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Educational Opportunities Today (11/13) at FABTECH 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

There are a number of Miller/ITW-related presentations taking place today as part of Fabtech 2012. You can check them out here:

Educational Annual Program: Tuesday, 11/13
Session 10E 4:00 pm Room N242
Weld Fume Mitigation: Evaluating Environmental, Source Capture and PPE Solutions and Choosing the Best for Your Application
Presenter: Al Hilbert, Miller

Health & Safety in the Welding Environment Program: Tuesday, 11/13
Session W27
9:35-10:10 am Room N253
Source Capture and PPE Solutions for Weld Fume Management
Presenters: Eric Summers and Al Hilbert, Miller

1:20-1:55pm Room N253
Considerations for Reducing Fume Generation in the GMAW Process: Filler Metals, Welding Variables and More
Presenters: Aaron Bischoff, Hobart Brothers and Al Hilbert, Miller

The AWS/SkillsUSA U.S. Weld Invitationals at FABTECH 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of FABTECH 2012. The welding action continues today at the AWS/SkillsUSA U.S. Open Weld Invitationals. We took some time yesterday to get an overview of the competition, as well as introduce each of the six Americans vying for the three spots in the finals.

Meet the Six American Competitors 

Competition Introduction from Nick Peterson

The competition put out the following news release yesterday, detailing the event and announcing that the finals to determine who goes on to represent the U.S. at WorldSkills will take place at Daytona Speedweek in 2013:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – November 12, 2012For six young welders, the AWS/SkillsUSA U.S. Invitational Weld Trials is just like the U.S. Olympic team tryouts, but without the television coverage and million-dollar spokesperson contracts. It does, however, come with a realistic expectation that they can obtain a relevant job that is in high demand and significantly contributes to our quality of life in America.

The AWS/SkillsUSA U.S. Invitational Weld Trials at the 2012 FABTECH Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 12th to the 14th will host 11 competitors from 5 countries. Convention attendees will be able to witness firsthand the competition spread over four days of welding using multiple welding processes. Some of the welding requirements are so precise that the welds will require x-ray reviews and hydrostatic pressure tests to 1000 pounds per square inch in order to verify the integrity and quality of the welds.

Competing will be six national SkillsUSA welder finalists that have bested 1000’s of their peers in a near yearlong battle across America. Alongside them will be 5 international competitors representing Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom (2), and Russia. Wednesday evening, November 14th at a private reception, the top three USA competitors will be named along with Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals for the top three overall finishers.

The top three USA competitors will advance to a “Tune Up” at the AIDT training Center in Mobile Alabama, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce that encourages economic development through job-specific training. Past TeamUSA Welding Medalists will train all three to give TeamUSA the best chances of earning a Medal in Germany this summer.

Tony Hopper, director of the Mobile AIDT Training Center, is excited to host these top welders for their training; “While these competitors are here, we will be hosting a career expo for local schools and employers to promote the need for skilled welders and all skilled careers along the Gulf Coast. We helped with the tune up for the 2011 WorldSkills Competition and the USA brought home a Bronze Medal for welding. This time, we hope it will be a Gold, but medal or not, as long as these competitors give their best that is all we expect.”

These top three competitors will then compete for the final TeamUSA position during the 2013 Daytona 500 Speedweek.

February 23rd, the day before the Daytona 500, the TeamUSA welder will be announced. That winner will not only represent the United States at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany July 2-7 2013 (, but will also receive a $40,000.00 scholarship from the American Welding Society Foundation.

Denver area Boy Scouts Earn Badges at IIW

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Inside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver this July, the brightest minds of welding gathered for the International Institute of Welding conference. Right across the street from the conference, at the Miller Road Show Truck, wide eyed and eager boy scouts were learning to weld and earning the new Boy Scouts of America welding merit badge thanks to efforts from Miller, AWS and volunteer instructors.

In this month’s Instructor newsletter, find out why forty boys earning the welding badge is an important step for the future of welding.


