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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, Low Force Friction Welding

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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Can My Part Be Joined With Rotary Friction Welding?

Posted by Gary Kopczynski on Sep 24, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Topics: News, Rotary Friction Welding

There's a reason you clicked on this blog.

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Friction Welding for Electric Vehicles

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 8, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive

Long before the word "Tesla" spurred any thoughts beyond the iconic inventor of the 1800s, companies around the world were relying on friction welding to join their parts.  But just as automotive technology has shifted throughout the decades, friction welding has followed right along, aligning with the demands of the modern consumer and commercial vehicle market.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Has Helped the Oil & Gas Industry

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 26, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Topics: Oil & Gas

 

Friction welding offers a world of possibility for all types of industries, and MTI is a global leader in this highly adaptable technology. Our engineers are continually innovating and creating new solutions to difficult manufacturing challenges.

One place friction welding technology is making a difference, is in the oil and gas industry. With durable welds that can stand up to incredible stress, friction welding is a practical response to the demands that are put on drill pipes, manifold tubes, valves, perf-gun tubes, actuation balls, and more.

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What is Plug Welding and How Can It Help the Aerospace Industry?

Posted by Timothy Jennings on Aug 24, 2020 9:31:30 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace

When you think of friction welding, you likely imagine a highly engineered machine bringing two materials together and performing a solid-state weld using either a rotary, linear or stir motion.

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Comparing Low Force Friction Welding to Laser Welding

Posted by Constanza Lengerich on Aug 12, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Topics: News, Low Force Friction Welding

It's a scenario you've likely encountered at least once.

You have two metals you want to join, but you're not sure which welding technology is the best fit for your application.

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MTI UK's Manufacturing Services Expands In-House CNC Capabilities

Posted by Rob Wilkes on Aug 12, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News

Adding to its continually growing list of value-added offerings, MTI UK's contract friction welding facility has welcomed a new, state-of-the art CNC machine onto its shop floor.

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How Does Inertia Friction Welding Work?

Posted by Rob Wilkes on Aug 12, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News

From Low Force Friction Welding to Friction Stir Welding, MTI specializes in several different types of friction welding processes. But in this article, we will explore our Inertia Rotary Friction Welding technology and explain how it works and outline how it could be beneficial in your next project.

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MTI and EWI Involved In DOE Research Project

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 11, 2020 12:37:53 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Low Force Friction Welding

MTI is proud to announce its involvement in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research project, which focuses on the durability of friction welds created with dissimilar metals.

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

Posted by Kevin Grewe on Aug 6, 2020 1:55:31 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News

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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What is TIR?

Posted by Tom Budd on Aug 1, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Topics: TIR

Total indicator runout, or TIR, is a term often used in manufacturing, especially when dealing with rotating parts.  Other names include total indicator reading, or more recently, full indicator movement (FIM).  TIR is simply the difference between the maximum and minimum values measured across an entire rotating surface about a reference axis.

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MTI Adjusts Safety Protocols Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 24, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: News

Following a nearly seven-week closure of our buildings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, MTI reopened its doors on May 11 to resume US operations after Indiana's governor deemed it was safe for non-essential manufacturers to do so.

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The Friction Welding Dictionary

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 6, 2020 3:21:00 PM

Topics: Friction Welding, Manufacturing Services, News, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Low Force Friction Welding

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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Low Force Friction Welding: FAQs

Posted by Constanza Lengerich on Jun 4, 2020 8:07:50 AM

Topics: Low Force Friction Welding, Frequently Asked Questions

It's our newest technology and has the potential to revolutionize solid-state joining as we know it - Low Force Friction Welding is here to stay and since its inception, we've learned a lot about its potential in all of the industries that MTI serves.

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Friction Welded Parts Are All Around Us

Posted by Bob Besse on May 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

You might not realize it yet, but friction welded parts are all around us, from the cars you drive to the planes you fly in.

Here’s a look at some everyday objects you never knew were friction welded:

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Friction Welding for Fitness Applications

Posted by Bob Besse on May 21, 2020 12:14:31 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Low Force Friction Welding

Friction welding is rooted in a fairly simple, yet effective concept: make good parts great and strong parts even stronger.

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Friction Welding Integration in Automated Manufacturing Process

Posted by Kevin Grewe on Apr 14, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Automotive, Automation

The future of integration is now. What do I mean by that? I mean, we have seen many examples of how friction welding is seamlessly integrated into an automated manufacturing process. A number of our customers are already working with us and integrating friction welding technology into their production process. Based on their successes, it is the right time to take advantage of this innovative process that leads to (1) process repeatability, (2) improved cycle time, (3) increased production volume, and (4) cost savings.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Automotive Industry

Posted by Kevin Grewe on Apr 14, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Automotive, Bi-Metallic

The solid state, forged quality bonded joint offered by friction welding has made it an ideal manufacturing process for the automotive industry. With the ability to create highly durable, customized components for everything from commercial to personal use vehicles, friction welding helps Tier One manufacturers design flexible solutions to ever-changing challenges of the automotive industry.

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MTI's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 13, 2020 2:57:51 PM

Topics: News

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we want to ensure our customers understand how MTI is responding to the situation and how the restrictions will impact our business operations in the coming weeks.

