Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding Upset Control: Part 2

Posted by Dan Adams on Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

In Part One of this series, we talked about how upset is the amount of shortening of a part resulting from friction welding. Remember, if we had perfect incoming parts then we could fix the amount of energy used to make that weld, and get very repeatable upset. However, incoming parts variations such as area differences, surface conditions, material differences, or even interface “squareness” can cause subtle variations in upset.

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Custom Solutions for your Joining Needs

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Solutions

We live in the age of customization. Just about anything can be customized: cars, clothes, homes, etc. The idea of customization has been integral to the manufacturing industry for some time now. At MTI, we understand that need for being able to ensure end-results meet specific needs.

In fact, a key aspect to what we do involves taking friction welding and integrating it with a design and evaluation process that leads to either creating unique machines for the client or producing customized parts that cannot be made using traditional manufacturing processes. Being able to customize the process allows MTI clients to save time and money.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Manufacturing Services

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is running from September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL and MTI is there! We’ll be in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 where we’ll discuss our friction welding technologies and how they can improve your manufacturing processes. Specifically, MTI representatives will talk about our Manufacturing Services program- designed with you in mind.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Upgrading Your Controls Package

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Controls Package, IMTS

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is going on right now (September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL) and MTI is here! We’re in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 and it’s great talking with colleagues in the manufacturing sector about our friction welding technologies. MTI representatives are here talking about how upgrading your controls package and service spare parts can benefit you.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Double-Ended Rotary Axle Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Axle Machine

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is going on right now (September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL) and MTI is here! We’re in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 and it’s great talking with colleagues in the manufacturing sector about our friction welding technologies. Specifically, MTI representatives are talking about our newest machine we’ve introduced: the double-ended rotary axle machine.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Near Net Shape with Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Near Net Shape

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL and MTI will be there! We’ll be in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 where we’ll discuss our friction welding technologies and how they can improve your manufacturing processes. Specifically, MTI representatives will talk about Near Net Shape Manufacturing and the Additive Manufacturing process.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Bi-Metallic Friction Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Bi-Metallic

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL and MTI will be there! We’ll be in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 where we’ll discuss our friction welding technologies and how they can improve your manufacturing processes. Specifically, MTI will be talking about Bi-Metallic Friction Welding and how it sets us apart in the joining industry.

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Friction Welding Integration in Automated Manufacturing Process

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Automation

The future of integration is now. What do I mean by that? I mean, we have seen many examples of how friction welding is seamlessly integrated into an automated manufacturing process. A number of our customers are already working with us and integrating friction welding technology into their production process. Based on their successes, it is the right time to take advantage of this innovative process that leads to (1) process repeatability, (2) improved cycle time, (3) increased production volume, and (4) cost savings.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding Upset Control: Part 1

Posted by Dan Adams on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

In previous Whiteboard Wednesday videos, we discussed the various types and benefits of rotary friction welding. The two most common types that have been discussed are Inertia and Direct Drive Friction. In this post, we’re going to look at an important aspect of these friction welding types: upset control.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: MTI 90th Anniversary

Posted by Dan Adams on Aug 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

In 1926, founder Conrad Adams saw a bright future in solving problems for customers. Now, MTI is celebrating 90 years of being in business and serving six continents through its South Bend, Indiana headquarters. Since the very beginning, Ingenuity has been at the heart of everything we do. Ingenuity intersects with the MTI story, summarizing how we bring creative solutions to benefit our customers.

At MTI, ingenuity is formed by bringing together: Innovative + Genuine + Continuity

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Friction Welding Flash

Posted by Dan Adams on Aug 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

During the friction welding process, the combination of heat and force applied between two parts produces more than just a solid-state weld. One of the most notable results of the process is the formation of flash.

As two parts are heated and the material at the weld interface softens, the excess material starts to extrude away from the weld interface. That extruded material is called flash. Flash formation varies from part to part due to shape, type of friction welding process, and the material used. Here are a few common variations:

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5 Reasons Why Upgrading Your Controls Package is a Smart Idea

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Controls Package

Historically, many manufacturers have been reluctant to change from the familiar machine control systems they have used for decades over fears of incurring high upgrade costs. Despite the escalating price of maintaining a DOS system versus the affordable advantages of a modern Windows driven machine, concerns over the initial cost of switching to new and enhanced control systems have kept old ones in place well past their effectiveness.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Near Net Shape with Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Dan Adams on Jul 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

Two buzz words in the manufacturing industry today are near net shape manufacturing and additive manufacturing. Both terms are manufacturing processes that save time and money when producing parts.

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 2

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer

In our second installment of Eyes of an Engineer, we introduce you to Jessica Miller, Dustin Bruntz, and Kaylee McConnell. They’ve all begun working as friction welding engineers with MTI within the past two years, though they’ve taken very different routes to their careers. Find out what they love about friction welding, how they got into it, and what they enjoy about being part of the MTI team.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Bi-Metallic Friction Welding

Posted by Dan Adams on Jul 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

One of the key differentiators between friction welding and other welding techniques is the ability to join dissimilar metals or two different materials that may be impossible to join by other techniques. Doing so is a cost effective way of getting the benefits from both materials. Typically we can use any of the friction welding technologies to weld dissimilar metals, and the following are some common bi-metallic combinations and applications:

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Double Ended Rotary Axle Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Direct Drive Friction Welding

MTI customers are helping us drive positive change in manufacturing every day. Our latest innovation — a double-ended rotary axle machine — is a perfect example.

Based on input from our customers, we’ve engineered a solution that uses advanced technology to increase efficiency, control and cost effectiveness in axle production.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Linear Friction Process

Posted by Dan Adams on Jun 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

 

 

Linear friction welding is similar to direct drive rotary friction welding since both are a constant energy input process. But unlike rotary, linear friction welding uses linear oscillation (a repeated back and forth motion) to create a solid state weld. There are two components of the oscillation that drives the energy input:

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Reducing Risk in Manufacturing Operations

Posted by Bob Besse on Jun 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Risk Mitigation

As a manufacturer, you know there are many inherent risks in the production process. And one of the biggest is down-time. This is especially true for operators of critical equipment like friction welding machines. Whether your business is growing rapidly, you have production needs while your friction welding machine is being built, or your machine will be off line for scheduled maintenance, you can’t afford to slow down. That’s why MTI has developed a unique approach to keep your business up and running, around the clock.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Hybrid Process

Posted by Dan Adams on Jun 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

The hybrid friction welding cycle is a type of rotary friction welding, and is a combination of the direct drive process and the inertia process.  The direct drive process has a constant energy input using an electric motor. The inertia friction welding cycle, on the other hand, has rotating flywheels that store the energy needed for the weld, which makes it a fixed energy cycle. Hybrid friction welding is a combination of both.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Automotive Industry

Posted by Bob Besse on Jun 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Automotive

The solid state, forged quality bonded joint offered by friction welding has made it an ideal manufacturing process for the automotive industry. With the ability to create highly durable, customized components for everything from commercial to personal use vehicles, friction welding helps Tier One manufacturers design flexible solutions to ever-changing challenges of the automotive industry.

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About MTI

In 1926 our founder, Conrad Adams, may not have been able to visualize all the great things ahead for his family’s small tool and die company. However, he could see a bright future solving problems for his customers. Through hard work and a steadfast dedication to solving their most challenging manufacturing problems, the little company from South Bend, Indiana became the world-leader in friction welding technologies, providing engineered solutions from golf putters to jet engines. Today – eight decades and four generations later – MTI’s commitment continues with a solid succession plan and a vision for GREATNESS in place for the next generation.