Explore the primary sectors where EWI applies our heavy industry engineering and materials science expertise. We’re dedicated to helping manufacturers streamline processes, test materials, and develop technologies in the most efficient ways possible.
EWI has decades of experience in materials engineering and advanced shipbuilding technology innovation for both commercial and defense manufacturers. Our deep expertise in the following areas can be applied to help you gain a competitive edge: welding and joining technologies, lightweighting, joining dissimilar materials, NDE, structural integrity, and additive manufacturing. Whether you want to integrate new materials, expand your rebuild-and-remanufacture capabilities, adopt flexible manufacturing in your processes, or develop onsite repair solutions, EWI can help you incorporate advanced technologies and methods to meet your challenges. View our ship engineering and ship repair resources.
Construction Equipment Manufacturing
OEMs and suppliers in the construction equipment industry have long recognized EWI as the leading authority in North America on materials joining and applied technologies. Our clients look to us for guidance during existing equipment assessments as well as construction equipment design testing. We offer new ways to gauge fitness for service, prevent failure, and assure structural soundness and safety. Our assessment and characterization services are distinguished by decades of experience and a materials testing lab. Our experience in welding and joining, NDE, automation, and inspection enables our customers to incorporate new materials and technologies with confidence.
Mining Equipment Manufacturing
A significant percentage of mining equipment failures are due to fatigue. Heavy equipment is subjected to varying loads in its lifetime due to factors such as unstable service and changing environmental conditions. These conditions can cause cracks to develop in the structure, which can lead to sudden catastrophic failure. For fabricators of welded equipment subjected to cyclic loading, fatigue-life analysis is critical. EWI offers quick, efficient, and accurate nondestructive testing to assess the structural health of equipment and to support innovations in mining equipment manufacturing. In addition, our broad materials and joining expertise can help you find solutions to your structural challenges.
Agricultural Equipment Manufacturing
In the agricultural sector, demands for equipment efficiency and longevity continue to rise. Manufacturers strive to reduce weight, boost power, and lower emissions. While incorporating lightweight materials into equipment designs can provide significant benefits, joining dissimilar materials can be a big challenge in farm machinery engineering. EWI has developed techniques for joining a wide variety of dissimilar materials, including arc-based, laser-based, resistance, and solid-state welding processes. Leverage our experience in materials science and engineering for agricultural equipment.
Railroad Car and Equipment Manufacturing
From rolling stock to rail welding and inspection, EWI applies a full range of technical expertise to help clients in the rail industry address manufacturing and building challenges and innovate for the future. Our engineers work with the commercial rail industry and federal agencies to identify and apply materials and technologies that extend the service life of all critical rail car components, improve rail inspection techniques, develop effective and efficient repair technologies, enable new designs, and streamline manufacturing. Areas of specialty include materials engineering, NDE, welding and joining, modeling and simulation, and rail repair.
EWI can help you identify your challenges and opportunities, develop ideal processes, and implement your technological innovations.