Software update from Fronius

Fronius USA LLC released a software version for its WeldCube Premium data documentation solution that has new functions to help the user simplify the documentation and analysis of welding data. The new WeldOptimizer function lists faulty parts and automatically displays the error rate. If the cost of each component has been entered into the system,… Continued

Lincoln Electric releases helmets

The Lincoln Electric Co. launched Viking 2450 and 3350 Series auto-darkening welding helmets that feature 4C optics, innovative headgear to improve comfort and a low-profile external grind button to increase productivity. The X6 Headgear contours to the operator’s head to evenly distribute weight across six key contact points. The addition of the external grind button allows the… Continued

Thermal Dynamics’ plasma cutting consumables

Thermal Dynamics, an Esab brand, launched its Cutmaster Black Series plasma cutting consumables. They are featured on the SL60QD 1Torch, which comes with the Cutmaster 60i handheld air plasma cutting system. Coupled with internal enhancements on the Cutmaster 60i, the new electrode design increases the unit’s rated cut and piercing capacity to 3/4 in. The torch with… Continued

Ocean Machinery partners with AGT Robotics

Ocean Machinery Inc.  partnered with AGT Robotics to bring a compact automated welding robot to a medium-sized structural steel fabricator. “The Ocean Challenger robotic welder is designed specifically for structural steel fabricators looking to increase production and reduce labor costs,” said Hunter Fry, president. “The compact footprint, robotic automation and integrated software make the Ocean… Continued

Boostweld wins gas flow trademark

Boostweld was granted a trademark for its patented GMAW gas flow technology, which delivers an increase in efficiency, reducing shielding gas consumption at optimum velocity. The patent outlines an insulator with an interior air chamber and guiding wall that evenly stabilizes the shielding gas pressure. Boostweld evolved from a 40-year-old ODM business, which has produced… Continued

X-ray movies show laser spattering

Researchers from Missouri S&T, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, created high-speed X-ray movies of laser spattering. Using X-ray imaging, the researchers captured the spattering behavior of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V during fabrication. The microscopic movies reveal a novel mechanism of laser spattering – the bulk explosion of a tongue-like protrusion that forms in… Continued

The Apprentice School celebrates 100 years

The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2019, and is planning special events throughout the year. The school opened at the end of World War I to recruit, train and develop shipbuilders. Since then, advanced digital shipbuilding concepts and technology in the curriculum are now supporting the company’s… Continued

Pferd names vice president of sales

Pferd Inc. appointed Rafael Astacio vice president, sales. Astacio will manage the overall sales operation in North America, including the development and execution of strategic sales plans, aligning sales objectives with the business strategy, forecasts and budgets. He was previously vice president, sales and marketing, for a robotics and automation equipment manufacturer for the construction… Continued

UR launches authorized training centers

Universal Robots (UR) announced its North American distributors are opening authorized training centers, offering classes spanning basic to advanced programming of UR cobots. The first four centers have launched, with another nine to follow by the end of 2019. Through hands-on classes hosted by UR trained teachers, the centers will broaden understanding of UR cobots’ use… Continued

Lincoln Electric acquires Turkish company

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. completed its purchase of the controlling stake of Askaynak to advance Lincoln Electric’s regional growth strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We are pleased to welcome the Askaynak team into Lincoln Electric,” stated Christopher L. Mapes, chairman, president and CEO. “Askaynak strengthens our position in the region and as one team; we will serve our… Continued

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