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Welding Engineering
 

Overview

The welding engineering program aims to improve the productivity and quality of the fabrication, construction and energy industries by evaluating and facilitating the adoption of modern welding and automation technologies.

“MARIOS gives supplier members the opportunity to partner with oil sands producers in the development and implementation of technologies and products that will improve their productivity and competitiveness.”

Ken Armstrong, PCL Industrial Constructors

Welding Quality and Productivity in the Oil Sands Energy Industry

A core project of the MARIOS program

  • Develop recommended welding guildelines for pressure, structural and pipeline applications
  • Streamline specifications, training and inspection requirements
  • Technology proof-of-concept and training

Alberta Manufacturing and Fabrication Innovation (AMFI) Program

  • Training and professional development to integrate high-productivity technologies
  • Interactive hands-on welding and automation technology demonstration seminars
  • Assessment of modern materials and metallurgy for energy applications
  • Supply-chain capacity development to improvement global competitiveness

Welding Testing and Services

Fee-for-service

  • Mechanical testing
  • Charpy impact testing
  • Hardness and microhardness
  • Metallography and image analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Consulting services

Clients and Partners

  • Advanced Education & Technology
  • Aecon Industrial
  • Alberta Finance & Enterprise
  • Bantrel
  • BP Exploration
  • Cessco Fabrication
  • Cenovus Energy
  • Hobart Brothers
  • Imperial Oil
  • Ledcor Industrial
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Manluk Industries
  • Master Flo Valve
  • Miller Electric
  • PCL Industrial Constructors
  • Plains Fabrication and Supply
  • Productivity Alberta
  • RWI Automation
  • Shell/Albian Sands
  • Suncor Energy
  • Syncrude Canada
  • T.D. Williamson
  • Total E&P Canada
  • University of Alberta – Canadian Centre for Welding & Joining

Advanced Welding and Automation Technologies Lab

The industrial-scale welding and automation facility, located in Devon, Alberta, has full capacity to support pipe, pressure vessel, structural, and weld overlay applications. The equipment is used to conduct applied research, training, technology development, and service projects.

The key components of the world-class facility include: 

  • Modern 2425 sq ft (225m2) facility comprised of:
    • 1540 sq ft (143 m2) of welding and automation equipment
    • 885 sq ft (82 m2) of machining and metallurgical lab space
  • Fifteen unique high-productivity arc welding power sources
  • Comprehensive range of automation technologies, including:
    • Mechanized manipulator and gantry systems
    • Orbital pipe welding systems
    • Hybrid Automated Welding System (HAWS)
    • 6-axis robotic cell
  • Advanced induction heating and furnace equipment
  • Modern welding health & safety equipment
  • Two virtual welder training systems
  • Modern high-speed data acquisition and video imaging systems

 

For more information, contact:

Ben Fotty, PEng, PMP
Operations Manager
Devon Research Center 
780.914.2579
ben.fotty@innotechalberta.ca

Chris Penniston, MSc, PEng
Senior Research Engineer
Welding Engineering
780.987.8670
chris.penniston@innotechalberta.ca