In this era of information overload, we want to take a minute to put in a plug for EWI, a member-based 501(c) 3 organization that supports U.S. manufacturing companies with information and support on material joining of every type, including arc, laser, solid state, resistance, brazing, and micro-joining. As a Corporate member, Miyachi Unitek finds it refreshing to have such a neutral, unbiased organization behind us, and we want to encourage others to join too.
Who among us doesn’t need help resolving manufacturing process and production issues, and finding ways to make operations more competitive through manufacturing technology innovation? EWI does just that from a number of centers and consortia that act as hubs for the advancement of specific technologies and industries. Their overall goal is “…to improve public/private collaboration, strengthen U.S. manufacturing supply chains, and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive on a global scale.” Well, amen to that!
From its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, EWI is at the ready to help members, whether it’s testing at one of their full-size laboratories, or hands-on assistance by its knowledgable and experienced staff.
So what does EWI membership get you?
- Free design reviews – You can get a 4-hour consult and confidential recommendations from engineers best suited to discuss a specific technical design, questions, or issue.
- Free, unlimited technical inquiries – Anyway you want it – Call, phone, email or fax and get up to two hours of staff time devoted to your question. You can also contact one of their engineers directly.
- Visits to EWI and use of one of their facilities – Spend time with experts, tour their labs, and see their vast equipment, or use their conference rooms for training, meetings, or events. The perfect venue for technical discussion and interaction with EWI experts and equipment.
- Free training classes – Seminars, training on fundamentals, lasers and laser safety, materials design and testing, to name just a few.
- Membership at the EWI Centers – Free access to the EWI Energy Center, EWI Nuclear Fabrication Center, and EWI Rail Manufacturing Technology Center.
Plus meetings, presentations, a secure, members-only website, and access to a vast library where you can search technical databases or work with one of their librarians to search for you. They also send out some great publications with insights on specific technologies and innovations.
OK, editorial done for the day. Miyachi Unitek has greatly benefitted from its membership, and we urge you to look into it for your company. While you are at the website, check out EWI’s review of a set up for resistance projection welding (RPW aka cap welding) for a several-inch-diameter part. EWI’s reviewer, James Cruz, talks about how RPW eliminates the need for consumables, produces a high-quality joint, and significantly reduces cycle time.