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Bob Besse

Bob Besse is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales Development for MTI, having joined the company after stints as VP of Sales & Marketing with two other manufacturing organizations. With over 25 years’ experience in business to business sales and marketing, Bob is now dedicated to connecting customers with the right friction welding solution. Bob earned his BBA from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from Emory University.

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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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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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Friction Welding for Electric Vehicles

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

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

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: How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry


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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MTI and EWI Involved In DOE Research Project

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

Topics: MTI Services, News & Updates, Friction Welding Technologies

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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MTI Adjusts Safety Protocols Amid COVID-19 Concerns

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

Topics: News & Updates

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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Friction Welded Parts Are All Around Us

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

Topics: Friction Welding -- The Basics

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: MTI Services, How Friction Welding Benefits Your Industry

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

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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 & Updates

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: MTI Services, News & Updates

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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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.