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Coldwater Machine Provides Joining System to Edison Welding Institute for Friction-Welding Research

Monday, March 23, 2015
 
Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, OH, a new member of the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), has installed one of its SpotMeld systems at EWI for research focused on the joining of advanced materials.
SpotMeld is a refill friction-stir spot-weld (RFSSW) solution that enables spot joining of aluminum (1000- to 7000-series), magnesium, nonferrous and dissimilar sheet materials, offering an alternative to single-point joining processes such as resistance spot welding, laser welding and riveting.
Relying on RFSSW technology, SpotMeld uses rotational friction to heat the materials along with pressure, melding the parts together using wear-resistant tooling to join two or more surfaces. In addition to its ability to join dissimilar and lightweight materials, benefits reportedly include high-quality joints with a small heat-affected zone, consistency in weld duplication and faster meld times, as well as being environmentally cleaner and safer with no filler material, spatter, smoke, radiation or shield gasses.
“EWI has driven multiple innovations in the field of friction-based welding technologies,” says Tim McCaughey, Coldwater Machine president. “We are excited to partner with EWI in further development of manufacturing solutions that can address the challenges presented by today’s growing use of advanced and lightweight materials in a variety of industries.”
Coldwater Machine manufactures and integrates precision equipment and tools for multiple industries. For more information on SpotMeld, visit www.coldwatermachine.com/services/spin-welding

Pacesetter Steel Service Earns Certification as Female-Owned, -Operated Business

Friday, March 20, 2015
 
Pacesetter Steel Service, Inc., Kennesaw, GA, has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), making it one of largest companies in the steel industry to receive this distinction, according to Pacesetter officials. The certification process confirms that the business is at least 51-percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women via an in-depth review of a business and its legal and financial documents, as well as an in-depth site inspection. Pacesetter began the certification process following the announcement of Aviva Leebow's accession as its new chief executive officer in September 2014.
Pacesetter's new status helps other companies achieve supplier and vendor diversity objectives by providing a WBENC-certified steel service center with whom they can partner.
“At Pacesetter, we have a shared vision of leading the industry in innovation and becoming a genuinely collaborative partner with our customers, our suppliers and our community,” says Leebow. “Our certification will allow us to add even more value to our current customers, helping them reach new markets and their supplier diversity initiatives.”
Pacesetter owns and operates service centers outside of Atlanta, Chicago and in Houston, and processes and supplies cold-rolled, galvanized, galvannealed, galvalume, aluminized and prepainted steel. Services include coil slitting, cut-to-length, precision blanking and CNC punching. For more, visit www.teampacesetter.com

Nidec Minster Announces Management Changes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 
Effective June 1, David Winch will be assuming the role of chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors for press-technology company Nidec Minster, Minster, OH. John Winch will be stepping down as CEO and president, but will continue to assist in a consulting role.
“For nearly 120 years, we have maintained a proud tradition of innovation, quality and commitment to our customers,” says David Winch. “These changes will help us focus on providing the global products and services our customers need to grow.”
Steve Gruber will assume his new position as president and chief operating officer, reporting to David Winch. Gruber will be responsible for Nidec Minster’s activities in the Machinery, Automation, Midwest/Operations and Services divisions as well as Human Resources. He will focus on growth in new and existing markets, as well as new products and continuous operational improvements.
Ron Arling will serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to David Winch. He will continue overall responsibility for internal company functions focusing on managing the financial wellness, compliance and information technology. In addition, Arling will assume overall responsibility for mergers and acquisitions along with integration of new companies.
Rick Schwartz will become vice president of Nidec Minster’s Machinery and Automation divisions, continuing his focus on sales, engineering, marketing and purchasing for those divisions. Managing director Tim Fletcher will assume responsibility for the Services division.
For more on the company’s products and services, visit www.minster.com.

 

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