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Technical College Students Welcome New Punch Grinder

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wilson Tool International, White Bear Lake, MN, has donated a specialty grinder worth $14,000 to Anoka Technical College, Anoka, MN. Students will use the grinder to learn how to sharpen punch-press tooling, helping to “provide the necessary skills that will help graduates find jobs in the sheetmetal industry,” says Chris Lawless, president of Wilson Tool;

Governor Attends Hypertherms Grand Opening

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The ribbon was cut on Monday, March 4, to inaugurate the new 160,000-sq.-ft. home of Hypertherm, Hanover, NH, and among those in attendance was New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan.  The new LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certified facility includes advanced R & D space, training classrooms and engineering labs. Hypertherm manufactures equipment and software for laser, waterjet and plasma-arc cutting;

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;


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