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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Automotive Industry

Topics: Automotive, Bi-Metallic

Posted by: Bob Besse on Jun 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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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.

What makes friction welding essential to automotive suppliers?

Because friction welding is highly adaptable to diverse applications, automotive manufacturers have used it to save money while still improving quality. Here’s how:

  • Automated for High Volume Production
    Friction welding, and Rotary Friction Welding in particular, allows for high-volume production to help you create parts more efficiently. From steering components to camshafts and U-joints, friction welding can accomplish what you need, when you need it. And because friction welding machines may be automated, the technology can be seamlessly integrated into a production cell.  This further reduces the overall cycle time to produce the part.
  • Consistency
    Parts are made the same way each time, so friction-welded parts are always of the same high quality. And friction welding machines are more reliable than conventional welding techniques, so suppliers don’t have to worry about costly down-time. Plus, the automated nature of a friction welding machine takes individual operator skill out of the equation — to deliver durable, defect-free parts you can count on, every time.

    Compared to traditional methods, MTI’s recently developed advanced controls for friction welding allow the welded components to achieve better length control and/or radial orientation than every before. This helps reduce the as-welded tolerances that may drive the requirement for additional manufacturing operations in the production line, ultimately reducing cost.

  • Ability to join dissimilar metals
    When you can forge two dissimilar metals together, you have the opportunity to reduce the weight of the final vehicle. The ability to combine aluminum, in particular, with other materials, has become a critical aspect of automotive production — and friction welding makes it possible. So whether you’re joining aluminum with copper, or steel with low-carbon alloys, the solid state bond quality you get is always strong, and always consistent. 
  • Proven-effective manufacturing technique for the industry
    Rotary Friction Welding has been used in the industry for decades, for numerous types of parts, including:
    o The MTI-developed Monosteel piston
    o Brake calipers
    o Transmission input shafts
    o Transmission gears
    o …and more
  • Reliable process
    The automotive industry runs on Just-in-Time inventory, where materials or parts are produced or acquired only as demand requires. Suppliers cannot afford the production disruption that comes from machine down time and must have a dependable technology in their production process. Rotary friction welding has been a part of vehicle production for over 40 years, and is a proven reliable process.

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MTI is a vital part of the process

Every day, MTI leverages our engineering expertise to build the machines that make the automotive industry work efficiently and effectively, and has developed a standard range of machines that help reduce the design costs for conventional parts. . And we can help you make your parts even better.

Bring us your toughest manufacturing challenges — we’re ready to help you find a solid solution that leverages the best qualities of friction welding. Find out more about how we’ve served the automotive industry for decades — and reach out to see how we can do for you.

 

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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.