New Partnership with Miller Marine

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Miller Marine (NAVSEA and ABS certified welders) and Empowering Technologies (Ultrasonic Peening OEM) have exclusively partnered to offer turnkey ship repair services to the naval industry.

Specialized in sensitized 5XXX and 6XXX aluminum repairs, our services include:

  • Ultrasonic Impact Treatment (UIT certified operators and inspectors)
  • Weld repair (NAVSEA and ABS certified welders)

Learn more on the full service package we are offering and download our dedicated brochure.

Ultrasonic impact treatment naval industry

EI SHOT PEENING TRAINING

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Visit us on booth 17 during next EI Shot Peening Training seminar and workshop (October, 2-4th) in Orlando (FL). 

We will present our shot peening capabilities using our unique STRESSONIC® ultrasonic technology. 

Shot peening - hermetic enclosure

NEED SUBCONTRACT SHOT PEENING ?

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Empowering Technologies provides ultrasonic shot peening treatment services in its subcontracting workshop in Trusville (Alabama)  for offloading or series production.

You’re facing a production ramp-up or wish to subcontract your shot peening activity, engage-us! Many OEMs already trust us thanks to our cross-market experience: aero-structure, aero-engine, engine and transmission, railway, energy, medical, etc…

Subcontract shot peening

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

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Metallic parts fatiguelife enhancement - Booth S62408 

We are displaying ultrasonic needle straightening/forming, ultrasonic needle peening and ultrasonic shot peening equipments ! Come and visit us ! 

New project on UNP capabilities - Application on bridges

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Steel welded bridges are subject to fatigue failure, Ultrasonic Needle Peening is probably the most suitable process to improve the fatigue life of new or in service bridges. In partnership with the Bowen Lab of Purdue University (Indiana, USA), SONATS and EMPOWERING TECHNLOGIES began a project to demonstrate the capability of UNP process on full scale girder specimens.

Manufactured and tested specimens represent similar geometries and details of typical North American bridges.

The objective of this study is to prove that the UNP can improve the fatigue category for different locations on bridges as:

  • « Cover plates » from «  E’ category» to « C »  according to AASHTO recommendation,
  • « Transverse Stiffners » from « C’ category» to « B »   according to AASHTO recommendation.

For these reached categories, the detail life time is considered as infinite with regard to fatigue.

HFMI process treatment

  • Ultrasonic Needle Peening/HFMI Process treatment on full scale girder

Test frame for ultrasonic needle peening

  • Large capacity facility for testing fatigue life enhancement of structures treated with SONATS HFMI process

In collaboration with :

univeristy of Purdue

 

FABTECH 2016, we take part in the event!

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FABTECH 2016 - Empowering Technologies

In a couple of month, FABTECH will be opening its doors. Our team will be ready to welcome you on our booth C12 116.

We will be displaying our portative systems for Ultrasonic Shot Peening, Ultrasonic Impact Treatment and Ultrasonic Needle Straightening.

Do not hesitate to schedule with us a meeting to discover our innovative surface treatment solutions or discuss about your project!

Our booth will be located in the "Center Hall" for finishing, forming, fabricating and metalform. Prepare your visit by registering right here.

 

 

MRO on bridges

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Empowering Technologies conducted needle peening/UIT maintenance and repair operations on bridges in Virginia, Minnesota and Indiana. The Stressvoyager® portative equipment enables to treat new, existing or repaired weld on heavy infrastructures, as well as others metallic parts, to increase their fatigue life.  More information on the ultrasonic needle peening process.

UNP/UIT

UPDATE - New results in our White Paper on Ultrasonic Impact Treatment

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Fraunhofer IWM (Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials) and SONATS have shown an improvement of fatigue strength to 83% compared to as welded and superior to 20% against standard Ultrasonic Needle Peening using a specific peen. 

For more technical info, download our White Paper.

Impact treatment - weld - ultrasonic

MFN Interview - Ultrasonic Shot Peening for Automotive Industry

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In the last Metal Finishing News magazine, a full article is published on our Ultrasonic Shot Peening process meeting Automotive Industry Requirements. Learn more about this process and how it could add value to critical parts, its advantages and reliability when it comes to respecting the most demanding industry requirements in production rates !

Download the MFN interview in our documentation section.

MFN Article 2016 - SONATS

2 New documents available - MRO services and press article

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2 new documents enter our Download section. 

