RWMA’s 2022 Virtual Meeting Unites Members and Much More

The Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance’s (RWMA’s) 2022 virtual meeting was recently held, bringing together its members.

AWS Publications | June 6, 2022 | AWS News and Calendar
Welding Digest ►  RWMA’s 2022 Virtual Meeting Unites Members and Much More

The Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance’s (RWMA’s) 2022 virtual meeting was recently held, bringing together its members.

The following highlights took place:

-The Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT) credential received a marketing refresh.

After reintroducing the CRWT credential in early 2020, AWS asked corporate member Knapheide Mfg. Inc., Quincy, Ill., to put its welding group through the program and provide feedback. This led to a new marketing campaign, including a website landing page (pages.aws.org/crwt), that discusses the importance of technicians in the resistance welding (RW) process, explains how being CRWT certified benefits employers and employees, and lists the four training options.

Other updates are a CRWT webinar developed by AWS member and RWMA Past President Don DeCorte; a revised fact sheet; insights from Knapheide about the importance of becoming CRWT certified; and a revamped tool kit for RW operators who want to promote the CRWT certification, exam, and training options.

-RWMA welcomed its first official RWMA Individual Member, Michael Karagoulis.

-Tim Foley of Automation International presided over his first meeting as chair of RWMA.

-The meeting culminated with a 60-min talk, “Process Monitoring: The Road to AI for Welding Processes,” by Mark Boyle with Amada Weld Tech.

Photo 1 RWMADuring RWMA’s recent gathering, Mark Boyle with Amada Weld Tech spoke about process monitoring.

 

“RWMA was excited to hold its first in-person event since 2020 with a co-located annual meeting in conjunction with WEMCO [Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee], but the committee was forced to adjust when the event was canceled due to COVID-19,” said RWMA Secretary Adrian Bustillo. “Instead, they offered a virtual meeting on February 24 that featured a presentation by Mark Boyle of Amada Weld Tech. His talk demonstrated how data acquisition, usage, and security in weld process monitoring will impact the future of welding manufacturing. Anyone interested in learning more can find his recorded presentation in the AWS Member Network’s resistance welding community.”

RWMA is scheduled to hold its next in-person meeting during the fall of 2022. For more information, visit (aws.org/rwma).

In addition, May 17 is the deadline for WEMCO’s Excellence in Welding Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations instrumental in raising the image of welding. Visit (aws.org/wemco) to view the categories and online application.