Welding Summit Program 2019

AWS Welding Summit 2019






8am – noon Grand Ballroom Lobby Registration Set up
8am – noon Grand Ballroom I & II Exhibition & Session Set up
1 – 6pm Grand Ballroom Lobby Registration Open
1 – 6pm Grand Ballroom Exhibition Company Set up
1 – 5pm TBD Workshop: Unlocking the Hidden Costs of Welding

Presenter: Robert Tessier
National Director Advanced Fabrication Technologies; International Senior Expert, Airgas, an Air Liquide Company

The workshop is designed to help those who are responsible for welding identify and quantify how welding efficiencies can predict your quality outputs, You will learn the questions to ask and what to look for using Ratios that point you to root cause for Fabrication issues.







7:30am Grand Ballroom Lobby Registration Open
7:30 – 9am Grand Ballroom I & III Coffee and Exhibitor Networking
9am Grand Ballroom II Welcome and Opening Remarks
AWS President Thomas J. Lienert, Ph.D., FASM, FAWS and Conference Chairs
9:30 – 10am Grand Ballroom II Opening Keynote: Welding Economy

Presenter: Mike Lang, Fluor

In 2017 we presented on Survival and Success the Today`s Welding Market showing the volatile market trends now in 2019 many have come to fruition. In 2018 we presented on Fundamental Project Success. A grass roots look at the project anatomy and where each welding piece or activity would best fit in the project lifecycle and why proper chronological order is vital to success.

Now comes 2019 and we are going to take a deep dive into the welding piece itself with Welding Economy. This presentation will explain why we need to greater emphasis on welding with labor shortages and escalating costs. Welding is broken into steps to consider in execution, allied processes and nondestructive examination which all need proper coordination to run safely and economically. Key steps for execution planning will be discussed to provoke thought to better welding cost & schedule performance in welded construction and fabrication.

10 – 10:30am Grand Ballroom II Value Chain Approach to Welding Management: How Leveraging New Technology Can Add to Your Bottom Line

Presenter: Ricky Ludemanm, Welding Technical Services Manager, Kiewit

Greater competition, slimmer margins, increasing project complexity and a scarcity of skilled labor all combine to make the current market a very tough one for businesses to be successful. In order to stay on top we must look for new tools and methods to stay competitive- whether it is for a new low-emissions natural gas burning combined cycle power plant designed to power half a million homes or a terminal to export the natural gas that the American shale gas boom has produced. Looking to the manufacturing industry one can find inspiration where technology has been leveraged to do more with less, turning around productivity shortfalls in the face of a labor gap. Within the welding industry, adopting processes such as modified short-circuit and advanced waveform pulsing GMAW as well as utilizing inspection techniques such as PAUT are components of that technological edge. Coupling these with a new take on welding operations planning is providing an advantage in this tough market.

10:30 – 11am Grand Ballroom I & III Refreshment Break and Exhibitor Networking
11 – 11:30am Grand Ballroom II High Deposition Metal Transfer Technology Meeting Quality and Performance Expectations
(A Case Study on High Deposition Technology)

Presenter: Frede Maxwell, General Manager, Welding and Machine Portfolio, Westinghouse Electric Company and William Babe, Project Manager, TEAM, Inc.

In this presentation you will get exposure to the physics of how a welding TIG arc is produced as well as how adding filler metal changes the arc energy. We will introduce step by step how the addition of Hot Wire and automated Pulsating Wire Feed has increases deposition rates and improved weld quality while mitigation the degradation of arc energy. Welder training and equipment maintenance will be folded into our discussion using first hand experiences. Our discussion will also include consideration of automated welding applications disclosing both benefits and disadvantages. Transitioning from this technical discussion, a case study will be presented to take a deep dive into a large project using HDMT technology. Anyone considering HDMT to self-perform or supplement welding work scopes using subcontract HDMT should attend.

