Weld-Ed to offer accreditation for associate degree welding technology programs
The National Center for Welding Education and Training ( Weld-Ed), located at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, will
begin offering a specialized accreditation program in 2018 to
associate degree welding technology and welding engineering technology programs at community and technical colleges
and universities nationwide.
As a national accrediting body, Weld-Ed—with the support
of AWS—will offer its accreditation program in a manner that
will reduce the amount of time traditionally required to com-
plete accreditation paperwork and assist institutions in self-
evaluation and self-improvement to fill in missing areas of
study within their programs. Weld-Ed has developed methods
through its program that reduce the cost of accreditation.
Accreditation of associate degree welding technology and
welding engineering technology programs involves an intense,
on-site self-evaluation process at the school level that reviews
the respective program and evaluates corresponding reference
materials. Additionally, the Weld-Ed-selected evaluation team
will inspect facilities, equipment, safety standards, curriculum,
instructional faculty, and outside advisory committees.
TCI Powder Coatings
gains Qualicoat approval
TCI Powder Coatings, Americus, Ga.,
has achieved Qualicoat approval for
the powder coating TCI Gloss Polyester.
This certification—Class 1, Gloss Category 3—guarantees that the durable,
high-gloss powder coating is of high
quality and long-lasting value.
This qualification will help the company meet the requirements of customers in Mexico, South America, and North
legal action to protect patents,
PennEngineering®, Danboro, Pa., has
initiated a federal infringement action
against Dongguan Fenggang Pinconn
Hardware Factory (Pinconn). The com-
plaint alleges patent infringement,
trademark infringement, false designa-
tion of origin, and counterfeiting under
U.S. law, as well as common law trade-
mark infringement and unfair competi-
tion. PennEngineering alleged that at
least nine patents and trademarks were
being infringed, including the PEM®
family of trademarks. PennEngineering
served the complaint on Pinconn at Pin-
conn’s tradeshow booth on October 18,
2017, during the annual International
Fastener Expo in Las Vegas.
served Pinconn with a preliminary in-
junction order issued by the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Penn-
sylvania and effected removal of all Pin-
conn’s signage, advertising materials,
and infringing product at its tradeshow
The Pennsylvania court order en-
joined Pemco Hardware Inc., Dongguan
Fenggang Pemco Hardware Factory, and
Shenzhen Pemco Fastening Systems Co.
Ltd. (collectively Pemco) from commer-
cializing similar infringing products.
The order was enforced against Pinconn because the order applied to corporations and companies “acting in
concert with” Pemco. Pinconn’s website
showed the close relationship between
Pinconn and Pemco.
The Pennsylvania court order was issued as the result of Pemco’s failure to
respond to an infringement complaint
filed in Pennsylvania or to appear at a
preliminary injunction hearing in Pennsylvania.
PennEngineering’s fastener and installation equipment brands include
PEM®, microPEM®, PEMSERTER®, PRO-FIL®, Atlas®, PennAuto™, LinkTool™
Group, and Heyco®.