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07. – 09.08.2024

Welding Summit 2024: Making an Impact

The Woodlands, Texas, USA


How do you make an impact in your job? Your career? How can learning new ideas impact your future? How can you impact others by sharing your experiences? Join the best and the brightest in the industry to discuss how diverse perspectives can enhance your knowledge and make an impact in the industry.

Welding Summit is the place where people from a wide variety of backgrounds, different levels of experience, and representing different segments of the industry gather to share their ideas, expertise, and perspectives on a wide variety of topics including emerging trends in welding.

Attendees will witness presentations, demonstrations, and visit the exhibits of industry experts, network and learn about key advancements, latest technical approaches, and innovations required to support the industry. Attendees are awarded 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) for each hour of conference attendance for a total of 21 PDHs. These can be applied toward AWS recertifications, renewals, and other professional needs.

Agenda Overview:

August 7, 2024

  • Registration Open
  • Exhibitor Set-up
  • Welcome / Opening Keynote: Ernest D. Levert, Sr.
  • Sessions & Afternoon Break
  • Welcome Reception

August 8, 2024

  • Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
  • Inspirational Keynote: Dr. Rick Rigsby
  • Sessions & Morning Break
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Sessions & Afternoon Break
  • Reception in the Exhibit Hall

August 9, 2024

  • Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
  • Sessions & Morning Break
  • Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
  • Closing Keynote: Lori Kuiper

Dr. Rick Rigsby
President & CEO Rick Rigsby Comunications

We live in an era of astonishing technology, instant information and rampant social networking. Despite the epidemic advances that ushered in a new millennium, cultural critics argue that society has never been more shallow in communication and more superficial in appearance. In fact, Dr. Rigsby argues that for many organizations, appearance- or what he refers to as impression- has become the new corporate wardrobe.

We invite you to rediscover what is really important and meaningful- not only in your professional career but in your personal life as well. Join Dr. Rigsby as he shares the wisdom of past generations- wisdom that will inspire, motivate and empower you to make an impact rather than an impression!

Lori Kuiper
Director of Specialty Products, Red-D-Arc

This presentation chronicles the career of a woman who stumbled into the wonderful world of welding and never left. Lori will discuss the journey from apprentice to welding engineer and share some of the highs and lows she encountered as a young woman in the welding field. She encourages everyone, from every walk of life, to enter the welding industry and will share some of the things she does to make an impact.

Ernest D. Levert, Sr.
Lockheed Martin, Retired
AWS Past President

The International Space Station (ISS) requires thermal control units to maintain the correct environment to cool the electrical components, thermal batteries, habitation modules, and experimental components. Lockheed Martin Corporation – Dallas, Texas manufactures two different systems called the Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) and the Photovoltaic Radiators (PVR). The Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) will cool science equipment, black boxes, and the astronaut’s habitation modules. The Photovoltaic Radiators (PVR) radiators were designed to remove excess heat produced by the solar cell batteries, which provide electrical power for the ISS and the early habitation modules. Excess heat is taken from the batteries and a heat exchanger and moved to the PVR panels through hydrogenous ammonia.

This presentation will discuss the welding procedures and CNC orbital tube welding equipment specifically developed and designed to weld the two thermal control units. There are approximately 1,500 Class A welds on these two systems. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) required these welds to be fabricated to very stringent specifications. Specific orbital tube welding equipment, manual welding procedures, and welding techniques were developed. A 100% acceptance rate was achieved.