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Industry appointments; Increased R&D investment; Laser welding; Manufacturing technology, education open house


In brief

United Grinding North America’s Tool Division promoted several people. Markus Stolmar will transition from his current role as vice president to executive vice president; Simon Manns will move into Stolmar’s leadership position after years as the division’s technical sales manager; and Sales Support Engineer Richard Navratil moves into the position of technical sales manager. Outside the Tool Division, Phil Wiss has been promoted from regional sales manager III to regional sales manager IV; Jason Barber was promoted to director of information services from information services manager. 

Markus Stolmar
Simon Manns
Richard Navratil
Phil Wiss
Jason Barber

Forest City Gear has promoted Joe Konetski to process engineer on its Cut Teeth Only operations team, a resource dedicated to completion of gears made from a customer’s gear blank.

Joe Koneteski

ADM Tronics Unlimited Inc. is expanding research and development (R&D) and manufacturing areas in its Northvale, New Jersey, facility to accommodate increases in customer contract manufacturing orders and increased R&D activities for its suite of proprietary medical technologies.

Dukane has completed the acquisition of Oregon Laser Welding Equipment Co.’s Blackhawk Technology Group, strengthening Dukane’s knowledge of complex laser welding, broadening its plastic welding solutions, and expanding capacity for laser plastic welding projects.
Lee Spring has acquired The Kirk-Habicht Co., a manufacturer of custom springs operating out of Rosedale, Maryland. The acquisition further serves custome rs by delivering more manufacturing options and capabilities.

Mazak’s Discover 2019 education and technology event

Discover 2019 takes place at Mazak Corp.’s North American manufacturing headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, Nov. 5-7 and 12-13. Attendees will learn about technologies that increase efficiency and productivity, such as hybrid multi-tasking machines with additive manufacturing (AM), friction stir welding (FSW), hot wire deposition (HWD), and auto gear (AG) packages. Mixed reality (MR) remote service support and a machine spindle health monitoring system will also be on display, highlighting artificial intelligence (AI) within Mazak’s Smooth Technology manufacturing platform.

Thirty machining systems will be either completely new to the industry or making their North American debuts – several of which are Kentucky-produced models. There will also be several learning seminars with Mazak collaborative partners, access to Mazak application experts, a student day for recruitment, and regularly scheduled tours of the Mazak iSMART Factory.

“Mazak customers have come to rely on the Discover events for keeping up with the latest manufacturing advancements,” says Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp. He adds that the Discover What We Can Do Together theme “coincides with Mazak’s 100 Year Anniversary.”