Experience


We are working on the industrial application of  friction stir welding (FSW) since 1995, two years after it had been invented by Wayne Thomas at TWI Ltd in the UK. We focus on implementing the process industrially, by demonstrationg the feasibility on existing machines before specifying a suitable production machine.

 

The following industrial implementations of FSW are based on our consultancy (in chronolgical order):

  • Aluminium Wheel rims, Australia and China
  • Portable FSW maschine in ship building, Australia
  • Transportable machine for GIL tubes, Germany
  • Tailor welded blanks for automotive lightweight structures, Group sponsored Project in Europe and USA
  • Lap joints in rocket engines, Netherlands
  • Welding of magnesium, and the world's first publication about this 
  • Patent application on a wear resistant FSW pin without recessed areas

Based on the experience gained in thes Projects, we started to work in management:

  • Business development for friction and forge welding processes
  • Management of EuroStir® Projects (8,5 Mio € Budget with 35 partners)
  • New customer acquisition in the transport industry
  • Crashworthiness of aluminium rolling stock in rail transport
  • IPR consultancy regarding patents and licensing
  • International activities in Europe, USA, China, India, Australia and New Zealand

After the development and successful marketing of EMPT machines (electromagnetic pulse technology for welding and forming) and MIG/MAG welding robots, we are now working again on friction stir welding:

  • High-strength aluminium panels for aircraft
  • Paneels and battery Tubs for electric cars
  • Crashworthy and dynamically loaded parts in the automotive industry 
  • Consultancy on FSW for gas insulated Pipelines in energy distribution
  • Industrialisation of friction stir spot welding machines
  • Patent application for  bimetal tubes and plates
  • Participation in Project committees of DVS projects

Based on the experience gained in these projects and functions, we are in a unique position to provide you with reliable consultancy.