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TO IMPROVE QUALITY: M. Kannappan, General Manager of Advanced Technology Products, BHEL, speaking at a function in Tiruchi on Wednesday. Photo: M. Moorthy
TO IMPROVE QUALITY: M. Kannappan, General Manager of Advanced Technology Products, BHEL, speaking at a function in Tiruchi on Wednesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

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Welding Research Institute in Tiruchi likely to be the first nodal centre for training and certification "A weld failure will lead to catastrophic effects even reflecting a fall in Gross National Product"

TIRUCHI: A statutory requirement and procedure for certified welding inspectors would be formulated soon, K. Thambidurai, Chairman, Indian Welding Society (IWS), South Zone, and former Chief Inspector of Boilers, Tamil Nadu has said.

The Welding Research Institute (WRI), Tiruchi, is likely to be the first nodal centre for training and certification, he said addressing the inaugural of a week-long course for welding inspectors organised by the IWS. Stressing on quality, he said a weld failure would lead to catastrophic effects even reflecting a fall in Gross National Product.

Will benefit the youth

Noting that India was yet to have its own certification system for welding inspectors, he said such programmes would be more beneficial to the younger generation facilitating them to seek employment in the country and abroad since the multi-national companies lay emphasis on certification.

General Manager of Advanced Technology Products, BHEL, M. Kannappan, stressed the importance of visual inspection of welds in order to pass the non-destructive tests. He urged the participants to develop the skills of visual inspection and sought extension of such programmes to be extended to welders also.

WRI Deputy General Manager K. Ashok Kumar said the course curriculum includes various welding processes, inspection methods and basic metallurgy. Secretary, IWS (South Zone), N. Rajasekaran and Treasurer G. Rajendran offered felicitations.

Thirty-two participants have been drawn from Aurangabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, New Delhi, Bongaigaon, and Tiruchi.

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