Aluminum Conference 2020

Aluminum Conference 2020

Aluminum Virtual Conference -Back to Basics

October 20-21, 2020


AWS Contact

Alina Blanco
305 443.9353 x218 |

This conference is designed to provide a basic understanding of aluminum welding and will include the following topics:

  • Aluminum welded applications and why we are seeing a continued increase of aluminum being used in industry
  • An overview of the aluminum alloy identification system
  • Basic aluminum metallurgy – how aluminum is strengthened (alloying, strain hardening, heat treatment) and the effect of welding on aluminum base metals
  • Metal Preparation and Storage – aluminum oxide, humidity, and pre-weld cleaning
  • The welding processes commonly used to weld aluminum – GMAW & GTAW
  • Weld discontinuities – porosity, incomplete fusion, and hot cracking
  • Filler metal selection for aluminum welding
  • AWS D1.2 Structural Welding Code – Aluminum – welding procedures, welder performance, and inspection


• 16 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward all recertifications
• D1.2/D1.2M:2014 Structural Welding Code Aluminum included


Program & Schedule








11:50 – 12:00pm EST Welcome Tony Anderson
ITW Welding North America
12:00 – 12:45 pm Aluminum welded applications and why we are seeing a continued increase of aluminum being used in industry
An overview of history, markets and trends with examples of relevant joining applications in use for aluminum.
Patrick Berube
12:45 – 1:30 pm An overview of the aluminum alloy identification system
An overview of the alloying elements used for aluminum with a look at the alloy and temper designation system.
Raheel Khan
Lincoln Electric
1:30 – 2:00 pm Live Q & A with speakers
2:00 – 2:45 pm Basic aluminum metallurgy
The presentation will go over the physical phenomena and effects present in aluminum applications. Specifically, I will be focusing on strengthening mechanisms in aluminum, methods of strength gain and loss in aluminum, and the effects of arc welding on the strength of aluminum. My hope is that viewers will leave with a better understanding of the physical bases of what affects aluminum performance, particularly in arc welding environments.
Carson Williams
Hobart Aluminum
2:45 to 3:30 pm Metal Preparation and Storage
Aluminum oxide, humidity, and pre-weld cleaning. The proper methods and practices of preparing aluminum for welding.
Sean Morton
Lincoln Electric
3:30 to 3:45 pm Live Q & A with speakers
3:45 to 3:50 pm Wrap-up – Moderator Tony Anderson
ITW Welding North America






11:50 – 12:00pm EST Welcome Tony Anderson
ITW Welding North America
12:00 – 12:45 pm Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) of Aluminum
• GTAW (TIG) Welding of Aluminum  • Advancements in GTAW  • Polarity  • Square wave AC  • Inverter technology  • Tungsten electrode selection
Wendell Dietz
Hobart Aluminum
12:45 – 1:30 pm Feedability: The Quintessential GMAW Aluminum Problem
This is a discussion of the challenges that are common to aluminum GMAW. Items addressed will include everything from feeding systems to wire quality to welding techniques.
Thomas Pfaller
AlcoTec Wire
1:30 – 1:45 pm Live Q & A with speakers
1:45 – 2:30 pm Weld discontinuities – Porosity, Incomplete Fusion, and Hot Cracking
This presentation will differentiate between weld discontinuity and defect and discuss the causes and corrections for porosity, incomplete joint penetration, incomplete fusion and weld cracking.
Galen White
Hobart Aluminum
2:30 to 3:15 pm Filler Metal Selection for Aluminum Welding
Selecting the right filler material when welding aluminum is critical. Whether it’s making a selection based on strength, compatibility of dissimilar materials, or even post-weld anodizing, there are specific filler materials that work best. This presentation will provide you with the tools you need to make the best decisions for a filler material based on your application.
Elliott Ash
Lincoln Electric
3:15 to 4:00 pm AWS D1.2 Structural Welding Code – Aluminum
A case study discussing and exploring the steps of qualifying an existing welding procedure. The goal will be to help make the code more accessible to newcomers.
Thomas Pfaller
AlcoTec Wire
4:00 to 4:20 pm Live Q & A with speakers
4:20 to 4:25 pm Wrap-up – Moderator Tony Anderson
ITW Welding North America



• Sessions 11:50am – 3:50pm EST



• Sessions 11:50am – 4:25pm EST

Weld Cracking Symposium


Conference Chair

Tony Anderson, CEng, FWeldITony Anderson, CEng, FWeldI
Director of Aluminum Technology,
ITW Welding North America

