April 2018 Meeting Announcement

April 2018 Meeting Announcement

Greetings AWS West Michigan Section Members and Friends,
Join us for our April 2018 Meeting with special guest, AWS President, Dale Flood.

Click HERE to view the Newsletter for more details.

Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:00pm

622 Godfrey Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

AWS President Dale Flood Visiting West Michigan to speak about
“Mechanizing the Welding Industry.”

The US automotive industry has installed a new record of approximately 17,500 industrial robots in 2016. In the last seven years, the operational stock increased by about 52,000 units.

1 The International Federation of Robotics says 2.6 million   industrial robots will be installed worldwide by 2019.

2 The American Welding   Society estimates we are going to need more than 370,000 welders in the next 10   years.

3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than five percent of the nation’s   welders are women.

4 Do you think these statistics will not affect you?   What is a person supposed to do when robots start taking over an industry? It started   with automotive, moved to heavy industrial equipment, then to all sorts of sheet   metal components and what is next? Pipe? Structural components? Do you ever   think, “They might be able to do this in a factory but they cannot do it in a fab-shop   and especially not on a jobsite. Think again!   It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that   survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.

5 Do you have a game plan?   We do!

Out of courtesy for those planning dinner, please RSVP to
Daniel Hernandez by 4-3-18   daniel.hernandez@airgas.com

Click HERE to view the Flyer for more details

Best regards,
The AWS West Michigan Section Board