Advanced fastening systems manufacturer EJOT has expanded its support to the UK automotive sector with the addition of a specialist application engineer to its team.
Jake Robinson joins EJOT UK specifically to provide specialist technical support for the innovative friction weld process EJOweld, which was pioneered by EJOT’s automotive fastening specialists in Germany and continuously developed over the past decade. Audi were the first manufacturer to utilise this unique and highly advanced system which joins light weight yet extremely strong boron steel to thin sheet alloys, enabling vehicle manufacturers to build lighter and build stronger in the pursuit of carbon-neutral goals.
Bringing more than seven years’ automotive industry experience to the role, Jake’s previous work for multiple OEMs where he specialised in joining will be particularly valuable to EJOT customers. From coupon testing in the lab to becoming the lead joining engineer on multiple projects within a major automotive business, Jake is already experienced in working with EJOweld as well as a variety of joining technologies including self-piercing riveting (SPR), spot clinching (SCL), resistance spot welding (RSW), auto bolting and adhesive application.
The expansion of EJOT UK’s industrial fastening team has been supported by EJOT Group, whose specialist technicians in Germany have worked closely with Jake to ensure he and his customers can benefit from their wealth of joining expertise. Jake will work closely alongside Steve Wynn, EJOT UK’s Industrial Fasteners Sales Manager, who has been instrumental in introducing EJOweld technology to the UK automotive industry and will continue to bethe first point of contact for new enquiries.
EJOweld is an innovative solution to join different materials and semi-finished parts and comes with a full application support package. It provides the scope to join multi-material-designs, especially lightweight materials such as aluminium and advanced high-strength steel, with a friction element setting tool which is suitable for robots.
Using specially designed EJOT components, a thermomechanical process makes use of energy generated through the rotary function between the joining element and the base plate to create an incredibly strong weld in a four stage assembly process that takes less than a second.
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