William F. Newell, Jr., PE, PEng, IWE

Co-Owner & Vice President, Engineering – EUROWELD

Biography & Abstract

Bill Newell, Jr. is Co-Founder/Vice President of Euroweld, Ltd., a supplier of specialty welding consumables and technology. He is also the President and Founder of W. F. Newell & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in welding engineering. Mr. Newell has been heavily involved in the power generation (nuclear, fossil, hydro), industrial, manufacturing, heavy & highway construction and auto racing industries for over 40 years, both domestic and internationally. Particular expertise includes piping, structural, pressure vessels, valves, and associated components as they relate to welding, materials, and nondestructive testing. Mr. Newell utilizes his diversified experience in implementing welding technologies toward procedure and process evaluation, development and implementation of dry/wet welding techniques, corrosion control, and reduction of residual stresses. He also provides primary and third party review of procedures and specifications, including domestic and international research and development.

Clientele ranges from small operations to Fortune 50 corporations. Mr. Newell has been very successful assisting clients during planned and unplanned shutdowns or turnarounds as well as new projects.  In addition to technical consulting, he actively provides component/hardware failure evaluations and project management of major turn-key repair operations. Specialized approaches, techniques and/or equipment are utilized depending upon clients’ needs.

An authority in his field, Mr. Newell also provides expert testimony in welding-related areas. For nearly four decades, he has been giving technical presentations for AWS, EPRI, WRC and other venues.  In the last decade, much attention has been given to committee participation with ASME and AWS welding codes as well as making presentations in a variety of conferences and seminars. He also prepares and implements training programs for management, engineering, craft, supervision and Quality Assurance personnel.

Mr. Newell holds an International Institute of Welding (IIW) International Welding Engineer (IWE) diploma and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Alberta, Canada. He holds four patents and a Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Your Filler Metal Was Just Discontinued, What Do You Do?

Even before industry experienced downturns and supply interruptions from COVID-19, there were signs that some previously available commodity and specialty weld metals were beginning to become in short supply, minimum order quantities were escalating to absurd levels or slow-moving or “commercially insignificant” items were just discontinued. This is especially problematic where products do not have an AWS or international classification and even intelligent substitutions are not an option. The severity of the issue varies with industry. Petrochemical is typically affected more than the power industry or other industries. This presentation examines the issues and offers examples and options to consider for minimizing the effect.