Over five decades ago, EBTEC pioneered the development of noncontact, energy-beam technologies with the Apollo space program. Today, we serve customers in the Power Generation, Medical, Aerospace, Defense, and Industrial market segments. Innovative research and customer-focused solutions are central to our commitment of furthering the science of high energy machining and fabrication.
The global marketplace has forced manufacturers to put greater emphasis on turn-around times. In response, EBTEC provides an array of in-house manufacturing technologies, including vacuum heat treating, furnace brazing, metallurgical research, testing, inspection, and conventional contact machining, which is in addition to our high energy beam services. Our 35,000-square-foot Agawam facility and 16,000-square-foot Westfield facility are fully equipped to handle individual pieces, low- to high-volume production, and complete product manufacturing. Our project engineers, tool designers, and skilled technicians are at your service to help you identify the best process.
1963 – 73:
Electron Beam (EB) Welding was a brand-new technology when two engineers, fresh out of school, recognized its potential and founded EBTEC. They started by educating the engineering community about possible applications of EB Welding in the rapidly expanding space program.
These early days were spent creating prototypes and samples to teach customers how the process worked. Sample welds in new space-age alloys and dissimilar metals helped convince the engineers working on the Apollo project that EB Welding could meet many of the demands space travel would place on engineered products.
EBTEC’s EB Welding allowed for advantages such as weight savings, structural integrity, strength, and reliability. It also permitted the use of materials that could not be welded conventionally. It took some time, but soon EB Welding became an important part of the Apollo Program’s goal of landing a Man on the moon.
1973 – 83:
As EBTEC continued to grow, the company looked ahead for new applications of EB technology, anticipating the needs of precision industries. Medical implants, specialized surgical tools, and micro-electrics were some of the new products that were processed with EB Welding.
During the 1970s, EBTEC also started developing laser technology, another high energy beam source. Lasers offered advantages in welding similar to EB, along with unique capabilities in cutting and drilling. For example, the low heat input of Laser Welding allowed for the encasement of highly sensitive micro-electrics. As electronics became even smaller and heat sensitivity became more critical, EBTEC found its services in increasing demand.
1983 – 93:
During this period, the astounding growth in production of aircraft, spacecraft, and missile systems was fueled in part by new applications in high energy beam technology. EBTEC provided a wide range of services for most major contractors during this time, including Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Hamilton Standard (now UTAS), and General Dynamics.
Additionally, while EB Welding continued to be central to EBTEC’s business, laser systems came into their own as a machining tool, drilling and cutting both metals and nonmetals, especially materials where direct-contact machining was ineffective or impossible.
1993 – 2003:
EBTEC Corporation continued with its growth and expansion strategy. Advances in medical technologies utilizing our services have provided longer life expectancies. Power plant efficiencies have risen as a result of some of our engineering, technical processes, and expertise. Aircraft, which are flying at twice the speed of sound and taking off vertically, are utilizing our laser and electron beam subcontract services. Marine and commercial vehicles are running on alternate power and at greater efficiencies as a result of our manufacturing involvement. The commercial trucking industry is experiencing a decline in scheduled maintenance as a result of our advanced welding processes.
2003 – 2010:
Our expanded facilities now provide additional manufacturing opportunities to our valued customers in the Power Generation industry with large component turning (VTL), horizontal milling, Abrasive Waterjet Cutting and Drilling, and huge chamber Electron Beam Welding (10Ft3 with 25kw output power). Additionally, EBTEC has invested in CNC milling machines to assist our Aerospace, Medical, and Semiconductor customers with some of their exacting machining needs. We have put in line a complete medical welding cell with seven lasers to support the needs of our expanding and critical medical customers.
2010 – Current:
In recent years we have expanded our Semiconductor capabilities to service our customers from material acquisition to finished product. Our diverse line of components supplied to our customer base places us at the leading edge of semiconductor component fabrication.
In addition our Power Generation capabilities are increasingly capable of handling larger, more complex Diaphragms, Nozzle Rings, etc… We provide beginning to end fabrication services to many of the leading Power Generation customers.
Today, EBTEC Corporation continues with its growth and expansion strategy. With our full array of high energy beam processes, including Electron Beam Welding, Laser Welding, Laser Cutting and Laser Drilling, along with some EDM, Vacuum Heat Treating, and Abrasive Waterjet Cutting, as well as our conventional machining processes, EBTEC is fully equipped to handle your entire fabrication process, from design to shipment.
EBTEC Corporation is committed to continuing our tradition of serving our most important assets—our customers. From high energy beam service subcontracting to full-service manufacturing, EBTEC will find solutions for your fabrication challenges.