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Continued success for ESAB SuperStirTM

ESAB Group : 22 June, 2001  (Company News)
Interest in the Friction Stir Welding technique for aluminium continues to grow. Even if the cost of the investment is substantial, experience acquired from the systems that have been installed so far indicates that good profitability is possible.
Interest in the Friction Stir Welding technique for aluminium continues to grow. Even if the cost of the investment is substantial, experience acquired from the systems that have been installed so far indicates that good profitability is possible.

The FSW process offers many benefits. The strength and quality are superior to those provided by other welding methods and the process requires no special surface treatment prior to welding. Another of the advantages of FSW is the opportunity to join alloys that could not previously be welded.

During the latter part of 2000, ESAB's FSW team in Lax, Sweden, signed two new contracts involving deliveries of the ESAB SuperStirTM system.

The first contract was signed with TWI in the UK. ESAB SuperStirTM equipment will now be installed where the entire process was invented and where Friction Stir Welding actually began. The equipment has a gantry-type design with a welding area of 5 x 8 metres and it is equipped with two heads of different sizes.

The second contract was signed with DanStir ApS in Denmark. This machine is of the same gantry-type design as the one for TWI, but it is designed for a welding area of 3 x 5 metres and is equipped with one welding head.

The two systems will initially start with test welding and laboratory operations.

ESAB has previously delivered some ten sets of SuperStirTM equipment to companies in the marine sector and the aerospace and automotive industries.
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