Dustin Payne served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, but when he returned home, he sought out work in the oil fields of Williston, North Dakota. Payne, 28, had been welding a tank when it exploded on October 3rd.
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Payne, originally from Hazel Green, AL, a town near Huntsville, died from his injuries and his body was flown home. Fellow Marines and members of the community have reached out to Payne’s family, setting up a fundraising page and organizing events in order to pay for the funeral and to assist his family during this difficult time. One nightclub in downtown Huntsville even donated its cover charge from an event to a fund for Payne’s family.
While welding holds much of our infrastructure together, it’s generosity and kindness during difficult times help communities stick together.
Overall Welding Industry Continues to Grow with Asia Taking the Lead Globally: “The report titled Global Welding & Cutting Market: Trends & Opportunities (2013-2018) provides an in-depth analysis of the global welding equipment and consumables with focus on technology used. It also assesses the key opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the industry. Growth of the industry has also been forecasted for the period 2014-19, taking into consideration the previous growth patterns, the growth drivers and the current and future trends.”
Procurement of Pickled Steel Could Save Welders Time on the Job: “If you could experience a 20% gain in productivity within your welding operation with a switch in material – such as pickled heavy gauge steel – would you consider it? If you knew in advance that some of the world’s largest industrial manufacturers generated that kind of improvement via product substitution already, would that make you switch?
Many OEMs have made the change by replacing heavy gauge blasted HR black coil with pickled heavy gauge (up to 1” thick) coil.”
Navy Explores Lighter Uniforms Using Ultrasonic Welding: “A joint project of the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility and a Rhode Island company could see the military branch’s newest uniforms being fabricated by ultrasonic welding, rather than sewing machine thread — a high-tech development that may actually bolster U.S. manufacturing.
Welded seams, which are forged when two pieces of fabric are basically melted by sound waves, could be the latest trend in Navy wear, The Associated Press reported. ”
Southern Virginia Welder Training Promises Readiness for Work in 18 Months: “Welding at SVHEC students receive instruction in MIG, TIG, Stick and Pipe welding and are ready to enter the workforce in just 18 months. Training is sponsored by Virginia Technical Institute and accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. National Center for Construction Education and Research Welding Certification is a portable, third party validated industry credential recognized by employers across the nation.”
Montana High School Gets Three-Year Grant for Welding Equipment: “Capital High’s machining and welding program now has a distinction only 31 schools in the country can claim. SME named Capital on Wednesday as one of six new Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education schools. Being recognized as a PRIME school means that students in the machining and welding program will benefit from more funding and professional-grade equipment starting in fall 2015.”
Men and Women from California College’s Welding Team Places First in Competition: “A total of eight Cuesta College welding students took home first place recently at the 2014 Welders Without Borders: Welding Thunder, a portable welding competition designed to allow instructors and students to work together and showcase their skills in a fun and competitive manner. Six teams from various California high schools and colleges competed; Cuesta College was represented by one team consisting of four men and another of four women.”
FABTECH Comes to Atlanta on November 11-13, 2014: FABTECH is “bringing together an anticipated 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies all under one roof. The show provides a backdrop for visitors to experience live equipment demonstration, find cost savings solutions, and network with industry peers throughout the 500,000+ square feet of show floor throughout the A, B, and C buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the exhibits with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.”
Welding Gone Wrong
Fire in Dallas Lofts Linked to Welding Accident: “Investigators determined the cause of the four-alarm fire was accidental, started by welding within the walls of a residential unit, [Spokesman Jason] Evans said.” Ten units were damaged, but no one was injured in the blaze.
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