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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

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.


Ferris State Welding Engineering Department Receives Significant Donation

Monday, September 09, 2013
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, WI, has donated more than $1 million worth of robotic-welding equipment and simulation software to the Welding Engineering Technology program at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Included are three robotic-welding cells which Miller pledges to update every three years with new equipment, to ensure students stay on the leading edge of technology. More at


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