A joint effort among Airgas, Hypertherm, and Machitech, has led to a donation of high-definition plasma cutting technology to students of the Ferris State University Welding Engineering Technology programme.

Airgas, Hypertherm and Machitech collaboratively donated and installed a brand new high-definition CNC cutting system within the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing in the Swan Technical Arts Building at Ferris State.

The HD cutting system has the latest and top selling technology, including the Hypertherm XPR 300 and the unique Machitech 5-axis bevelling head.

“Private contributions like this – which is one of the largest collective donations our programme has received to date – are amplifying the public support we’re receiving and making it possible for our students to learn on the best equipment available,” said David Murray, Associate Professor in Welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State.

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“I spend a great deal of my time interfacing with heads of manufacturing companies within the Rust Belt of the US and I keep hearing the same thing: our customers are facing major challenges in finding skilled workers who are prepared for jobs in the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies industry,” said Dan Sheets, Vice-President of Advanced Fabrication Technology at Airgas.

“Airgas has a vested interest in helping our customers remain competitive and we feel that investing in programmes such as the FSU Welding Engineering Technology programme will pay dividends to our customer base in the future.”

“After meeting with and understanding FSU’s equipment needs, it was clear that a mechanised cutting system would bring tremendous value to the programme over the coming years. Our strategic cutting automation partners at Hypertherm and Machitech stepped up and collaborated to develop a solution that not only fills the mechanised cutting technology requirement but provides top-of-the-line technology for the students,” Sheets continued.

Students enrolled in the Welding Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree programme at Ferris State will also receive Hypertherm’s ProNet CAD/CAM software.

pictured left to right: Taylor Jenkins, FSU Program Alumni & Airgas Great Lakes Weld Engineer, Jason Ball, FSU Program Alumni & Miller Electric Weld Engineer, Dale Albertson, FSU Program Alumni & Miller Electric Regional Manager, Dan Sheets, FSU Program A

Source: Airgas

Pictured left to right: Taylor Jenkins, FSU Program Alumni & Airgas Great Lakes Weld Engineer, Jason Ball, FSU Program Alumni & Miller Electric Weld Engineer, Dale Albertson, FSU Program Alumni & Miller Electric Regional Manager, Dan Sheets, FSU Program Alumni & Airgas Vice President Advanced Fabrication Great LakesJereld Sawyer, FSU Program Alumni & Director Dura Metal North AmericaDave Murray, FSU ProfessorJosh Whitford, FSU Program Alumni & Miller Electric Weld EngineerKen Kuk, FSU Professor