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Jim Freeman

Chief Engineer, Friction Stir Welding

As Chief Engineer for the I-STIRâ„¢ Friction Stir Welding (FSW) Group at PAR Systems, Jim is responsible for maintaining the I-STIR product line, identifying customer needs and finding solutions to those most challenging customer requirements. Dating back to his introduction to Friction Stir Welding while attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his work in the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory, Jim has over 20 years of experience in Friction Stir Welding, helping deliver state-of-the art, turn-key welding equipment and FSW process development solutions for a broad range of customers and industries around the globe. His career started at MTS Systems in the I-STIR FSW group, prior to joining PAR Systems when the group was acquired from MTS in 2012.