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Schuler Supports Vocational Training in Mexico

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
 
Metalforming-equipment manufacturer Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, has opened a new vocational training center in Puebla, Mexico. The center, named Cedual (Centro de Especializacion Dual), already has begun to train 30 apprentices, and has the capacity to support 90 industrial and tool/mechanical apprentices. Following the German apprenticeship model, courses include theoretical and practical lessons taught by German instructors in an audio-visual lecture theater and in three classrooms. The center includes machines for hands-on training in drilling, turning, milling and grinding. After completing the 3-yr. course, students will receive a certificate form the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, equivalent to the German qualification. More at www.schulerinc.com/.

Esab Selected to Support Fabrication of NASAs Next-Generation Fuel Tank

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
 
Friction stir welding is the process of choice selected to weld the main fuel tank of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), and providing the welding technology to NASA and its contractor Boeing is the Esab facility in Laxa, Sweden. Esab, with North American operations headquartered in Florence, SC, will construct a giant orbital-welding system (dubbed Vertical Assembly Center) to circumferentially weld fuel-tank sections together using the friction-stir process. The SLS project, America’s next-generation space program, is slated for launch in 2017. Learn more here.

 


Online Video Illustrates Sheetmetal-Fastening Technique--No Tapping or Secondary Ops

Monday, September 09, 2013
 
Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, has produced a 4-min. video showcasing the capabilities of its Hybrid Threadform forming tool, used in CNC punch presses for applications where material thickness exceeds screw pitch. Displayed is a real-world application of the tool at Midland Metal Products, which significantly reduced costs for fabricating retail-industry point-of-purchase displays when compared to welding of self-clinching nuts. Here’s the video.

 

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