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Eliminate machine downtime by investing in a Preventative Maintenance Package

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 2, 2020 8:30:31 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Service & Spare Parts

Whether it's as small as adding a protective case to your new smartphone or as advanced as installing a state-of-the-art security system to monitor your home, it's natural and sensible to want to keep your personal property safe.

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Why Metallurgy Should Be a Priority For Your Next Project

Posted by Ashley Henderson on Jan 29, 2020 10:01:34 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Rotary Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding

The whir of machines, the beep of a forklifta manufacturing floor isn't exactly a place you'd go to find some peace and quiet. But nestled among the hustle and bustle of MTI's Manufacturing Services building, you'll find a much quieter place; one that fosters thorough analyses and a methodical evaluation process that's one part science, one part art.

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MTI Looks Back at 2019 Accomplishments

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 7, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: News

2020. We made it.

The confetti has fallen, the noisemakers have been tucked back into storage, and now, we're left with an unfiltered view of both a new year and a new decade (unless you're one of those people who believes the new decade doesn't begin until 2021, but that's a separate discussion.)

Though MTI is eager to dive head-first into 2020, we first want to pause and reflect on our accomplishments from 2019 after all, without them, we wouldn't be where we are now!

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Accuracy in Blisk Welding

Posted by Dan Adams on Dec 25, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding, Aerospace

Developing and engineering a part for the aerospace industry is no easy task but then again, why should it be? Companies depend on these parts to help keep passengers and cargo safe each time a plane takes off, lands and every step in between.

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Which Friction Welding Technology Is Best For Your Next Aerospace Project?

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 17, 2019 10:37:08 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding, Astrospace

Friction welding is not a one-size-fits-all process — that's what makes it such a versatile joining method.  It's just as effective for joining components that you can fit in the palm of your hand as it is for joining parts that require a crane to move from one place to another.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Low Force, Low Upset

Posted by Dan Adams on Nov 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding

Throughout the past few episodes of Whiteboard Wednesdays, we've walked you through some of the key benefits of Low Force Friction Welding.

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EWI and MTI to Cooperate in Technology Development of Low Force Friction Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Nov 4, 2019 8:53:51 AM

Topics: Low Force Friction Welding

Technology innovator EWI is pleased to introduce Manufacturing Technology, Inc, as its newest Strategic Technology Member. Together, EWI and MTI, a leading manufacturer of inertia, direct drive, and hybrid friction welders, will work in collaboration to advance the new hybrid joining technology known as low force friction welding.

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MTI's Partnership With Career Academy South Bend Ignites Success

Posted by Ashley Henderson on Oct 30, 2019 10:33:50 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career

If you haven't seen the recent headlines about manufacturing across the Midwest, allow us to summarize: the skills gap is growing.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Low Force And No Interior Flash

Posted by Dan Adams on Oct 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding

If you've been following along with our Whiteboard Wednesdays series, by now, you are likely beginning to understand some of the key benefits of Low Force Friction Welding.

In this episode, we will walk you through one of the biggest advantages of Low Force the ability to accomplish little to no interior flash (ID.)

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Linear Friction Welding of Blisks

Posted by Dan Adams on Oct 2, 2019 9:01:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding

If you peel back the exterior of an airplane, you will find thousands of parts working together to help safely lift the plane into flight. And if you look a little closer, you'll notice some of those parts were joined by friction welding.

MTI has successfully friction-welded dozens of parts for aircraft and the aerospace industry. But perhaps no part is more complicated to take from concept to completion than the blisk.

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Eyes of an Engineer: Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Posted by Ashley Henderson on Sep 16, 2019 11:54:02 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career

Jim Hoffman, MTI's Chief Metallurgist, examines a weld at the Sheridan Street lab.

Resting his face against the eyepiece of a microscope, MTI Chief Metallurgist Jim Hoffman meticulously spins a cluster of knobs, gradually bringing a customer’s latest weld into focus. He squints, rotates another dial then shifts his eyes toward his computer.  His keyboard clicks rhythmically as he adds to the notes sprawled across his two monitors.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Low Force vs. Traditional Friction Welding

Posted by Dan Adams on Sep 11, 2019 8:59:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Low Force Friction Welding

In our last episode of Whiteboard Wednesday, we introduced you to a brand-new style of solid-state joining, Low-Force Friction Welding.

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What To Expect When You Call MTI About Your Next Project

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 26, 2019 12:05:43 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Value Added Services

You've read our blogs, you've watched our videos and you feel like you have a basic understanding of how friction welding works.

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MTI's Manufacturing Services Expands CNC Capabilities

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 15, 2019 8:57:28 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News

Adding to its growing list of value-added services, MTI’s Manufacturing Services division has welcomed two new CNC machines to its 117-thousand square-foot facility.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: A Friction Weld at a Fraction of the Force

Posted by Dan Adams on Aug 14, 2019 11:49:49 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding

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For decades, MTI has been using friction welding to create unique joining solutions for customers across a variety of industries.

