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

New furnace from Grieve

No. 989 is an electrically heated, 2,000-degree F inert atmosphere furnace from Grieve Corp. that is used to process fabricated parts. Workspace dimensions measure 30-in. wide by 48 in. deep by 30 in. high. The furnace features 57 kW installed in nickel chrome wire coils supported by vacuum formed ceramic fiber to heat the unit.… Continued

Tweco releases water-cooled MIG gun 

Tweco, an ESAB brand, introduced the Fusion Pro 450, a water-cooled MIG gun designed for running wires from 0.035-in. to 1/16-in. diameter in medium to heavy-duty industrial fabrication, maintenance and repair applications. Using mixed gas, the gun is rated at 450 amps at 100 percent duty cycle; with CO2 shielding gas, it is rated at… Continued

Pferd introduces brushes for stainless

Pferd Inc. released a series of 100 percent stainless steel power brushes designated Inox-Total. All components of the brush are produced from 302 stainless steel, making them suitable for environments highly sensitive to contamination, such as the nuclear power and pharmaceutical industries. The brushes are available in a 2-in. stem-mounted crimped wheel, 2-in. stem-mounted knot… Continued

Arc Specialties releases pipe welding system

Arc Specialties Inc. offers the Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System to carry out repeatable full penetration pipe welds. The system incorporates a six-axis UR5 collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots. The system pre-scans the root opening (gap) using a 2-D laser, then uses the data to generate the robot path and welding parameters. Gap variations… Continued

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