Bernard Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Bernard Celebrates 75th Anniversary

BEECHER, Ill. (September 19, 2022) — Bernard is excited to announce that the company is celebrating its 75th anniversary. This milestone marks a history rich in welding product innovation that started with humble beginnings in a storefront on the southeast side of Chicago.

Throwback photo of old Bernard facility with employees in front

“Bernard was built upon a strong engineering foundation, which remains prominent in our culture today,” said Nathan Miller, VP and general manager at Bernard. “As the welding industry has evolved, Bernard has evolved with it and continues to build upon the history of innovative solutions designed to meet the needs of the global welding industry.”

Over the course of its 75 years in business, research and development efforts have led to multiple cutting-edge technologies, including perfecting the Dual Shield welding process in 1954 — now known as flux-cored arc welding (FCAW). During the 1960s, the company introduced its Bernard® MIG welding gun and wire feeder, which served as the basis for continued gun and consumable innovation. 

Today, Bernard offers its customizable BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG guns and other MIG gun lines that can be configured online to meet a customer’s specific needs. Bernard introduced its AccuLock™ S consumables in 2019 to address liner trim length errors and erratic wire feeding, leading to less troubleshooting, downtime and rework. This consumables system is in addition to its longstanding Centerfire™ consumables line. 

Bernard was family-owned and operated until 1970 when Dover Corporation purchased it. In 2001, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) purchased Bernard, which is currently a division of Miller Electric Mfg. LLC in Appleton, Wisconsin. Miller is wholly owned by ITW. 

Watch to learn more about the Bernard 75th anniversary. 

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Bernard and Tregaskiss To Showcase MIG Welding Solutions at FABTECH 2022 

Bernard and Tregaskiss To Showcase MIG Welding Solutions at FABTECH 2022 

BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR Ontario. (August 16, 2022) – Bernard and Tregaskiss will attend FABTECH in Atlanta, November 8–10, sharing booths C12511 and C12711 with Miller Electric Mfg. LLC and Hobart Brothers LLC. The companies will showcase integrated welding solutions that provide cost, quality and productivity improvements. 

Bernard semi-automatic guns with Tregaskiss robotic guns plus AccuLock Consumables

Bernard will display its AccuLock™ S consumables for semi-automatic welding applications, while Tregaskiss will showcase its AccuLock R and AccuLock HDP consumables for robotic applications. These consumables systems have been designed to increase consumable life and productivity while decreasing costs. 

Also at the booth, Bernard will feature its BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG guns. Operators can customize these guns with multiple handle, trigger and liner options, along with fixed or rotatable neck and choice of consumables, using the online configurator. 

Tregaskiss will display its TOUGH GUN® TT4E and TT4A nozzle cleaning stations, which automate spatter removal to extend robotic MIG gun and consumable life, and will also display its BA1 cobot air-cooled MIG gun. The cobot gun offers fast, simple installation and consistently delivers high-quality welds. Tregaskiss will also have its TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic air-cooled MIG guns available for visitors to learn more about. The guns are designed to maximize throughput on through-arm robots by offering outstanding precision and reliability. 

Bernard and Tregaskiss representatives will be available to answer questions about the brands’ welding solutions and provide information on the companies’ technical and product support. 

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