Change at a turbo-charged pace

As we start our look at the 2014 Formula 1 season and the 2014 welding season, the most obvious place to begin is by considering the rule changes that will shape the work to come.


The many rule changes in F1 are most visible in the various new shapes of the cars, along with the sound of turbo-charged V6 engines. The new rules in the welding world may seem quieter but are still game-changing for companies that wish to continue doing business in Europe: from 1 July onward, welding specifications must be used in structural welding, by large construction companies and smaller contractors alike.

All of this change involves rapidly preparing to do things in a different way. The F1 teams are scrambling to understand the consequences of the new rules affecting them, with Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer at Williams, saying: ‘The Williams Mercedes FW36 is the culmination of a huge project to design and build a vastly different car, due to a number of regulation changes’. One of the most significant changes is the mandate to use 1/3 less fuel-energy capacity as measured by mass. Another involves the presence of both exhaust and brake engine recovery, with the latter more powerful than the DRS of recent years and available at any point during a lap (rather than ‘push to pass’). Symonds says of the preparations at Williams: ‘It has been hard work for everyone across the design, manufacturing, and utilisation of the car throughout winter testing. Testing has not been without difficulties, but it has been successful for us in terms of reliability, race pace, and qualifying performance’.

In the welding world too, the objective is consistently solid performance. The aim in requiring provable compliance with the EN 1090 standard is to ensure that work on steel and aluminium structures is fully in line with established, correct procedures. Yet many smaller companies in particular are struggling to come to grips with this landscape of Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs), sets of requirements approved in advance for specific materials and types of jobs. How are the team responding to the rule changes? Kemppi offers the industry easily implemented, universal instructions for both MIG/MAG and MMA welding – developed for use with all brands of welding equipment.

Things are ready to go. Symonds says: ‘The whole team is now looking forward to getting the season underway in Australia’. Meanwhile, Kemppi has done the groundwork and eliminated the need for guesswork at the start of the new welding ‘season’.

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Performance from Finland – whatever helmet you wear!

The Lahti-based ice-hockey team Pelicans has been very succesfull this season. The team is fighting for the lead position in the Finnish top-level ice-hockey league. Pelicans has made more goals than any other team in the league.

The Pelicans goal keeper Niko Hovinen is a tall guy at 196 cm. Wearing a Kemppi-branded helmet, he has succeeded to keep his goal pretty clean during the season.


Ice hockey action with the Pelicans

2010-05-10, Lahti, FINLANDSM-LIIGA 2010-2011Pelicans vs TpsPELICANSby Europhoto / JUKKA RAUTIO

Ice hockey is said to be the world’s fastest-paced team game. During a single game the spectators experience a roller coaster ride of emotions. (more…)


Valtteri Bottas – racing news 2011


Kemppi continues the cooperation with Valtteri Bottas also this year. For the season 2011 Valtteri has made a contract with ART Grand Prix team, GP3 series. The races are on the same weekends as F1 and GP2.
Valtteri continues also his test driver position at Williams F1 team.

Among the success in German and Hungarian races Valtteri is leading the series! Read the reports of race week-ends. (more…)