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.”
The TIRS-02 Cryocooler is an essential component that acts as a refrigeration unit to keep the sensors inside the satellite at an optimum temperature as the satellite orbits the Earth.
After struggling to find a proper joining solution, Ball Aerospace consulted the friction welding experts at MTI. MTI used Rotary Friction Welding to create three different copper to titanium welds. With a commitment to quality, MTI then sent the part for external testing and adjusted machining to meet the tight tolerances necessary for aerospace.
“This was a very demanding application,” said Laiman. “Copper is a soft metal and titanium is a hard metal. Because of these differences in forgeability, breaking and peeling is likely. Since the part will go into space, it was essential to create a strong weld capable of withstanding harsh temperatures.”
MTI has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies. In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines to Boeing, GE, Rolls- Royce, Pratt and Whitney, Federal Mogul, and many of their tier one suppliers. A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 220 people in their South Bend, United Kingdom, and China locations.
Ball Aerospace, a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, engages in the design and implementation of spacecraft, instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems, and radio frequency solutions for strategic, tactical, and scientific applications.
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