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Amada Miyachi America Europe Sponsors STORM Eindhoven Electric Motorcycle with Battery Pack Manufacturing Design Expertise and Technology

Monrovia, CA –  Amada Miyachi America announces that its sister company, Amada Miyachi America Europe is a major sponsor of STORM Eindhoven, a student-led quest to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days on the world’s first electric touring motorcycle. Amada Miyachi America Europe is supplying battery pack manufacturing expertise and laser and resistance welding technology. Students are using the equipment and manufacturing facilities to produce unique swappable modular battery packs that can extend the motor bike’s touring range to about 500-600 kilometres per day, while helping to adapt the vehicle to differing road circumstances faced.

The team of more than 20 top students from The Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology includes engineers with backgrounds in sustainable energy technology, mechanical, electrical and software engineering, as well as business and public relations. The trek begins in August 2016, beginning in The Netherlands, and then traveling through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, other central Asian countries, and China. After an ocean crossing, the motorcycle will travel through the United States from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, and New York, cross the Atlantic Ocean, then travel through Paris and back to The Netherlands – all in 80 days!

Amada Miyachi America Europe provided its expertise to the team during the design and development of the batteries, leveraging its longstanding market leadership with battery pack welding solutions for electric vehicles. Student team members perform battery pack welding and assembly operations at the Amada Miyachi America Europe manufacturing campus in Helmond, with the on-site advice and guidance of battery pack manufacturing experts. The students are using the PECO AWS3 resistance welding system to weld battery interconnects and the ML-2550 pulsed NdYag laser welding system for connecting battery slices together.

“We are very excited to be sponsoring this project, and enjoyed helping the team of young and eager students develop the best design and select the right equipment and technology to overcome their welding challenges,” said David van de Wall, sales support manager for Amada Miyachi America Europe. “We also hope to set up an event at our Amada Miyachi America facility in California to showcase our battery pack manufacturing expertise as part of the STORM Eindhoven around the world tour.”

“We greatly appreciate the tremendous support Amada Miyachi America Europe gave us because the battery packs are central to STORM Eindhoven’s mission,” said Bas Verkeik, who is in charge of external relations for the project. “They helped us overcome our biggest welding challenge, which was attaching all the cells together without causing leaks. They were always available to answer questions and give us advice on issues both large and small. Their partnership is definitely central to our success.”

STORM will be in Los Angeles on October 11, 2016.

About Amada Miyachi America

Since 1948, Amada Miyachi America, Inc. has worked to achieve one goal: to solve customer’s manufacturing challenges. Knowing there is no one solution that fits all, the company strives to provide customers with innovative and reliable manufacturing technology solutions in an effort to be their single source provider. Amada Miyachi America manufactures equipment and systems for resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting, hermetic sealing and hot bar reflow soldering and bonding. The company serves a wide range of markets including medical devices, battery, aerospace, automotive and electronic components. Amada Miyachi America is an ISO9001 certified company. Contact Amada Miyachi America at info@amadamiyachi.com. Learn more about the company’s products and services at www.amadamiyachi.com.