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Automotive Resistance-Welding Standard Revised

Thursday, September 26, 2002
The American Welding Society (AWS) has issued the revised and updated edition of its Recommended Practices for Test Methods for Evaluating the Resistance Spot Welding Behavior of Automotive Sheet Steel Materials (AWS/SAE D8.9M:2002). Use it to evaluate the performance of spot welding of coated and uncoated automotive sheet steels. Its weld-testing procedures were developed under the guidance of industry experts from automotive OEMs. Order on the AWS website,

Aida Opens Sales Office in Paris

Thursday, September 26, 2002
To extend its sales and support reach across continental Europe, Aida, Dayton, OH, has opened an office in Paris, France. The company named Bernard Grisel managing director for Aida SAS. The office will offer service, project management and application-engineering support, and will carry an inventory of spare parts.

Online Help With Laser-System Selection

Wednesday, September 25, 2002
GSI Lumonics Inc., Northville, MI, has introduced its online Product Selector that instantly provides users with a list of recommended laser-based systems to address their laser-cutting, drilling, and welding needs. Users of the selector, at, simply answer four basic questions that describe their application needs--the process (welding, cutting, etc...), material to be processed, thickness and minimum processing speed.


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