Manufacturing today is facing a shortage of skilled welders, a situation that looks like it won’t go away any time soon. One of the ideas to address this issue is to create a system for remote automated welding or “tele-welding.”
EWI is currently engaged in a project to develop a tele-welding system for use in shipyards. Challenges, plans, and progress is discussed in Tele-welding: Confronting a Skilled Labor Shortage with Smart Technology, a paper by EWI Principal Engineer Connie LaMorte. To download this paper, simply complete the form on this page.
If you would like to discuss this work with the author directly, please contact Connie LaMorte at [email protected].
The AWS Detroit Section has issued a call for papers for its upcoming Sheet Metal Welding Conference XIX. The conference will emphasize recent developments in welding and joining solutions that enable new generations’ vehicle design and construction. You are invited to submit technical papers for presentation at this conference. Abstracts are due by March 28. 2020.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Fusion Welding and Brazing (Resistance, Arc, Laser and others)
The Sheet Metal Welding Conference (SMWC), sponsored by AWS Detroit in partnership with EWI, will take place October 21-22, 2020. This technical conference is dedicated to bringing experts together to discuss state-of-the-art welding and joining technologies for the automotive, transportation, and light manufacturing industries. SMWC also provides important opportunities for engineers and researchers from manufacturers, suppliers, universities, and research institutes to network and meet experts in the field of welding. For more information, click here.
We are pleased to welcome Lam Research Corporation to EWI membership. Based in Freemont, California, Lam Research designs and builds products for semiconductor manufacturing, including equipment for thin film deposition, plasma etch, photoresist strip, and wafer cleaning processes.
The paper provides a history, technology advancements, application areas and research behind ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM). This hybrid 3D metal printing technology uses ultrasonic energy to produce metallurgical bonds between layers of metal foils near room temperature. No melting occurs in the process – enabling customers to 3D print parts with:
Embedded electronics such as sensors
Multiple metals in single part
Complex internal channels for thermal management and radio frequency devices
Friction welding, a solid-state process that uses high-speed spindles to weld materials, is notably effective for joining dissimilar materials. EWI has recently developed a new micro-friction welder for small-scale, dissimilar metals joining. The system has been demonstrated on both aluminum-to-titanium and aluminum-to-stainless joints.
Application of Micro-friction Welding for Dissimilar Metals, a paper by EWI’s Jerry Gould, Liya Amanuel, and James Cruz, summarizes this work and its applicability. To download this paper, simply complete the form on this page.
If you would like to discuss this work, please contact Jerry Gould at [email protected].
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In the last few years, additive manufacturing (AM)
technology has moved increasingly away from prototyping toward production.
Manufacturers across all sectors are looking for ways to integrate the AM
techniques into their processes to improve productivity, cost margins, and
The auto industry is especially interested in finding ways
to adopt AM. EWI has the engineering resources and expertise to help OEMs and
suppliers make the best use of AM in their businesses.
In order to best assess the AM readiness and needs in the
automotive sector, EWI has created a brief survey. Please take a few minutes to
share your input so we can deliver the most relevant and useful services to you.
Optimizing Inventory Control & Parts Management for Production Facilities
Keeping track of materials is one of manufacturing’s most fundamental challenges. No production facility can operate at peak efficiency while contending with breakdowns in inventory management.
The first step to solving these your material handling challenges is to conduct an objective assessment of your process. Then, your organization can should consider technology that’s specifically designed for inventory control and parts management. Some of the tools work on their own or, more robustly, in combination with other technology tools.
The EWI team has developed Optimizing Inventory Control & Parts Management for Production Facilities to help manufacturers and distributors chart a path to a more efficient parts management and inventory management process. Download this guide to learn more about the technology listed below and more:
Inventory management software solutions—including Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Warehouse Control Systems (WCS).
Locating solutions—including barcode systems, Radio-frequency Identification (RFID), Ultra-wideband (UWB), Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS), and Wi-Fi technology.
Delivery solutions—including Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), and automated crane and gantry systems.
Bringing in an experienced manufacturing consultant can provide eye-opening insights and novel approaches to inventory management that you otherwise might not identify or consider. EWI can work with you to identify, develop, and implement the technology that enables your organization to reduce costs, increase productivity, and experience the satisfaction of having that part right where it’s supposed to be, when it’s supposed to be there.
What do you see as the most concerning issues today for inventory control and parts management? What specific problems do you face at your company, and what information or services do you need to solve them? To speak to an EWI specialist about a project or immediate need, contact 614.688.5152 or [email protected].