Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Friction Welding Part 2

Posted by Dan Adams on Feb 3, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

One small part — the lift screw — is a great example of what makes friction welding so useful. It’s a part you might find in an automobile power seat, or in the wing of an airplane, where it helps raise and lower the flaps.

There are a couple traditional ways to produce a lift screw:

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Friction Welding Part 1

Posted by Dan Adams on Jan 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

Friction welding in the United States started in the late 1960s when Caterpillar Tractor Company wanted to produce hydraulic cylinder rods, or piston rods.

A key challenge they faced was that many of these parts were made out of single-piece forgings, which were — and still are — very expensive to produce. When they examined all of their parts, they found they had a smaller number of eyes than clevises, and they wanted to be able to weld these rods to different lengths and diameters. Friction welding allowed them to create two-piece forgings that would be much less expensive to produce.

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On-Site Friction Welding from MTI: Making the Parts

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

Topics: Manufacturing Services

It’s a common problem that engineers and designers face nearly every day – how to join two separate components into a single part.  This problem becomes more complex if the components are each made of a different material or have unique geometries at the joint interface.  So, how do you join two parts into one?

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Friction Welding 101

Posted by Dan Adams on Dec 23, 2015 8:48:15 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday

Friction welding is a solid state joining process. It’s actually a forging process: not a welding process. In Friction welding we use relative motion and high force in order to create frictional heat at the weld interface. This heats the materials being joined to the point where they will plasticize without melting. The result is molecular intermixing at the weld interface and a forged quality joint.

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From Adams Engineering to MTI

Posted by Tom Budd on Dec 22, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Topics: History

Over eight decades and four generations, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) has become a global leader in joining and welding solutions. From our beginning, working with Studebaker to today as we support aerospace companies like General Electric and Pratt and Whitney, our history tells a story of steadfast problem-solving, and a commitment to these qualities: INnovation, GENuine, and ContinUITY. 

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What is Friction Welding?

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 22, 2015 1:14:00 PM

Topics: Friction Welding

Traditionally, welding is known as a fabrication process that joins materials by causing fusion. While many methods of welding involve an energy source such as a gas flame, electric arc or a laser; friction welding does not. Friction welding is actually a forging technique. It involves generating heat with relative motion and high force. The result is friction between two materials, generating heat to soften them and join them together.

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Top 10 Reasons to Consider Friction Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Friction Welding

Friction welding is a truly innovative process. In fact, it is not really welding at all, but actually a forging process that uses force and motion to create a solid-state bond.  Friction welding offers a number of joining and welding solutions that can help you make smart design decisions.

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Become a Part of the MTI Vision

Posted by Carol Senour on Dec 21, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Topics: Careers

If you’ve ever wondered how machines work, have a genuine interest in applying your engineering knowledge to diverse applications or how parts are made, then you may find just the right opportunity 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 – 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.