5 Signs it's Time to Refurbish Your Friction Welder

Topics: Upgrading Your Controls Package, Service & Spare Parts

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

5 signs it's time to refurbish your friction welding machine

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:  

1. You’re falling behind in productivity

Our skilled technicians can get you back in the game.  We’ll diagnose your machine’s current capabilities and customize a plan just for you.  Take one of our aerospace customers, for example.  By upgrading their early 80’s technology to meet today’s standards, they experienced a cost savings of $1 million and the project lead time cut in half. 

2.  Your Friction Welder is Running Warmer than Normal

To combat production downtimes, our Preventative Maintenance Packages provide a cost-effective method to proactively identify potential trouble spots—such as hot spots or your machine running warmer than usual.  Our experienced service team performs a complete health report of findings, corrections, and recommendations to prolong the life of your friction welding machine.  Explore our bronze, silver and gold packages to find a plan that matches your requirements and your budget. 

 3.  You’re still using a DOS-based machine

Did you know that it’s become more expensive to maintain DOS-based machines than it is to upgrade? And in some cases, it’s nearly impossible to find technicians to work on them.  And, by upgrading to today’s technology, you’ll have clear documentation of your manufacturing processes so that you can stay in compliance with customer requirements. Shorter scheduled downtime durations and expanded system messaging are just two more of the many benefits you’ll receive when you upgrade your friction welding machine.  Discover them all here.

4. Your Quality is Suffering

Human error is inevitable.  But with automated friction welding in manufacturing operations, accuracy is improved.  That’s because the friction welding machine is programmed to specific parameters, leading to less mistakes.  By integrating automation, we can add several operations into an automated cell, and the part will come out fully-tested for length control, dimension control, and finished machining.

5.  You can’t afford a new machine right now

Sometimes a new machine just isn’t in the budget.  Contact us to learn how an upgrade can bring your machine back up to today’s production standards—without breaking your budget.  Our manufacturing services can even handle your parts while your machine undergoes an upgrade.

WHY MTI?
As a world leader in friction welding, MTI’s team of service experts can create an upgrade plan that matches your budget. In addition, we can provide ongoing preventative maintenance packages, predictive maintenance, and more. You’ll experience greater peace of mind.  And, your processes will stay current. We’ll build a machine that makes your part, we’ll make the part for you, or we’ll help you make the part even better.

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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.