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News in Brief - July/August 2004

Connect, no. 131, July/August 2004, p.7

Step into the light - the competitive and cost effective solution

The Make It With Lasers programme highlighting the industrial benefits of laser technology continues with a workshop at TWI on 29 September 2004.

This event will cover the main areas of laser application technology in cutting, welding and marking and will discuss key requirements for implementation.

Presentations from laser experts, an exhibition by laser users, manufacturers and support organisations as well as practical demonstrations and a tour of TWI's facilities are the main features of the day. The event will be of relevance to decision makers and current or potential users of laser technology.

For further information or enrolment log on to or contact Abi Lowther at TWI.

5th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding

The Friction Stir Welding Licensees Association (FSWLA) are holding the 2004 event in Metz, France on 14 to 16 September.

As at previous symposia, high quality technical papers on novel work in friction stir will be presented. Topics include process developments, applications, modelling, metallurgical studies, mechanical properties etc. The symposiumis open to all with an interest in this technology.

The event is the premier forum for discussion of friction stir welding developments and applications and is attended by key organisations allowing an opportunity for networking with the world's leading authorities.

Up to date details of the event are on TWI's website: or contact Philip Threadgill the Technical Director or Diana Fairmaner the Symposium Administrator.


Institute of Rail Welding - 6th Technical Meeting

The subject for this technical event is 'What can we learn from rail welding developments in other countries' and it will be held on 21 October 2004 at TWI, Great Abington.

This one day seminar for UK rail welding personnel will comprise presentations from rail welding experts from outside the UK and the emphasis is on the application of novel track welding technology rather than established processes.

These events have been highly popular in the past and delegates have included welders, inspectors, supervisors, trainers, managers and engineers.

Further information from Rachel Wall of the Meetings Section at TWI.

For more information please email: