The 2021 International Brazing and Soldering Conference Is Full Steam Ahead

The 2021 International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC) Conference will take place October 3–6 in Denver, Colo., as an in-person event.

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The 2021 International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC) Conference will take place October 3–6 in Denver, Colo., as an in-person event.

 

This year’s conference will certainly be one for the history books. In planning the event, the entire team had to deal with issues that they never could have anticipated. We had to reschedule, make some hard decisions, and plan for better days. Despite the occasional moments of fear and doubt, conversations with our friends from around the world helped us to feel the pulse of hope. To say that we were and still are dealing with uncertainty is an understatement. Considering that, we chose October for the conference in hopes that it would be positioned far enough into 2021 to hold an in-person event and would not conflict with other events that had also been rescheduled. An additional factor is the changing travel restrictions around the world. Because many of our presenters are typically from outside of the United States, we have provided the ability for them to present virtually and still give our attendees the opportunity to interact with them with live questions and answers.

The lockdowns and move to virtual work were another aspect of 2020 that not only changed the way that we all work and live but also stopped the ability of many companies, researchers, and students to continue their development. This was a major concern. Would we get enough submissions to hold the conference? Every other week, the team would connect and review where we were with submissions and share conversations that we had with other colleagues. It all came together in the end, and I am pleased to say we have an exciting event planned with a strong technical program.

On Sunday, October 3rd, education sessions will provide insights into reactive wetting, braze joint design, aluminum brazing, and the brazing of stainless steels and superalloys. Four of the most recognized experts in their field will spend the day teaching and sharing their experience. This is a rare opportunity to learn with so much knowledge in one place.

Keynote speakers from the United States, Germany, and China will share their knowledge as they kick off the two-and-a-half-day conference. Following the keynote lectures, technical sessions that cover topics from brazing aerospace components to understanding the fundamentals of the process will give attendees something to take back with them and help to grow their understanding of brazing and soldering.

Be sure to visit the exhibits. Companies that deal with all aspects of brazing and soldering will be showing off their latest technology in the exhibit hall. This is an excellent way to catch up on the newest manufacturing trends and techniques.

Together, we look to a celebration of our industry and the bright future that is ahead. So, on the evening of Tuesday, October 5th, we will gather to celebrate our industry with an awards reception. Please join me for the announcement of the winner of the outstanding paper award and spend an evening reconnecting and networking.

I am proud to say that the IBSC is a go! Bring your stories, questions, problems, parts, and ideas. If you are involved in brazing or soldering, this is the place to be. With all the expertise and everyone’s willingness to help each other, I am sure that you will find what you are looking for and certainly discover some new approaches and ideas.

 

To learn more about the conference and register to attend, visit awo.aws.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences/international-brazing-and-soldering-conference-2021.

 

I want to wish everyone safe travels. I can’t wait to say, “Welcome, friends, to the 2021 International Brazing and Soldering Conference.

 

This article was written by Steve Feldbauer, IBSC chair, for the American Welding Society.