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EWI Wins 2012 R&D 100 Award for AcousTech™ Machining

By Mary Wilmoth on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

EWI, the innovation leader in materials joining and allied technologies, has been selected to win a 2012 R&D 100 Award for AcousTech™ Machining, its patent-pending ultrasonic-assisted machining technology that increases production rates, tool life, and quality of traditional machining processes, such as drilling, milling, and boring.

Matt Short, EWI Technology Leader and head of the AcousTech™ Machining development team, said, “AcousTech™ Machining represents a new generation of machining technology. High-power ultrasonic vibrations significantly reduce the required force and torque needed to cut materials. The reduction in operating force promotes extended tool life, increased throughput, and improved capacity. So manufacturers can use it, for example, to drill larger, deeper holes in hard metals, and achieve higher velocities and significantly less tool wear.”

Henry Cialone, EWI President and CEO, added, “EWI is dedicated to increasing our customers’ manufacturing competitiveness through technology innovation. When AcousTech™ Machining adds ultrasonic energy to conventional machining processes, the results can be transformative. Suddenly, machining processes that haven’t changed much in decades can be more productive, deliver higher a quality product, reduce material waste, and decrease costs—all of which increase manufacturing competitiveness. Being selected to receive the R&D 100 Award for this innovation is a good indication of industry readiness and need for the technology.”

The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence in emerging technology contributions to manufacturing and other industries. Award winners are selected annually by the editors of R&D Magazine and a private panel of judges, and represent the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

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