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Robotics Seminar Slated for December

Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Learn strategies for optimizing robot productivity, minimizing downtime, and gaining control of the robotic arc-welding process at a seminar titled, How to Implement Effective, Global Robot Process Controls. The seminar hits Cleveland, OH, December 9-10. Learn more at

Trumpf Recognizes Top Distributors

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Trumpf Inc., Farmington, CT, recently presented the following 2003 sales-achievement awards to its top distributors: Outstanding Distributor Performance—Primeline Fabricating Machinery, Indianapolis, IN; Sustained Excellence—Fabricating Machine Tools Ltd., Cleveland, OH; Most-Improved Performance--Southern States Machinery, Greensboro, NC; Appreciation—Advanced Fabricating Machinery, Ontario, Canada. Trumpf produces fabricating machinery and laser production equipment. For more, visit

Sonobond Receives NIST Grant
for Ultrasonic Welding of Al Auto Bodies

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Sonobond Ultrasonics, Inc., West Chester, PA, has been awarded a $441,000 grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program to develop ultrasonic metal-welding technology for the mass production of aluminum automobile bodies. The project, sponsored by Ford, is part of a nearly $9-million three-year program to develop ultrasonic welding for Al auto-body applications, leading to reduced vehicle weight and improved fuel economy. Preliminary welding trials conducted by Ford and Sonobond have demonstrated the feasibility of welding auto-grade aluminum in thicknesses to 1 mm in a lap-joint configuration. The goal is to extend the technology to various joint configurations under various welding conditions, using robust equipment and advanced process controls. Along with Ford and Sonobond, project participants include American Technology, Inc. and Edison Welding Institute. For more about the NIST Advanced Technology Program and its projects, visit For more from Sonobond Ultrasonics, visit


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