WMTS is more than just a tradeshow. Combined with an industry keynote, an interactive town hall panel and multiple conference sessions throughout the event, WMTS is a complete manufacturing experience that will give you the practical knowledge you need to stay competitive in Western Canada.
Admission to WMTS Education Sessions are Complimentary *.
*Complimentary admission with online registration before Friday, June 12. Save $30!
June 15, 2015
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Shielding Gas Mixtures to Promote Low Diffusible Hydrogen Weld Deposits
Jeremy Neff, Senior R&D Manager of Metal Fabrication, Praxair
[expand title=”Read more”]Weld metal hydrogen becomes a significant concern to fabricators as the strength of the materials used and the severity of the service conditions increases. Where fabricated flux- and metal-cored wires are used to join these materials, it is sometimes challenging and costly to produce the desired low hydrogen weld metal. The environmental conditions encountered during the use of these wire types, and the conditions under which these wires were stored prior to use and during use, can also have a significant influence on the final weld hydrogen content of a weld.
The use of these fluoride-supplemented shielding gases in a variety of applications destined for use in arctic-like environments will be discussed in this presentation.[/expand]
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Wear Resistant Overlays for Oil, Gas and Mining Applications
[expand title=”Read more”]This presentation introduces a comprehensive survey of welding processes used to deposit wear resistant overlays. The focus is on the two most popular material systems used for wear resistant overlays: nickel base with the addition of tungsten carbide particles, and iron-base in which chromium carbides of the form M7C3 nucleate during solidification. The processes surveyed in detail are plasma transfer arc welding, submerged arc welding, laser beam welding, gas metal arc welding-related processes using tubular, wires, oxy-acetylene flame brazing, and the still-experimental applications of friction stir processing. Cost and market are key factors influencing technical decisions on wear protection overlays, but the information is scarce and often tightly guarded. An informal survey from our industrial partners is included.[/expand]
Professor Patricio Mendez, Canadian Center for Welding and Joining
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Advisory and Financial Support Available to Small & Medium Size Enterprises
[expand title=”Read more”]The presentation will offer opportunities for leading SMEs to engage with NRC-IRAP in meaningful technology based projects, irrespective of the industrial field the company operates. NRC-IRAP provides a whole array of focused support to local and regional companies, ranging from advisory services through a team of highly qualified Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs), to non-reimbursable funding, patent searches and analysis, network connections with other resource organizations (i.e. universities, colleges, research institutes, testing/validation/prototyping facilities etc.) and other significant support for SMEs. [/expand]
George Bacioiu, NRC-IRAP – Government of Canada
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote Panel Discussion: Continuous Improvement in Challenging Times
[expand title=”Abstract”]Western Canadian manufacturing is facing yet another downturn, putting pressure on margins and spurring a spree of cost-cutting across the board. Some companies will struggle and fail, while others will adapt quickland come out the other end ready to take advantage of the surge in demand. With less cash coming in, it can be tempting to slash training and continuous improvement projects along with other functions seen as noncore. However, unscrupulous cost cutting is as unproductive as struggling in quicksand. History has shown that a balanced approach of cutting in some areas and investing in others will lead to better results in the short, medium and long term. Join us to hear a panel of industry experts discuss how continuous improvement has played a role in their ability to handle the current challenges, and some of the lessons they have learned along
Moderator: Mike Kluh, Associate Director, Productivity and Growth Services at GO Productivity
• Will Leddy, Quality Assurance and Plant Operations , Flexxaire
• Ron Roberts, Manufacturing Operations Manager, Packers Plus
• Duane Macauley, President & CEO, Dynamic Source Manufacturing
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Meet & Greet with Keynote Speaker and Panelists, with free food and drinks.
June 16, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Keynote: Why is manufacturing more important now than ever?
Moderator: Gary Loblick, President, The Winslow Group and Project Manager for the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence
• David Plante, Vice President – Alberta Division, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
• Calvin Austrom, Operations/Production Manager, RAM Manufacturing Ltd.
• David deJong/Darryl Short, Principals, Karma Machining and Manufacturing Ltd.
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Productivity Through Welding Automation
[expand title=”Read more”]How to overcome the steady and persistent decline in skilled welders and trades people and the deterioration in the quality of welding by using affordable welding automation solutions such as automation carriages for the mechanization of welding procedures in the fabrication process to achieve improved productivity and weld quality with increased arc-on-time and reduced operator fatigue.[/expand]
Nick Drake, Gullco
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Improving Quality and Productivity of Pressure Equipment Fabrication
[expand title=”Read more”]The presentation illustrates the challenges and modern practices used when fabricating pressure equipment for applications in Alberta’s oil sand industry through lean manufacturing, increasing shop work flow, and implementing high productivity welding processes.[/expand]
Iulian Radu, PCL Industrial Contractors
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Hole Drilling Systems Deep Hole Drilling
Jeff Price, UNISIG
[expand title=”Read more”]The topic of deep hole drilling has a long history in Western Canada with the presence of oil field tool manufacturing. Deep hole drilling technology continues to advance, allowing these and other manufacturers to continue to produce better products with tighter tolerances and increased efficiency. This is an opportunity for both manufacturers who are currently using deep hole drilling methods, and those who are looking to get into it, to learn methods, equipment, and best practices for successful deep hole drilling.[/expand]
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Job Shop Appreciation Reception with Edmonton Oilers Alumni Craig MacTavish
Job Shop owners and employees are invited to attend WMTS outside of regular business hours to network with peers over free drinks and snacks.
June 17, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Direct Metal Laser Melting Additive Manufacturing
Neil Wenger, NAIT Shell Manufacturing Centre
[expand title=”Read more”]Direct Metal Laser Melting systems are not replicators from the Star Ship Enterprise. These systems are a tool that can be used in the fabrication of a part or as a step in the fabrication of a part. The presentation will cover the process by which this process manufactures parts and some of the metals that are currently being used in these systems. A new processes allows for new ways to design and fabricate parts but also introduces new constraints. It is important to understand the process to know what results can be expected and where this technology could be used and what results should be expected. [/expand]
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
How the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Can Benefit the Manufacturing Sector
Blaine Yamkovy, Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour – Government of Alberta
[expand title=”Read more”]Incremental training and development of the workforce is key for success. Success can be measured by employee attraction, retention and productivity gains. Training empowers the employee and contributes to the positive corporate culture. The cost model is advantageous, with employers matching 1/3 of direct training costs and the remaining 2/3 covered by a government grant.
This presentation will cover the employer program criteria and eligibility, overview of the application process, provide employer application examples and benefits.[/expand]
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
TQM Frameworks: Implementation and Sustainability
[expand title=”Read more”]It is easy to demonstrate that the production of quality goods and services enhances productivity and fiscal well-being of an organization. Many organizations find it difficult to find ways to introduce TQM into their organization. Others, find it challenging to sustain TQM deployment over the long term. This research-based presentation will provide practical information on the choices of TQM frameworks, their implementation opportunities and challenges, as well as tips on ensuring that they don’t turn into the flavors of the month and fade away.[/expand]
Brian (Baher) Amouzgar, Plantek Productivity Consulting Inc.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
An Overview of the Build in Canada Innovation Program
Darlene Chuka, Public Works & Government Services Canada
[expand title=”Read more”]Participants will gain an understanding of the Build in Canada Innovation Program and determine if the program would be of benefit to them. Participants will also gain an understanding of how the Call for Proposal (CFP) process works, including where to find the CFP once it is open and accepting submissions. Learn where to find more in-depth information, including innovations that have been prequalified in past Calls for Proposal and innovations that have been matched with a federal department for testing. [/expand]