Lincoln Electric Automation to Host SteelDay 2011 Event

Steelday 2011

Sep 23, 2011 12:00 AM


Steelday 2011 Structural Steel Industry Show


What is Steelday? 

SteelDay is the structural steel industry's largest educational and networking event. Everyone from mills to fabricators to companies and organizations serving the structural steel industry participate in SteelDay.

SteelDay events are happening all over the United States and Lincoln Electric Automation is proud to be one of the host facilities.

Join us at Lincoln Electric Automation to see and hear about some of the advanced welding and cutting solutions we have developed to increase productivity, quality and safety for the structural steel industry.

The full-day agenda will include presentations, demonstrations, facility tour and lunch. Special guest Dr. Omer Blodgett will be available to sign books during the lunch break.


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Date:  September 23, 2011
Time: Registration begins at 7:45am
8:00am - 3:30pm EST
Food: Lunch will be provided.
Safety Apparel: Long pants and closed toe shoes are required for the facility tour (Eye protection will be provided at the event).
Dress Code: Business casual

             Preliminary Agenda

 7:45am        Registration and Art Exhibition
 8:00am   Welcome and Lincoln Electric Introduction
 9:00am   “It Just Ain’t So:  Ten Welding Myths the Structural Engineer Needs to Know About” – Duane Miller
10:45am   Presentation to be confirmed
11:30am   Lunch and Book Signing with Omer Blodgett
1:00pm   Automation Demonstrations

Demonstrations will include:
• Robotic beam cutting and scribing system
• Pipe and tube cutting system
• Robotic welding technology solutions
• Virtual reality welding training
• Structural consumable and equipment solutions

All registered attendees are eligible for:
• AISC Certificate of Attendance
• 1.5 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) for Duane Miller’s presentation


Lincoln Electric Automation Division

Lincoln Electric Automation
22221 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44117
Phone: 216-383-8542
Toll-Free: 888-935-3878

The Lincoln Electric Automation is located at 22221 Saint Clair Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, just a short distance from Interstate 90/Ohio Route 2.

The facility is situated on the northeast corner of the Saint Clair Avenue and E. 222nd Street intersection. The entrance to the Lincoln Electric Automation parking lot is on the north side of Saint Clair Avenue, just to the east of East 222nd Street. 

Presentation Abstract: "It Just Ain't So: Welding Myths that Structural Engineers Need to Know About"

Most Structural Engineering programs contain little coverage on the important topic of welding.  A variety of welding-related myths continue to be promulgated, often times by well intended albeit misinformed professionals. Without the formal training to dispute such claims, these myths live on.  In this presentation, myths will be presented and challenged.  Topics to be discussed include selection of weld types, weld orientation, weld backing, shop versus field welding, overhead welding, prequalified WPSs, weld quality and welding costs.

Duane K. Miller

Duane K. Miller, Sc.D., P.E., is a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections.  He is the co-presenter of Lincoln Electric’s Blodgett Design Seminars and a frequent speaker at seminars sponsored by professional groups such as AWS and the AISC. He has presented seminars in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, as well as across North America. In 2001, he received the American Institute of Steel Construction's T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical papers are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature. In 2005, he received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has authored and co-authored chapters of many texts, including the AISC Design Guide 21 on Welding and the Mark’s Handbook of Engineering, 11th Edition.   On three occasions, he has been awarded the Silver Quill Award of the American Welding Society (AWS) for the excellence of his published work. He has appeared as a subject expert on Modern Marvels and on The History Channel.

Dr. Miller earned a B.S. degree in Welding Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, an M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LeTourneau University in 1997.  

An AWS member since he was 19, he currently serves as Chair of the AWS D1 Structural Welding Code Committee and is a member of the Technical Activities Committee.  He formerly chaired the Seismic Welding subcommittee and the AASHTO-AWS Bridge Welding subcommittee.  He is a current member of the AISC Specification Committee, a Professional Engineer, Certified Welding Inspector and Qualified Welder. 


Omer Blodgett

Omer W. Blodgett earned bachelor degrees in metallurgical engineering (1941) and mechanical engineering (1974) from the University of Minnesota. He accepted a position with Lincoln Electric Co. in Cleveland in 1945 and today is a senior design consultant for the same company. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the design of welded connections and has been influential in the development of national standards to the code of the American Welding Society. He is the author of several significant papers on sizing welds, control of distortion, brittle fracture, and fatigue. He is particularly well known for two books Design of Welded Structures and Design of Weldments. Which, even though originally published over 40 years ago, are considered to form the foundation for the entire field of design for welding.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Institute of Steel and the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LeTourneau University and in 1999 Engineering News Record identified him as one of the top 125 engineers in the past 125 years.

 Event highlight:

Dr Omer Blodgett will be on hand during lunch to sign copies of Design of Welded Structures and Design of Weldments. Both books will be on sale at the event.

Design of Weldments 

Northeast Ohio Steelday 2011 Celebration

American Punch will host a SteelDay open house at 1655 Century Corners Parkway.  They will provide a facility tour, have demonstrations on the punching process, as well as information about the tooling manufactured by American Punch for the structural steel industry.  Present will be Pete Burnside, Business Development Representative for the Ohio Structural Steel Association, to discuss the numerous fields associated with the steel fabrication industry.  Hours are from 10AM to 3PM EST, with a light lunch provided.  For more information please visit  You can register on the website or email the company at
American Punch Company, founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1990, manufactures the world’s finest punches, dies and shear blades used in the steel fabrication industry.  The company’s reputation for quality parts and knowledgeable customer service has catapulted them into a major world wide supplier.



American Punch Building 

  AWS D1.8 Certificate Center



D1.8 Resource Center 

To assist structural fabricators, erectors, inspectors and specifying engineers, Lincoln Electric created this D1.8 Resource Center. Search the AWS D1.8 Certificate Center.