Xiris upgrades website to support video library

Xiris Automation Inc. rebuilt its website with an enlarged weld video library that now contains almost 500 videos of actual weld processes taken with its cameras. The video collection includes samples taken from MIG, TIG, laser, electron beam, plasma and stick welding applications on various substrate materials shown in monochrome and color. The new website… Continued

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

Esco’s flange facing tool

Esco Tool introduced the Flange Hog 110 flange facing tool that eliminates the need to cut pipe and replace flanges when replacing valves in virtually any flanged piping system. It requires only about a 10-in. opening between flanges and refaces damaged RF and FF gasket seats on flanges with a phonographic finish. Creating a finish that meets… Continued

Pantron offers welding arc detection

Pantron Instruments introduced the light sensor ILD-1000 for detection of intensive, non-uniform light that typically arises from arc welding and laser welding. The device detects the existence as well as the non-existence of an arc and is made for error detection for automatic manufacturing processes. The system consists of the ILD-1000 evaluation device and the… Continued

Koike introduces welding manipulator

Koike Aronson Ransome’s Cricket-II welding manipulator is for use with subarc, TIG and MIG welding applications. It is equipped with a lift speed of 20 ipm, and a variable speed-powered reach option offers adjustable speeds from 3 to 120 ipm. With a load capacity of 500 lbs., the manipulator can accommodate all welding processes. It… Continued

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