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American Welding Society Supports Workforce Development Goals of Manufacturing Day
Facing a shortage of over 374,000 welders by 2024, the American Welding Society (AWS) is focused on strengthening the future of the welding industry and is a proud sponsor of Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015.

Welding is essential for the joining of materials in the major manufacturing industries and as the manufacturing industry in the U.S. continues to grow, so does the need for skilled welders. Through continued learning and advanced training, AWS strives to inspire a new generation to see the opportunities available in the welding industry.
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18th Annual Aluminum Conference — Last Chance to Register
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.

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So You're the New Welding Engineer
Nov. 11-12, 2015
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

How to get "up to speed" quickly, ask the right questions, and get the results needed to save money and stay out of trouble! Two-Day Conference for Managers/Engineers/Designers, and others with welding responsibility but limited exposure/background in welding. The session is based 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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Robotic Welding Competition
Nov. 9-12, 2015
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Contestants have the chance to prove their robotic welding prowess in a two-part competition which includes a hands-on practical test and a written examination. Both portions are timed, with the practical exam requiring a thorough knowledge of the art of robot programming, safety, and weld inspection. The practical portion will be judged based on speed, accuracy, and quality of the completed weld.

For the first time this year, contestants will also be divided into two separate classes: amateur and professional. The amateur class will include students or potential students in the robotic arc welding field, while the professional class is reserved for people already employed in a robotic welding field.

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Welding process begins for next Orion spacecraft
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have successfully welded the Orion spacecraft’s tunnel and forward bulkhead together. The tunnel is the passageway astronauts crawl in and out of when Orion is docked with another vehicle. The forward bulkhead, located at the top of the crew module, must handle extreme loads during re-entry, because that is where the parachutes are connected when they deploy.
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Ram pickup recall: Over 1.3 million trucks with airbag, welding woes
The Christian Science Monitor
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued three separate recalls covering a range of Ram trucks from the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 model years. Together, they affect well over 1.3 million pickups in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and in other countries around the globe.
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Cutting, welding and writing — 3 important skills
Modern Machine Shop
Students who can demonstrate their welding and cutting skills in a team fabrication project are invited to enter a contest sponsored by ESAB. The theme of the contest is "A Cut Above." Students are also invited to submit a 500-word essay that conveys the contest theme.
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Amid a shortage of welders, some prisons offer training
America needs more welders — and soon. Baby boomers with the skill are retiring and not enough young people are replacing them. In the '80s, when "Flashdance" brought us Alex the welding woman who really wanted to be a ballet dancer, America had well over half a million welders. Welding was hot. Today, there are about 40 percent fewer welders.
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Etsy will now help designers find manufacturers
The Verge
Six months after Etsy completed an IPO that valued it at $3.5 billion, the craft marketplace is expanding. The company is introducing Etsy Manufacturing, a new service that will link Etsy sellers — who often make items by hand — with small manufacturing companies. The operation is designed to help both sellers who've found success but have little time to fulfill larger orders, and smaller manufacturers, some of whom have lost business to huge manufacturers in countries where labor is cheaper.
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Want to learn to weld? Do it in three weekends at SWIC
Belleville News-Democrat
If you’re a hot-rodder who wants to be able to work on your car in your garage or an aspiring artist who wants to learn how to make masterpieces out of metal, Southwestern Illinois College may have just the course for you. The school will soon offer a course called Welding for the Average Joe at its Sam Wolf Granite City Campus.
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Manufacturers rebounding through efficiencies without adding workers or raising pay
The Columbus Dispatch
In a meeting room near the factory floor, workers have a puzzle to solve. The employees, dressed in fireproof coveralls and yellow or orange vests, gather around a map of their department at the Worthington Industries steel plant on the Far North Side of Columbus, Ohio. They have a stack of yellow cards representing the steel rolls that workers load and unload all day. The challenge: Find ways to remodel the department to allow room for more rolls and to move the rolls more efficiently. This is part of a weeklong study that employees are doing in addition to their regular duties.  
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  CRC-Evans M-300-C Computerized Welding Machine

The M-300-C mechanized welding system is ideally suited for the FCAW process for all pipeline Tie-In and Mainline applications. The single torch M-300-C offers consistent welding parameter and quality control, providing consistency for today’s high strength materials. The programmable M-300-C offers quality, productivity, and repeatability in a welder friendly package.

Air Products and Cosmo partnership 'welded together'
The working relationship between Air Products South Africa and Cosmo Industrial has been applauded — thanks to both companies sharing a vision of the future.
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Welding information sessions kick off in South Boston, Virginia
The Gazette-Virginian
Workforce Services@SVHEC is now recruiting for the next cohort of welding students to start classes in January. Individuals interested in becoming certified welders are invited to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the Welding@SVHEC program.
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Welding school opens in Fleming County, Kentucky
The Ledger Independent
Fleming County is now home to the Kentucky Welding Institute, which offers students of welding an opportunity to receive a quality education and certification in the field. Director Adam Hinton said the school, located next to Hinton Mills on Kentucky 11, opened on Aug. 27, and he has already had several calls from interested students and businesses.
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    Want to build rockets? SpaceX seeks welder for launches (The Brownsville Herald)
So You're the New Welding Engineer (AWS)
Alcoa makes a big bet on 3-D printing (Fortune)
New state-of-the-art Colorado Springs welding training center in high demand (The Gazette)
The art in welding (Chino Valley Review)

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Fuchs - Industrial Lubricating Oils
The wide range of Fuchs Industrial Lubricants are formulated to withstand the stress of high speed and force in today's high performance machines, providing superior lubricity and minimum wear, even under severe loads.
Thermion - Ceramic Composite Coating
The purpose of the ceramic composite coating is to provide a wear resistance surface while also providing corrosion protection of the coated object. The coating material, a "Ceramic Core" tubular aluminum wire is filled with up to 46 percent ceramic, when sprayed onto an object produces a ceramic composite coating of aluminum and ceramic.

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