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News in Brief - July/August 2006

Connect, no.143, July - August 2006, p.7

The Welding Institute AGM

The 2006 Annual General Meeting was held at TWI, Great Abington on 20 June 2006. Awards were presented in the following categories:

Brooker Medal 2005 - Dr Leif Karlsson
Sir William J Larke Medal 2005 - Richard Pargeter
Distinguished Service Award 2005 - Alan Rodgers and Dr David Shackleton
Honorary Fellowship 2006 - Dr Chris Farrar
The Richard Weck Award 2005 - Dr Steve Shi and Steve Westgate
TWI Commendation Award - Paul Brown
The Lincoln Electric Prize - Stephen Magowan

TWI buys phased array ultrasonics NDT equipment

The advantages of improved defect detection, enhanced sizing capability and reduced inspection times offered by phased array ultrasonic techniques over conventional ultrasonic techniques are well recognised.

TWI Ltd leads the field in both R&Dmp;D and training and recognises the increasing use of portable units for on-site testing. It has recently purchased 8 Harfang X-32 units from Sonatest Ltd. This is in response to the need of personnel using this equipment to be properly trained and qualified to a recognised standard. Training courses on this equipment began in July 2006.

New and emerging automotive body joining processes - April 2007 Papers are now being sought for this conference, planned to be held at TWI next year. Prospective authors are invited to submit electronically abstracts of no more than350 words to S.L.Fox@herts.ac.uk by 15 September 2006.

Discount scheme for Members

Woodhead Publishing is delighted to announce a 20% discount open to all TWI members. As a leading independent international publishing company, they publish in welding, metallurgy, materials and engineering. For detailed information on new and forthcoming books please visit the website at www.woodheadpublishing.com. When placing an order enter TW120 in the promotional code section on the order form to benefit from this offer.

ECM - Construction panel meeting

A joint industry panel meeting was recently held for members of the construction and ECM (Equipment, Material and Consumables) sectors. The panel covered a range of Health & Safety issues facing the fabrication industry arising from the use of welding and joining processes. Presentations on welding fume, electromagnetic fields and hand arm vibration were well received by the audience. Work on the development of low fume welding electrodes was also presented showing how consumable manufacturers are responding to the health hazards associated with welding.

The workshop session revealed that Industrial Members were keen to see TWI help them unravel the implications of recent Health & Safety legislation for their businesses.

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