February 10, 2016 · in Industry News
Industry News – February 2016

ESAB Meets Buy America Requirements 

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers a line of welding filler metals that meet the Buy America provision and are eligible for use in public projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Buy America provision requires the use of U.S.-made products for projects funded by the U.S. government and procurements made by U.S. government agencies or the military. Information about ESAB’s Buy America filler metal offerings is available at buyamericabyesab.com.


Lift Announces Technology Project

The third technology project announced by LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) will focus on titanium, a lightweight metal that has potential for more uses in aerospace designs if new technologies can reduce the cost of designing and testing new parts. Lead partners on the project, GE Aviation and The Ohio State University, will focus first on advancing computer analytics to better understand and predict the performance of titanium alloys. “If we can advance the abilities of our computer models to better predict how a particular design will perform, we can test less. That cuts material and testing costs and the lead time for developing new designs,” said Alan Taub, CTO at LIFT.


Magnegas Fuel To Be Part Of Space Center Project

MagneGas Corp. announced a lead subcontractor for a major Kennedy Space Center build-out project placed its first order for MagneGas2 fuel. The fuel will be used for the metal-cutting portion of the project. Subcontractor S&R Enterprises LLC was first introduced to MagneGas fuel during a demonstration arranged by a MagneGas partner Suwannee Ironworks. After the demonstration, S&R chose to switch to MagneGas2 and requested pricing and training for its personnel and,eventually, its subcontractors. In addition, S&R purchased other welding supplies from the company.

New Ohio Laser Leveling Capability

Ohio Laser has added leveled and stress-free punched lasercut and flame-cut parts to its service offerings. With its new ARKU FlatMaster 55 hydraulic precision leveler, Ohio Laser can flatten sheet metal parts, even high-strength steel parts, for thicknesses ranging from 0.05 mm to 12.0 mm. The leveling system can flatten parts in a matter of minutes, eliminating “potato chipping,” while making subsequent processes faster and more reliable, including laser cutting and robotic and MIG/TIG welding. Ohio Laser now offers this new leveling capability as an independent service.


10th China Metals Expo Announced

The 10th China (Shanghai) International Non-ferrous Metals Expo will take place Oct. 10-12, 2016, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. CINME 2016 will feature representatives from international non-ferrous metals and upstream and downstream enterprises and attract professionals from industries including non-ferrous metal products and raw and auxiliary materials, processing technology and equipment, and green refining and recycling. People from the construction engineering, automobile manufacturing, aerospace, mechanical equipment, power engineering, electronics and home appliance industries will attend.

Plans For ISM Conference Announced

The Institute for Supply Management’s 2016 conference in Indianapolis May 15-18 will offer an “Emerging Professionals Experience” for people with one to eight years’ experience in the supply management industry who are working toward their CPSM designation. This session is designed to fast-track CPSM certification. The “Corporate Team Experience” is for executives representing large corporations who want to solve challenges common to large entities. It will cover problem-solving, best practice executive team building and the latest in operating trends.

Ideal Welding Names New President

Ideal Welding Systems LP, a subsidiary of Ideal-Werk, Lippstadt, Germany, appointed Christian Kloeckner president/general manager. Kloeckner has more than 20 years of international experience in the welding industry, including sales of large welding machines and equipment as well as customer service and marketing. The company provides resistance and laser welding machines.


Executives To Gather For PMA Conference

The future of the metalforming industry will be discussed at the 2016 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting March 9-12, 2016, in Palm Desert, Calif. The conference will feature a range of keynote presentations, educational sessions and networking opportunities. With a specific focus on the metalforming sector, speakers will highlight industry innovations as well as strategies for solving workforce development issues, adapting to change and facing business challenges.

Lincoln Electric Hosts Motorsports Seminar

The Lincoln Electric Co. recently hosted prominent metal fabricators in the racing industry during the annual Advanced Motorsports Welding Seminar at its Cleveland headquarters. At the seminar, welding experts shared the latest advancements in materials and welding procedures in motorsports. Through its association with the motorsports industry, Lincoln Electric engineers and designers have found that the most common fabricating challenges are related to welding titanium, chrome-moly, Inconel alloys and aluminum.


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