Weld-X Thermocouple Spot Welder

If you’re looking for an accurate, efficient and portable wire welding unit, look no further than the Weld-X Thermocouple Spot Welder.  Made for spot welding and welding repairs, the high arc temperatures generated by the Weld-X can easily fuse all standard thermocouple materials.  The Weld-X’s straightforward and uncomplicated setup allow for anyone to quickly be adept at using it.

The Weld-X has many advantages and features that make it an excellent choice for your spot welding and welding repair needs.  Installation of it does not require skilled operators or prepared surfaces, and its size and weight make it one of the most conveniently sized units available in the market.  It contains a rechargeable battery and integral charger which allows for numerous welds to be made without the need to connect to any outside power sources.  Operation can also be powered from AC line voltage as well.

All standard thermocouple materials including platinum and tungsten can be easily fused by the Weld-X.  The strongest welded surface connections are usually made by ferrous materials, but very suitable direct attachments can also be made to aluminum, titanium, copper, and other alloys.  Field, shop and lab use are some of the most relevant areas where the Weld-X is useful.  The size, portability and ease of use make it a great tool in these environments.

WichiTech Industries, Inc. designs and manufactures simple, safe, reliable and value packed composite repair systems.  We offer an assortment of products on our website for a variety of industries.  Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn for all company news and information.

Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry in America continues to grow and develop. As the economy has rebounded, the aerospace industry has been slingshot ahead of the manufacturing sector as a whole. A rebound in the aerospace industry means rebounds for other industries as well – aerospace manufacturing needs plenty of help from firms outside of the industry, from parts to service. This rebound can be seen in numbers such as government spending, where aerospace spending has increased 38 percent since the economic recession.

Unfortunately, the aerospace industry is not all golden. The workforce is having issues catching up to the jobs that are needed, with many areas seeing a severe lack of the necessary skills and degrees. For instance, in a report released earlier this year, a survey of 830 companies expressed a need for 100 industrial engineers, but with only 11 of them even available for higher in the area. There was also a gap between needed material engineers and available material engineers. However, there was an excess of mechanical and electrical engineers.

It’s not just the degree-track jobs that suffer shortages either. Machinists and assemblers are also lacking, two extremely important jobs that are essential to the finished product. It’s not for a lack of salary, either – the average aerospace worker makes over $22,000 per year more than the overall median.

So what can we do to address these issues in the aerospace industry? Much of its starts early, by demonstrating that a career in the aerospace industry can be an achievable target, and showing interested youth the path to reach such a career. This includes improving the science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in middle and high schools, as well as urging interested students to move towards vocational schooling. Beyond that, it can also mean manufacturers may need to provide more incentive for properly qualified workers to move throughout the nation as needed.

At WichiTech, located in Baltimore, Maryland, we are part of the aerospace industry with many of our largest customers being major aerospace companies. Our repair system is integral in keeping planes in the air, and needs knowledgeable and trainable users to operate it. Getting more people interested in careers within the industry helps us, as well as the many other companies across Maryland that rely on the industry for support.

WichiTech Follows the Changing US Wind Power Landscape

When it comes to offshore wind energy, the U.S. has been lagging behind European countries for years. Denmark was the first country to venture into the ocean to produce wind energy back in 1991. Although England has a record number of offshore wind farms and is leading the pack, to date, only 3 percent of wind power comes from offshore wind farms.

While the U.S. has numerous wind farms throughout the states, the first offshore wind farm is going up just off the shores of Rhode Island. The project has been named Block Island Wind Farm and will host five turbines. The turbines should start producing by the end of 2016 and they are expected to deliver enough energy for 350,000 homes in New York and other New England states. Wind energy in the U.S. helps produce needed electricity and cuts down on non-renewable energy, and it provides a host of jobs as well.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the industry added 23,000 jobs last year and had a record beginning in 2015. Significant growth is expected to increase the number of jobs, as more and more states turn to wind energy. Currently, Texas is leading the industry by employing over 17,000, while Colorado and Iowa come in behind Texas with roughly 6,000 wind energy jobs per state.

In order to continue the growth of the wind energy sector, laws and regulations will need to be addressed. Although the U.S. has finally gotten into wind power, China isn’t far behind and will likely take over in the amount they produce. This takeover could happen as soon as a few years down the road. While there are those in power who prefer to rely on gas and oil, it seems as if wind power has taken on a life of its own and may soon become a major player in the energy sector. With proper regulation and laws, this industry could provide many, much needed, good paying jobs.

Coin Tapping Goes Objective With Wichitech’s Digital Tap Hammer

Wear and tear or distress of construction material needs to be carefully catalogued so that parts can be replaced in time and the integrity of structures maintained. From buildings to airplanes, from concrete to composite alloys, tapping has for long been one of the most popular methods of detecting potential breach of strength.

