Monday, May 22, 2017

International Congress – 2017 of the International Institute of Welding

International Congress – 2017 of the International Institute of Welding

Concurrent Event: Weld India 2017
                               (XII International Welding Technology Exhibition)

Young Professionals Conference of the International Institute of Welding

Date: 07-09 December 2017


Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai

Hosted by: The Indian Institute of Welding, Chennai Branch

The Indian Institute of Welding (IIW INDIA)

The Indian Institute of Welding is a professional body devoted to the promotion and advancement of welding science and technology in India. Established in 1966, with its registered office at Kolkata, it has thirteen branches located at Bangalore, Baroda, Bhilai, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Jamshedpur,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Vishakapatnam, Pune and Hyderabad. IIW has over 4000 welding professionals and more than 300 industries as members. With a mission to be the Premier Professional Institute in India for the advancement of Welding Science & Technology and related activities, IIW India has been involved in human resources development in Welding in India by carrying out training and certification of engineers and welders in India in line with international standards; technology diffusion to the Industry and to the welding community; encouraging Research & Development in welding; and establishing international standards of quality for the Indian fabrication industry.

IIW India organises seminars, workshops, training programmes etc.; provide technical guidance and consultation in welding technology to its members; conduct associate membership examination; and publish technical journals and periodicals in the field of welding. IIW India is a member of the International Institute of Welding. It has its own Authorised National Body through which it conducts international certification programmes, such as IWE, IWT, IWS & IWP, of the International Institute of Welding. IIW-India has obtained accreditation as Authorised National Body for Company Certification (ANBCC) from the International Institute of Welding through its International Authorisation Board (IAB) for the exclusive rights within India to operate its Manufacturers Certification Scheme (MCS) for certification of companies for compliance to the requirements of ISO 3834. IIW India has its own National Welding Training and Certification Scheme (NWTCS), which has been prepared to meet the demand of industry for welders, trained and certified to a level of competency commensurate with the requirements of any of the welder qualification and certification standards or codes. IIW India is also closely associated with Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) of National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Modular Employable Scheme (MES) of Directorate General of Training (DGT) under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of Government of India.

Recognising the rapid pace of industrial growth in India, the International Institute of Welding has allotted its prestigious International Congress for 2017 to the Indian Institute of Welding. Considering the wide ranging fabrication activities in South India, particularly in Chennai, the Indian Institute of Welding has allotted its Chennai Branch the responsibility to host this Congress. The Chennai Branch of IIW India, formed in 1973, was adjudged the best performimg Branch of IIW India in 2016. It has made good progress over the years with respect to membership, technical programmes etc, due to the unstinted support of industries in the region and selfless efforts of various members and office bearers. Today the Branch has over 500 members and 25 Industrial Corporate members. It organizes technical meetings every month, courses, workshops and seminars of topical interest and visits to
important projects. With our country in the midst of a quantum leap to industrialization, the Branch hopes to contribute effectively towards improved productivity, cost effectiveness and quality enhancement to the welding fraternity in particular and industries in general. The Chennai Branch constantly audits its position and develops strategic plans to meet the latest objectives of our Country's development.

The International Institute of Welding (IIW)

The International Institute of Welding (IIW) was founded in 1948 by the welding institutes/societies of 13 countries who considered it crucial to make more rapid scientific and technical progress possible on a global level. Their vision was for the IIW to be the international vehicle by which innovation and best joining practices could be promoted, while providing an international platform for the exchange and dissemination of evolving welding technologies and applications.
From its humble beginnings, the IIW is today a universal reference, recognized as the largest worldwide network for welding and allied joining technologies, boasting a current membership of 59
countries from five continents. The IIW's Mission is to operate as the global body for the science
and application of joining technology, providing a forum for networking and knowledge exchange among scientists, researchers and industry. Through the work of its 26 Technical Commissions and Working Units, the organization's technical focus encompasses the joining, cutting and surface treatment of metallic and non-metallic materials by such processes as welding, brazing, soldering, thermal cutting, thermal spraying, adhesive bonding and microjoining. IIW work also embraces allied fields including quality assurance, non-destructive testing, standardization, inspection, health and safety, education, training, qualification, design and fabrication.

In 1986, IIW was selected as one of the world's three official International Standardizing Bodies in the areas of welding and joining. Since the date, the organization, together with the practical input of industry leaders, has published eighteen international welding standards under the auspices of the
International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standards programme covers materials, test methods, best practices, new technologies, health and safety matters, environmental issues and management. With the qualification of welding personnel now mandatory for manufacturers everywhere, IIW has established a requirements system for the proper education, training, qualification and certification of welding professionals, from engineers and technologists to onsite
practitioners. These standards enable countries to shape qualified, world-class professionals locally, thus making welding one of the only professions to have uniform requirements around
the world.

