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Dan Adams

Dan Adams is the President and CEO of MTI, and is part of the fourth generation of MTI owners. With 20 years of experience, Dan spent the first part of his career outside of MTI before joining the company in 1998, alongside his brother and sister. Dan has a broad background and deep understanding of friction welding, having attained practical experience in a variety of areas at MTI including contract welding, machine assembly, installation, service, and machine sales for aerospace applications. Dan received his BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame.

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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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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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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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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, Friction Welding Technologies, Can Your Parts Be Joined?

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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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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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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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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Friction Welding 101: Whiteboard Wednesday

Posted by Dan Adams on Jan 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Friction Stir Welding

 

 

 

Friction welding is a solid state joining process. It’s actually a forging process: not a welding process. In the Friction Welding process we use relative motion and high force in order to create frictional heat at the weld interface. This heats the materials being joined to the point where they will plasticize without melting. The result is molecular intermixing at the weld interface and a forged quality joint.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Pressure Modulation with Dynamic Profile Modification

Posted by Dan Adams on Sep 27, 2017 12:53:17 PM

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

In friction welding, we always strive toward repeatability—even when there are differences in the length of incoming parts.  This is especially true in the automotive and aerospace industry where finished parts are held to rigid standards.  Using Torque Modulation with Dynamic Profile Modification, we’re able to ensure our first welded part is the same length as our last welded part. 

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Torque Modulation

Posted by Dan Adams on Jul 26, 2017 4:13:00 AM

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



Our customers—especially those in the automotive industry—rely on repeatable upset in order to meet tight part tolerances.  Remember, upset is the amount of shortening of the two parts as a result of friction welding.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Upset Control and Pressure Modulation

Posted by Dan Adams on Apr 19, 2017 4:55:35 PM

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

 When it comes to friction welding, we want to work towards repeatability, even when there are incoming part variations.  But how can we do that?  One way is through pressure modulation.

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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.