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Press Tonnage Control Earns Energy Savers Award

Press Tonnage Control Earns Energy Savers Award

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
 
The Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency, Houston, TX, has presented its National Energy Savers Award to Ford Motor Co. for the automaker’s work in commercializing the Force Modulator system. The energy-efficient technology was developed to improve the operation of stamping presses, particularly those used to form lighter-weight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum. The system, developed by Smedberg Machine Corp. and marketed by Metalforming Controls Corp., provides a soft hit, user-controlled tonnage at all points in the stroke, hold on bottom and a controlled binder-ring return. As lack of tonnage control during the press stroke has been considered a barrier to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel, this technology will accelerate use of these materials in auto/truck applications, thus reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy, according to the technology’s backers. That capability resulted in the award presentation. For more, visit www.metalformingcontrols.com.

 

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