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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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Will it Join: Copper and Aluminum

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

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

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

 

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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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 5

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 18, 2019 11:29:31 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer

Jamie Clews (right) looks over the controls on a machine.

In part five of MTI's Eyes of an Engineer series, we sit down with Global Controls Technical Lead Jamie Clews.  Read on to see how an MTI college program transformed into a full-time job and a move to a new country for Jamie.

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MTI Playing Role in Future Moon, Mars Missions

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 13, 2019 9:50:37 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The friction welding experts at Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) are helping welcome the next generation of American space travel and preparing to launch NASA astronauts on missions to deep space through the world’s only exploration-class space systems: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft and the Exploration Ground Systems that launch these vehicles.   

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MTI Celebrates Renewal of AS9100 Certification

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 11, 2019 12:53:12 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Continuing its longtime dedication to excellence, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) has renewed its AS9100 certification, a key quality indicator for companies working in the aerospace and defense industries.

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2018: A Year to Celebrate for MTI

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 25, 2019 11:51:07 AM

Topics: News

As the global leader in Friction Welding, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) is always looking forward, searching for ways to help put the future of innovative manufacturing into customers’ hands.

But to fully recognize and celebrate growth as a company, it’s also important to look
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MTI Delivers North America's First and Only Linear Friction Welder of Full-Size Development Parts to LIFT Lightweighting Research Center in Detroit

Posted by Bob Besse on Oct 9, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Topics: News, Linear Friction Welding

 

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 9, 2018: Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) has shipped North America’s first linear friction welder capable of full sized part development to the LIFT - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow facility in Detroit where it will contribute to cutting edge lightweighting research in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

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Manufacturing Technology, Inc. Recognized for Outstanding Safety by Amerisure Insurance Company

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 28, 2018 3:23:05 PM

Topics: News


PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jamie Clews (MTI Global Controls Technical Lead), Brian Roberts (MTI Manufacturing Operations Lead), Scott Knoll (Amerisure Senior Risk Management Consultant), Daniel C. Adams (MTI President & CEO), Mark Wobbe (Gibson Principal, Risk Advisor), MariClare Osborn (MTI Director of Human Resources), and Jeff Lovin (MTI Director of Technical Operations).  

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 28, 2018:  Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) today was awarded for outstanding safety performance by Amerisure Insurance Company. MTI was presented the award at its world headquarters in South Bend, IN after maintaining 365 days without a recordable incident. The last time the company achieved this was in 2005.  Additionally, MTI has sustained an impressive 419 days without a loss time incident during the period beginning on July 2017 through September 2018.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 17, 2018 11:05:06 AM

Topics: Aerospace

For four decades, MTI has been a global leader in friction welding technology — a forging technique that offers many advantages over traditional, fusion welding. With the ability to create super-strong bonds of virtually any size, friction welding is uniquely capable of serving a broad spectrum of industries.

One industry in which we are constantly innovating, is that of aerospace. With changing priorities and advancing technologies that create more demanding joining applications, MTI is continually adapting the rotary and linear friction welding processes to meet the demands of aerospace engineers and manufacturers .

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 4

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 13, 2018 1:29:54 PM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer


In our fourth installment of Eyes of an Engineer, we introduce you to junior service engineer James Lovell and junior design engineer Luke Barratt.  Luke and James both graduated from MTI’s apprenticeship program in February of 2018.

Discover why they chose MTI, what they learned, and where they’re headed next.

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Friction Welded Parts Are All Around Us

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 5, 2018 10:32:51 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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MTI Builds on 2017 Successes

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 22, 2018 8:26:49 AM

Topics: News

A global friction welding powerhouse that began 91 years ago, MTI celebrated multiple achievements throughout 2017.

“We’ve gone through a major transformation the last couple of years,” said MTI President and CEO Dan Adams.  “When we take a step back and reflect on 2017, it was a successful year for us.  As a company, we made several positive changes that we will continue to leverage for ongoing success in 2018.”

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 3

Posted by Bob Besse on Jan 15, 2018 8:34:27 AM

Topics: Eyes of an Engineer, Design A Great Career, Low Force Friction Welding

In our third installment of Eyes of an Engineer, we introduce you to Tori Zellerhoff and Margot Hughan.  They began working at MTI as part of their capstone thesis for Notre Dame’s Master’s Program in Entrepreneurship, Technology, & Innovation (ESTEEM).

Combining technology with entrepreneurship, the two developed a business plan and go-to-market strategy for MTI’s latest technology, low force friction welding

Find out how they got started, what they learned at MTI, and what they enjoyed most about the experience.

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MTI Opens Doors and Minds to Manufacturing

Posted by Bob Besse on Oct 26, 2017 2:13:06 PM

Topics: News

South Bend, IN - October 6, 2017:  Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) opened its doors to area high schoolers in celebration of Manufacturing Day. The nation-wide event introduces the next generation of workers to high-skilled careers in modern manufacturing.

Students from Riley, Washington, and Adams High School attended the event, which was held at MTI’s world headquarters. 

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NASA and Other Key Members Acknowledge MTI for Contributions in Journey to Mars

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 29, 2017 3:30:15 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Service & Spare Parts

SOUTH BEND, IN -- Former astronaut Brian Duffy along with representatives from NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK acknowledged Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) for its contributions to the NASA Space Launch System (SLS).

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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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5 Signs it's Time to Refurbish Your Friction Welder

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 11, 2017 2:52:39 PM

Topics: Upgrading Your Controls Package, Service & Spare Parts

Unscheduled downtimes can result in significant financial losses and consume the maintenance department. That’s why refurbishing your old friction welding machine has several cost-saving advantages. 

If you’re falling behind or having difficulty meeting quality compliance, an MTI upgrade may be just what you need. 

Here are 5 signs to look for:  

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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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MTI Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 18, 2017 8:24:26 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jim Hoffman (Chief Metallurgist and Quality Assurance), Sherri Lotter (Inside Sales Coordinator), Zach Danko (Process Engineer), Jordan Walser (Process Engineer), Jacob Smith (Production Manager), Gabe Hostetter (Process Engineer).

SOUTH BEND, IN - To demonstrate a continued commitment to quality, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) announces that they have been successful in achieving Nadcap accreditation for welding at their Sheridan Street location. 

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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.