Aida-America promotes employees

Aida-America Corp. promoted Bob Southwell (shown), who began his career with Aida-America in August of 1998, to executive vice president. In his new role, Southwell will retain all vice president of sales & marketing responsibilities. Other promotions include Mike West and Al Wichner to purchasing group leaders to assist in directing the purchasing of materials, supplies and… Continued

Bilsing Automation relocates facility

Bilsing Automation North America, a supplier of automated tooling solutions for the press room, body shop and other fabrication applications, moved from its previous location down the street to a new facility in Roseville, Mich. The new facility offers 15 percent more manufacturing space at 10,400 sq. ft. of shop with about 3,300 sq. ft. of… Continued

Lantek collaborates on parts nesting

Lantek Systems Inc. and the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) have a collaborative agreement that focuses on developing new models of applied mathematics and algorithms to enable metal forming industries to reach high levels of efficiency in calculations. To start, the collaboration will explore new approaches for parts nesting. The project aims to design an… Continued

FMA announces DiPietro award recipient

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA) announced the 2019 Frank A. DiPietro award recipient is Stan Ream, an internationally recognized expert in industrial lasers, process development and analysis, and manufacturing systems design and performance. The award was established by FMA in 2017 in memory of Advanced Laser Applications Workshop (ALAW) founder Frank A. DiPietro (1926-2016). It is given annually to a… Continued

The Apprentice School celebrates 100 years

The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2019, and is planning special events throughout the year. The school opened at the end of World War I to recruit, train and develop shipbuilders. Since then, advanced digital shipbuilding concepts and technology in the curriculum are now supporting the company’s… Continued

Machine rental from Chicago-based startup

McPond Inc., a peer-to-peer platform based in Chicago, is where manufacturers can list idle industrial machines available for rent. By collaboratively consuming manufacturing assets, overseas outsourcing can be avoided and manufacturing can stimulate local economic growth. McPond currently lists machines in states as far away as Ohio, Maryland, Florida and Colorado. Machines vary from 3-D… Continued

Pferd names vice president of sales

Pferd Inc. appointed Rafael Astacio vice president, sales. Astacio will manage the overall sales operation in North America, including the development and execution of strategic sales plans, aligning sales objectives with the business strategy, forecasts and budgets. He was previously vice president, sales and marketing, for a robotics and automation equipment manufacturer for the construction… Continued

UR launches authorized training centers

Universal Robots (UR) announced its North American distributors are opening authorized training centers, offering classes spanning basic to advanced programming of UR cobots. The first four centers have launched, with another nine to follow by the end of 2019. Through hands-on classes hosted by UR trained teachers, the centers will broaden understanding of UR cobots’ use… Continued

Coe Press appoints machining manager

Coe Press Equipment named Ronald Wahl machining manager of the company’s machine shop. Wahl will be responsible for scheduling machining jobs, purchasing tooling and materials, quality certification and supervising the machining staff. He has more than 30 years of shop floor manufacturing experience, most recently serving as operations manager of a drilling tools and solutions manufacturer. Throughout his… Continued

AM printer for aerospace components

Jointly designed by GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems Inc., the DMP Factory 500 workflow optimized metal AM printing solution creates seamless large parts for aerospace OEMs and their suppliers. AM optimizes buy-to-fly ratios through reduced costs associated with waste material while it enhances geometry and design for functionality to reduce aircraft weight and increase… Continued

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