at a high level of productivity amid such dour conditions? A well-designed recognition program may be the answer. Here are five tips for increasing your odds of creating a recognition program that encourages high performance. More

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Upgrade Your Welding System Now!
Beginning February 2013, the well-known 3M™ Speedglas™ 9000 Series welding helmet systems will become obsolete making room for the next generation of welding helmets, the 3M™ Speedglas™ 9100 Series. Find the necessary tools and resources to guide you through your transition from a 9000 system to the new 9100. MORE
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Are robots hurting job growth?
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VideoBrief This 13-minute 60 Minutes report details how technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace. However, they're not necessarily creating jobs. This new generation of robots is marching out of the realm of science fiction and into mainstream manufacturing, medicine and other industries. More

Florida manufacturers expect good things in 2013
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Sean Dotson expects great things from his company, RND Automation & Engineering, in the year ahead. The president of the north Sarasota, Fla., manufacturing company, which designs, manufactures and retrofits custom automation and material handling machinery, predicts it will be a year to be remembered. I expect it will be a banner year for us," he said. "We are continuing to see people who can't find skilled workers but who still need to increase production." More

End of housing slump triggers shortage of skilled, unskilled labor in Arizona
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During the Great Recession, hundreds of thousands of construction workers lost their jobs nationwide as the housing market tanked, said San Griffis, executive director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association. However, the housing market is beginning to recover as the economy improves, and that has led to a shortage for both unskilled and skilled workers in the construction trades, Griffis and others said. More

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Watch the construction of a Dodge Viper in just 4 minutes
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VideoBrief Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than three years during the automaker's bankruptcy. Later this month, the factory's first Viper — considered a "halo" vehicle, built to enhance a company’s image rather than drive sales — will roll off the line. More

What the surge in manufacturing means for skilled labor
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Skilled labor is at crisis-level shortages both at home and abroad, with over 10 million skilled labor jobs remaining vacant worldwide. That shortage is not likely to abate in the near term, and in fact, it's likely to get significantly worse. A global study by McKinsey & Company predicts a need for 95 million skilled workers by 2020, while simultaneously anticipating a surplus of low-skill workers that reaches the same heady number. More

Heavy Duty Clamping from the Trusted Leader

DESTACO’s 5000 Series HD Clamps is making an immense impact on the welding, automotive, agriculture, and transportation industries. This rugged line is comprised of unique pivot points with hardened pins inside durable steel bushings and forged alloy steel clamping bars, which can be easily modified to suit an array of application requirements. MORE

OSHA develops online tool aimed to protect workers exposed to cadmium
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An estimated 300,000 workers in the U.S. face exposure to cadmium every year. Cadmium is described as a soft, silver-white metal used in a variety of industries such as metal machining, plastics, ceramics, painting and welding operations. Because of the health risks associated with it, OSHA has developed an interactive online tool to help protect exposed workers. More

Plaskolite deal for Pexco LLC will bring 50 manufacturing jobs to Central Ohio
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Plaskolite Inc. will bring up to 50 manufacturing jobs to Central Ohio with its acquisition of the extruded sheet business of Pexco LLC. The acrylic sheet maker announced last month plans to move Pexco's Columbia, S.C. operations to Columbus and Zanesville, bolstering its current product line and adding several new ones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

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Thermion - Ceramic Composite Coating
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