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An Ode to Fabtech

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

We’ll be bringing more stuff live to you yet today – but in honor of the last day of Fabtech, here is an ode – by Welderman:

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 (worldskills.org), but will also receive a $40,000.00 scholarship from the American Welding Society Foundation.

FABTECH 2012 Is Officially Here!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Good morning welding, manufacturing and fabricating aficionados:

FABTECH 2012 is about to kick off and you can join us here at the Las Vegas Convention Center through Wednesday, November 14 in booth N5213 for all of the latest in welding products, accessories and safety solutions.

If you are at home, and cannot join us for the show, follow along the action all week at MillerWelds.com/FABTECH! 

A few highlights today:

1. We’ve got a bunch of new products in the booth, from industrial welding systems to engine-driven welder generators to robotic solutions to new welding helmet designs! Come down and see us!

2. The U.S. Open Welding Invitationals, part of the SkillsUSA semifinal process to determine who will move on to compete for a spot at WorldSkills, is taking place here during the week. Events officially kick off this afternoon and Miller is a very proud sponsor of this event.

3. Hobart Brothers’ Joe Bundy takes part in a panel discussion this afternoon at 2:00 PM in room N238 on Stress Rupture Evaluation of Steel Welding Consumables. The presentation is taking place in conjunction with Xiao Chai (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and S. Babu (Ohio State University.

Stay tuned throughout the week for more exciting news from the show!

U.S. and International Competitors Get Instructions on Day 1 of the U.S. Open Weld Invitationals at FABTECH 2012

Miller’s New Welding Product Introductions at FABTECH 2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

FABTECH is always the perfect time to introduce new welding products, and this year Miller has quite a few. See below for a number of videos highlighting some of the latest and greatest technologies from Miller.

The Big Blue 450 Duo CST

The AlumaPower 450 MPa

The Invision 450 MPa

The XMT 450 CC/CV

Dual Robot Tandem Welding with Miller Welding Automation

 

 

Miller Welding Automation at FABTECH 2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Miller Welding Automation is showcasing its industry leading automated welding solutions at FABTECH 2011 (booth 5954).

In these videos, Miller Welding Automation’s Brian Doyle discusses some of the highlights of the products displayed at the show. For more information on Miller Welding Automation, visit: MillerWelds.com/Automation

Adaptive Fill Welding Capabilities

Dual Robot Tandem Welding

Welcome to FABTECH 2011!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The day we’ve all been waiting for is here – the start to another exciting FABTECH show. If you’re in Chicago, please make sure visit our three exciting booths in North Hall:

Miller: Booth 6154

Miller Welding Automation: Booth 5954

ITW Welding North America (Bernard, Hobart Brothers, Smith, Tregaskiss, Weldcraft): Booth 5950

We’ll be introducing new products and showcasing comprehensive welding systems and market-specific solutions. Key points of interest will be live welding demonstrations (including an aluminum-specific demo area), new advanced technologies such as the weld data monitoring capabilities of Miller’s Axcess E with Insight, and contests and giveaways from Miller’s Arc Armor brand of welding personal protection equipment.

As in previous years, you can follow along all the action on the Miller website by clicking here!

Here’s the first few videos straight from the show floor:

Welcome to FABTECH 2011!

Details on the Arc Armor Welder Protection Makeover

Miller’s Hero Photo Booth and Contest

We hope to see you in the booth! Have a great show!

Miller Seminars and Presentations at FABTECH 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

One of the best reasons for going to FABTECH 2011 is the extensive schedule of educational seminars and presentations designed to give you insight into industry trends and advancements. As always, Miller and its ITW partners are proud to take part in these seminars, and we’ve put together here a preliminary list of key Miller-related sessions you should keep an eye out for.

FABTECH 2011 is taking place November 14-17 in Chicago at McCormick Place.

Educational Annual Program: Monday, 11/14

Miller’s Bruce Albrecht will participate in an industry roundtable discussion of “Career Paths in Welding” from 11:30 am to noon and then again from 1:15 to 2:45 pm in room N131.

Educational Annual Program:  Tuesday, 11/15

Miller’s Rolando Sanchez and Paul Cleveland will give an educational reform presentation for welding educators from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in room N138.

8th Conference on Weld Cracking: Tuesday 11/15

Hobart Brothers’ Joseph C. Bundy will present “Understanding Weld Cracking in Steels” from 8:30 to 9:05 am in room N230B. Here’s a brief overview:

There is a great deal to be said about the consequences, the causes, and the remedies pertaining to weld cracking. In this presentation we will touch on all three and delve into the solidification and liquation cracking prevalent in hot cracking as well as the problems caused by diffusible hydrogen. The topics of pre- and postweld heat treat will also be examined.

