Material Works Announced EPS Technology Has Been Approved

Material Works announced that strip steel processed by the Eco Pickled Surface technology has been approved as a replacement for acid pickled steel by the automotive manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler.

The Material Works, Ltd. (TMW) (Red Bud, IL) announced that strip steel processed by the Eco Pickled Surface (EPS) technology has been approved as a replacement for acid pickled steel by the automotive manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler.

After reviewing the results of a battery of paint performance and welding tests conducted on EPS samples, the two automotive OEMs approved the use EPS-processed steel as a replacement of acid pickled for end use product application. The tests were sponsored by a major steel service center operating an EPS Production Line and were conducted over the course of 2013.

All paint pretreatment, appearance and corrosion tests were performed by the accredited testing laboratory ACT. The welding research and testing firm Applied Engineering and Integration, Inc. (AET Integration) performed the resistance spot welding tests and analyses.


A demonstration of possibly the most advanced slitter in the U.S., this high speed (2,000 fpm) slitter features automated CNC knife change, a floating head to reduce camber and a roller leveler after the slitting head. 

All tests were performed in accordance with the relevant GM and Chrysler standards. For the paint appearance and corrosion tests, all samples were cleaned, pre-treated and painted in accordance with automotive exposed panel standards.

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  • Bill Perry wrote:

    The full background and information on EPS process is very useful for context. You can find it at the EPS web site: http://www.epsprocess.com