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How Friction Welding Can Solve Wear Problems in the Oil Sands Industry

Posted by Timothy Jennings on Aug 2, 2019 1:36:36 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Oil & Gas

Oil sands production is a tough, demanding operation. The impact loads are earth-shattering, and the often brutally cold temperatures do little to provide any relief to the machinery operating in this highly abrasive environment.

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Eyes of an Engineer: When Passions Become a Career

Posted by Ashley Henderson on Jul 25, 2019 2:57:50 PM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career

Constanza Lengerich (right) chats with controls engineer, Ray Szajko.

Situated in a quiet office on the second floor of MTI’s global headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, Constanza Lengerich carefully examines a new batch of data from her team’s latest weld. The numbers excite and energize her – they signal pivotal progress in the company’s research and development of a new form of solid-state joining, Low-Force Friction Welding.

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MTI Rotary Friction Welders Helping Support Aerospace Companies at UK Research Center

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 18, 2019 10:02:49 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive

GLASGOW Two MTI-built rotary friction welding machines have found a new and purposeful home at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), which specializes in innovative manufacturing technologies, metal forming and forging research.

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How Friction Welding Helps Achieve Lightweighting in Aerospace & Automotive Industries

Posted by Bob Besse on Jun 21, 2019 9:02:22 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Automotive, Astrospace

When it comes to aerospace and automotive applications, bigger isn't always better.  In fact, companies invest a lot of time and money into figuring out how to trim the weight of their critical parts.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Radial Position Control Techniques or Weld Orientation

Posted by Dan Adams on Jun 12, 2019 8:02:00 AM

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

It's no secret Friction Welding is a highly scientific process; it involves a lot of calculations, engineering and research to get it right. But thanks to the MTI-engineered control system found on each of our friction welding machines, you can trust our technology to do the complex work for you on your shop floor!

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Flexible Vacation and Paid Time Off

Posted by MariClare Osborn on Jun 11, 2019 11:38:00 AM

Topics: Design A Great Career

We understand life's biggest moments don't always wait until the end of the work day. On most occasions, MTI employees can take advantage of a flexible schedule — meaning you can do things like volunteer in your child's classroom or tag along on a field trip without using any time off.

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North America's First Linear Friction Welder for Full-Sized Part Development Now Operational in Detroit

Posted by Bob Besse on May 22, 2019 11:46:16 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Automotive

 

DETROIT – The first and only linear friction welder capable of full-sized part development in North America is now fully operational and ready for project work at LIFT - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a national manufacturing innovation facility operated by the American Lightweight Materials Innovation Institute, in Detroit.

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Will it Join: Steel and Inconel

Posted by Bob Besse on May 21, 2019 3:07:46 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Automotive, Bi-Metallic

Steel and Inconel: they look similar, but metallurgically speaking, they’re two very different materials. They melt at different temperatures, they have different densities and their forgeabilities vary greatly.

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Learning and Development

Posted by MariClare Osborn on May 14, 2019 11:40:00 AM

Topics: Design A Great Career

Starting a new career can be intimidating. But at MTI, you don't have to do it alone. 

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MTI to Build Axle Machine for Leading Truck Manufacturer

Posted by Bob Besse on May 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM

Topics: News, Automotive, Axle Machine

Kingswinford, UK – MTI Welding Technologies, Ltd. is building a state-of-the-art friction welding machine for a leading truck manufacturer in Europe.

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MTI To Return as Exhibitor at Space Tech Expo

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 26, 2019 9:02:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

South Bend, Ind. - Recently recognized for its role in high-profile space missions, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) is gearing up to showcase its friction welding expertise to some of the biggest aerospace influencers in the nation.

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Why Friction Welding Is So Eco-Friendly

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 22, 2019 1:31:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

Technology and infrastructure have certainly grown over the past 49 years, but so has MTI's commitment to helping our environment.

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The MTI Family

Posted by MariClare Osborn on Apr 8, 2019 4:26:00 PM

At MTI, there’s a reason why we use the word “family” so often – it’s at the core of who we are as an organization.

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Will it Join: Copper and Aluminum

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 21, 2019 4:19:52 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Bi-Metallic

Friction Welding has become the premier choice for companies looking to join dissimilar metals.  Because Friction Welding is a solid-state joining process that does not require melting, it allows for the bonding of two metals, such as Copper and Aluminum, that may be impossible to join with more traditional welding techniques.

With fusion welding processes like MIG and TIG welding, it can be challenging to join dissimilar metals because they often differ substantially in composition and physical, mechanical and metallurgical properties.

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Pre and Post-Weld Processing Services for Contract Friction Welding: Why It All Matters

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 7, 2019 1:06:41 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Value Added Services

 

At MTI’s Manufacturing Services, we do more than bond parts together; we provide you with a proven, turnkey solution. Whether you need help with just one portion of the friction welding process or want guidance every step of the way, MTI’s team of highly skilled engineers is ready to help.

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MTI exhibits at popular trade show, announces show appearances for 2019

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 6, 2019 9:23:17 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

Tom Budd, MTI Friction Welding Solutions Manager, poses in the MTI booth at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, California

More companies than ever now understand the benefits of Friction Welding, thanks to MTI's recent appearance at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.

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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 – 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.