Bruce Anderson from MAXAL will present “How to Prevent Cracking When Welding Aluminum Alloys” from 10:30 to 11:05 am in room N230B. Here’s a brief overview:

This presentation will examine the primary reasons for hot cracking to occur when welding the various aluminum alloys. It will evaluate the crack sensitivity associated with the various alloying elements that are added to aluminum and how we can use crack sensitivity curves to predict and thereby reduce the hot cracking potential of our welds. It will further discuss the importance of correct filler alloy selection and how the filler alloy/base alloy combination can be critical in the prevention of solidification cracking.

Tube and Pipe Joining & Inspection: Tuesday 11/15

Miller’s Jim Cuhel and Ron Halpenny of Graham Corporation will present “Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD™) Modified Short Circuit MIG and Pro-Pulse™ Pulsed MIG Welding Processes Advance Pipe Welding Performance and Productivity” from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in room S503B. Here’s a brief overview:

Through a calm, stable arc and smooth metal transfer, Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD™) outperforms TIG and short circuit transfer MIG welding processes in pipe welding root pass applications by reducing rework and distortion, and providing process benefits such as faster travel speeds and the elimination of back purging on stainless steel. 

What’s New in Power Sources Program: Wednesday 11/16

Miller’s Todd McEllis will present “Modern Power Source Technology that Drives Process Improvement” from 8:30 to 9:05 am in room N231. Here’s a brief overview:

The goal of the welding industry is no different than that of other industries – improve productivity, ensure consistent quality, and of course lower costs. It is difficult if not impossible to attain these goals without accurate real-time and historical weld process information. In the past, some companies have attempted to use “bolt on” equipment to obtain this type of information. Welding power source manufacturers have now begun to incorporate weld process and production management information into their product offering. This discussion will focus on how the information provided by this new generation of power sources can be used to increase productivity, improve quality, reduce costs, and better manage the overall welding operation. Miller’s Axcess power source will be used as an example.

Miller’s Jim Cuhel and Ron Halpenny of Graham Corporation will present “Controlled Short Circuit GMAW Process Competes Favorably with SMAW, GTAW” from 3:05 to 4:00 pm in room N231. Here’s a brief overview:

The combination of Regulated Metal Deposition, or RMD™, and the Pro-Pulse™ Pulsed MIG process Pro Pulse provides an efficient method of welding pipe from root to cap with one wire and one gas. The presentation includes a case study involving Graham Corporation, the world leader in engineered-to-order vacuum and heat transfer equipment. These processes have significantly reduced rework (down from 3.2 to 1.3%) and lead times. This includes faster travel speeds on root passes (between 6 to 12 ipm) and a 22% productivity increase over manual TIG. In summary, the described technology provides the following: it reduces rework on the root pass in pipe welding applications and distortion by reducing overall heat input in pipe welding applications. The need for back-purging in stainless pipe welding applications is also eliminated. Travel speeds are also increased.

We hope you attend some of these valuable presentations. For a glimpse at the entire schedule of educational seminars at FABTECH, click here.

SkillsUSA at Fabtech 2010

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Good morning -

Today wraps up an exciting week of competition here at Fabtech 2010. The final six American SkillsUSA contestants are battling it out for three spots in the Kansas City competition where a champion will be crowned. That champion will move on to represent the U.S. at the World Skills competition. AWS provides the American winner with a $40,000 scholarship provided by Miller

These final six competitors have been narrowed down from 24. Nick Peterson, a former champion, talks about the contest and why it’s important to the industry:

SkillsUSA Video

Here’s a description of the contest from the SkillsUSA website:

Competitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications. All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards. Through a series of stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding: measuring weld replicas, using weld measuring gauges; laying out a plate and using oxy-acetylene equipment to cut several holes that are checked for accuracy and quality; Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) on steel making welds in various positions using short circuiting transfers; Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) using a shielding gas, making welds in various positions and, using a combination machine capable of providing the correct welding current for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Competitors complete the steel project and weld an aluminum project in various positions using a variety of filler metals.

We also chatted with folks around the show and the competition about the shortage of skilled welders and why today’s youth should consider this skilled trade:

Pursuing a Career in Welding

What do you think? What will it take to engage today’s youth in a career in welding?

FABTECH 2010 Opens!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Welcome

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:

Twitter

Facebook

Youtube

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?