11:30am – 12:15pm Grand Ballroom II Morning Session Panel Discussion – Attendee Q & A
12:15 – 1:15pm Emerald Ballroom Keynote Luncheon
1:30 – 2pm Grand Ballroom II Industrial Gas Supply Mode Efficiencies

Presenter: Fred Schweighardt, National Project Manager and International Expert, Air Gas an Air Liquide Company

This presentation will cover the true cost of industrial gas supply modes and some of the ways to reduce that cost. Methods covered include compressed cylinders (both single and packs), liquid cylinders, and bulk liquid supply. We will focus on the cost of handling, rental, as well as molecule costs, with a strong emphasis on safety. We will show methods to calculate the TCO (total cost of ownership) of the various supply systems.

2 – 2:30pm Grand Ballroom II Improving pressure piping fabrication productivity, safety and quality through implementing modern processes
Presenter: Iulian Radu, PCL Industrial Management Inc.

The investment in building and upgrading oil extraction and processing facilities is significant and it is estimated that will continue to grow substantially over the next decade. Productivity improvements, enhanced fabrication technology and creative solutions are necessary to keep pace with the accelerated development of oil extraction, recovery and processing needs.

The presentation focuses on increasing productivity, without compromising quality, of shop fabricated pressure equipment built to ASME pressure piping Code and numerous owner requirements. Several methods and initiatives used to increase productivity, and by extension safety and quality, are presented and discussed; including lean manufacturing, electronic welding data management, increasing shop work flow and the use of high productivity welding processes.

2:30 – 3pm Grand Ballroom II Recruitment Strategies for Welding Professionals and Craft

Presenter: Darrin Vander Toorn, President, Dutch Resources, Inc.

This presentation will include the following:

• It’s a Welder’s Job Market: Understanding the target market for the work you have

• Attracting the Skills, You Need to Keep Schedule and Budget

• Identifying What Skilled Crafts You Need and How to Get Them on Your Job

• Recruiting the Right Welders and Achieving Industry Leading Pass Rates in the Test Booths

• Assessing Your Process and Your Recruiters’ Strengths and Weaknesses

• Continuity: Establishing a Program to Keep Your Welders Certified and Ready

3 – 3:30pm Grand Ballroom I & III Refreshment Break and Exhibitor Networking
3:30 – 4pm Grand Ballroom II Topic: Modular Projects Are Like Puzzles

Presenter: Mike Rice

Modular projects are like puzzles. There are many pieces of different sizes and shapes that need to come together in a timely manner and fit into place to make a perfect picture. Planning and execution of the plan are pieces essential to gather together for a perfect picture, a successful project. Even while the plan is executed there is required an awareness that not everything will go according to plan; some pieces will be out of order or not the correct size. Flexibility is a needed piece.

Nooter Construction undertook a project to oversee and install an extension on a multilayer 6-inch thick shell urea reactor. This required coordination of puzzle parts including foreign companies, international and customer regulations, and application development of a new ultrasonic phased array technique on a multilayer vessel. Ultrasonic volumetric examination was utilized due to schedule constraints.
The site of the puzzle was in Canada, so it required the involvement of the Canadian Welding Bureau. Welding procedures in accordance with ASME Section IX were submitted for approval. Welder qualifications were witnessed by the Canadian Welding Bureau. The nondestructive procedures had to be submitted for approval. The Canadian Welding Bureau required the new phased array procedure to be demonstrated showing its capability.
The vessel extension fabricator was in Austria. One of the major puzzle pieces was making sure the existing vessel ID matched the ID of the new vessel. The plant did not want to shut down for vessel measurements.

The installation had to be performed during a maintenance shutdown. The goal was for the installation not to become critical path.
Welders used to install the shell extension were from the United States and had to demonstrate a high degree of skill to meet the quality and schedule of welding a 6-inch-thick shell seam.

The head removal had to be quick. Waterjet cutting was chosen for its precision, cut cleanliness, and ability to not have an impact on the reactor liner. This piece fit nicely into the picture.

Not all the puzzle pieces fit perfectly. Some pieces had to be trimmed. Others replaced. In the end the customer appreciated the picture.

