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Welding: A Great Creative Outlet

Welding: A Great Creative Outlet

Water patrol deputy Chris Guise spends his days patrolling the waters of his parish, going between wetlands and waterways, but in his off time, he spends hours welding in his shop at home. Guise has been welding since he was a teenager, and he would spend his entire afternoon and evening after school working in his shop.

Guise sees welding as a creative outlet and a challenge to make some unique that has never been done before. He often works with aluminum since it’s an easy metal to work with, and he has taken up paid work alongside his cousin when he has the time.

Welding Industry

Lincoln Electric Promotes International Leader
“Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:LECO) today announced that it has promoted Steven B. Hedlund to Executive Vice President and President of the International Welding segment. In this role, Hedlund will lead the European (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) and Asia Pacific regions’ day-to-day operations and oversee the implementation of all strategic, operational and commercial initiatives. He will continue to serve as a member of the management committee. Hedlund succeeds Mathias Hallmann, who has decided to leave the Company to pursue other interests.”

NASA Adapts to Weld Pin Change
“NASA and Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing recently resumed welding elements for the launch vehicle’s first flight after a technical issue suspended welding last year.  A change to a welding tool in the Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans, Louisiana, had unintended consequences that in part disrupted the assembly and production schedule for the Core Stage and helped push the forecast target date for the first SLS launch on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) into 2019.”

High Hopes for Fiber Laser Welding Technology
“Most traditional — i.e., nonlaser — welding techniques currently in use are variations of arc welding. In these methods, two pieces of metal are first brought into contact or close physical proximity. The edges of the pieces may have been shaped to facilitate their joining. A high voltage is launched between an electrode and the contact region, creating an arc that melts the material (or, in some cases an additional filler material, or the electrode itself). The melted material fills any gap between the workpieces — or overlays them — and then solidifies to join the parts.”

Welding Education

Wisconsin Students Win $10,000 in Welding Equipment
“Mosinee High School and students from throughout central Wisconsin won $10,000 in new welding gear on Tuesday. The competition started months ago with virtual welding at 13 high schools. Students with the top scores welded together three pieces of metal to demonstrate their practical skills.

Wausau West senior Alex Rakow took first place. Mosinee junior Ben Obremski took second and his classmate Kayla Zobrak took eighth. As a team, Obremski and Zobrak won a new welder for their high school. ”

California Welding Team Remains Undefeated
“Recently, the Paso Robles High School Future Farmers of America welding team concluded an undefeated season with its first-ever first place win at the California State FFA Agriculture Welding Championship. In addition to winning the overall championship, all four members of the team — Iver Hansen, Shane Terra, Daniel Oliver and Zac Alves — individually placed in the top five as well.”

Welding Jobs

Natural Fiber Welding Could Be Huge for Welding Jobs
‘’The mounting problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans might be as close as your washing machine. And the answer might be as close as the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center.

The fact that every 13-pound load of laundry releases an estimated 700,000 tiny plastic fibers into the environment, according to Great Britain’s Plymouth University, is one of the reasons that Luke Haverhals formed Natural Fiber Welding, a startup company at the Peoria NEXT facility.’

Texas Welding Company Continues after 44 Years
“Gibson Welding Sheet Metal & Vent Inc. has been a family-run business for 44 years in Destin and has no plans on stopping.

In 1973, Ernie Gibson started his own welding company and operated it until weeks before his passing in April of 1992, when he sold it to local business owners who held on to the company for a few years before deciding to close the shop. That’s when Gibson’s eldest son, Dean Gibson, stepped in.”

Welding Events

FABTECH
Nov 6, 2017 – Nov 9, 2017
North America’s largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – November 6-9, 2017. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 725,000 net square feet and anticipates over 40,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.

Welding Gone Wrong

Building in New York State Burned Down from Welding Spark
“Thick, black smoke could be seen for miles from a massive fire outside a commercial building in northern Onondaga County Tuesday morning. Officials believe a spark from welding equipment being used outside started the fire, which had flames reaching heights of 20 to 30 feet, said Jon Barrett, chief of the Cicero Volunteer Fire Department.”

Ed

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