Dana Corp.'s innovative magnetic pulse welding process, which could play a major role in cutting weight from vehicle frames, will be ready for production in 18 months. “We hope to launch the process with one or more customers,” says Mark Kiehl, chief engineer-advanced design and development with Dana's Parish structural division. Magnetic pulse welding makes it possible to join dissimilar metals such as steel and aluminum by way of a super-tight molecular bond. The process requires no ...

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