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Proceedings of NIST Workshop: Industry Needs in Welding Research and Standards Development



William G. Rippey


Thirty-two attendees representing technology users, technology providers, private and university research, and government gathered for this two-day workshop on welding technology. The purpose was to form recommendations to NIST on how to direct its resources to best meet needs of the manufacturing industry. NIST¿s new research efforts are proposed to be concentrated in the Automated Welding Manufacturing System (AWMS) project. The meeting produced extensive discussions about welding technology needs. The needs were broadly divided into standards and technology research. Sub-topics were formed to define emphasis. In order to make recommendations to NIST, there was one round of voting to prioritize the sub-topics. More detailed comments were documented by using an on-line group software system to gather inputs from terminals and display them on a projection display. The attendees defined twelve sub-topics. The top four ranked, indicating where Industry has the strongest needs, were: Interface standards for data exchange, Electrical and mechanical interface standards, Predictive process models and knowledge base, Simulation and off-line programming. NIST is using the ideas expressed in the workshop to form 3-5 year project plans for AWMS. We are matching the highest priority areas to the capabilities, funding and staffing available. We are planning to form teams with those who can provide skills and equipment that we are missing.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5822
Report Number


Welding, Standards, Control, Robotics & Intelligent Systems, technology providers, technology users, welding research, welding standards


Rippey, W. (1996), Proceedings of NIST Workshop: Industry Needs in Welding Research and Standards Development, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created April 1, 1996, Updated November 25, 2008