Rockford Systems, Rockford, Ill., a
provider of machine safeguarding technologies, has been named an authorized distributor of the Lazersafe® Sentinel Plus press brake guarding system,
designed for the retrofit market.
In a standard retrofit, the system’s laser transmitter and receiver are mounted to the upper beam of the press brake.
During operation, a continuous block
laser field protects the zone around the
punch tip, allowing the operator to hold
the workpiece as the tool closes at high
speed. If an obstruction is detected, the
machine is stopped automatically.
Rockford Systems can retrofit most existing makes and models of press brakes
with the system. Custom interface packages can be developed if required.
Tube bending machine manufacturer
Schwarze-Robitec is expanding its
U.S. branch o;ice, moving the North
American service and distribution team
to Grand Rapids, Mich. The site also
includes a 2,000-sq.-;. warehouse that
stores the most important spare parts
for its custom-made tube bending
The service and sales teams now are
working in close proximity to the Grand
Rapids International Airport, so that engineers can reach customer sites quickly. Service engineers answer all support
requests directly on-site.
The team also provides spare parts
procurement as well as machine maintenance and advises users on how to
optimize their existing systems and
bending processes. The Michigan office works closely with the experienced
specialists at company headquarters in
With this location in combination
with the spare parts warehouse, “our
customers in North America and Mexico
benefit from even shorter delivery times
for urgently needed parts,” said Bert
Zorn, managing director of Schwarze-Robitec GmbH.
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TRUMPF, a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers for
flexible sheet metal processing based
in Farmington, Conn., is a 2017 recipient of the Young Adult Employer Champion Award from the National Fund for
Workforce Solutions, a national network promoting economic opportunity
and prosperous communities through
investment and innovation. TRUMPF is
among the first to receive the Pathways
to Apprenticeship Award.
“The skills gap is a problem plaguing many manufacturers today,” said
Christine Benz, training manager at
TRUMPF, “and we have found a proactive solution that not only benefits our
workforce, but also provides opportunities for young people to amass the skills
needed for a successful career in manufacturing.”
Victory CNC Plasma Systems, Ow-
ensboro, Ky., has received a 2017 Ken-
tucky Pacesetter Award for outstand-
ing achievements as a Kentucky small
business. Through this program, the
Kentucky Small Business Development
Center recognizes high-performing, sec-
ond-stage Kentucky small businesses.
The award recognizes businesses
that are developing innovative products, enhancing sales, creating jobs,
and serving their communities. Victory
was selected based on recognition of
both increased revenue and enhancements to its line of complex plasma cutting systems.
Amada Miyachi America Inc., Monrovia, Calif., a manufacturer of resistance
welding, laser welding, marking, cutting, and micromachining equipment
and systems, has completed the ISO
9001 recertification process for its quality management system.
As part of the recertification process,
the company validated each manufacturing process and operation, determined best methods for each, and
developed guidelines for ensuring the
process would remain consistent and
General Carbide Corp., a Greensburg, Pa.-based vertically integrated
manufacturer of finished tooling for
industrial wear and metal forming applications, has upgraded its ISO quality
certification to ISO 9001:2015.
The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based
on the principles of customer focus,
leadership, engagement of people,
process approach, improvement, evi-dence-based decision-making, and relationship management.