RWMA Resistance Welding School 2019

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Start preparing for the upcoming Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT) certification at the Emmett A. Craig RWMA Resistance Welding School. Presented by industry experts, this is an intensive two-day course covering the fundamentals of Resistance Welding. The course is designed for Resistance Welding community members in a variety of roles, such as Welding & Production Managers & Supervisors, Engineers, Setup and Senior Operators, Trainers & Educators. Students emerge from the course with a better understanding of Resistance Welding Fundamentals, from Theory to Application Requirements to Equipment and Setups used in various Resistance Welding processes.

The focused learning environment better prepares those new to Resistance Welding, and further educates the experienced. Day One discusses Resistance Welding processes and the associated machines, materials, electrodes and power systems. Day Two explores resistance welding controls, quality standards, machine set-up and maintenance. The course concludes on Day Two with a Q & A panel where students can get feedback from the instructors on their specific applications. Registration is limited to the first 40 students.

RWMA Resistance Welding School 2019

NOV 12-13, 2019
Chicago, IL

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McCormick Place


2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616

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RWMA will offer their Resistance Welding School twice in 2020 (Spring & Fall)!

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RWMA School Conference


TUESDAY / Nov 12th

• School 7:45am – 5pm

WEDNESDAY / Nov 13th

• School 8am – 4:30pm


Tuesday, NOV 12th

8:00-8:15am Welcome and Introduction to Resistance Welding
Mike Prokop
ENTRON Controls
8:15-10:15pm Welding Process and Machines
Bob Van Otteren
Wright-K TechnologyThis session will reinforce the basics of resistance welding and how it relates to each of the four resistance welding processes. This session will be full of application examples from each process, and will show how machinery utilizes the individual components and elements illustrated in the other sessions.
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30am-12pm Electrical Power System
Kendall Ymker
RoMan Manufacturing This session reviews the descriptions and maintenance of electrical power components and conductors from the weld control to the electrode. This lively presentation has something for everybody. Utilizing several small demonstrations, Kendall Ymker will keep attendees on the edge of their seats as he highlights the important part of the resistance welding process.
12-1pm Lunch
1-3:15pm Welding Controls
Don Sorenson
ENTRON ControlsThis discussion focuses on the selection, descriptions, and applications of welding timers, contractors, and accessories. Packed with a punch, Don Sorenson drives home understanding energy that creates a weld, H=I2Rt, that is unforgettable. Learn how this invaluable formula is used in every resistance welding applications – every day – every cycle – all the time!
3:15-3:30pm Break
3:30-5pm Electrodes and Tooling
Bill Brafford
Tuffaloy ProductsThis session will focus on the classification, selection and maintenance of electrodes and fixtures as they pertain to numerous applications. Discover powerful problem/evaluation/solution techniques that will keep a production process running longer–and operation more efficient.
5pm Q&A

Wednesday, NOV 13th

8:00-10:00am Machine Set-up, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance
Mike Prokop
ENTRON ControlsMike takes the mystery out of setup by guiding you through the steps to develop the proper weld schedule. He will also introduce Troubleshooting, Preventative Maintenance and Safety concepts that provide profitable resistance welding operations.
10:00-10:15pm Break
10:15am-11:30pm Resistance Spot and Projection Weld Standards and Quality
Donald Maatz
R&E Engineering ServicesA unique session designed to make you think about the quality standards associated with two common forms of resistance welding, spot and projection. After hearing Don’s presentation, it is very possible that you will never look or think about a weld the same way again.
12-1pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Materials
Donald Maatz
R&E Engineering ServicesNot all materials are created equal, especially from the perspective of resistance welding. This session will present a brief overview of the most common materials joined by the resistive processes. Don will also highlight specific methodologies for joining them that have proven successful over his 20 years in the resistance welding industry.
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-5pm Panel Discussion and Welder Demonstration

This session combines all instructors in a panel format answering any question you may have. This is also a great opportunity to discuss your specific application.



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