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Applied Fusion Installs Second Super-Large Electron Beam Welder

Applied Fusion has announced the completed installation of the company's second 8-axis CNC large electron beam welder, as well as an additional pro-beam electron beam welder from Germany.

The new 8-axis CNC large electron beam welder (imported from Germany to Applied Fusion's San Leandro, CA, facility) provides a larger working envelope due to its 125-ton, 64-cubic meter vacuum chamber. A 65" tiltable rotary table with a Z-axis movement opens up a wide range of part options. Faster vacuum pumping speeds enable higher throughput and welding of many smaller parts in a single pump-down cycle.

"By installing another more advanced electron beam welder, we have stayed on top of the industry's latest trends and technology," said Jeff Musgrove, Applied Fusion President. "This increases our capabilities and generates faster turnaround times, all while maintaining our high standards of quality and performance."

"With this new addition, along with other continuous upgrades, Applied Fusion remains on the cutting edge of the metal manufacturing industry while increasing processing capacity and investing in the local economy," said a company spokesperson. "Applied Fusion has a consistent track record of on-time deliveries that maintain quality, accuracy and reliability, and this latest machine increases the company's capabilities for completion time and project size and scope."

"Our new welder opens the door to a better customer experience," said Musgrove. "Our operators can begin welding sooner thanks to faster pumping speeds, and increased volume capabilities create manufacturing flexibility. Overall, this saves time and money for us, and more importantly, the customer. Applied Fusion continues to assist customers with material selections and joint designs with the full capacity to design and manufacture tooling and fixturing in-house."

The pro-beam, Applied Fusion's second new/high-tech machine, is the company's sixth electron beam welder. It has more capabilities and a larger working chamber. "Reaching full vacuum in ~11-12 minutes, it is two to three times faster than previous systems," said Musgrove. "This allows quicker turnaround time between jobs. Also, due to the large table/working area, either large parts can be processed or a combination of parts can be ganged on the table for processing, resulting in cost savings. The pro-beam utilizes a Siemens control. The control and software from pro-beam get the operators up to speed quicker than the previous systems."

"While continuous upgrades of facility and machinery are a bonus for Applied Fusion's manufacturing capability, it also marks a significant investment in the local economy despite the current economic environment," said a company spokesperson. "Greater manufacturing throughput requires more operators and technicians, opening the door to further hiring and a stronger job market for the local high-tech community."

"This investment demonstrates our belief in the technology talent of San Leandro and the Bay Area," said Musgrove. "Our success depends on the quality and skills of our staff, and we are excited to help strengthen the trades and our local high-tech job market."

Since 1972, Applied Fusion has provided practical manufacturing services for a variety of industries. A family-owned business, Applied Fusion uses the latest manufacturing technology, from electron beam and laser welding to conventional machining and fabrication methods. Primary markets served include high-tech/semiconductor, aerospace, universities and R&D.

For more information contact:

Jeff Musgrove, President

Applied Fusion Inc.

1915 Republic Avenue

San Leandro, CA 94577


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