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New CNC Coiler Increases Capacity at Newcomb Spring Texas Operation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
Newcomb Spring Corp., headquartered in Decatur, GA, recently purchased a CNC spring coiler capable of manufacturing a range of compression, extension and torsion springs. The machine’s automated features enable the company to coil precision springs using wire diameters to 0.625 in. with increased speed and productivity.

The coiler rapidly produces parts that traditionally required manual handling, as its automated features eliminate the need for labor-intensive hand tooling and many secondary processes, thus providing faster turnaround times and less waste material.

“We purchased this high-end spring coiler for its advanced capabilities, which allow us to provide strict compliance to specifications, reduce lead times and substantially increase the production of large springs,” explains Ron Hubbard, general manager at Newcomb Spring of Texas, where the equipment is installed.

The coiler also monitors production in real-time with integrated spring-forming software, tracking and charting information such as the springs’ OD and pitch, and the machine’s wire-feeding speed. In addition, the coiler offers a unique 3D preview function, allowing an operator to analyze and make adjustments to the spring, quickly recalibrating the machinery without having to key in all order specifications. With advanced reporting capabilities, the coiler also can record and save job specifications to ease setup on future production runs.

Newcomb Spring Corp. is a worldwide supplier of compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, wire forms, stampings, rings, hooks and battery contact springs. Besides Decatur and Texas, the company has facilities in California, Connecticut, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Ontario, Canada.
For more, visit www.newcombspring.com.

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

 

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