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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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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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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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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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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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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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding Upset Control: Part 2

Posted by Dan Adams on Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Upset Control

In Part One of this series, we talked about how upset is the amount of shortening of a part resulting from friction welding. Remember, if we had perfect incoming parts then we could fix the amount of energy used to make that weld, and get very repeatable upset. However, incoming parts variations such as area differences, surface conditions, material differences, or even interface “squareness” can cause subtle variations in upset.

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Double-Ended Rotary Axle Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Axle Machine, MTI On The Road

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is going on right now (September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL) and MTI is here! We’re in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 and it’s great talking with colleagues in the manufacturing sector about our friction welding technologies. Specifically, MTI representatives are talking about our newest machine we’ve introduced: the double-ended rotary axle machine.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding Upset Control: Part 1

Posted by Dan Adams on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Upset Control

In previous Whiteboard Wednesday videos, we discussed the various types and benefits of rotary friction welding. The two most common types that have been discussed are Inertia and Direct Drive Friction. In this post, we’re going to look at an important aspect of these friction welding types: upset control.

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Double Ended Rotary Axle Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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

MTI customers are helping us drive positive change in manufacturing every day. Our latest innovation — a double-ended rotary axle machine — is a perfect example.

Based on input from our customers, we’ve engineered a solution that uses advanced technology to increase efficiency, control and cost effectiveness in axle production.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Hybrid Process

Posted by Dan Adams on Jun 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Hybrid Friction Welding

The hybrid friction welding cycle is a type of rotary friction welding, and is a combination of the direct drive process and the inertia process.  The direct drive process has a constant energy input using an electric motor. The inertia friction welding cycle, on the other hand, has rotating flywheels that store the energy needed for the weld, which makes it a fixed energy cycle. Hybrid friction welding is a combination of both.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Direct Drive Process

Posted by Dan Adams on Apr 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding

Direct Drive Friction Welding is the oldest form of the rotary friction welding process. Direct Drive friction welding can be used to join a variety of part geometries and materials, making a high quality, solid state joint. Here is the MTI process for direct drive welding:

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Inertia Process

Posted by Dan Adams on Apr 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Inertia Friction Welding, What is Friction Welding?

Inertia friction welding is a variation of the rotary friction welding process. Inertia friction welding uses kinetic energy with applied force to join parts together. The kinetic energy is achieved by the use of flywheels, a set of heavy rotating wheels that are used to store rotational energy. 

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rotary Friction Welding

Posted by Dan Adams on Mar 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Inertia Friction Welding, What is Friction Welding?

 

Rotary friction welding is a flexible technique that can provide many advantages over traditional fusion welding processes. In order to use the rotary friction welding process, you must have one part that is symmetric around its rotating axis. The non-rotating component, can also be symmetrical but does not have to be.

There are three main types of rotary friction welding—Inertia, direct drive and hybrid friction welding. Each technique offers a unique advantage depending upon the type of materials being welded as well as the shape or geometries of the materials. Let’s take a look at some application examples.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Need to Know Mechanical Properties

Posted by Dan Adams on Mar 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding

 
In rotary friction welding, a weld is created by rotating one part while keeping the other part still and applying the right amount of force between the two materials. Not only does this process quickly and efficiently bond two parts together into one, but it also creates what is known as grain refinement, which makes the new part just as strong as a single solid part.
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Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Friction Welding Part 3

Posted by Dan Adams on Feb 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive

 

 

 

You may not realize it, but friction welded parts are part of your everyday life.  A good example of an everyday application of friction welding can be found in a component used with automobile air bag inflators. This component is found in steering , wheels, glove boxes, dash boards, seats, and side panels, and since every car needs air bags, this component has a very high volume demand. The tricky part is that, due to the intricacy of the specific component shown in the video, it could not be made from a single piece.

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Manufacturing Technology, Inc. awarded Aerospace contract worth approximately $25 million

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 6, 2015 9:39:00 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding

One of the world’s largest aerospace companies has awarded Manufacturing Technology, Inc., a contract worth approximately $25 million for three aerospace Rotary Friction Welding (RFW) machines to be developed and built in South Bend over a twoyear period. One of the machines being built will be the world’s largest Rotary Friction Welder, with inertia capacity twice that of any other machine on the planet. This contract, along with other recent orders, has resulted in the hiring of six new employees with an additional 11 open positions at the company’s South Bend location.

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Manufacturing Technology, Inc., Builds World’s Most Advanced Rotary Friction Welding Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 27, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding

A state of the art Rotary Friction Welding (RFW) machine developed and built by South Bend based Manufacturing Technology Inc., is leaving Michiana to begin a 4,000 mile journey to the United Kingdom. The final destination is the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a research facility for new manufacturing techniques that bridges the technology readiness gap between development in academia and execution in industry. The machine is designed for research and development on jet engine components for companies like Rolls Royce, General Electric, and Pratt and Whitney.

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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.