Hirotec America Inc. says it has perfected a manufacturing process for a door crash beam that achieves a nearly 35% weight reduction vs. traditional methods. Utilizing its C3 (clean, cost-effective, cold-welding) magnetic-pulse welding procedure, Hirotec has created a hybrid crash beam composed of aluminum and steel, two dissimilar metals that are difficult to join using traditional welding methods. With the new corporate average fuel economy legislation mandating a fleet average of 35 ...

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