  • Learn how we can support you in your daily MRO operations using portative, ruggedizzed and reliable equipments. 
  • The last issue of The Shot Peener magazine include a full article on our Ultrasonic Shot Peening process : Ultrasonic Shot Peening - From Portable Systems to Robotic Production Lines.

Download them and contact us for more information!

MRO services and shot peening article


FABTECH 2015 - We will be there! UPDATE

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UPDATE--

Our team will be meeting you during next FABTECH 2015 (November 9-12, McCormick Place , Chicago, IL) on booth S5640.

We will be displaying our portative systems for Ultrasonic Shot Peening, Ultrasonic Impact Treatment and Ultrasonic Needle Straightening! 

Don't miss the opportunity to discover and ask questions to our staff about these innovative surface treatment solutions! Contact us to scheduled a meeting during this show. 

Our partner Avion saves millions repairing damaged helicopter blades

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"HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Your average Black Hawk helicopter costs about $16 million. One rotor blade carries a price tag of $220,000. Obviously, if you can repair a damaged blade rather than replace it, you can save big money. That’s where shot peening comes in.

First used on automobiles back in the 1940s to increase the strength of..."

Read the full press article here

This ultrasonic shot peening process is based on our Stressonic® technology. Many critical components can be saved and strenghtened before the ultimate failure! Learn more about the multiple uses.

Watch our process for ultrasonic shot peening application 

Empowering Technologies to exhibit at Paris Air Show!

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Empowering Technologies - Paris Air Show

EMPOWERING TECHNOLOGIES and SONATS' team will be pleased to welcome you during the International Paris Air Show, June, 15th-21st on Europe Technologies' booth Hall 4, Booth F166.

We will present all of our expertise for aeronautics actors.

Our team will be exhibiting during next Paris Air Show, Paris (Porte de Versailles) and will present you our activites:

ROBOTICS-TECHNOLOGIES

  • Robot cells for composite finishing (sanding, drilling, machining)
  • Ultrasonic shot peening / ultrasonic needle straightening
  • Ultrasonic cutting and welding: plastics, composites, textile, preimpregnated

COMPOSITE

  • Engineering for parts manufacturing
  • Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Machining programming and monitoring

MECHANICAL

  • Composite and metallic machining
  • Toolings for Aeronautics (lay-up, RTM...)

Meet us Hall 4 - Booth Region Pays de la Loire F166.

Contact us for more information and to schedule a meeting with one of our rep.

AMERICAN BRIDGE to congratulate Empowering Technologies

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GWB - repair by Ultrasonic Impact Treatment

Lately, American Bridge chose our StressVoyager® - UNP/UIT - to repair welded structures of the George Washington Bridge in New York.

 

Recently, Scott Swamback, Field Engineer at American Brigde adressed us his congratulations : “After utilizing your StressVoyager® Ultrasonic Impact Peening tools to peen nearly two miles of weld spread across the Georges Washington Bridge, American Bridge would like to extend our appreciation to Empowering Technologies, Inc. for supplying a quality and reliable product and service… Your Ultrasonic Impact Peening equipment exceeded expectations and ran consistently without major flaw…”



Learn more about Ultrasonic Impact Treatment for Bridges and Infrastructures.

White Paper - Fatigue Life Improvement of welded structures by Ultrasonic Needle Peening

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You want to learn more about Ultrasonic Needle Peening/Ultrasonic Impact Treatment ? Download for free our White Paper "Fatigue Life Improvement of welded structures by Ultrasonic Needle Peening" (the download link is sent to you by email - please, check your spam box if you think you did not receive it).

WhitePaper - UNPYou will find inside :

1. ABSTRACT
2. UNP EFFECTS
2.1. MODIFICATION OF THE WELD TOE GEOMETRY
2.2. COMPRESSIVE RESIDUAL STRESSES
3. PROCESS PARAMETERS
3.1. MECHANICAL VIBRATION FREQUENCY AND NEEDLE IMPACT FREQUENCY
3.2. AMPLITUDE OF VIBRATION
3.3. ULTRASONIC NEEDLE PEENING POWER
3.4. GEOMETRY AND DIAMETERS OF IMPACTORS/NEEDLES
4. FATIGUE RECOMMENDATIONS
4.1. IIW RECOMMENDATIONS
4.2. CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES APPROACHES
4.3. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (AASHTO) AND FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION (FHWA) RECOMMENDATIONS
5. RESULTS WITH SONATS UNP EQUIPMENT
5.1. PUBLISHED STUDIES
5.2. STUDIES IN PROGRESS
6. SONATS EXPERIENCE
6.1. CIVIL ENGINEERING STRUCTURES
6.2. HEAVY MACHINERY
6.3. SHIPBUILDING
6.4. ENERGY
6.5. DEFENSE
6.6. AUTOMATED PEENING SOLUTIONS

JOB OFFER - Senior Sales and Administration Manager

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We are seeking a Senior Sales and Administration Manager. Learn more about this career opportunity and contact us.

