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News in Brief - May/June 2005

Connect, no. 136, May - June 2005, p.7

Welding Coordinator launched

TWI recently released an off-the-shelf version of the very successful Welding Coordinator software. Welding Coordinator provides a solution for full site-wide management and traceability of fabrication information via the creation of weld data sheets.

Previously it was available as a customised package. The off-the-shelf version builds on these customisations, giving individual companies the ability to adjust the application to suit their needs in a more affordable way. The highly flexible weld data sheet allows the user to tailor the layout a to meet the requirements for any project, whilst powerful built-in reporting functions generate production and performance reports, allowing managers to identify problem areas and improve working practices.

Welding Coordinator integrates with other existing TWI welding software, Weldspec, Welderqual and NDTspec to provide a comprehensive management tool covering all areas of the welding and fabrication process.

Demonstration versions of all TWI's welding software can be found at or for more information please contact Andy Brightmore. E-mail:

Aerospace industry panel celebrates milestone

Over 25 people attended the 25th meeting of the Aerospace Industry Panel that took place recently at TWI in Great Abington.

Topics included:

  • laser welding of Al alloys
  • e-training
  • composite to metal joining
  • portable FSW machine
  • welding development at Airbus, Toulouse

Companies from the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA were present.

Presentations from industry and TWI are a regular feature of this successful gathering and TWI would like to thank the Panel members for their support over the years.

The next meeting of the Aerospace Industry Panel is scheduled for 21 September 2005 and any Industrial Member interested in attending should contact Richard Freeman for more information. E-mail:

Technology awareness in Wales

A highly successful NDT Technology Awareness day was held at Port Talbot, Wales recently.

Over 60 delegates attended the event promoting Joining Forces Wales and TWI Technology Centre (Wales), both as a Centre of Excellence in established and advanced NDT and as a local access point for all TWI technologies.

There were exhibitions from NDT equipment suppliers as well as stands showcasing TWI's capabilities in laser processing and structural integrity. The Welsh Development Agency were also present. One-to-one clinics gave delegates a unique opportunity to talk to TWI's specialists in a confidential environment.

For more information on TWI's services in NDT technology or the TWI Technology Centre in Port Talbot, e-mail

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