Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding of Copper-nickel Pipe Joints

CaptureCopper-nickel alloys are often used in shipbuilding for applications such as tanks, seawater and freshwater piping, and numerous other structures. Copper-nickel pipe joints are typically welded with manual gas tungsten arc welding; however, inherently slow travel speeds and low deposition rates impede productivity. The implementation of pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P) could yield significant productivity benefits for semi-automatic, mechanized, or robotic applications through the use of faster travel speeds and increased deposition rates.

Under funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise, EWI worked with two shipyards to explore the benefits of modern digitally controlled GMAW-P power sources and develop procedures that meet NAVSEA qualification requirements for these joints. EWI Applications Engineer Nick Kapustka and Business Development Manager for Government Programs Paul Blomquist have written Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding of Copper-nickel Pipe Joints to discuss this collaboration.

To read the paper, click here.

 

 

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Rescheduled: EWI Webinar on Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications is Now May 4

Originally scheduled for April 4, EWI’s free webinar on Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications has been rescheduled for May 4, 2017, from 1:00-2:00pm EDT. This online seminar will be presented by Dave Workman from the EWI Resistance and Solid-State Processes group.

Automotive manufacturers are increasingly interested in the use of aluminum as lightweight material to meet today’s CAFE standards. The welding of aluminum components, however, requires understanding of the unique properties of this metal as compared to steel. This webinar will discuss differences in the two materials and ways to meet the welding challenges. This presentation will include:

• Background on spot welding aluminum in the automotive industry
• Differences in spot welding aluminum and steel
• Technology as evolved from the aerospace industry
• Electrode life issues
• Influence of electrode design and topography
• Effects of evolving equipment
• Spot welding aluminum using third body elements
• Spot welding aluminum to steel

There is no charge for Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications, but advanced registration is required due to space limitations. To sign up for the webinar, please click here.

For more information or questions about registration, please contact bsharb@ewi.org.

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Rescheduled: EWI Webinar on Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications is Now May 4

Originally scheduled for April 4, EWI’s free webinar on Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications has been rescheduled for May 4, 2017, from 1:00-2:00pm EDT. This online seminar will be presented by Dave Workman from the EWI Resistance and Solid-State Processes group.

Automotive manufacturers are increasingly interested in the use of aluminum as lightweight material to meet today’s CAFE standards. The welding of aluminum components, however, requires understanding of the unique properties of this metal as compared to steel. This webinar will discuss differences in the two materials and ways to meet the welding challenges. This presentation will include:

• Background on spot welding aluminum in the automotive industry
• Differences in spot welding aluminum and steel
• Technology as evolved from the aerospace industry
• Electrode life issues
• Influence of electrode design and topography
• Effects of evolving equipment
• Spot welding aluminum using third body elements
• Spot welding aluminum to steel

There is no charge for Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications, but advanced registration is required due to space limitations. To sign up for the webinar, please click here.

For more information or questions about registration, please contact bsharb@ewi.org.

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The Role of Machine Vision in Advanced Automation – New eGuide

thumbnail_ADV_AUT_MACHINE_VISION_TECH_9421Advanced automation is a key component of the factory of the future. One of the critical technologies enabling advanced automation is machine vision—guidance systems that dramatically enhance manufacturing processes. Technological advances in machine vision are creating new opportunities on the manufacturing floor for dramatic improvements in productivity, quality, and production flexibility.

EWI’s new eguide, Machine Vision—How Intelligent Robots are Advancing Automation, explores the advantages of incorporating vision systems into production as well as some of the exciting applications these technologies make possible. The eGuide features:

  • The capabilities and benefits of machine vision
  • Random bin picking and other machine vision success stories
  • EWI’s one-of-a-kind automation feasibility factory floor
  • And more

Download the eGuide

If you would like to learn how EWI can help your company be more competitive with customized machine vision solutions, contact Nadine Powell at 716.710.5555 or npowell@ewi.org.

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EWI to Host Free Webinar on Designing for Additive Manufacturing

Picture3On Tuesday, April 25 at 1:00pm, EWI will host “Design for Additive Manufacturing: Considerations and Constraints,” a free webinar presented by  Rutuja Samant, Project Engineer for Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Many people believe that with AM – popularly known as 3D printing – a simple click of a button will reproduce a part of any complexity. Though this might be true in some cases, most parts currently being manufactured with traditional processes cannot easily be “remade into” additively manufactured components. For best results, parts should be redesigned to take advantage of AM processes including pre- and post-production operations.

Design for AM2This online seminar will highlight material properties and limitations that must be considered when designing for different metal additive technologies such as laser-powder bed fusion, electron beam-powder bed fusion, laser-direct energy deposition, metal binder jetting, and electron beam-direct energy deposition. In addition to AM process considerations, the webinar will also discuss design software tools available to take advantage of the additive technologies and the current state of the industry.

“Design for Additive Manufacturing: Considerations and Constraints” is free to the public, but advanced registration is required. To sign up today, click here.

If you have questions about the webinar or have issues registering, please contact bsharb@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

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EWI Welcomes Honeywell Aerospace to Membership

honeywell-aerospaceWe are pleased to introduce Honeywell Aerospace (a division of Honeywell International, Inc.) as a new EWI member. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Honeywell Aerospace is a manufacturer of aircraft engines, avionic systems, and other products for the aerospace industry.

 

 

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Introducing a National Roadmap for the Future of Materials Joining and Forming — A Free EWI Webinar

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Last month EWI issued “Developing a U.S. Roadmap for Advanced Joining and Forming Technologies,” an overview describing the comprehensive NIST-funded study conducted by EWI to identify and prioritize the top joining and forming challenges within the manufacturing industry.

To share the results and recommendations of this timely report, EWI will present an online seminar, Introducing a National Roadmap for the Future of Materials Joining and Forming, on April 18, 2017, at 1:00 pm EDT. This free webinar will review the cross-industry canvassing methods employed in developing the roadmap, discuss the key needs identified by industry, and prioritize the research topics designed to address those needs.

Topics to be discussed include:
• How the roadmap was developed: activites and methodology
• Key gaps and needs identified by industry and other stakeholders
• Prioritized research & development topics identified to close gaps
• EWI’s Grand Challenge initiative to address industry gaps and enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness

Tom McGaughy

EWI Technology Director Tom McGaughy

The webinar will be presented by Technology Director Tom McGaughy. In addition to managing EWI’s senior technical staff and research portfolio, McGaughy has served as the lead for the Roadmap study throughout the project. The hour-long session will include opportunities for Q&A during and after the presentation.

Please join EWI for Introducing a National Roadmap for the Future of Materials Joining and Forming on Tuesday, April 18, at 1:00 pm. Participation is free, but registration is required due to space limitations. To sign up for the webinar today, click here.

For questions or more information, contact bsharb@ewi.org.

 

 

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Cardinal Health is New EWI Member

ch logoCardinal Health, Inc. of Dublin, Ohio, has joined EWI as a corporate member.  The company is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospital systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide. Welcome to EWI!

 

 

 

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