July 8, 2014
AP&T has opened a center for R&D at its newly constructed facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden. The facility is used to develop, test, and demonstrate tools, presses, automation equipment, and control systems. It also is used for testing different methods for finishing work, such as laser cutting of blanks and finished products. The company’s customers can lease the center to perform their own testing.
The center has a complete production line for press hardening. It includes a 1,322-ton press, a furnace with feeding equipment, and additional automation.
With an in-house production line, the company can manufacture prototypes and pre-production series for its customers. This applies both to press-hardened and cold-formed parts. The facility also can provide production capacity if customers need help during production peaks or temporary downtime.