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U.S. Cutting-Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December 2014

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
December 2014 U.S. cutting-tool consumption totaled $168.2 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 7.2 percent from November’s total and up 20.3 percent from December 2013.
“The 2014 calendar year closed with a flurry and the overall growth in the cutting tool industry reporting was 5.0 percent year over year,” says Tom Haag, president of USCTI. “This is an indication that our market is steady and strong despite some volatility in the monthly statistics this past calendar year. December was a reflection on the auto industry perpetuating its strong growth while aerospace markets continue to work on an enormous backlog. The December sales closed a year with a strong message that manufacturing is still driving growth in our economy.”

Fab Shop Adds Fiber-Laser Cutting Machine, Press Brake

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Weaver Fab & Finishing, Akron, OH, a precision metal fabricator and powder coater, has installed an Amada FLC-3015 AJ 2-kW laser-cutting machine equipped with an Amada ASLUL 300 six-shelf automated material-handling system. The ASLUL tower conserves floor space since it occupies space directly above the laser’s shuttle table. Weaver also added to its shop an Amada HG 1003 servo-hydraulic press brake.

The FLC 3015 AJ, capable of cutting numerous types of materials including brass, copper and titanium, features a flying-optics design that promotes optimum productivity and accuracy at high cutting speeds. Its dynamic motion system reportedly achieves acceleration and traverse speeds comparable to those from linear-drive motion systems.

The HG 1003 dual servo-powered (DSP) press brake features a newly enhanced, highly rigid frame with a larger open height than other machines in its class, according to Amada officials. Increased distance between the tooling and greater stroke length provide a larger processing area, enabling deep-box bending and easing part extraction.

Weaver Fab & Finishing, which plans to move into a new 46,000-sq.-ft. facility, is online at; learn more about the FLC 3015 AJ Fiber here.

ABB Robotics Debuts Customer Certification Program for Maintenance Techs, Programmers

Monday, February 16, 2015
ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, MI, has developed a Customer Certification program where customer employees can take the classes necessary to become a Certified Robot Maintenance Technician and/or Certified Robot Programmer. Instruction, hands-on training, and qualification assessments are conducted at each of the ABB US Robotics training facilities in North America, with the program targeted to engineers, technicians and programmers who work with robots.
The curriculum is offered in five application areas: arc welding, spot welding, laser cutting, material handling and paint. Classes are taught by certified ABB instructors, supported by comprehensive course materials. Certification in each area is awarded after successful completion of all course work and a cumulative, online final exam.
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