Aerojet Rocketdyne Recognizes MTI for Contributions to RS-25 Rocket Engine

Posted by Bob Besse on Jun 7, 2017 4:24:17 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News


PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Bob Besse (MTI VP Sales & Marketing), Jeanette Lapehn (MTI Spare Parts Manager), Mike Laiman (MTI Manufacturing Services Business Unit Manager), Dan Adams (MTI President & CEO), Brian Roberts (MTI Manufacturing Operations Lead), Mohamed Elnaggar (AR Specialist Engineer), David Sherman (AR Manufacturing Engineer), Heath Cheung (AR Project Engineer), Kent Majewski (AR Associate Engineer), James Bartlett (AR Sr. Specialist Engineer).

SOUTH BEND, IN - Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), has recognized Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) for its work on the RS-25 rocket engine, a key element of NASA’s space exploration program.  MTI was instrumental in the refurbishment of the inertia welder and production inertia welding for the RS-25 Main Injector. 

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Pressure Modulation

Posted by Dan Adams on Apr 19, 2017 4:55:35 PM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

When it comes to friction welding, we want to work towards repeatability, even when there are incoming part variations.  But how can we do that?  One way is through pressure modulation.

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What to Look for in an Aerospace Partner

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 12, 2017 9:02:59 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Aerospace

When a 261 metric ton airplane lands or a medivac helicopter is headed to the hospital—that is no time for a critical component to fail.

MTI understands this. That’s why we’re NADCAP* accredited. Our aerospace partners like GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and Honeywell trust the quality of MTI’s welded parts.  

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MTI's Manufacturing Services Recognized For Outstanding Technical Performance

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 22, 2017 9:54:28 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Rotary Friction Welding

SOUTH BEND, IN - Ball Aerospace has recognized Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) for outstanding technical performance on the TIRS-02 Program, a NASA initiative which uses thermal infrared sensors to measure the Earth’s temperature.  MTI played an integral role by joining together titanium and copper for the TIRS-02 Cryocooler, which is used on the Landsat Data Continuity satellite.

“We were thrilled to work with Ball Aerospace and work together to find a joining solution that met their needs” said Mike Laiman, MTI’s Manufacturing Services Business Unit Manager.  “Collaboration was key to our success.”

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MTI Announces Changes to Leadership Team and Additional Board of Director Members

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 6, 2017 2:06:50 PM

Topics: News

SOUTH BEND, IN - Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) today announced changes to the company’s leadership team, as well as the addition of three outside Board of Director members.  The changes are part of the company’s focus on new product development, operations, and sales.

Dan Adams, who is currently MTI’s President and one of the company’s fourth generation owners, is assuming the role of CEO.  He will continue overseeing the company’s recently launched new product development efforts. 

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 1

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Careers

Every day, the engineers at MTI are working to solve complex manufacturing challenges through diverse applications of friction welding. They design the machines that help make our customers’ parts even better — and they’re passionate about their work.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to three of them: JT, Matt, and Susannah. They’ll tell you how they got here, and what they love about working at MTI.

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MTI Announces Partnership with LIFT to Deliver North America’s Largest Linear Friction Welder to Detroit

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 12, 2016 4:15:32 PM

Topics: News


SOUTH BEND, IN – Manufacturing Technology Inc., (MTI) announced it will develop North America’s largest Linear Friction Welder, in terms of force capacity and tooling envelope, and deliver it to LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow – for use in lightweight metals research and development projects, based in Detroit.

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Rotary, Linear, and Friction Stir Welding Differences

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

Topics: Friction Welding

Friction welding is a forging technique that produces ultra-strong bonds for diverse applications. This process has been the answer to many manufacturing and engineering challenges for over five decades. From aerospace to automotive, friction welding is continually opening the possibilities for ongoing technological advancement.

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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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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 – nine 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.