Xiris Appoints New President


Burlington, Ontario, Canada, March 15, 2023 – Xiris Automation is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr. Lyle Moroz as our new President. With a technical background in mechanical engineering and business, Lyle has a solid history of driving sales and growing businesses with leading edge technology solutions to customers across various industries. Based out of our Canadian office in Burlington, Ontario, Lyle will be responsible for all day-to-day operations and sales of Xiris weld cameras and inspection systems globally.

Photo of Mr. Lyle Moroz, President, Xiris Automation Inc.

Cameron Serles, former President and new CEO of Xiris Automation, commented “As our business grows in size and complexity, we are very pleased to appoint Lyle to run the business on a day-to-day basis with a particular focus on creating value added solutions for our customers. He combines many years of experience leading technical teams and driving business growth with energy, enthusiasm, technical knowledge and a focus on the needs of the customer. This appointment will help Xiris focus on supplying the metal fabrication industry with weld cameras and inspection systems to meet their quality and process control needs.”

Xiris Automation Inc. specializes in developing optical equipment used for process and quality control across a number of specialty industries. With an extensive product line, Xiris provides some of the world’s most dynamic manufacturers with the ability to detect, recognize, and interpret quality defects in their manufactured goods.

AMADA WELD TECH Celebrates Grand Opening of its Eastern Technical Center

AMADA WELD TECH Celebrates Grand Opening of its Eastern Technical Center

AMADA WELD TECH celebrated the grand opening of its Eastern Technical Center in High Point, North Carolina on October 13th, 2022. At the event, senior leaders from both AMADA WELD TECH and AMADA AMERICA came together to welcome over 30 regional customers into its new cutting-edge lab.
The event provided an opportunity for customers to get a first-hand look at the new facility, which provides a venue for application development, hands-on training, and sample evaluation. Attendees toured the entire 252,000 square foot space, where they were able to view the manufacturing area, technical center, and showroom. The event concluded with live demos and a Q&A session. “The establishment of this facility demonstrates our commitment to constant collaboration with our regional customers,” said Steve Shea, Southern Regional Sales Manager, AMADA WELD TECH. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with them to develop and refine the application of our technologies to their unique business needs.”


VANCOUVER, CANADA, Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novarc Technologies Inc. (“Novarc”), a full-stack robotics company specializing in the design and commercialization of collaborative robots (“cobots”) and AI-based machine vision solutions for autonomous welding, announced today that it is partnering with Lincoln Electric, the leading global manufacturer of advanced arc welding solutions and automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, to expand Novarc’s automated cobot pipe welding solutions.
As part of the partnership, Novarc will integrate Lincoln Electric’s welding technologies, including Lincoln’s patented Surface Tension Transfer® (STT®) root pass technology and HyperFill® twin wire MIG welding solutions into Novarc’s automated cobot pipe welding solution. Additionally, Lincoln Electric will promote Novarc’s Spool Welding Robot (SWR) for automated cobot process pipe welding.
“We are excited to collaborate with Lincoln Electric on the development and marketing of our Spool Welding Robot®(SWR) and other new products in robotics and AI. Lincoln Electric is an established brand renowned as a global manufacturer of arc welding solutions, and this new partnership is a natural evolution of our relationship to provide our collective clients with the leading automated cobot pipe welding technology solutions,” said Soroush Karimzadeh, CEO of Novarc Technologies. “Our SWR solution has generated over a 400 percent productivity increase for clients in industries such as contract manufacturing and shipbuilding and we expect our collaboration with Lincoln Electric to expand upon leading joint solutions such as SWR+HyperFill will drive added value for customers,” Karimzadeh stated.
“We look forward to collaborating with Novarc to advance the most innovative and productive automated cobot welding and fabrication solutions for the process pipe industry,” said Bruce Chantry, Vice President, Marketing of Lincoln Electric. “We expect this partnership will deliver pipe fabricators a high quality automated solution with efficient, high-deposition welds and unmatched speed to help expedite project timelines.”
Novarc’s SWR solution revolutionized pipe welding when it was introduced in 2017, by automating pipe welding and paving the way for the introduction of cobots in the welding industry. The SWR works alongside a human operator, to increase productivity, weld quality and consistency, and customers typically achieve a six to 18-month return on investment.
Novarc has experienced significant growth in the past three years; doubling the number of team members, and SWR sales this year. The agreement with Lincoln Electric, will allow Novarc to further collaborate on more products, including incorporating AI and machine learning, which is expected to continue the growth trajectory.

Nigeria approves policy on Welding Technology

The Nigerian Government has approved a National Policy on welding and welding related fields and its urgent implementation in an effort to fast track industrialization and sustainable development in the country.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, revealed this at the North-West zonal dialogue between government and stakeholders in the Science, Technology and Innovation ecosystem on the Establishment and Implementation of Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs) in Kano state, North West Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the Director, Chemical Technology Department and the Senior Special Assistant to the Minister, Mr. MEJ Bassey, said the Policy will also arrest the situation of Nigerians outsourcing welding jobs due to the emphasis placed on foreign welding certification.
In a statement made available by the ministry’s deputy director of press and public relations, signed by Josephine Ademu, the Minister stated that the recently approved policy is in line with the implementation of the Presidential Executive Order NO.5 that is directed towards boosting local content.
Dr. Mamora enjoined the participants to identify other important areas for effective regulation, credible certification and accreditation to achieve the country’s goal.