IIW's virtual library constitutes the world's largest online source of welding information available today. Members can consult and share technical documents, white papers, publications, articles and original doctoral theses not found elsewhere… comprising a database of roughly 20,000 documents, of which more than 1,000 may be downloaded from the IIW web site. And for in-print access to the latest, most significant findings of researchers and practitioners from around the globe in brief, the IIW journal, “Welding in the World”, is published six times yearly and may also be consulted online.

The Theme of the Congress

India has seen a rapid rise in industrialisation in the past few decades, due its expansion in markets such as pharmaceuticals, bio-engineering, nuclear technology, informatics and technology oriented higher education. India is poised to become a major manufacturing hub because of the relatively low cost of production, thus resulting in India going global. The structured liberalisation of the Indian economy, which has paved the way for globalisation of our industry, has had its impact on core sectors such as power, steel, oil, gas, petrochemical and transportation. Hence, there is an imperative need for the manufacturers to maximise profits without compromising on quality and by lowering manufacturing time and costs. Since welding is the most widely used engineering manufacturing process, the welding industry is also poised for a vibrant change due to the need to introduce high
productivity welding processes, cost effective designs and reliable quality control methods. Also, newer materials ranging from variations of existing metallic materials to ceramics and composites to nano-materials and others, which widely differ in their physical and mechanical properties, are being introduced for industrial use for extended life of the components. Welding of these materials poses
technological challenges in welding fabrication, leading to development of superior welding processes and quality assurance criteria. Further, the role of information technology and the need to
develop high quality products based on research-industry co-ordination cannot be overlooked.

Skill Development in welding is all set to get a major thrust in India in the years to come, with the launch of the 'Make in India' initiative by the Government of India. The Make in India initiative was launched in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. This initiative requires highly skilled manpower to make Indian products globally competitive. To meet this end, Skill India campaign was launched in July 2015 with an aim to train over 400 million people in different skills by 2022. Welding is one of the trades in this campaign. Hence, the theme of International Congress 2017 is Advances in the Science, Technology and Skill Development in Welding.

Objectives of International Congress 2017
  • to provide a dynamic forum for professionals for industries, academia and research institutes to share and enhance the latest in knowledge base in Welding Science & Technology, besides discussing strategies to make India an industrial global power. This would help the delegates
    use this forum for fulfilling the missions of their organisations.
  • Use the forum for fulfilling the Govt. of India's mission of Rapid industrialization through Skill Development
  • Promote Regional co-operation by involving neighboring countries

Topics to be Covered During IC 2017

Topics that would be deliberated upon in the International Congress 2017, but not limited to, are the following:


Invitation to authors

Welding technologists, scientists and professionals who are interested in presenting their original work and experience as technical papers in the Seminar are requested to send their abstract(s) of the paper(s), in any one of the suggested theme topics.

The papers should be based on original work and should not have been presented in any other national or international conferences.

To ensure a wider participation, POSTER sessions will be held along with the oral presentations. Authors desirous of presenting their papers in the poster session may indicate their preference while submitting the abstract.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

  • The abstract should be in English and should not exceed 500 words.
  • The abstract should be typed on A4 size paper leaving aside 25 mm margin on the left and 20 mm margin on all other sides. 
  • The abstract shall highlight the aim of the work, procedures adopted for the study, and salient features of the results and conclusions.
  • The names, complete postal address, e-mail address and telephone & fax numbers of the authors should be typed below the title in the abstract.

The abstracts and full texts of paper may be sent by email or by post to

Dr. Shaju K. Albert, (Convenor, IC 2017),
Head, Materials Technology Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research
Kalpakkam – 603 102, E-mail : shaju@igcar.gov.in; shajualbert.ic2017@gmail.com

The abstracts will be scrutinised by a panel of experts in the field and the authors would be informed regarding the acceptance along with the guidelines for submission of the full paper. The authors presenting the paper would have to register as delegates in the Seminar.

