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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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, Linear Friction Welding, Automotive, Near Net Shape


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: Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Rotary 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

Topics: Why Friction Welding

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, Rotary Friction Welding, Upset Control

 

 

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: Why 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: Bi-Metallic, MTI On The Road

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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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 – 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.