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Tailor Steel to Receive Schuler Laser-Welding System

Wednesday, December 05, 2001
 
Tailor Steel America, Holt, MI, is set to receive a dual-gantry dual-laser-welding system from Schuler Held Lasertechnik, the laser division of Schuler AG. Delivery is scheduled for early 2002. The dual-head moving-optics laser welder features two 8-kw CO2 Rofin Sinar lasers. The automatic machine has in-line weld-geometry profile cameras and a seam tracker that directs the laser. It also includes an ultrasonic, nondestructive weld-inspection system as well as in-line oiling and dimpling systems. Each of the machine's two gantries will weld at the same time on the same part at Tailor Steel America. Addition of the second laser on a part increases throughput by decreasing cycle time, according to a company official, thus increasing capacity by 80 percent. Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, represents Schuler products and services in the United States.

Two Firms Form Fabrication-Stamping Alliance

Tuesday, December 04, 2001
 
Salmon Falls Precision Fabricators, Inc., Rochester, NH, a precision sheetmetal fabricator, and Trend Technologies, Inc., San Jose, CA, a stamper and designer and developer of tooling and dies, have formed a strategic alliance to provide customers in the Northeastern United States with one-stop shopping for fabrication, stamping and plastic-molding needs. Trend operates 14 facilities globally, with 250 molding presses, 197 stamping presses and 190 CNC turret presses. It also runs seven mold and die fabrication centers in Singapore, the United States, Mexico, Ireland and Hungary.

Nucor Diversifies into Steel-Framing Market

Tuesday, December 04, 2001
 
Nucor Corp., Charlotte, NC, has purchased ITEC Steel, Inc., Denton, TX, and its subsidiary Steel Truss and Frame Corp.. ITEC manufactures load-bearing light-gauge steel framing products-roof and floor trusses, panelized wall-framing systems, fabricated structural steel and steel-roof and floor-decking systems. Don Moody, Nucor manager of light-gauge framing development, will manage the ITEC operations. Its Internet location: www.itecsteel.com.

 

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