Share |
 
EDUCATORS
 
WELDING PROFESSIONALS
 
STUDENTS
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Why
Welding
Welding
Fun Facts
People
Profiles
Salary
Information
Company
Profiles
Industry
News
Welding
Publications
Welding
Videos
Additional
Resources

WELDING FUN FACTS




Profiled Company:

MCD Plastics and Manufacturing
Piqua, OH

MCD Plastics & Manufacturing specializes in machining plastic parts.

Website:  http://mcdplastics.com
Profiled Company:

Miller Electric Manufacturing Company
Appleton, WI

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin, manufactures arc welding and cutting equipment designed for manufacturing, fabrication, construction, aviation, motorsports, education, agriculture and marine applications.

Website:  www.millerwelds.com
Profiled Company:

Hobart Borthers
Troy, OH

Hobart Welding Products has spent decades (over 9 decades, since 1917, to be exact) designing, testing and manufacturing a full line of welding and cutting products that are industrial quality and easy to use and all carry our 5/3/1 Industrial Warranty. Whether you're in production, farming, maintenance, auto repair, or a do-it-yourselfer, we have a product that fits your needs. And with our dedicated commitment to customer service you'll find that we're easy to contact, easy to work with and easy to get information from we're here to help you.

Website:  www.hobartbrothers.com


1. NASCAR — Long before the rubber hits the road, roughly 950 man-hours are spent on welding and fabrication for each race car. Hundreds of parts are hand-cut, welded and machined, from the chassis and suspension to the drivetrain.

2. In 1961, General Motors installed the first industrial robot in history, the Unimate. Featuring a motorized arm that weighed more than two tons, the Unimate performed spot welds by following step-by-step commands stored on a magnetic drum.

3. Which famous comedian has a large antique car and motorcycle collection and employs welders regularly?
Jay Leno! His large collection includes models from the early 1900s to modern vehicles.

4. Explosion welding is a powerful welding process that can accomplish what many other welding methods can’t—it can join nearly every kind of metal together, even the most highly dissimilar ones.

5. Welding in space was first attempted in 1969 by Russian cosmonauts. Today, advances in welding technology have made it essential for projects like the construction of the International Space Station.

6. President Roosevelt, in a letter to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, boasted about the discovery of new welding techniques that enabled America to build ships with a speed unequaled in the history of shipbuilding.

7. The first car made with an entirely plastic body was assembled using ultrasonic welding. Even though plastic cars did not catch on, ultrasonic welding did. Ultrasonic plastic welding is an example of a friction welding process, which creates energy through high-intensity acoustic sounds that cause plastic pieces to vibrate together and form a bond.

8. Did you know that if two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together? This may sound unbelievable, but it is true. Two pieces of metal without any coating on them will form into one piece in the vacuum of space. This doesn’t happen on Earth because the atmosphere puts a layer of oxidized material between the surfaces.

9. More than 50% of U.S. products require welding. Do you know which of the following products rely on welding?
  • Race cars
  • Bridges
  • Ships
  • Computers
  • Medical devices
  • Oil rigs
  • Farm equipment
  • Cell phones
  • Scooters
  • MP3 players
Answer: All of them

10. What is a “fume plume”?
It is the visible column of fume that rises directly from the spot of welding or cutting.

11. The current record for the world’s deepest underwater dry weld, which is carried out in a chamber sealed around the structure to be welded, was set by Global Industries in 1990, at 1,075 ft. deep. But that is only half as deep as the world’s record wet weld, set by the U.S. Navy in 2005, at 2,000 ft. deep. Wet welding is performed underwater, directly exposed to the watery environment.

12. The earliest recorded welds occured in 3,500 B.C., the Bronze-Age. Pictures of welders and their ancient tools have been discovered in long-sealed Egyptian tombs!
EDUCATORS WELDING PROFESSIONALS STUDENTS UPCOMING
EVENTS
       
The latest resources from the Weld-Ed Center, along with tips for Counselors and Teachers on navigating students toward welding careers. Resources for the Welding Professional, including resume building, jobs in welding, AWS certification information, and more. A wealth of information and resources to help students and parents follow the right path to an exceptional welding career. Stay informed about the most current educational opportunities, events and news regarding Careers
in Welding.

©2014 American Welding Society and Weld-Ed Center
Funded in part by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program (DUE 0703018)
Visit Us on Google+