It is simple to execute, it is affordable and it provides supervisors and engineers with a fair bit of information about hidden weaknesses in the materials being tapped. However the process is subjective to say the least. Operators must gauge the type and the extent of the delimitation simply by the tonal quality of the sound that emanates from the sample when it is repeatedly hit with a hammer. Even though this leaves no visible signs of depredation the frequency of the vibration produced is quite telling.

Ambient conditions, the presence of interference and outside noise can cloud the judgment of the supervisor. This is the reason why sometimes expensive recourses like echo ultrasonics, shearography and thermography have to be used, especially when it comes to judging vulnerabilities in composite materials.

Wichitech Industries Inc. has pioneered a breakthrough in this field that can eliminate the need of relying on the skill-set of the ‘tapper’ for an accurate readout. This is the introduction of objectivity into hammer or coin tapping with the Rapid Damage Detection Device (RD3).

WHY IS THE RD3 TAP HAMMER UNIQUE?

The RD3 is not only light weight and robust, it is also portable. Constructed from the best-in-class components it has a hammer with an accelerometer connected to a liquid crystal display equipped module via a flexible cable.

It proves to be especially useful where detecting delamination is concerned. It supplements the discernment of the tapper with a quantitative numeric read out. Each value corresponds to a pre-defined damage scale and with this kind of standardization, it is easy to entrust the task of probing chinks and signs of stress to operators who aren’t as experienced as their traditional tapping peers.

For any enterprise interested in the maintenance of its composite material structures, this non-destructive probing and examination technique with its new found accuracy is bound to be a boon.

Wichitech Industries Inc. is proud to be the brain behind this offering and looks to changing the face of the NDI industry for the better.

Hot Bonders

As industries rapidly grow in size and mature in terms of the techniques and technological breakthroughs leveraged, there is a growing need of a vigilant and fool-proof repair system to ensure the integrity of complex structures.

It is not enough to detect wear and tear and breakage in time. The adhesives, bonders or resins used to initiate composite and metal bond repairs must be:

  • Sturdy so that they can function properly in extreme climates
  • Portable so that they can be carried into the tightest corners and smallest spaces without any issues
  • Flexible – they should have multiple heat application tips and the ability to connect with other repair units to co-ordinate the temperature of curing for large and sprawling projects

The new-age hot bonders embody all these desirable characteristics. They prove to be invaluable for traditional bonding or repair assignments, secondary bonding processes that generally rely on ovens or autoclaves to proceed without hitches and for research and development projects where prototypes may need to be frequently assembled and dismantled and thus run the risk of compromise.

Bonders epitomize convenience and they have radically transformed the way delicate and precise repair work is conducted for commercial and technical endeavors.

WICHITECH INDUSTRIES INC. AND ITS RANGE OF CUTTING-EDGE BONDERS:

Laying claim to the prestigious epithet of the world’s hottest hot bonders, Wichitech’s line of HB1 and HB2 Composite units are fully manufactured in the US and at as little as 35 pounds they stand for light weight efficiency.

All components of the units are shock mounted in rugged, impact resistant cases that hold themselves well under extenuating circumstances. They come with easy to manipulate settings and a clear display to expedite curing and the exacting task of setting the right temperature for the bonding to be invulnerable.

SPECIALTIES OF THE HB1 BONDERS:

hotbonderThis fully featured unit is economical to say the least. It packs the punch of larger, more expensive set-ups and comes with multiple thermocouples, a fail-safe mechanism of triggering an alarm if conditions are not conducive to repair work and even a vacuum line and heat blanket to ensure complete lack of moisture and ambient temperature fluctuations which interfere with the sealing process.

SPECIALTIES OF THE HB2 BONDERS:

hb2hotbonder

One evolutionary step above the H1 units, the HB2 bonders possess all the differentiators that set its predecessor apart with a few key add-ons.

They have two independently programmed heating zones of 20A each to perform cures at different temperatures. A list of pre-programmed options in the menu obviates the need of expertise to use the unit optimally. Compact yet extremely powerful it renders everything from Kevlar to carbon to fiberglass pliant.

Wichitech Industries Inc. lives by the tenets of simplicity, affordability and quality. Its bonders have an impeccable reputation in the market and represent the best of the advancements made in this field.

The Importance of a STEM Education

In the aftermath of one of the greatest economic slowdowns since the Great Depression, it may come to many as a big surprise that there have been and still are many positions available to job-seekers out there. The problem is that these jobs have remained unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. Many higher-paying positions, which belie the common wisdom of a “jobless recovery”, are indeed awaiting these qualified candidates. But with a decided lack of properly educated workers, the nation’s employers are having a difficult time finding the right people for the job.

