B2B Purchase Magazine recently hosted a webinar on “Sustainable Welding Progress in Infra,” which explored the emerging field of sustainable welding in construction. The debate focused on current trends, the integration of cutting-edge technologies, and collaborative efforts to achieve environmentally responsible solutions. This article summarises significant points from the webinar panel discussion.

Welding quietly keeps its position as a cornerstone in the ever-changing environment of the construction industry; its importance is frequently understated but undoubtedly important for large-scale endeavours. In a recent webinar, industry leaders emphasised the urgent need for coordinated action to accelerate the adoption of sustainable welding processes. The discussion covered various topics, from cutting-edge technology advancements to fundamental adjustments in attitude, revealing a road map for a future in which sustainability takes centre stage.

Fostering sustainability: Perspectives and pathways in welding

The discussion was initiated by Satish Sawant, Director of the Institute of Welding & Testing Technology, who underscored the imperative nature of collaborative efforts to propel the industry toward adopting sustainable welding practices. Emphasising the significance of integrating advanced technologies in line with global standards, he anticipated a promising future with the imminent introduction of Indian welding standards.

Expanding on this foundation, Nimesh Chinoy, Director, Electronics Devices Worldwide Pvt Ltd, highlighted the pivotal role of welding in the success of ambitious projects such as Chandrayan and Gaganyaan. Beyond the ubiquitous talk of sustainability, he advocated for a profound shift in attitude. According to him, quality, a well-trained workforce, and a forward-looking perspective are the linchpins for fostering sustainability in welding.

Echoing these sentiments, Amrityoga Mishra, GM- Marketing & Strategy, Great-Yuva Welding Expert, urged stakeholders to consider immediate gains and the impact on future generations. He envisioned a future where energy-efficient machines, reduced wire and gas consumption, and continuous technological advancement would contribute to a sustainable and competitive industry landscape.

As the final panellist, Dr. Shaju K. Albert, Chairman of the MTD 11, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) illuminated the path of technological evolution within welding, navigating the transition from traditional to advanced methods. He cited inverter power sources, automated welding, and the Internet of Things (IoT) as transformative catalysts. However, he emphasised a critical factor – the necessity for an attitudinal shift among welding professionals and fabricators.

Transition to energy-efficient processes

As Nimesh Chinoy pointed out during the discussion, switching to energy-efficient welding techniques is difficult. Entry barriers are capital-intensive obstacles, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The initial outlay of funds is still a barrier, even with the allure of the return on investment (ROI). However, there is a growing movement towards the acceptability of these processes, and the developing Indian standards provide a ray of hope for their general adoption.

Digital welding technology

Amrityoga Mishra highlighted emerging developments in digital welding technology, proposing a two-pronged solution to the qualified welder problem. Robotic automation, which is growing at a stunning 20% per year, provides an opportunity to address India’s 30% welder shortage. Simultaneously, computerised machines capable of forgiving mistakes and welding simulations alter the training landscape by shortening the learning curve and decreasing training time and expenses.

Encouraging standardised practices

Dr. Shaju Albert examined the Indian construction industry’s willingness to embrace standardised methods. Historically resistive to change, the industry is now transforming. Motivation is important, particularly among current employees who may resist adopting new technologies. Dr. Albert emphasised the necessity of continual development in standards and norms and the need to modify them to meet emerging technologies. Welding simulators are revolutionising training, which has traditionally been expensive and time-consuming. They offer a cost-effective and efficient option.

Crafting a sustainable legacy

As the panel discussion progressed, a mosaic of perspectives evolved, depicting a welding industry on the verge of upheaval. The path to sustainable welding practices is diverse, from embracing advanced technologies to instilling an attitude of sustainability. The problems of moving to energy-efficient operations are tackled with novel solutions, while digital welding technology changes the scene. Standardised methods are on the horizon, propelled by motivation and technological breakthroughs.

In this age of fast development, the welding business is at a crossroads. Choices made today will affect the near future and the legacy we leave for future generations. The welding industry can pave the road to excellence by working together, innovating, and committing to sustainability. This will ensure a resilient and thriving future.

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