George Washington Bridge repair by Empowering Technologies

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American Bridge has chosen StressVoyager® - UNP - to repair welded structures of the George Washington Bridge in New York. This bridge is known as having the most heavily trafficked road in the world, with over 285,000 vehicles crossing it daily and connects the island of Manhattan with two layered decks.

The project includes ultrasonic needle peening (UNP/UIT) of welds to prolong the life of the existing orthotropic deck to secondary floorbeam connection. The existing welds are treated using a ultrasonic driven device that impacts the weld with hardened, needle-like pins at a high frequency (20kHz), which imparts a residual compressive stress in the treated area of the weld, prolonging the fatigue life, and preventing cracking of the welds. The peening is performed along the entire length of the bridge, on the orthotropic deck ribs that see the highest traffic-related stresses and fatigue cycles. In total, there are over 11,000 welds to be cleaned, treated and inspected. The repair yard regards the upper deck and a length of welds to complete a total of about 4 kms.

This success gives us a prestigious reference to address and convince the other owners of welded steel structures in North America and other countries of our technologies.

George Washington Bridge StressVoyager - George Washington Bridge

Steve Miller in the SAE Committee Work

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Steve Miller, Empowering Technologies' Senior Service Manager attended the last AMEC Surface Enhancement Division mleeting. Such committee and meetings allow members of the shot peening industry to discuss hot topics :

  • pneumatic needle peening
  • rotary flap peening mandrels
  • masking tolerances in AMS 2430
  • etc.

Read the full article in The Shot Peener Magazine.

Introducing Stressonic® technology in video!

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Watch our new video introducing the Stressonic® technology on Ultrasonic Shot Peening applications.

Watch more videos on Ultrasonic Shot Peening, Needle Straightening and Impact Treatment here.

Watch our innovative solutions in action on YouTube

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Watch our videos showing our Ultrasonic Needle Straightening, Ultrasonic Shot Peening and Ultrasonic Impact Treatment solutions.

SONATS, sister of Empowering Technologies Inc. has its own YouTube Channel available here!SONATS - Empowering Technologies on YouTube

Subscribe to stay informed as we regularly upload new videos.

Strategic Alliance with Superior Shot Peening Inc.

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We are pleased to announce our recent Strategic Business Alliance agreement with Superior Shot Peening Inc. a Texas Corporation, having its headquarters located in Houston, TX., with additional fully capable facilities in Cleveland, TX, China, and Romania.

We trust about their expertise and ability to support efficiently local customers, for the delivery of the adequate solutions based on our innovative Ultrasonic Peening process and equipments.

Mr Dan Spinner, Strategic and Technology Director, is describing hereafter his company and complete service portfolio, as well as his own experience on :

Superior Shot Peening Inc. provides Shot Peening, Thermal spray coatings that include HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel), HVAF (High Velocity Air Fuel),Plasma Spray, and Metalizing with Twin Arc Spray and Combustion, as well as special refurbishing processes for restoring high cost oil and gas tooling to useable states, Griding and Honing. Additionally they provide Organic Coatings, Xylan, Moly, and Ever-Slick, as well as Corrosion and Electrical Insulation, High Bake Phenolics, PVC and Urethane Coatings. Other coatings include Powder Coatings, Phosphate Coatings, as well as passivation for stainless steel components. They also have the ability to perform most of their processes in the field on a world wide basis. Some added capabilities for a company such as Superior Shot Peening, are having their own Met Lab, Build Custom Straightening and Shot Peening Equipment, as well as Process and Metallurgical Consulting Services with prestigious companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, GE Oil & Gas, and ALSTOM POWER included in their customer list.

Superior Shot Peening Inc. can offer services for Oil and Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, Power Generation, as wellas many others and holds an ISO9001-2010 certification.

Mr Dan Spinner is a senior expert on shot peening, having more than 40year experience and is an official trainer of MFN organization.

Superior Shot Peening Inc. can provide all the necessary support for customers wishing to adopt the SONATS Ultrasonic peening technology in their manufacturing or maintenance or repair process.”