The kinds of skills necessary for the new economic landscape are generally acquired via a solid education in what is known as “STEM,” which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is a decided lack of competence in these subject areas that is the reason behind many of the vacant jobs in America today. Unfortunately, the prospect of this situation improving over the near term is highly unlikely. Over the next few years (and perhaps longer) we will be faced with a crisis of potentially epic proportions if action on a national level is not undertaken.

Technology is now a given in almost every aspect one’s daily living and the workplace is certainly no exception. Being knowledgeable and competent in the area of STEM knowledge and skills has grown greatly in importance for an unexpectedly wide range of workers and professionals, many of whom, once upon a time, would have barely needed a high school education to be hired.

Properly educating students in STEM subjects prepares them for modern life, no matter the profession to which they aspire. Instruction in STEM helps them to learn how to think critically and to overcome challenges that are often encountered in the modern, high tech workplace.

An example of a company that utilizes such better-educated workers is WichiTech Industries, a leader in the design and manufacture of simple, safe and reliable composite repair systems. With WichiTech’s high quality construction and extraordinary attention to detail, its customers are assured of unmatched performance and value. WichiTech’s composite repair products are found throughout the military and commercial sectors with a loyal and growing customer base ranging from large sophisticated operations to smaller repair shops. For more information on WichiTech and what it can do for you, call or email today.

DoD Extending Its Small Business Mentoring Program

A 10 year extension program was requested by the Defense Department to help improve the socioeconomically disadvantaged small businesses and strive for defense contracts.

According to Robert Stewart in his DoD News interview, this program began in 1991 and is known as the Small Business Mentor- Protege Program. This aims to nurture small businesses and cultivate technology transfer between the industry and the Defense Department.

The program is in existence for almost 25 years, but still considered as pilot. Moreover, it has to be reauthorized every few years under the National Defense Authorization Act. Through the intermittent reauthorization, Stewart said that this leaves an impression that the program is only temporary. Most likely, it has a chilling effect, especially when the reauthorization schedule approaches.

The request for extension program seeks to provide stability, save department money, and reassure industry.

Participating on the program requires small enterprises to become prime contractors through selecting one out of the 50 participating larger companies. The selection process ensures alignment on the strategic goals of the two companies to make it successful.

The mentoring and training of the larger companies to the small business lasts no longer than three years. After that, the larger company receives credit from the small business goals. For instance the mentoring is provided by a small business development center, procurement technical assistance, black university or colleges and they get the credit four times the actual enterprise participation levels.

After the completion of the agreement, the small business graduate gets the title of a DoD contract’s prime contractor.

Stewart also elaborated their goals of focusing on the criteria, evaluation, and factors to boost the DoD enterprise contracting demands to benefit from the Mentor-Protege. This serves as a conduit to reach the goals of subcontracting small businesses.

Developing a defense acquisition regulation will help in accomplishing these goals, Stewart said.

U.S. Manufacturing on the Rise

After experiencing the great recession, the United States economy is now rising. The US manufacturing is starting to rise through the annual contribution of American factories, which summed up to around $2 trillion. This information was delivered Jay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President to the Economic Club of Minnesota on his visit to Washington D.C. The Economic Club of Minnesota includes Cargill, Apogee, 3M Co., Ecolab, and Donaldson Co.

According to Timmons, Minnesota is the home of the most noticeable, robust and resilient manufactures nationwide.

With this, Minnesota factories are now reviving from the trip during the Great Recession despite some restrictions including crippling government regulations, trade policies, backed-up railways and ports, and collapsing roads. Fortunately, after terminating staffs and employees during the Great Recession, they are now hiring new people and give one in every state job.

With 88,000 workers and staffs all over the 70 countries, these manufacturers have 3 million global reach. Timmons commended several companies like Bloomington-based Apogee, manufacturer of architectural glass, and Graco, foam-spraying equipment and machine manufacturer for its expertise and great performances.

Similarly, Douglas Baker, Ecolab CEO, identify NAM as a “champion” in promoting U.S Manufacturers. Moreover, he recognized Timmons as “one of the top shakers and movers” in Washington D.C. Timmons was also credited for becoming persistent on promoting manufacturers on Capitol Hill.

In an interview, Timmons said that he is dedicated in sharing the industry’s challenges and success with the members worldwide. Aside from Minneapolis, he plans to visit 12 more countries on the next three weeks. These prospect countries include Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Washington state cities, Detroit, and Cleveland.

