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Robot Duo Stars in Fabricators New Welding Cell

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
D&S Manufacturing, a custom manufacturer of large-scale components and assemblies for Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corp. and others, has added a new dual-robot arc-welding cell to its plant in Black River Falls, WI. The cell, developed and integrated by Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, CO, features two ABB six-axis robots, a pair of Lincoln Electric welding power supplies and a servo-driven twin-station positioner, all controlled by one ABB IRCS MultiMove control. “Load-and-go fixturing eliminates the need to perform manual tack welding prior to loading components into the positioner,” says D&S continuous-improvement manager Joe Lane. To optimize quality and throughput, the cell includes touch sensing and seam tracking capabilities;

Bazz Houston Plants Earn Aerospace-Industry Registration

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The U.S. and Mexican facilities of Bazz Houston, a manufacturer of springs, stampings, wireforms and other custom metal products, have been registered to AS9011C, the quality-management standard covering the aerospace industry. The facilities, also ISO 901:2008 registered, are in Garden Grove, CA, and Tijuana;


Novi Welcomes Inspection-Fixture Manufacturer

Monday, March 4, 2013
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, Maple Grove, MN, has opened a new Carl Zeiss Fixture Systems facility in Novi, MI. The facility will manufacture inspection fixtures for automotive stampings, body-in-white assemblies, rails, closures and other applications. The group has operations in North America, Europe and Asia; here’s additional information.


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