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Sharp Tools Awards
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Sharp Tools Limited, Chennai

The Sharp Tools awards have been instituted from 2010 to the Best & Second Best Papers in Welding Fabrication and Practices specifically in Welded fabrication, quality assurance, Testing and inspection of components and awarded during the National Welding Seminars / International Congress / Conference of the Institute.

Evaluation Criteria


  • Purpose/Objective of the fabrication/repair and its industrial importance.
  • Benefits visualised through lower cost and higher functional efficiency.
  • Clearly defined planning and scope of work.

  • HOW

  • Originality of approach/novelty of design. Ingenuity in the use of materials and adoption of welding process.
  • Innovation or ingenuity in setting up work, adopting procedures for higher productivity/quality.
  • Method of fabrication/repair/execution of project – how correct and systematic is it?
  • Final inspection/test data and performance analysis.


  • Accuracy of the results in terms of cost savings, functional efficiency, with reference to the objectives specified by the author.
  • Other findings, if any, of importance besides what was specified, as a by-product during the course of the work.
  • Overall writing style and effectiveness in communication.

  • Evaluation Procedure

    WHY - 20%, HOW - 40%, WHAT - 40%

  • Each paper is evaluated by three separate judges (Professors, Researchers, Welding engineers from various fabrication industries, consultants, consumable manufacturers etc.) for each category.
  • Copies of the papers are sent to the judges.
  • Their evaluation is compiled and normalised with respect to Judges average and the global average.
  • Care is taken to avoid the judge being one of the authors of the papers being evaluated.
    The winners of this award receive Certificate and a cash prize of Rs.6,000.00 & Rs.4,000.00 respectively.

    With a mission to be the Premier Professional Institute in India for the advancement of Welding Science & Technology and related activities, IIW-India has been continuously developing itself for achievement of Assist Human resources development in Welding in India.

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