Besides his continuous success and accomplishments, Timmons also disclosed the fact that manufacturing sectors are facing significant challenges and changes. With this, he pleaded to factory heads to minimize broader trade policies, burdensome regulations. Instead, build and improve railways, ports and roads, and submit legislation with long-term U.S manufacturers financing options.

STATE OF MARYLAND MANUFACTURING

Experts, economists and analysts all over the world are eyeing the latest developments in the US economy with an abundance of positive expectations. After the market crash and the subsequent ravages of the recession, 2014 proved to be a turning point of sorts, encouraging manufacturing to create a stronghold within the country as the trend of outsourcing slowed down considerably. In the race to recovery, Maryland has emerged as a prominent player.

The 42nd largest state in the country, it is a hub of manufacturing and has a clutch of thriving industries to contribute significantly to the betterment of the standard of living of its blue collar workers.

THE MARYLAND ECONOMY:

Maryland is one of the only 10 states in the US to retain its ‘AAA’ bond rating from all the major credit rating agencies. In 2013 its GDP was $342.4 billion because of its diversified economy and international trade flow. Both established companies and small business owners or start-ups have made the most of the excellent credit track-record as well as the highly educated population to attract investments and erect ventures with solid foundations. Maryland also plays a crucial role in transportation throughout eastern United States and proudly claims manufacturing to be the engine driving its prosperity and growth.

WHY MARYLAND IS A MANUFACTURING HUB?

The nature of manufacturing in Maryland is rapidly evolving. As technology makes vast inroads, the integrated process of production together with the rising savvy of the workers is poised to usher in an era of accelerated growth.

According to a recently published survey, manufacturing as a revenue sector employs more than 100,000 people and adds $20 billion dollars annually to the state GDP.

Some of the reasons behind this excellent performance are:

  • The desirable infrastructure of the state conducive to setting up of manufacturing units.
  • Robust education system that focuses on both theoretical knowledge and practical applications. This fine blend has produced some of the most skilled floor workers and white collar management executives in the country. The ‘skill’ gap may be an issue plaguing other states but the workforce is actually an asset to Maryland’s manufacturing saga.
  • Strategic position as the Boston-Atlanta Corridor on the Atlantic seaboard with borders along Washington D.C. Transportation costs is a major criterion affecting the decision to set up manufacturing strongholds. Maryland also scores big in this regard.

SOME MANUFACTURING DATA YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Maryland manufacturing enthusiasts should know that manufacturing accounts for roughly 5.81% of the net Gross Domestic Product of the state and employs 3.95% of the total workforce.

The best thing about the statistics from the government endeavour Advanced Manufacturing Survey is the clear indication of the affluent lifestyle enjoyed by these workers who boast an annual income of $80,310 on an average.

Maryland truly is the ‘land of opportunities’.

The following is a snapshot of the top manufacturing industries in the state and their individual contributions to the cumulative GDP.

wichitech maryland

*All numbers are in Million dollars

From chemical products to electronics to plastics, the whole gamut of ‘modern’ sectors required to keep the heart of the American civilization pumping and the American dream alive find realization in Maryland.

Wichitech is the industry leader where hot bonders and composite repair machines are considered. Situated in Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, it is proud to be a part of the Maryland legacy and is committed to be up front and center to make the most of the oncoming manufacturing golden era.

To know more about our services, please write in to us at wichitech@wichitech.com

An Overview of the Out of Autoclave Process

Out-of-autoclave (OOA) manufacturing has come a long way to process the next-generation structures, particularly in the aerospace industry. The reason for manufacturers to adopt the OOA is due to the two important factors – money and size of the part. Traditional autoclave curing systems are expensive to buy and operate and are available only in limited sizes.

Manufacturers in aerospace and other industries are increasingly turning to OOA to cure parts. Out-of-autoclave is less capital-intensive and less costly, especially as parts increase in size and number. Several of the latest advancements push the technology even further, offering curing solutions that are out-of-autoclave and out-of-the-oven. Among the solutions under development are integral liquid heating/cooling and induction heating. These technologies offer the same benefits of OOA and then some – fewer steps, less material and shorter cycle times.

OOA is most heavily utilized by aerospace industry manufacturers as well as a variety of sectors are adopting OOA methods, from renewable energy to automotive and consumer electronics. This is mainly done to improve the quality of the products, increase throughput, cut down on production time, decrease capital, operating and labor costs. Curing time appears to be industries biggest bottle neck and this has forced companies to send employees to trade shows in search of new OOA processes. With the advancement in the OOA technology, some companies are using induction heating to create aerospace parts and internal car parts.

OOA is evolving to address the application problems ranging from part size, manufacturing costs, part quality and curing time. It also is adapting across sectors, including aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, consumer electronics and even farm equipment.