FABTECH 2010 Opens!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010


First order of business: welcome to FABTECH 2010. We’re excited to be here again – not that we need the reminder, but as we walk around the convention center and the hotels, we see just how lucky we are to be a part of this industry. FABTECH attendees are some of the most innovative and talented folks you’ll find working today, and we’re honored to be of service to you.

If you find yourself wandering around the hall, please visit us in Hall C, booth # 6811. Tim Temby gives you a brief glimpse into what you’ll see in the Miller booth:

Welcome to FABTECH 2010

We also have a major industry announcement happening today at 9:00 a.m. EST. The press conference gets out at roughly 10 a.m., expect to see the news then. We’ll report back here later in the day with it as well.

As with last year, you can follow along via your preferred social media outlet, or you can see them all at once by visiting our FABTECH social media dashboard: Click here!

Not following Miller online? You can find us here:




We’ll update you from the show floor again later in the day – but in the meantime, what are you excited to see at FABTECH? What do you think are the biggest challenges facing our industry today?

Day 4 – Manufacturing Your Future

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Before we get down to business, please let me remind you: today is the last day to enter to win a free Titanium Elite welding helmet. Simply go to and sign up for Miller’s Pro eNewsletter and you’ll be eligible.

A: You might win a free helmet. B: The Pro eNewsletter is a wealth of information on welding tips, business practices, new products and just about anything that can help you in your day-to-day work.

Wednesday – day 4 – is highlighted by the student program “Manufacturing your Future” at Fabtech & AWS 2009. This program is designed to educate high school students on the benefits of a career in forming, fabricating, welding and manufacturing. Industry mentors will guide students around the show, interact with manufacturers and suppliers, and lay the groundwork for a successful career in the industry.

The Miller booth (#34071) is student-friendly, and we look forward to talking with students and mentors about the pride and accomplishment that accompanies a career in welding. We look forward to seeing you there.

New, Fresh Coverage of Fabtech & AWS 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Good morning and welcome to day 3 of Fabtech & AWS 2009. In case you haven’t been able to join us yet, here’s a glimpse at some of the things you’re missing:

The AWS Professional Welder Contest:

Miller’s new Trailblazer 302 Air Pak: You can also see how one structural steel contractor is already using this machine here:

The PipeWorx Welding System, Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD) and Pro-Pulse:

And, where would we be without nanofibers?

We’ll be posting a video to Youtube later today explaining that last one a little further.

Overall, it’s been a great show thus far and we really hope to see you down here today or tomorrow. If you’re not already doing so, follow along on our FacebookTwitter and YouTube sites for the latest information.

See you on the show floor!

What’s New With Miller at Fabtech & AWS 2009?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here’s a quick rundown of the newest products Miller is showcasing at the show. There’s something for everyone. We hope to see you on the show floor – Booth #34071:

Miller’s AlumaFeed™ Aluminum Fabrication System is designed for high-volume, high arc-on time industrial aluminum applications requiring conventional MIG and pulsed MIG welding outputs. With AlumaFeed there is no learning curve for experienced MIG welders to understand system controls, and novice welders can make production-quality pulsed MIG welds within hours using the system’s synergic control and the Profile Pulse™ output, which creates a “stacked dime” weld bead appearance without torch manipulation. AlumaFeed offers a long reach and lightweight portability for large aluminum weldments: boats, ships, yachts, emergency vehicles, trucks and trailers, recreational vehicles and general aluminum fabrication.

Miller’s new FILTAIR MWX-D Mobile Fume Extractor is designed specifically for welding applications. Its MERV-15-rated nanofiber filters last longer and capture more welding fume particles than competitive fume extractors. The FIILTAIR features heavy-duty construction, including a durable, industrial-grade metal cabinet and extraction arm, and is designed to withstand the demands of everyday welding. Its powerful 875 CFM airflow and large bell-shaped hood captures fumes at a greater distance with less repositioning.

