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Industry News
News Briefs: Dec. 20, 2011

3A Composites launches redesigned website; Assembly Guidance Systems delivers 20-projector laser system for wind turbine blade fabrication; Dynabrade names Ned Librock president; H3D Tool expands machining capacity.

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Posted on: 12/19/2011
Source: CompositesWorld

3A Composites (Cham, Switzerland) has announced the re-launch of its newly designed website, www.3Acomposites.com. The website now showcases the full product portfolio of 3A Composites and the diverse segments that it operates in globally along with a new modern look and easy to navigate website features. “3A Composites is a dynamic global business with such an unique product offering from balsa products to foam boards, gymnastic yoga mats to aluminum cladding. We participate in diverse market segments such as wind energy, transportation, marine, commercial architecture, retail and health and wellness, to name a few," says Ashwin Shanbhag, CFO and head of information technology for 3A Composites.

Assembly Guidance Systems Inc. (Chelmsford, Mass., USA) reports that it has delivered the largest unified (20 projector) laser system for wind turbine blade fabrication. Following a recent installation of a 16-projector system for a fuselage application, Assembly Guidance has now delivered a 20-projector LASERGUIDE system for a wind turbine application. The LASERGUIDE system was selected following a year-long evaluation, where it has outperformed the competition in such areas as line visibility on challenging materials and demonstrated capability of projectors and remote controls. Supporting 20 LASERGUIDE projectors and eight remote controls with one computer, the system enables the customer to perform simultaneous work in different zones of a single turbine blade without having to synchronize computers or wait for completion of other activities. To accommodate the need of such a large integrated system, Assembly Guidance enhanced several features, including LASERGUIDE's multitasking. LASERGUIDE's unique multitasking capability reduces cycle time and operational costs and facilitates LEAN manufacturing practices.

Dynabrade Inc. (Clarence, N.Y., USA) has announced that Ned T. Librock has been appointed president of the industrial power tool manufacturer, effective immediately. Librock had been serving as director of marketing for the last five years. Founder Walter N. Welsch steps down as president, and remains CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have someone of Ned’s caliber and experience step up to lead Dynabrade,” said Welsch. “Ned is an outstanding and experienced individual who I know will make the next phase of the company's future a successful one. I know he will implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. He has a proven track record of execution and is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as marketing director for the past five years, Ned has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

H3D Tool Corp. (Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA) has announced a factory expansion that includes delivery of a wide range of additional equipment, including a Vollmer QWD 760H 5-axis horizontal wire erosion machine. The 760 has the added ability to produce tools between centers, ensuring that the most reliable performance can be attained when running at higher spindle speeds used in many milling applications. Visit H3D at www.h3dtool.com.

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