American Welding Society
Western Michigan Section

September 2006

Upcoming Events:

December 4, 2006

M-Tec Tour
January 15, 2007
February 19, 2007
March 19, 2007
FSU Student
April 16, 2007
Quiz The Expert
May 21, 2007
June 9, 2007
Golf Outing


Kevin Fleming


Scot Reitenour


Membership Chairman:
Jim Koster

Phil Schiffer



Soft Touch – Keeping Spot Welder Operators Safe.

Speaker: Ron Leibovitz, Vice President

THE PROBLEM: Because of the parts being spot welded, many welder operators have to hold parts in a way that puts their fingers close to the electrodes. The result is operators getting their fingers and hands pinched in the electrodes. Most spot welder cylinders generate several hundred pounds of force at the weld tips causing serious injury.
 THE SOLUTION: Unitrol took up the challenge and developed SOFT TOUCH, a fully passive patent-pending system that provides very low electrode force when the area between the electrodes is not safe, and only applies full electrode force when it is safe to do so. This new development was done using electronic sensing rather than mechanical switches or moving parts.

Dinner & Technical Meeting

Monday, October 16th
Social Hour at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:30 pm
Presentation at 7:30 pm

Reservations must be called in by Friday, October 13

For reservations please contact:
Kris Marshall
Phone:(616) 530-8641


O'Mally's Grill & Pub
5080 Alpine (M37) Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI


Members: $20.00
Non-Members: $20.00
Students: $15.00

February 7, 2006- The 23rd Silver Quill Editorial Achievement Award Competition
January 4, 2006 - Sam Gentry Joins American Welding Society As Executive Director of AWS Foundation
2006 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show
October 31 - November 2, 2006
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA USA

There's more to see at the 2006 Show
  • US Weld trials to take place at the 2006 Show.
  • RWMA Welding School will be coming to Atlanta.
  • GAWDA to have a 2-day pavilion at the Show.
  • Job Fair to be held on the last day of the Show.
  • Innovation theater highlights exhibitor products.