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Solar Atmospheres of California Earns Aerospace Supplier Approval for Heattreatment-Related Processes

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA), Fontana, CA, has attained approved-supplier status from SAFRAN/SNECMA, a French multinational aircraft and rocket engine manufacturer. SCA has received approval for the heattreatment processes of stress relieving, solution heattreatment, normalizing, sub-zero and homogenization annealing, as well as for ageing, stabilization and austenitizing quenching for steel, nickel-based alloys and cobalt-based alloys.
Only a limited number of companies in the United States have earned the SAFRAN/SNECMA-approved supplier status, according to SCA officials.
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Accuride to Implement ERP Financial and Supply-Chain Applications at Five More Facilities in 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Accuride Corp., a supplier of wheel-end system solutions to the OEM and aftermarket segments of the North American commercial-vehicle industry, has adopted Plex Enterprise Edition Financials and Supply Chain enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) applications, and plans to add them to five of its facilities in 2015. That would place Plex Enterprise at all nine of the Evansville, IN-based company’s facilities.
The Plex Enterprise applications will enable Accuride to centralize many financial and supply-chain controls to deliver greater visibility and consistency of management data across multiple facilities, according to company officials. They expect that this view of inventory, orders, payables and purchasing will improve customer service and collaboration with suppliers, and enable Accuride to manage its operations more efficiently.
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German Group Researching Laser as Tool for Steel-Strip Surface Improvement

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, the Dortmund Project Group of the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology and LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH have initiated development work on a new laser technology that the partners will use to improve the properties of steel strip surfaces. The collaboration is part of the OSLO research project, spearheaded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and scheduled to be completed in 2017.
OSLO will research how the properties of ferrous-steel strip materials can be influenced in a targeted manner by laser surface treatment in a continuous in-line wide-strip process. Materials experts refer to it as functionalizing. To provide steel with better corrosion protection, for example, the laser will uniformly heat the steel's surface layers over the entire strip width. But corrosion protection is not the only benefit of this alloying or surface-melting process. Thanks to uniform heating, it is also energy-efficient and environmentally friendly − the laser only heats the surface, rather than the entire volume of the wide strip.


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