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Girish P. Kelkar, Ph.D., C.W.I.

(562) 743-7576

WJM Technologies provides consulting and training services for all your material joining needs including resistance welding, laser welding, TIG/MIG, ultrasonic welding, plastic welding, soldering, metal and ceramic brazing, heat staking, glass tube sealing, etc.

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Welding Consultant Services

WJM Technologies (Welding and Joining of Materials) provides end-to-end welding consultant services for all your metal, ceramic, and plastic joining needs.  Our welding consultant services include product evaluation, part design, material selection, process selection, process development, process optimization, and metallurgical analysis.  We deal with all commonly used processes including laser welding, resistance welding, arc welding (TIG, MIG, and plasma), ultrasonic welding, soldering, brazing, plastics welding, glass tube sealing, amongst other processes.  As part of our welding consultant offerings,  we also provide welding training (classroom and hands-on) for laser welding, resistance welding, arc welding, ultrasonic welding, welding metallurgy, and design of experiments.  Many of our customers use us for failure analysis with a metallurgical evaluation of the welds for cracks, porosities, and other issues.  Our welding consultant services can be provided at the manufacturing location, either yours or your suppliers, for an first-hand review of the material joining issues, and can include review of welding machines development of welding process parameters.  Assessment of the metallurgy lab and related facilities can also be provided by our welding consultant.  Hands-on training of lab personnel for measuring weld section dimensions and interpretation of welding standards can also be included in our welding consultant services.  Other related welding consultant services can include assistance with visual inspection of welds with fillet gauges and 10x magnifier.

Our welding consultant can also provide guidance related to fitup of parts for specific welding processes.  With more than 25 years of experience, our welding consultant has a realistic approach to solving part fitup and cleanliness issues that will help increase process robustness.  Our welding consultant can also assist with improving tool life and wear issues related to welding process that depend on physical contact with the part.

Given the issues related to travel during COVID, an increasing portion of our welding consultant services are now online via phone, email, and conference calls, where our welding consultant will review part design, welding data, failure analysis reports, and weld section.  Give us a call if you have any concerns with your weld or just have a quick question.

Professional Experience

Dr. Kelkar has been involved with metal welding and ceramic joining since 1990 starting with a Ph.D. in ceramic brazing from Penn State University where he investigated brazing of alumina using active metal brazing alloys.  Active brazing alloys contain a small amount of Titanium that is able to reduce the ceramic and form a strong bond.  After graduation, he joined EWI (Edison Welding Institute, Columbus, OH) as a Sr. Research Engineer and acted as a welding consultant specializing in the field of microjoining including laser welding, resistance welding, ultrasonic welding, soldering, and brazing.  Microjoining is a specialized field where the fundamentals are the same as large-scale welding but the issues are unique in terms of material design and handling.  Following the stint at EWI, he worked as the CTO at Miyachi-Unitek and provided technical guidance and leadership for product development.  In 2002 he founded WJM Technologies, a welding consulting firm, to provide welding-related assistance to customers.  Since then he has acted as an independent welding consultant and worked with all types of manufacturing firms including medical, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and industrial.  A list of clients can be seen under the clients tab at the top of the page.  The type of projects include part design, process selection, process optimization, metallurgical analysis, and failure analysis.  In addition to being a welding consultant, he also provides welding training. All classes are conducted at the client's facility; additional details including pdf brochure are available by clicking on the training tab at the top of this page.