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Chemetall expands aluminum center

Surface treatment supplier Chemetall expanded its Aluminum Competence Center in Hamm, Germany. The new facility meets the quality requirements of the aluminum finishing industry. “This extension of the Competence Center and investment in ultra-modern technology further supports our global presence in this key industry,” said Martin Ings, global segment manager aluminum finishing. The Hamm site… Continued

UTI launches new welding program

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) launched a new welding technology program at its Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., campus. The 36-week program, built in collaboration with The Lincoln Electric Co., trains students for AWS certification and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Courses will include principles of welding, including GMAW and SMAW, pipe welding, safety and… Continued

A3 to hold three conferences this fall

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) will hold a series of events this fall to address disciplines central to automation. The National Robot Safety Conference, held Oct. 10-12, in Pittsburgh, will help businesses reduce risk by ensuring personnel are familiar with robot and machine safety and robot safety standards. The MCMA TechCon, held Oct. 16-18… Continued

IWDC sets all-time monthly record

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC)’s member companies’ spend through their co-op exceeded $21 million in June, beating previous records by more than $1.7 million. “We’ve actually never broken through $20 million in any month, so this is quite a milestone,” said Frank Kasnick, IWDC president and CEO. The cooperative leverages the strengths of its… Continued

HIWT holds open house for expansion

open house for hobart welding

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT) highlighted its new addition and renovation at an open house in July. The event showcased the new, more-than 16,000-sq.-ft. Next Generation Welding Learning Facility, which features four technically advanced classrooms that seat up to 120 students as well as a large welder performance qualification laboratory for destructive testing.… Continued

SmartEquip Network partners with Lincoln Electric

The SmartEquip Network is partnering with The Lincoln Electric Co. to provide owners of Lincoln Electric welding equipment with the critical product information and parts support catalogs they need to maintain their fleet. The SmartEquip Network provides product support information for more than 280 suppliers to fleets in North America and Europe. “Our network has… Continued

Yaskawa Motoman announces new GM for Mexico

Motoman Jorge Cosio

Yaskawa Motoman announced that Jorge Cosio joined the company as general manager of Yaskawa Mexico. Cosio will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction, sales growth and operations in Mexico. Additionally, he will be responsible for the operation of Yaskawa’s three facilities located in Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro, Mexico. Cosio has nearly two decades of… Continued

Camfil appoints group vice president

Alain Berard

Camfil named Alain Bérard group executive vice president of the Air Pollution Control global business unit. Bérard has served with Camfil for 21 years in various top managerial positions. As group VP of sales and marketing for 10 years, he grew Camfil’s sales by 100 percent and achieved profitability for the company. For the last… Continued

School accepts grant for welding expansion

The Pennsylvania College of Technology is accepting a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant requires a cash match of $3 million from the college to expand its welding facility by 22,000 sq. ft. According to Davie Jane Gilmour, president of the college, welding continues to… Continued

OTC holds robotic welding contest

OTC Welding Robotics

OTC Daihen Inc. is contributing to a robotic welding contest at the Schweissen & Schneiden tradeshow in Germany, Sept. 25-29, 2017. The competition focuses on combinations of robots and welding power sources from individual producers, which participants will use to show off their programming and welding skills. OTC will provide participants with an FD-B4 robot… Continued

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