Eyes of an Engineer: Part 4

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 13, 2018 1:29:54 PM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer


In our fourth installment of Eyes of an Engineer, we introduce you to junior service engineer James Lovell and junior design engineer Luke Barratt.  Luke and James both graduated from MTI’s apprenticeship program in February of 2018.

Discover why they chose MTI, what they learned, and where they’re headed next.

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Friction Welded Parts Are All Around Us

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 5, 2018 10:32:51 AM

You might not realize it yet, but friction welded parts are all around us, from the cars you drive to the planes you fly in.

Here’s a look at some everyday objects you never knew were friction welded:

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MTI and Siemens Join Forces to Lead the Way in Welding Technology for The Axle Market

Posted by Richard Jones on Feb 12, 2018 9:23:08 AM

Topics: News, Axle Machine

Global joining solutions provider MTI has collaborated with technology company HMK, the Siemens motion partner, to pioneer the development of a double axle friction welding machine worth in excess of $2.4 million for one of the world’s leading trailer manufacturers.

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MTI Builds on 2017 Successes

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 22, 2018 8:26:49 AM

Topics: News

A global friction welding powerhouse that began 91 years ago, MTI celebrated multiple achievements throughout 2017.

“We’ve gone through a major transformation the last couple of years,” said MTI President and CEO Dan Adams.  “When we take a step back and reflect on 2017, it was a successful year for us.  As a company, we made several positive changes that we will continue to leverage for ongoing success in 2018.”

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 3

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 15, 2018 8:34:27 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career, Low Force Friction Welding

In our third installment of Eyes of an Engineer, we introduce you to Tori Zellerhoff and Margot Hughan.  They began working at MTI as part of their capstone thesis for Notre Dame’s Master’s Program in Entrepreneurship, Technology, & Innovation (ESTEEM).

Combining technology with entrepreneurship, the two developed a business plan and go-to-market strategy for MTI’s latest technology, low force friction welding

Find out how they got started, what they learned at MTI, and what they enjoyed most about the experience.

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Low Force Friction Welding -- What is it?

Posted by Simon Jones on Dec 15, 2017 10:50:53 AM

Topics: Low Force Friction Welding

Using our friction welding and solid state joining know-how, MTI has developed, designed, and manufactured low force friction welding machines that are operating in industry today.

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MTI Opens Doors and Minds to Manufacturing

Posted by Bob Besse on Oct 26, 2017 2:13:06 PM

Topics: News

South Bend, IN - October 6, 2017:  Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) opened its doors to area high schoolers in celebration of Manufacturing Day. The nation-wide event introduces the next generation of workers to high-skilled careers in modern manufacturing.

Students from Riley, Washington, and Adams High School attended the event, which was held at MTI’s world headquarters. 

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NASA and Other Key Members Acknowledge MTI for Contributions in Journey to Mars

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 29, 2017 3:30:15 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Service & Spare Parts

SOUTH BEND, IN -- Former astronaut Brian Duffy along with representatives from NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK acknowledged Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) for its contributions to the NASA Space Launch System (SLS).

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Pressure Modulation with Dynamic Profile Modification

Posted by Dan Adams on Sep 27, 2017 12:53:17 PM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Upset Control, Inertia Friction Welding

In friction welding, we always strive toward repeatability—even when there are differences in the length of incoming parts.  This is especially true in the automotive and aerospace industry where finished parts are held to rigid standards.  Using Torque Modulation with Dynamic Profile Modification, we’re able to ensure our first welded part is the same length as our last welded part. 

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Simplicity, Efficiency, and Peace of Mind: The Story Behind SPARTAN

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 15, 2017 2:37:43 PM

Topics: Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Spartan

MTI has gained global recognition for designing and building the most advanced, customized friction welding machines—including the world’s largest inertia friction welder.

While we are proud of building the largest rotary and linear friction welders in the world, we have also designed and built hundreds of smaller friction welding machines.  And that’s where the SPARTAN product line comes in.

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5 Signs it's Time to Refurbish Your Friction Welder

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 11, 2017 2:52:39 PM

Topics: Upgrading Your Controls Package, Service & Spare Parts

Unscheduled downtimes can result in significant financial losses and consume the maintenance department. That’s why refurbishing your old friction welding machine has several cost-saving advantages. 

If you’re falling behind or having difficulty meeting quality compliance, an MTI upgrade may be just what you need. 

Here are 5 signs to look for:  

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Torque Modulation

Posted by Dan Adams on Jul 26, 2017 4:13:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Upset Control, Inertia Friction Welding



Our customers—especially those in the automotive industry—rely on repeatable upset in order to meet tight part tolerances.  Remember, upset is the amount of shortening of the two parts as a result of friction welding.

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3 Ways MTI's Newest Double Axle Machine Improves Axle Production

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 25, 2017 10:36:05 AM

Topics: Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Axle Machine


Leveraging the latest in advanced rotary friction welding technology, MTI’s newest double axle machine increases efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness in axle production. 

Here are the three things you need to know about MTI’s latest double axle machine:  

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MTI Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 18, 2017 8:24:26 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jim Hoffman (Chief Metallurgist and Quality Assurance), Sherri Lotter (Inside Sales Coordinator), Zach Danko (Process Engineer), Jordan Walser (Process Engineer), Jacob Smith (Production Manager), Gabe Hostetter (Process Engineer).

SOUTH BEND, IN - To demonstrate a continued commitment to quality, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) announces that they have been successful in achieving Nadcap accreditation for welding at their Sheridan Street location. 

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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, Service & Spare Parts


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, Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Upset Control, Inertia Friction Welding

 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, Bi-Metallic

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: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career

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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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.