Miller, MAXAL and ITW Welding Speakers Bring Latest Field Experiences and Research to AWS Aluminum Welding Conference | MillerWelds

Miller, MAXAL and ITW Welding Speakers Bring Latest Field Experiences and Research to AWS Aluminum Welding Conference

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APPLETON, Wis. — August 30, 2012 — Aluminum welding specialists from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and MAXAL will be key presenters at the 15th annual AWS Aluminum Welding Conference, held September 18th and 19th, 2012 in Seattle. Tony Anderson, director of aluminum technology, ITW Welding, will deliver the conference’s official welcome and will later share his knowledge on recognizing and avoiding aluminum weld discontinuities. Attendees at the conference will also be able to visit the ITW Welding booth and discuss the latest advances in aluminum welding technology with representatives from Miller, MAXAL and Weldcraft. This includes premium welding power sources, filler metals and accessories designed specifically for aluminum welding applications in manufacturing and fabrication.

Miller and MAXAL representatives will speak on field experiences and topics of relevance to a wide range of applications, including aluminum welding metallurgy, filler alloy selection, the fundamentals of TIG welding for aluminum, the design and performance of aluminum welds, and technology advancements and automation in the aluminum welding industry. Presentations include:

Tuesday September 18, 2012

Tony Anderson – ITW Welding

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview

Anderson has spent over 40 years in the welding industry and is a Fellow of the TWI (British welding Institute) and a Registered Chartered Engineer with the British Engineering Council UK. He is an American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Educator and Certified Welding Engineer. His expertise is a regular feature in his question and answers on aluminum section in the American Welding Society’s Welding Journal. Tony will be the host of this year’s event and will open with an overview of the conference.

Bruce Anderson – MAXAL Inc.

10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m. Aluminum Welding Metallurgy

MAXAL Vice President of Product Development Bruce Anderson will discuss aluminum weld characteristics and metal properties. The basics of aluminum alloy metallurgy, physical properties and applications will be reviewed. 

Bruce Anderson – MAXAL Inc.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Design and Performance of Aluminum Welds

Anderson will focus on how the physical and mechanical properties of strength, toughness, fatigue, corrosion and other variables are controlled for the optimum design of aluminum welds to obtain maximum performance.

Patrick Berube – MAXAL Inc.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Filler Alloy Selection Primary Characteristics

Berube is Quality Assurance Manager at MAXAL International. He will discuss the various filler alloy selection variables, including welded component service requirements and the characteristics of the base alloy being welded. The understanding of these variables is essential when designing a successful welding procedure specification.

Brent Williams – Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Fundamentals of GTAW Welding of Aluminum

Williams is the Marketing Manager for TIG Solutions at Miller. He will review TIG basics, and some of the more recent innovations in TIG welding of aluminum alloys, including DC with helium shielding gas, AC welding, balance control, square wave technology, independent amplitude control, AC frequency control, AC wave forms, and extended balance control.

Tony Anderson – ITW Welding North America  

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Aluminum Weld Discontinuities: Causes and Cures

Anderson will discuss the discontinuities normally encountered in aluminum arc welds, methods to detect them, the possible causes, and the means to avoid them.

Wednesday September 19, 2012

Kevin Summers – Miller Welding Automation

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Technology Advancements and Automation in the Aluminum Welding Industry

Some of the challenges associated with robotic aluminum welding are wire feedability, material thickness, inconsistent parts, variable heat sinks due to part and fixture, and programming issues. Miller Welding Automation Operations Manager Kevin Summers will discuss the challenges in robotically welding with aluminum and how an advance in welding technology helps address them.

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