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New Standards Address Resistance Welding
for the Automotive and Aerospace Industries

Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, FL, will shortly release two new resistance-welding standards. The first, AWS D8.1M:2007, Specification for Automotive Weld Quality—Resistance Spot Welding of Steel, establishes acceptance criteria for welds in the automotive industry. And,, secondly, AWS D17.2/ D17.2M:2007, Specification for Resistance Welding for Aerospace Applications, covers resistance spot and seam welding of aluminum, magnesium, iron, nickel, cobalt, and titanium-based alloys used in aviation and space manufacturing. The automotive standard was developed by the AWS D8 Committee on Automotive Welding. It covers quality standards for spot welds in vehicles fabricated from steels, including advanced high-strength steels. Price of the 40-pg. standard: $56 ($42 for AWS members). The aerospace standard, developed by the AWS D17 Committee on Welding in the Aircraft and Aerospace Industry, replaces MIL-W-6858D and AMS-W-6858A. It includes requirements for machine and procedure qualification, production witness samples, and inspection and acceptance criteria for aerospace hardware. Price: $56 ($42 for AWS members). AWS publications may be purchased in the United States and Canada by calling 888/WELDING (888-935-3464); elsewhere, call 305/824-1177, or order online at


Friday, December 22, 2006
Hot off the Press returns on Tuesday, December 26.

CNC Engineering Software Unit
Forms Separate Company

Thursday, December 21, 2006
CNC Engineering, Inc., Enfield, CT, has announced that a former software unit of the company has emerged as a separate company, CNC Innovations, LLC, to focus solely on the development of software to enhance manufacturing productivity. In 2000, after success developing PC-to-CNC communications products such as Easytalk and Focal*Point DNC, CNC Innovations was absorbed into its parent company. Today as a standalone business, CNC Innovations is owned and managed by Jim Smith and Gary Pray, who were with the original CNC Innovations. For the company’s new contact information and more on its products and services, visit


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