TAT Technologies of Summit, N.J., will open a new Technology Development & Training Center. The 5,000-square-foot building is located in the Stackpole complex in St. Marys, Pa. The center, which is scheduled to open during the summer, will operate a flexible multi-zone 6-inch-belt furnace capable of a broad range of temperature and atmosphere profiles. The facility will be used for technology development, new equipment demonstration, pilot-run processing and hands-on training in sintering, delubing/debinding, annealing, brazing and other thermal processes.

Additional testing and training equipment will be brought on-stream on an as-needed basis. The facility hopes to have up to seven employees in 2010. According to TAT Technologies, the goal of the center is to help western Pennsylvania companies increase productivity, reduce energy consumption and develop new products with improved materials properties.