4 – 4:30pm Grand Ballroom II Estimated Welding Costs for Improvement Opportunities

Presenter: Derek Johnson, SNC-Lavalin

Materials, labor and overhead are the cost elements of any product, the first two are being specifically analyzed at SNC Lavalin’s Sealy manufacturing facility to establish a welding cost baseline to determine if changes would improve (lower) overall welding costs.

The cost estimate’s goal is to track the cost, including production schedule performance, by welding process (GTAW, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, SAW), and will allow us to make comparative studies to establish whether improvements can lower overall costs, after the ROI period, as applicable.
Both selected and unselected improvements will be later revisited as market conditions change. Data derived from the cost estimate will then in turn be used for:

– Reinforcing the selling price of our products for quotation purposes.
– Determine tender viability.
– Determine profitability, considering existing methods and competition.
– Determining whether parts and subassemblies should be fabricated in-house or purchased from a vendor.
– Examine investment costs of new equipment to judge overall economics.
– Demonstrate savings realized by more efficient methods.
– Execution of the most efficient methods.

Direct labor will include labor, inspection and testing. Overhead isn’t addressed, as this varies by industry, region, and methods of distribution.

4:30 – 5pm Grand Ballroom II Weld Metal Procurement – The Market is Changing

Presenter: Bill Newell, Vice President -Engineering, Euroweld

Historically, piping, plate, fittings, valves and long lead equipment (LLE) are specified and orders placed well in advance of site or plant mobilization. This is not always done for emergency shutdowns or scheduled turn-arounds. Weld metal, on the other hand, is typically not ordered until mobilization has taken place and materials and LLE items are delivered. Items once stocked in ample quantities by manufacturers, distributors and end users permitted near term deliveries. Due to changing market conditions, tariffs, and general reductions in inventory, weld metal availability and supply of both commodity and specialty alloys is changing rapidly.

Manufacturing, supply chain and minimum order requirements are affecting both availability and deliveries. Waiting for weld metal procurement to be conducted by site or plant purchasing personnel may indeed be too late and artificially introduce risk and critical schedule dilemmas. Weld metal procurement should be explored as soon as possible upon job award. This applies to all entities including subcontractors and fabricators. This presentation offers an update on the status of weld metal procurement and is intended to inform to avoid the risk associated with not having the right weld metal at the job when you need it.

5 – 6:30pm Grand Ballroom II & III Exhibitor Happy Hour







7:30am Grand Ballroom Lobby Registration Open
7:30 – 9am Grand Ballroom I & III Coffee and Exhibitor Networking
9 – 10am Grand Ballroom II State of Industry Keynote

Presenter: Chris Paschall, Industrial Info

10 – 10:30am Grand Ballroom II Creep Strength Enhanced Ferritic P91 Welding

Presenter: Josh Armstrong, United Services Group

United Services will be presenting best practice welding of creep strength enhanced ferritic Grade P91 steels. Activities discussed will range from joint preparation to hardness testing after post-weld heat treatment with the focus on the cost savings of first-time quality performance.

10:30 – 11am Grand Ballroom II Purgeless Pipe TIG Welding

Presenter: John R. Corrado, Corr-Met, Inc.

Cor-Met located in Brighton, MI manufactures coated and cored TIG wires for root pass pipe welding. These QWP coated and cored wires eliminate the need for backing, paste, or gas purging on the ID of the joint and prevent oxidation or sugaring on the root pass. The pipes to be joined are fixtured with a gap, tack welded together, then welded with standard TIG equipment. The coated and cored wire grades available in the Cor-Met QWP series include Stainless, Nickel, and Low Alloy grades. The one step process saves time and money while delivering X-Ray quality weld root pass.

11 – 11:30am Grand Ballroom II Why Robotics: How to Ensure Your Project Makes Economic Sense

Presenter: Dan Allford, Arc Specialties

When correctly applied robots save money and improve quality. When misapplied the robot becomes an expensive dust collector. Using case histories Dan will discuss how to determine when and if a project is economical to automate. Topics include initial robot cost, programming costs, filler material savings, safety, part accuracy, joint configuration, production volumes and technological competency necessary to succeed.

11:30am Grand Ballroom II Closing Remarks
9 – 11am Grand Ballroom I & III Exhibitor Break Down


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