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Unique modular LEGIO friction stir welding equipment launched

ESAB Group : 01 October, 2002  (New Product)
A major development in the field of Friction Stir Welding was unveiled by ESAB at the Aluminium 2002 show in Essen, Germany, from 18-20 September, the LEGIO modular FSW machines. ESAB launched the LEGIO modular FSW machines that is available at a significantly lower cost compared to the company's bespoken SuperStir equipment, and with much shorter lead times. The modular FSW machine concept is unique and the improved cost-effectiveness will allow FSW technology to be used far more widely than was previously possible.
A major development in the field of Friction Stir Welding was unveiled by ESAB at the Aluminium 2002 show in Essen, Germany, from 18-20 September, the LEGIO modular FSW machines.

On Stand 4B09 in Hall 4, ESAB launched the LEGIO modular FSW machines that is available at a significantly lower cost compared to the company's bespoken SuperStir equipment, and with much shorter lead times. The modular FSW machine concept is unique and the improved cost-effectiveness will allow FSW technology to be used far more widely than was previously possible.

ESAB has been the world's leading developer of FSW equipment since the process was first commercialised in 1992, with a large number of SuperStir machines now in operation worldwide. But whereas all SuperStir equipment are designed to suit a particular application, the new LEGIO modular concept allows customers to specify a machine that is assembled from FSW machine modules. In essence, the customer determines the working area, the bed configuration, the clamping arrangement, and the number of heads; several other options are also available to match the customer application and requirements. The included control system has been developed specifically to handle the Friction Stir process.

As well as welding two components of the same grade of aluminium, the FSW process can also join dissimilar alloys or even join two completely different metals; in many cases FSW can be used to join materials that cannot be welded by any other means. The LEGIO machines are suitable for welding parts ranging in thickness from 1.2 to 65 mm from one side, depending on the materials, and the process requires no special surface preparation. Now that the highly competitively priced LEGIO machines are available, fabricators will be able to consider FSW even for small batches of products. Industries that will benefit from the new equipment include automotive, aerospace, marine, architectural, construction and general engineering.
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