Hot-form quench partnership

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October 3, 2019

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Telos Global is partnering with Impression Technologies Ltd. to bring Impression’s hot-form quench (HFQ) process for high-strength, lightweight aluminum structural components to North America.

Telos Global will produce body-in-white and chassis components, supporting weight-slashing initiatives for SUVs, pickups, and electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s Caryville, Tennessee, plant will initially supply parts to North American producers before starting exports to Asia and Europe.

Impression Technologies CEO Jonathan Watkins says, Telos Global’s parts will be “stronger, lighter, more cost-effective structures made using HFQ technology to a guaranteed standard. We look forward to working with Telos to develop a global HFQ supply chain capability in North America as well as globally.”

Telos Global CEO and Founder Rick Teague adds, “This partnership with ITL offers Telos an exciting opportunity to supply automotive customers in North America and around the world with complex components manufactured from new, high-strength aluminum alloys. We believe HFQ technology, using Telos’ scalable production system, will offer significant opportunities for lightweighting and design flexibility at a competitive price.”

Teague, formerly global director of hot stamp pressing and tool development for Cosma, a Magna Int’l. company, formed Telos Global in 2016 to focus on stamping technologies for vehicle lightweighting. http://www.telosphs.com; http://hfqtechnology.com

Sakor Technologies provides dynamometer system to University of Houston

Sakor Technologies recently provided the University of Houston’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a dynamometer system to test motor and inverter designs for hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The system features dual opposing 7.5kW AccuDyne four-quadrant AC motoring dynamometers, variable frequency drives, and subsystems configured for testing electrical machines. The dynamometers offer bi-directional loading and motoring, allowing researchers to test different algorithms and designs.

The dynamometers’ regenerative operation recovers most of the load energy, making the system power efficient. They operate up to 8,000rpm and offer up to 150% overload capacity.

The DynoLAB test automation control system allows test engineers or technicians to design and implement complex tests without learning a programming language.

Sakor President Randal Beattie says, “This flexible testing system is ideal for use in an academic environment, and users can develop and test many different algorithms and technologies with a single test system.” https://www.sakor.com; https://www.egr.uh.edu

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Precision measuring tools and motion controls provider Heidenhain has opened a Central U.S. office to support North American expansion. The Longmont, Colorado, office provides direct sales support for Central U.S. and Mexico territories, previously managed in Illinois or California. https://www.heidenhain.us

BLM Group has named Mike Martin its service director. Martin brings more than 25 years of experience leading service organizations. His Six Sigma and Lean background, along with operational and leadership skills, will be deployed in BLM service offerings. https://www.blmgroup.com

Tsugami/Rem Sales named Craig Hahne as vice president of strategic relationships. Hahne brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing to Tsugami/Rem Sales, having worked as a CNC machinist, programmer, and plant manager. https://www.remsales.com

Sunnen Products Co. is opening a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, to complement production in the U.S., China, Switzerland, and Brazil. The company will move a portion of its abrasive and tooling products from St. Louis, Missouri, to Monterrey, beginning by the end of 2019 and concluding by the end of 2020. The company expects minimal impact on staffing levels in St. Louis and will reassign most employees to fill needs in other areas.

Sunnen, a family-owned business, remains deeply committed to its employees and to St. Louis but says it needs to diversify its labor pool and expand to meet the demands of its customers and compensate for expected retirements of skilled U.S. workers. https://www.sunnen.com