5555 S. Westridge Drive
New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151
Hastings Air Energy Control Inc. has a long history of educating welders and factories about the dangers inherent in welding and the necessity for clean air in welding operations. Our company recently presented the Welding Pavilion at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show. The pavilion featured a welding competition that attracted manufacturers and welders and benefited both.
David Bohrer, President, had this to say, “The purpose of the Welding Pavilion was to highlight emerging welding technologies, best safety practices related to new fume removal technologies, and proper methods of ventilation. We support welders and Vo-Tech welding programs as our area has a critical need for those with in-demand welding skills.”
We provided a preview of new fume collection technology to protect students and future welders from very harmful contaminants including Manganese and Hexavalent chrome.
The competition featured more than 50 students from area technical colleges competing for the best quality welds. Students submitted 4 welds, 2 with the GMAW process and 2 with the FCAW process. Judging was performed using objective AWS D 1.1 standards for tack size, fillet size, crater fill, fillet distribution and bead geometry. Assembly quality and weld clean up were additional judging points. Sponsors who generously provided welding supplies included: Abicor Binzel, IVEC Systems, Speedy Metals and Welders Supply.
Scholarships were provided by Hastings for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and an Honorable Mention, and presented by Lt. Governor Kleefisch.
David Bohrer, Lt. Governor Kleefisch and Dan Bohrer.
Time Lapse video of student competition.
WCTC 1st and 3rd place winners with instructors.
Moraine Park Technical College 2nd place winner with Lt. Governor Kleefisch.
MATC Honorable Mention winner with instructors and Lt. Governor Kleefisch.