Month: November 2016

Blackbird Robotics’ remote welding lab


Blackbird Robotics hosted an open house for its Sterling Heights, Mich., facility. Attendees visited the new remote welding applications laboratory and were given an overview of the technology advances in 2-D and 3-D scan heads, controls, and seam finding and tracking solutions. Also, an exhibition of sample parts from production applications was presented. The remote… Continued

Schwamberger joins welding cooperative

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative named Eric Schwamberger its distribution center operations manager. Schwamberger will be responsible for installing supply chain best practices to drive efficiency and productivity gains in the IWDC’s Indianapolis and Reno, Nev., distribution centers.

Fronius names welding division head


Fronius Intl. GmbH named Harald Scherleitner as the new head of its Perfect Welding division. He succeeds Wolfgang Lattner, who plans to retire in 2017. Scherleitner has been with the company since 1994 and has spent the last eight years as head of the Perfect Charging division. His successor at that division is Patrick Gojer,… Continued

Yaskawa Motoman receives training reaccreditation

Yaskawa Motoman, a provider of robotic systems for arc welding and other applications, has been awarded reaccreditation status from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Yaskawa Academy offers more than 75 courses and features a welding lab and robots in the classrooms for hands-on learning.

Sumig USA hires business director

Sumig USA appointed Steve Saumier director of business development to its management team. Saumier brings more than 30 years of experience in the North American welding market. The company manufactures welding products and systems, including turnkey robotic cells, GMAW torches and consumables.

Rockford hires VP of marketing

Carrie Halle

Rockford Systems LLC announced Carrie Halle as vice president of marketing. Halle will report directly to Joe Nitiss, CEO of Rockford Systems. With more than 25 years of business-to-business marketing experience, she will be responsible for managing strategic and marketing programs, with a short-term focus on web development, re-focusing the brand, channel marketing programs and… Continued

Hobart plant moves to Wisconsin

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. reported that its Hobart Welding Products equipment plant in Troy, Ohio, is being relocated to Appleton, Wis. The Hobart Filler Metals business will continue to operate in Troy as will the Hobart Brothers headquarters.

Coldwater partnership, VP of sales and marketing

Daniel Barry

Coldwater Machine Co. has been selected to help commercialize Ohio State University’s vaporizing foil actuator welding technology. Through this joining process, which can weld dissimilar metals, an aluminum foil actuator is electrically vaporized by means of a capacitor bank, generating a high pressure pulse that drives one metallic workpiece toward the other with the resulting… Continued

American Weldquip offers robotic torch system

American Weldquip introduces the 550 Series water-cooled version of its Arc Safe Advantage hollow wrist robotic torch system. The system’s rotary electrical joint means no electrical cable twisting or torsional strain, which increases cable life. The standard configuration includes the electrical rotary joint common to all robotic systems. Selecting the proper insulating disk adapts the… Continued

Broco Rankin announces new VP

Broco Rankin named Mike Colella vice president of sales and marketing. Broco Rankin supplies exothermic cutting and underwater welding systems. Colella joins the company after serving in leadership roles at National Standard, Essroc Cement and Axim Admixtures.

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