Andrtiz supplies laser welding to Toyota

Andritz Group received an order from Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) for three jointly developed Southtrac II tailor-welded blank (TWB) laser welding systems to be installed in its North American manufacturing plants. The systems are specifically suitable for curved applications. The processing head, exclusively developed for TMNA, makes the system capable of laser-welding small radii… Continued

Survey shows importance of PPP loans

A survey of Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) members shows more than 91 percent of respondents reported having received a Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to retain employees. Still, more than 70 percent of respondents reported that they may need to furlough or terminate employees when their loan… Continued

OSHA issues frequently asked Q&As

OSHA published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace. The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators. It further reminds employers not to use surgical masks or cloth face coverings when respirators are needed. In addition, the guidance notes the need for… Continued

Fronius celebrates 75 years

Seventy five years ago, Günter Fronius opened a radio and electrical repair shop, which eventually grew into Fronius International GmbH. The business was born in the market town of Pettenbach, Austria, where Fronius’ headquarters are still located. A trained electrical engineer, Günter developed a solution that allowed vehicle batteries to last longer. In 1950, the… Continued

AWS Foundation awards grants

The American Welding Society (AWS) announced recipients of the Spring 2020 Welder Workforce Grant, awarded through the AWS Foundation. Each school was presented with up to $25,000 to improve the welding industry through education. The recipients are Airport Community Schools, Carlton, Mich.; Chippewa Falls (Wis.) High School; Paso Robles (Calif.) High School; Somerset (Ky.) Community College;… Continued

IMTS cancelled for 2020

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show cancelled IMTS 2020, with a full commitment to returning to McCormick Place in Chicago for September 12-17, 2022. Instead, IMTS will offer two comprehensive digital programs, IMTS Network and IMTS Spark, over the next several months to assist exhibitors and the manufacturing community. The IMTS Network will live… Continued

ABB offers tools to get back to work

ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation launched a package of digital solutions and virtual and field service support initiatives to help businesses restart production lines that may have been idle for weeks or months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The offer includes several digital tools to help customers optimize processes and be more proactive in maintenance activities,… Continued

Fronius Japan names managing director

Fronius Int’l announced Motoaki Suzuki is the new managing director of Fronius Japan. Suzuki took over as the head of the Fronius subsidiary in Japan at the beginning of April. With a 29-year career in the welding sector, including previous managing director of Lincoln Electric Japan, he is a true industry expert. In addition to… Continued

Hypertherm announces grant winners

Hypertherm announced the recipients of its 2020 Spark Something Great educational grant. The grant program, now in its sixth year, places plasma technology into schools. Grant recipients were selected from a record pool of 257 applicants representing high schools, vocational schools and colleges from the United States and Canada. Each of the 12 winning schools… Continued

Amada Weld Tech launches new website

Amada Weld Tech launched its all-new website. Timed to coincide with the company’s name change, the visually appealing, user friendly and intuitive interface makes it easier to find information on the company’s manufacturing technology solutions. Improved navigation offers visitors a choice of paths via Applications, Industries or Products. Key functionality includes the ability to filter… Continued

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