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Welding Institute’s Kent Branch Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Mon, 03 June, 2019

The Kent Branch of the Welding Institute started the summer season with their 70th Anniversary celebrations held on the 18 May at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham.

The Anniversary celebrations included demonstrations of welding, NDT and Welding with Chocolate as well as a display of historical Branch data and a number of presentations.

The event proved a good opportunity to celebrate the past 70 years of the Branch, as well as providing a showcase for Members of the future.

Supported by The Professional Membership Group, Younger Members Committee and The Tipper Group of The Welding Institute, the event brought together a wide range of ages, interests and ideas in the interests of science and engineering, very much in the spirit of the grassroots activities of The Welding Institute.

The Kent Branch is one of the Welding Institute’s smaller branches but still arranges a diverse and stimulating programme of events and activities for its Members. Last year’s programme included talks on;

  • ISO 15614-1 and the process of achieving an ISO standard and the incorporation of the ASME IX requirements as an alternative to the European derived requirements
  • Developments in Welding Consumable Technology
  • Innovation in Gas Cylinders - showing how it now possible to trace the location of cylinders and the remaining quantity of cylinder gas

The Branch also arranges visits, the most recent being a visit to A B Crush Panelcraft Ltd to see how high quality, damage repair is undertaken on modern cars and light commercials and a visit to  USN P22 “Rhine Maiden” Gunboat, now permanently moored at the Quay, Sandwich, CT13 9EN.  The “Rhine Maiden” was built by the Americans to patrol the Rhine during the cold war.

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