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D&S Earns Registration
to Rail-Vehicle Welding Standard

Monday, October 25, 2010
Metal fabricator D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has achieved certification to DIN EN 15085-2, Level CL2 for welding of new components for rail vehicles. It did so to meet the requests of its customer, Electro-Motive Diesel, which sought a U.S. supplier certified to the European welding standard. The standards require that D&S maintain its systems for training and welding-procedure consistency, and that a welding coordinator be retained onsite for supervision and to address technical issues. More at

Stamper/Fabricator Adds Two
Robotic-Welding Cells

Monday, October 25, 2010
Five robotic-welding cells weren’t enough for Germantown Tool & Machine Inc., Huntingdon Valley, PA—the firm had to go out and purchase two more. The metal stamper and sheetmetal fabrication shop, with 50 employees and a 55,000-sq.-ft. facility, acquired a pair of Fanuc six-axis robots partnered with Lincoln Electric PowerWave 455M arc-welding power supplies. Robots boast 65-in. reach and 35-lb. payload. More at

Standards Have Become
Synonymous with Quality

Friday, October 22, 2010
So says an article in the recent e-newsletter of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. An excerpt: “ISO certification and lean methodologies have almost become requirements for a company to successfully compete in certain global markets. Companies that have invested in themselves by becoming certified and implementing lean practices want to be certain that they do not have problems as a result of their suppliers’ practices or their own practices…Some do this before any problems occur while others do so as a result of manufacturing problems.” Cited as a model for manufacturers to benchmark is metalforming company HK Metalcraft, Lodi, NJ, whose continuous improvement process has included “adding QS9000 and ISO/TS 16949 certification, and lean manufacturing to its TQM toolbox,” says the article. “Recently, HK had shipped approximately 170 million pieces with zero defects over a 13-month period.” Read more here.


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