Linde expert to explain technology and global applications of laser welding
Mississauga, Canada, November 22, 2011 -- Laser welding is a fast-growing method of joining metals in many manufacturing industries around the world because of its speed, quality of weld and high flexibility. The development of this unique manufacturing technique, its current applications, and its future will be discussed at a meeting to be held by the Canadian Welding Association’s Golden Triangle Chapter at the Quality Hotel and Suites Convention Centre in Woodstock, Ontario on November 23, 2011.
Dr. Joe Berkmanns, national technical manager-manufacturing for Linde Canada, will be the primary speaker at the meeting. His presentation, “History and Current State of Laser Welding,” covers all aspects of the welding process, including its applications, the growing global markets, as well as the technical developments that have made laser welding so widely accepted in highly automated industries.
Linde Canada is an affiliate of Linde North America, which is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. The Canadian Welding Association is a national organization devoted to promoting and supporting the welding and joining industry in Canada.
Laser welding is a technique used to join multiple pieces of metal using a laser beam, which provides a concentrated heat source, allowing for narrow, deep welds and high welding rates. “The process reached significant industrial scale in the automotive industry because of its speed in high volume applications,” said Berkmanns. “Today, it is extensively used in other highly automated industries such as shipbuilding, offshore pipelines, aerospace and medical devices.”
Berkmanns’ presentation is a technical discussion of the developments in the laser welding processes that have brought the technique to its current level of acceptability in manufacturing. “Great strides have been made in both gas and solid state power sources technology. These developments have produced high welding speeds, reduced heat-related distortion, weight savings, increased strength and stiffness and high flexibility. All the elements required in highly automated industries where quality and productivity are critical.”
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.9 billion (USD 17.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, visit Linde Canada online at http://www.lindecanada.com
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Josh Hyde, WET/CWI
Linde Canada Limited