Cooking With Friction Welding

Posted by Tom Budd on Nov 24, 2016 8:24:31 AM

Thanksgiving is finally here! It’s time for succulent turkey, tart cranberries, savory stuffing, and the ultimate side dish: creamy mashed potatoes.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Bob Besse on Oct 28, 2016 9:12:00 AM

Topics: Aerospace

For four decades, MTI has been a global leader in friction welding technology — a forging technique that offers many advantages over traditional, fusion welding. With the ability to create super-strong bonds of virtually any size, friction welding is uniquely capable of serving a broad spectrum of industries.

One industry in which we are constantly innovating, is that of aerospace. With changing priorities and advancing technologies that create more demanding joining applications, MTI is continually adapting the rotary and linear friction welding processes to meet the demands of aerospace engineers and manufacturers.

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Why Friction Welding Over Other Processes

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

Friction welding offers a wealth of solutions to tough manufacturing problems. Thanks to key advantages — such as consistent quality, the ability to join different metals together, and reduced material waste — friction welding is a time-efficient and cost-effective way to produce new parts. Friction welding is a powerful process that not only provides forged quality components, but gives engineers the confidence that the part will meet the quality standards of their application.

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MTI Realigning Portions of U.S. Operations

Posted by Bob Besse on Oct 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Topics: News

SOUTH BEND, IN-  As part of an ongoing strategy of investing in and adapting to the best market opportunities, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) is proactively realigning its US machine build and corporate operations.  This allows the company to be more cost competitive, and will result in 24 positions being eliminated or reassigned. MTI’s UK operation is not affected.

MTI’s US business is built around large complex friction welding machines, a successful niche, but only a small portion of the global market.  The global friction welding machine market is dominated by smaller automated machines.  This is a segment where the US operation has become much less cost competitive over time.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding Upset Control Part 3

Posted by Dan Adams on Oct 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

Over the course of this series on upset control, we’ve discussed the repeatability of upset control and part variation in rotary friction welding. Remember, upset is the amount of shortening you get in the part as a result of friction welding.  Upset is different than overall length, which is the total length of the part after welding.

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Friction Welding: Turning Out Forged Quality Products and Components

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Friction Welding

When manufacturing critical components for applications such as transportation, space flight, oil & gas, construction, and the military, quality isn’t just important — it’s absolutely essential. Implementing a trusted joining technology allows components to reach the desired quality and durability.

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MTI at IMTS: Post Show

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is held every two years in Chicago giving national and international manufacturing companies an opportunity to network, learn about new technologies and engage with colleagues. This year’s IMTS wrapped up on September 17, 2016 and once again MTI was thrilled to have spent the week meeting new people, hearing about new challenges and teaching people about friction welding.

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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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MTI Reconnects with Leadership Expert David Marquet

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

Topics: News

SOUTH BEND, IN - September 16, 2016: Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) reconnected with leadership guru and award-winning author David Marquet.

During an Executive Forums Leadership Summit attended by MTI and other organizations, Marquet demonstrated the importance of leading with intent. Marquet believes the ideal workplace is one where everyone participates and contributes their full intellectual capacity.

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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, IMTS

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: IMTS, 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: Bi-Metallic Friction Welding

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

Topics: IMTS, 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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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.