Professional Activities

  • AWS – CWI, CWE, CWEng, Counselor, Director At Large
  • Professional Member and Fellow of The British Welding Institute (TWI).
  • Registered Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the British Engineering Council (EC-UK).
  • Author – Welding Aluminum – Questions and Answers – A Practical Guide for Troubleshooting Aluminum Welding-Related Problems.
  • Co-Author – Welding Aluminum Theory and Practice – 4th Edition.
  • Chairman of the Aluminum Association (USA) Technical Advisory Committee for Welding.
  • Chairman of the AWS D3 Main Committee for Welding in Marine Construction.
  • Chairman of AWS D10.7 – Specification for Arc Welding of Aluminum Alloy Pipe.
  • Chairman of AWS A5.10 – Specification for Bare Aluminum Welding Electrodes and Rods.
  • Chairman of AWS B2.1 – Specification for Welder Performance and Welding Procedure Qualification
  • Past Vice Chairman and current Advisor to AWS D1.2 Structural Welding Code – Aluminum.
  • Chairman of the AWS Handbook Committee (Volume 5 – Ninth Edition) – Aluminum Alloys.
  • Member of ASME Section IX – Materials Subgroup Committee.
  • Have written a regular aluminum welding question and answer column (18th consecutive year) for the American Welding Society – Welding Journal.


Elliott AshElliott Ash
Application Engineer, Lincoln Electric

Elliott Ash began his professional career at Lincoln Electric back in 2007 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Welding Engineering. He worked as a waveform developer on advanced process machines for several years prior to becoming the Product manager of Aluminum Process Solutions in 2013. He was in charge of the machine and consumable product line for all aluminum products. He is now working as an Application Engineer supporting customers with their welding applications on a global scale.

Patrick BerubePatrick Berube
Application Engineering Product Manager, Wire, Rod and Bar, Arconic

Patrick Berube is Application Engineering Product Manager for Arconic’s Wire, Rod & Bar division (FKA Alcoa Engineered Products), with current focus on the development of new processes and products for the industrial, automotive and aerospace markets. A metallurgical engineer by training, Mr. Berube has a background of two decades in aluminum extrusions, aluminum fabricating and aluminum arc welding that includes various roles in metallurgy/process/applications engineering, quality/operations/product management, customer support and marketing. Mr. Berube is vice-chair to the AWS A5C committee (Welding Consumables–Wire Electrodes, Wires and Rods for Welding of Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloys-classification).

Wendell DietzWendell Dietz
Aluminum Product Specialist, ITW – Miller/Hobart

Started in the welding industry in 1988 as a welding specialist for Air Liquide, 2000-2002 Thermadyne, 2002 to present ITW – Miller/Hobart

Raheel KhanRaheel Khan
Raheel Khan started his career with Lincoln Electric in 2013 after graduating from McMaster University with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. After working in various offices in Lincoln Electric Canada, Raheel started with the Aluminum Solutions Division. His current responsibilities are managing and growing aluminum alloy products and applications globally.

Sean MortonSean Morton
Welding Engineering Technologist, Lincoln Electric

Sean Morton is a graduate of Northern College in Kirkland Lake. He has spent a few years running a materials testing lab in Northern Ontario and is now a Welding Engineering Technologist with Lincoln Electric.

Thomas PfallerThomas Pfaller
AlcoTec Wire

Thomas has been an employee of AlcoTec Wire Corp. for the past ten years. This time was primarily spent traveling both domestically and abroad to support customer and solve aluminum welding related problems. He is currently serving on the AWS D1.2 Subcommittee.

Galen WhiteGalen White
Hobart Aluminum Filler Metals

Galen White is the Senior Welding Engineer/Product Specialist at Hobart Aluminum Filler Metals. He provides technical support for the aluminum filler metal products and is currently serving on several AWS subcommittees including AWS D1.2 (Structural Aluminum), AWS A5.10 (Aluminum Filler Metal Specification), and AWS D3.7 (Aluminum Hull). He is a graduate of Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in Welding Engineering Technology, has several welding related patents and is an AWS CWI/CWE/CRI.

Carson WilliamsCarson Williams
Technical Product Manager, Hobart Aluminum

I am the Aluminum Technical Product Manager for Hobart Brothers, based in Traverse City, Michigan, and have held this role for a little over a year. I grew up in Grand Ledge, MI, northwest of Lansing, and attended Michigan Technological University, where I received my BS and MS degrees in Materials Science & Engineering. My graduate studies focused on aluminum metallurgy, and I have developed a passion for aluminum that drives the work that I do and hope to accomplish. In my spare time, I am a big fan of the outdoors, cooking, and music.

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