The Department of Mechanical Engineering of NMAM Institute of Technology Nitte in association with M/s Fronius India Pvt. Limited, Pune and with support from Indian Welding Society has established a centre for welding technology named “NMAMIT-FRONIUS Centre for Welding Technology”, which became operational on 28th June 2018. The centre was inaugurated by Sri S. Gopinath, Advisor NMAMIT & Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering who is also the Former President of Indian Welding Society and Former Executive Director of BHEL Trichy, in the presence of Dr. Niranjan N.Chiplunkar, Principal-NMAMIT along with Vice Principals Dr. I.R Mithanthaya and Dr. Shrinivasa Rao B.R., Registrar Sri Yogeesh Hegde, Special Officer Sri Aravind Hegde, Dr. Sudesh Bekal-Dean R&D, HoD of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Shashikantha Karinka, HoDs of other departments, faculty members of Mechanical Engineering Department including Dr. G. Ravichandran- Adjunct Professor-NMAMIT and former General Manager-WRI Trichy, IWS resource persons Mr. S. Singaravelu- Former Additional General Manager of Welding Research Institute Trichy and Mr. Srinivasan- Consultant from IWS. The event was also attended by Fronius representatives Mr. Rahul Kulkarni – Segment Manager, along with Mr. Rahul Mehta joined by Fronius-Mangaluru region representative Mr. Abhay Pai.
A One-Day Workshop on Welding for Maintenance under the auspices of IWS, Fronius and IWS – NMAMIT Student Chapter was organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering NMAMIT, Nitte on June 28, 2018 in Phalguni Seminar Hall and the hands-on was held in NMAMIT-FRONIUS Centre for Welding Technology. The workshop was Inaugurated by Sri S. Gopinath, Advisor NMAMIT & Adjunct Professor who is also Former President of Indian Welding Society and also Former Executive Director, BHEL Trichy.
Dr. Niranjan N.Chiplunkar, Principal-NMAMIT presided over and explained about the importance of taking the activities of welding further through smaller student work groups so that the students are skilled enough with the basic welding needs. He also said that the laboratory is in its first phase of development with only the basic needs and would be developed further in due course into an advanced centre of welding technology.
Dr. Shashikantha Karinka, Professsor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Convener of the Workshop, welcomed the gathering gaving an overview of the programme and activities related to NMAMIT-FRONIUS Centre for Welding Technology. He also breifed the delegates and informed them to enrol for life membership of proposed IWS-Mangaluru Centre of Indian Welding Society. Dr. Mallikappa, Coordinator of the programme proposed vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Mr. Baskar Achar P, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The programme was attended by Vice Principals – Dr. I.R Mithanthaya and Dr. Shrinivasa Rao B.R. along with Dr. Sudesh Bekal- Dean R&D, Dr. Subrahmanya Bhat- Dean Student Welfare and HoDs of other departments. The event was attended by faculty members of the Mechanical Engineering Department and also by industry, academia and student delegates.
The Resource Persons consisted of Dr. G. Ravichandran, Adjunct Professor-NMAMIT who is also former General Manager-WRI Trichy and included the IWS resource persons Mr. S. Singaravelu, who is also the former Additional General Manager of Welding Research Institute Trichy and Mr. Srinivasan- Consultant from IWS. The technical resource persons’ support was also provided by Fronius India Pvt. Ltd through the representatives Mr. Rahul Kulkarni – Segment Manager and Mr. Rahul Mehta along with Mr. Abhay Pai who is Fronius-Mangaluru region representative.
About 57 delegates took part in the Workshop, out of which 10 were industrial delegates from major industries of the region such as MCF, Lamina, BASF, MRPL etc, 12 delegates were academicians from engineering institutions and polytechnics of the region, 26 were student delegates and 9 were internal faculty members. The topics covered are emerging trends in pipeline and casting repair and general welding processes, consumable required for thin sheet welding, aluminum welding, stainless steel welding, alloy steel welding, pre & post weld – heat treatment, hands-on on welding processes using the Welding Simulator