Miller’s Arc Armor™ PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) features a blower that is 1.3 lbs. lighter than the leading competitor and incorporates a Miller-exclusive belt/shoulder strap design for maximum comfort. The Arc Armor PAPR features a lithium ion battery with no memory retention from frequent charging, dual air speeds for maximum comfort in varied work environments and audible and vibrating alarms for use in noisy workplaces. The PAPR comes with a Miller Elite™ Series auto-darkening helmet (non-auto-darkening lens model also available) and is certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, 42 CFR Part 84), which covers requirements for respiratory protective devices. Miller’s PAPR has an assigned protection factor of 25.

Miller’s PipeWorx™ Welding System is an easy-to-use multi-process welding solution specifically designed for use in pipe fabrication shops to improve pipe welding quality and productivity. PipeWorx provides one-button, quick changeover between processes; cables remain connected to the power source and do not need to be switched for the different welding processes. Stick, TIG, flux cored and MIG processes are each optimized for pipe welding. The PipeWorx System includes Miller’s RMD™ and Pro-Pulse™ processes, which enable even new welders to produce code-quality welds quickly and with less training.

The Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™ is designed to provide construction, structural steel and equipment repair professionals with a self-contained power source that welds at up to 350 amps, provides 13,000 watts of Accu-Rated™ generator power and 26 CFM of compressed air at 100-percent duty cycle. The Trailblazer 302 Air Pak’s rotary screw air compressor delivers 70 to 160 PSI of air with no storage tank required. It runs most air impact wrenches at idle and provides 100 percent deliverable air, which allows contractors to work continuously without worrying about air pressure. It substantially improves air carbon arc cutting and gouging, and is capable of working with ¼-in. carbons (rated: 3/16-in.) for most applications.

Fabtech & AWS Provides Solution Showcase Theater

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Fabtech & AWS 2009 opens its Solution Showcase Theater on Monday, showcasing ways to operate a more efficient and competitive business. Monday’s schedule includes:

10 AM-11 AM: Don’t Lose Your Sales Focus in a Down Economy; Joe Mayer, managing partner, Mayer Business Group LLC.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Smart Strategies for Preserving Stakeholder Relationships; Dick Kallage, Bill Barron and Patric Donahue of KDC Associates

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: How to Protect Your Company from Customer Bankruptcy; Steven Gan, president, Stellar Rick Management.

All of these topics are relevant to the market as it exists today. What is your company doing to stay successful in a down economy?

Who is America’s Best Welder?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

We look forward to the competitions each year at AWS/FABTECH. From students to old pros, there’s always a way to test your skill against others from around the world. We know welders take great pride in their work – how do you think you’d stack up against the competition?

Details from the Show Guide:

Professional welders will compete Sunday through Tuesday on the show floor for a grand prize of $2,500 by making a pipe-to-plate weld on a pre-tacked joint in five minutes or less. The contest will be judged by a team of AWS Certified Welding Inspectors. Entry fee is $20 and registration is at the show.

For more details, check out Think you have what it takes? The competition starts at 11:00 this morning in the North Hall. Come down and find out. Or tell us a little about what makes YOU America’s best welder.

Welcome to AWS/FABTECH 2009

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Fall shifts to winter, and that only means one thing in our industry: AWS/FABTECH 2009!

Miller is once again a proud exhibitor at this year’s show (Booth #34071), held November 15 to 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago. We’ll have our usual live arc demonstrations and introduce some of the newest industry-spanning equipment.

New products include the AlumaFeed™ Aluminum Fabrication SystemFILTAIR MWX-D Mobile Fume ExtractorMiller’s Arc Armor™ PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator), PipeWorx™ Welding System and Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™ welder/generator/air compressor.

We’ll also be bringing show highlights to you each day via our FacebookTwitter and YouTube sites. Sign up at for a chance to win a free auto-darkening welding helmet from Miller.

So whether you’ll join us in Chicago or you’ll be interacting with us on the social media sites, thanks for visiting Miller and we’ll see you at the show!