New 50-Ton Friction Welding Center Expands AFW C

American Friction Welding (AFW) has installed a new Thompson 50-ton rotary friction welding center to expand capacity and provide manufacturing redundancy and scheduling flexibility. The center features enhanced technology with rate control and forge collapse capability to ensure weld repeatability and maintain length tolerances. The new equipment will primarily serve the automotive and electric vehicle market and brings the count to 17 high-precision centers for North America’s largest subcontract friction welder.

“AFW continues to experience much growth, which is a great problem to have. The new 50-ton center opens capacity to manage high-volume demand and serve the growing needs of our customers,” John Fischer, President of American Friction Welding, said in a statement. “Special thanks to our friends at Thompson Friction Welding for all their support in this endeavor.”

CO2Meter Releases Portable Welding Gas Analyzer


CO2Meter launches “CM-1650” portable welding gas analyzer to ensure gases meet AWS standards

CO2Meter Inc., a worldwide leader in gas detection and safety monitoring, released its new portable CO2 welding gas analyzer that verifies correct CO2 concentrations in welding gas mixes. The highly anticipated CM-1650 measures mixed cylinder gas or blended gas at a mixer to ensure the accuracy of your gas and purity of your welds. With preconfigured measurements for C5, C10, C15, C25 and C50 as well as custom settings ranging from C5-C100, the CM-1650 provides the broadest measurement to the AWS standard in the market. 

“In designing this device, we were sure to work together with the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) to develop an analyzer that is built specifically to identify inaccuracies in mixed welding gases and to ensure AWS standards are adhered to. The CM-1650’s launch not only provides industry professionals the ability to verify that their gas meets requirements, but also provides quality assurance that their end weld product is the highest standard. The previous lack of quality and affordable devices to accomplish these analyses is something that we viewed as a true gap in the market and an area where our gas analysis expertise could provide a true solution for end users.” announced CO2Meter CEO, Travis Lenander.

Accurately measuring and analyzing multiple welding gas mixes from 0-100% CO2 concentration is a significant advance in the welding industry. Yet, it is not the only new feature that can be found in the portable CO2 welding gas analyzer. Customers will also be able to control and set their own custom blend gas selections dependent upon their preferred concentration range. The device can achieve this by utilizing four high-quality NDIR CO2 sensing components at its core. By using four sensors, the device can provide maximum accuracy at different measurement ranges dependent upon the customers use case.

Having designed the CM-1650 in conjunction with major and independent industrial gas suppliers, welding school faculty, and welding professionals, this allowed CO2Meter to also integrate features critical to our partner’s needs. The CM-1650 logs all the device data to a micro-SD card for easy retrieval for data analysis – specifically to ensure the requirements of welding inspectors and auditors. Additionally, the gas concentrations as well as a “GO/STOP” indicator can also be displayed on the easy-to-use, full color, LCD display.

“The last year has really allowed us to identify an opportunity in the market and create a product which provides a solution for our partners in the gases and welding world. As we speak to potential distributors about the CM-1650 we hear feedback like ‘we need to guarantee the gases we provide’ and ‘we better know the accuracy of our gas blends before our customers call and question it’”. We recently demonstrated the CM-1650 to our partners and friends at the GAWDA Annual Conference in San Diego to magnificent reviews. Customers will be able to see the device demonstrated at FABTECH in Atlanta the first week of November too. We are excited to launch this device in 2022 as we already have plans to add oxygen sensing and analysis into an enhanced model in mid-2023 proving that CO2Meter continues to respond to customer needs and provide solutions in multiple industries and applications.” States CO2Meter Executive Vice President, Josh Pringle.

Russia begins welding base plate of Brest reactor

Welding has begun of the baseplate of the Brest-OD-300 reactor, under construction as part of the pilot demonstration power complex (ODEK), at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC, part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL). This signals the start of pre-assembly of the base plate. Two parts of the steel plate, with a total weight of 158 tons, have been placed on a slipway and general contractor JSC Titan-2 is now welding the two parts together.

For the base plate, a combined welding method has been chosen – from above it is performed semi-automatically and from below manual welding is used. The work is carried out by highly qualified welders under constant temperature control, which is maintained automatically. A total of 14 root sutures must be made. Welding of the two sections should be completed by the end of December. Ultrasonic testing of the welds will then be carried out, as well as other types of testing specified by the working design documentation.

After the installation of additional structural elements, the base plate will be installed in the reactor shaft, where it will perform the functions of balancing the loads on the foundation from the elements of the Brest-OD-300 reactor vessel. Together with the shell, the base plate will also create an additional sealing contour for the structure. Installation of the plate in the reactor shaft is scheduled for 2023.

The base plate was delivered to the ODEK construction site in September 2022 using the Northern Sea Route from St Petersburg. The plate, which when completed will have a diameter of 21.7 metres and a thickness of 300 mm, is first of a kind.

Since 2011, SCC has been responsible for implementing the ODEK facility as part of the Breakthrough (Proryv) project intended to demonstrate closed fuel cycle technology. ODEK will include a module for fabrication and refabrication of nuclear fuel and a module for reprocessing irradiated fuel as well as the Brest reactor.