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Why Is Part Geometry Important in Friction Welding?

Posted by Gary Kopczynski on Jun 14, 2021 8:56:01 AM

Topics: MTI Services, News & Updates, Friction Welding -- The Basics

If you asked 10 of our customers what friction welding looks like to them, chances are, they'd all have different answers.

To some, it's a solid-state method used to join parts that can fit in your pocket.  And to others, it's the only technology suitable for joining parts complex and large enough to help an engine lift a jet off the ground. Most other answers, though, would likely fall somewhere in between those two scenarios.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to MTI's Weld Development Process

Posted by Kevin Grewe on May 10, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Topics: MTI Services, Can Your Parts Be Joined?, Friction Welding -- The Basics

Practice makes perfect: it’s an old saying, but one that continues to ring true in just about every aspect of life – especially when it comes to manufacturing.

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MTI Sets Sights on NASA's Artemis Mission

Posted by Tom Budd on Apr 21, 2021 10:17:11 AM

Topics: MTI Services, News & Updates, How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It's one of the boldest space missions ever planned... and NASA is relying on the friction welding experts at Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) to help pull it off.

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The Friction Welding Dictionary

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 2, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Topics: MTI Services, News & Updates, Friction Welding -- The Basics

The world of friction welding is vast -- and so is the vocabulary used to describe it! We've compiled a list of the most commonly used friction welding terms -- from machine components to MTI's processes -- to help you grow your engineering mind!

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How Can Low Force Friction Welding Improve The Automotive Industry?

Posted by Constanza Lengerich on Mar 2, 2021 8:09:34 AM

Topics: How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry, Friction Welding Technologies, Can Your Parts Be Joined?

In many ways, the Automotive industry is one of the most diverse and unique industries that MTI serves. Though the projects don't involve sending spacecraft into orbit like some of our Aerospace jobs, the demands of this ever-changing industry keep us on our toes and inspire us to keep thinking ahead.

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Simplicity, Efficiency, and Peace of Mind: The Story Behind SPARTAN

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 8, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Topics: How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry, Friction Welding Technologies

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, providing a high quality and cost-effective solution.

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How Can MTI Work With My Budget to Fit My Needs?

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 4, 2021 8:43:16 AM

Topics: MTI Services, News & Updates, How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry

Even though 2020 is now behind us, many of the financial challenges that emerged during the unprecedented year continue to impact operational budgets in 2021 and beyond.

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A Look Back at 2020's Highlights

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 6, 2021 10:21:25 AM

Topics: News & Updates


Of all the buzzwords that emerged from the unprecedented year of 2020 (think: quarantine, social distancing, etc.) no word feels more relevant to our MTI family than "pivot."

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding Weld Development

Posted by Dan Adams on Dec 9, 2020 10:07:51 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Friction Welding Technologies, Can Your Parts Be Joined?, Friction Welding -- The Basics

It's true - no two friction welding applications are the same. But no matter the part, the intent or the industry, there is one common goal we hope to achieve with each project we handle: create a component that is fit-for-purpose and can be ultimately joined on a production machine.

So, how do we accomplish this?

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Low Force Friction Welding -- What is it?

Posted by Simon Jones on Dec 2, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Topics: Friction Welding Technologies, Friction Welding -- The Basics

Using our friction welding and solid state joining know-how, MTI has developed, designed, and manufactured low force friction welding machines that are operating in industry today.

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What Is Rotational Low Force Friction Welding?

Posted by Tim Stotler, Greg Firestone & Jerry Gould - EWI on Nov 30, 2020 2:09:46 PM

Topics: Friction Welding Technologies, Friction Welding -- The Basics

Solid-state welding processes are a group of technologies in which joining is accomplished without melting the individual substrates. In these processes, bonding is accomplished by a combination of heating and forging. Heating is used to both lower the flow stresses enabling forging, as well as promote diffusion between the individual substrates. Common variations of these processes include flash-butt, upset, projection, and mash-seam welding, as well as friction-based welding processes such as direct-drive, inertia, and linear friction welding.

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Low Force vs. Traditional Friction Welding: Which One Is Right For Your Project?

Posted by Constanza Lengerich on Oct 23, 2020 2:26:25 PM

Topics: News & Updates, Friction Welding Technologies

For decades, MTI has successfully joined hundreds of applications across multiple industries using our traditional friction welding process. However, with the introduction of our newest solid-state joining technology, Low Force Friction Welding,  you may now be wondering whether it's time to consider switching to Low Force - even if you've relied on our traditional process for years.

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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.