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BUDD APPLIES LASER TECHNOLOGY TO VEHICLE BODY PANELS

 BUDD APPLIES LASER TECHNOLOGY TO VEHICLE BODY PANELS
 DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Using laser technology, a


leading supplier to the automotive industry has developed a way to save weight in cars and trucks.
 The Budd Company of Troy, Mich., has redesigned a number of sheet metal components by using laser-welded tailored blanks.
 The process offers the following advantages: reduced part weight and tool costs as well as improved corrosion resistance, structural performance and dimensional control. By welding steel sheets with different characteristics, such as gauge, coating and mechanical properties, the need for reinforcements can be eliminated.
 Budd's Milford Fabricating Company subsidiary in Detroit has produced prototype door assemblies for a truck using a three-piece laser-welded door inner panel. It will be displayed Feb. 24-27 to engineers at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Congress & Exhibition. The door assembly can be seen in Budd Exhibit No. 2024.
 Budd, celebrating its 80th birthday this year, is a leading supplier to the automotive industry.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Sichert of The Budd Company, 313-643-3520/ CO: The Budd Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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