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Littell Moves to Larger,
More Modern Manufacturing Facility

Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Coil-handling-equipment supplier Littell International, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, has relocated its Michigan manufacturing operations to a larger and more modern 40,000-sq.-ft. facility in Troy. It will house all areas of operation and customer service. The firm also has recently completed the redesign of its equipment lineup, including its feeds, straighteners and reels. Learn more at

Dallas Industries Under New Ownership

Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Coil-handling and press-feed-automation supplier Dallas Industries, Troy- MI, has been sold to investment partnership American Coil Systems, which includes Dallas president Joseph Gentilia and other members of the Dallas management team. “We foresee no major changes in our operations,” says Gentilia, “other than injecting our development, engineering and manufacturing capabilities with renewed energy and resources.” Learn more at

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


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