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Firms join forces to support Welding Engineering

Resistance welding systemObara USA, RoMan Manufacturing, WTC, and Honda have made a gift of a new, state-of-the-art resistance welding system.Welding Engineering students will have access to the latest industry-standard equipment thanks to the investment of four firms.

Obara USA, RoMan Manufacturing, WTC, and Honda have made a gift of a new, state-of-the-art resistance welding system,” said Menachem Kimchi, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “All of us at Ohio State are impressed with and grateful for the flawless cooperation among the contributing companies, which has resulted in Ohio State receiving a great welding system with the latest monitoring and control capabilities.”

The Medium Frequency Direct Current (MFDC) system is widely used in the automotive industry, primarily to weld different types of steels and aluminum alloys. “This specific upgraded machine is capable of delivering more than 80,000 amps, and can be used to weld high conductivity materials such as aluminum. It is also equipped with a servo driven force system capable of 1800 pounds of force which are needed for welding Advance High Strength Steels (HASS) Kimchi said”

The equipment will see action very soon in Welding Engineering’s undergraduate teaching labs and in current welding research programs for industry partners like Honda. This system was also shown to other automotive OEM’s and discussions on future research and development programs are in progress.