In recent years, the intelligent manufacturing has become a widely concerned trend of development. The intelligentized welding technology has naturally become one of the highly active research directions of intelligent manufacturing. The intelligentized welding manufacturing (IWM) deals with complex information, networking and intelligent technology during the whole process of welding products manufacturing, including a wide range of welding materials, structures, technics, processes, equipment and systems, products and market. Therefore, it is imperative to research and develop intelligentized manufacturing welding technology. Intelligent welding manufacturing would play an important role in research, development, and application of the emerging additive manufacturing technology.
It is under such a background, the Robotics & Automation Committee of Chinese Welding Society (CWS), co-sponsored by other academic institutions, of the Chinese Welding Association (CWA), Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES), successfully held a series International Conference on Robotic Welding, Intelligence and Automation (RWIA) every four years since 2002, such as the RWIA’2002, RWIA’2006, RWIA’2010 and RWIA’2014.
At present, according to the research and development of intelligent manufacturing demand，such as the Industry 4.0 and China Manufacturing 2025, the Robotics & Automation Committee of CWS and other academic institutions have agreed to jointly sponsor the 2017 International Workshop on Intelligentized Welding Manufacturing (IWIWM’2017), Jun. 23-24, 2017, Shanghai, P. R. China. The IWIWM will be planned as a serial International Conference to occur each another year. The upcoming IWIWM’2017 will be hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and it happens also to occur at the same time with the 70th IIW annual Assembly & International Conference, i.e., IIW’2017, Jun. 25-30, 2017, Shanghai, P. R. China. The IWIWM’2017 will provide a platform for the experts, scholars, professional technical personnel, etc., in intelligent manufacturing，intelligentized welding technology and related application fields. The world renowned scholars and experts are invited to present the latest scientific and technology progress on the intelligentized welding manufacturing.
Another important topic at the IWIWM '2017 is the discussion about the operating mechanism and strategy of a new publication “TRANSACTIONS ON OF INTELLIGENT WELDING MANUFACTURING", to be published by Springer Verlag, aimed at further enhancing the international communications and collaboration of intelligentized welding manufacturing technology community.