Awards to be Presented During IC 2017

  • Life Time Achievement Award of IIW India for outstanding contribution towards promotion of welding science & technology in India
  • Keith Hartley Memorial Lecture for outstanding contribution in the field of Welding Research & Education in India and to the cause of The Indian Institute of Welding
  • Prof. Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture to a young scientist for his significant contribution for development of Welding Science and Technology in India
  • Prof. D. R. G. Achar memorial Lecture awarded by Chennai Branch to one of its member for outstanding contribution in the field of Welding
  • Minati Bhattacharjee Memorial Award For Excellence for the Best Performing Branch For The Year
  • ESAB INDIA AWARD for the Best Technical Paper presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • T. Mirchandani Memorial Research Award for the Best Research Paper in Welding Metallurgy, Modelling, and Extensive Testing, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • H.D. Govindraj Memorial Research Award for the second Best Research Paper in Welding Metallurgy, Modelling, and Extensive Testing presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • Panthaki Memorial Award for the Best Paper in Welding of Non-Ferrous Materials presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • Sharp Tools-Award-1 for the Best Paper in Welding Fabrication and Practices, presented at the National Welding Seminar 
  • Sharp Tools-Award-2 for the second Best Paper in Welding Fabrication and Practices, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • EWAC Alloys Award for the Best Paper in Reclamation and Repair Welding, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • CEOBSP AWARD for the Best Paper in Reclamation and Repair Welding in Steel Plants, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • D&H SECHERON AWARD for the Best Paper Presentation at the National Welding Seminar
  • WELDMAN AWARD for the Best Paper in Automation or Process Development, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • Venus Wires Award for the Best Technical Paper in Stainless Steel Application, presented at the National Welding Seminar
  • Weldwell Speciality Award for the Best Thesis In The Field Of Welding Submitted For The Award of Ph. D
  • ASSOCIATE ENGINEERS AWARD for the Best Thesis Submitted For Award of M.E/M.Tech/M.S Degree
  • ELCA Laboratories Award in National Skill Competition For Best Welder (Structural / MIG-CO2)
  • ELCA Laboratories Award in National Skill Competition For Best Welder (Pipe / SMAW)
  • ELCA Laboratories Award in National Skill Competition For Best Welding Engineer

Concurrent Event: WELD INDIA 2017

On the occasion of International Congress 2017, the Indian Institute of Welding will organise an International Welding Exhibition, known as WELD INDIA 2017, during 07-09 December 2017 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. WELD INDIA is back after a gap of 6 years in Chennai, which was the venue to India’s largest welding technology exhibition till date, Weld India 2011.

WELD INDIA 2017 will present an opportunity for the leaders in welding consumables and equipments, and other allied industries such as NDT, microstructural and properties characterization, to display their wares to attract the prospective Indian consumer and gain a foothold in the India of the future. This will be the apt forum for the manufacturers and dealers of conventional and advanced welding equipments; electron beam, laser, magnetic pulse and diffusion welding equipments; equipments for joining of nano materials, ceramics, plastics etc., welding and hardfacing consumables; weld repair and maintenance equipments; computer aided welding equipments; welding robots and CNC machines; soldering and brazing equipments; gas, plasma and laser

Concurrent Event: Young Welding Professionals International Conference 2017 (YPIC 2017)
The Young Welding Professionals International Conference is being organized as a part of the International Congress 2017 on 8 December 2017 at the Convention Centre of the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, for welding professionals below 35 years of age. YPIC will give an opportunity for young researchers and professionals to share and exchange their results in their professional fields. Also, it will be an appropriate platform for young welding professionals across the globe to interact and network with each other. Delegates to YPIC 2017 can also participate in International Congress 2017.

The topics that would be deliberated upon in YPIC 2017 will be the same as those of the International Congress 2017.
  • Young professionals are invited to submit abstracts as per the following guidelines:
  • The abstract should be in English and should not exceed 500 words.
  • The abstract should be typed on A4 size paper leaving aside 25 mm margin on the left and 20 mm margin on all other sides. The abstract shall highlight the aim of the work, procedures adopted for the study, and salient features of the results and conclusions.
  • The names, complete postal address, e-mail address and telephone & fax numbers of the authors should be typed below the title in the abstract.
Please type 'Young Professionals Conference 2017' on the top left hand corner of the abstract. Also, Please type 'Paper for Young Professionals Conference 2017' in the subject of the mail

The abstracts and full texts of paper may be sent by email or by post to Dr. Shaju K. Albert, Convenor, YPIC 201, Head, Materials Technology Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam – 603 102, E-mail : shaju@igcar.gov.in; shajualbert.ic2017@gmail.com


Post-Conference Tutorials

It is planned to hold Post Conference Tutorials (PCT) on the following topics on 10 and 11 December 2017. The topics planned are as follows
1. WELDING TECHNOLOGY & METALLURGY FOR ENGINEERS
2. FABRICATION OF WELDED COMPONENTS

For more details contact:
Ravi Kumar T, Member IC2017
Chairman IIW India Bengaluru Branch
& CEO-Trinity NDT, Bangalore India
Phone: +91 98441 29439
Email: ravi@trinityndt.com
FB: www.facebook.com/ravitrinityndt

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