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.
At MTI, we understand your spending might look different for the foreseeable future — but that doesn't mean you need to put your friction welding plans on the back burner.
We offer several different programs and services designed to work around companies' ever-changing budgets — whether your needs are as advanced as a machine upgrade or as simple as a small-batch friction welding job.
Just like any other piece of equipment, after time, friction welders begin to show their age and eventually struggle to operate at peak performance. While investing in a new machine is certainly an option, MTI also offers machine refurbishment services, which greatly help to extend the lifespan of your machine at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new welder.
Many times, the “bones” of a machine may still be usable; they could just use a little help from updated equipment and more advanced technology.
Is your machine refurb-ready? Check out the five signs it's time to refurbish your friction welder.
Even if your existing friction welder appears to be mechanically sound and does not require a full refurbishment at this time, the shortcomings of its outdated controls systems may actually be costing you money in the long run.
Did you know it's actually more expensive to maintain a DOS-based friction welder than it is to upgrade the controls? In some cases, it’s nearly impossible to find technicians to work on this aging platform. Investing in a controls upgrade now will minimize the chance of a problem later, which could lead to a significant loss of productivity and lengthy downtime.
MTI recommends upgrading your DOS-based controls system to Windows 10. With a Windows 10 upgrade, not only can you take advantage of a more stable and secure system, but you can also take advantage of MTI's Remote Access Package. With remote access, you can tap into MTI's engineering expertise from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button. This allows us to virtually step inside your machine, saving the time and money it would require to bring a trained technician to your facility.
Read more about the cost-saving benefits of upgrading your controls to Windows 10 here.
MTI is known for building state-of-the-art friction welders, but did you know we also offer contract friction welding services for jobs that don't justify their own dedicated machine?
With locations in both the U.S. and the UK, our Manufacturing Services team can join your parts on any one of our in-house machines. Not only that, we can take your job from concept to completion, utilizing any combination of our value-added pre and post-weld processes, including:
- Weld development
- CNC machining
- Heat treat
- Flash removal
- Ordering & shipping
Manufacturing Services is an ideal option if your company isn't ready or able to invest in a machine right now - or if you already have an MTI-built friction welder and need extra support for increased volume or overflow.
You can learn more about the offerings and machines of Manufacturing Services here.
SPARTAN DIRECT DRIVE FRICTION WELDERS
If your demand or current machine status does not align with a refurb or contract friction welding, MTI is proud to introduce you to our SPARTAN line of direct drive rotary friction welders, which can provide you with a dedicated machine to fit your budget.
Our SPARTAN machines provide consistent, quality welds at a practical price.
Offered in ranges from a 3-ton to 100-ton standard Direct Drive Friction Welder, here’s what makes SPARTAN an ideal joining solution:
- Higher quality welds –Friction Welding produces joints of forged quality. This results in superior weld properties compared to more traditional processes, like MIG or TIG welding.
- Reduced Weld Cycle - Weld cycle production times can be reduced because the friction welding process is significantly faster than more conventional methods of welding. Joining times are so fast, most friction welds can be accomplished in just a few seconds.
- Bimetallics - Friction welding is the most effective technology available for joining dissimilar metals, also known as bimetallics. Because of differences in melting points, a lot of bimetallic combinations are impossible to join using fusion processes.
But what truly sets SPARTAN apart from other standard direct drive friction welders is that it is backed by MTI’s 12- month warranty and global service organization. For more peace of mind, you may add our optional extended warranty and enhanced preventative maintenance package. MTI is dedicated to providing this level of productivity and support to our customers in North America, Europe, and all over the world.
You can learn more about our SPARTAN line here.
FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION
Those are just a few ways MTI can help to be flexible with your budget and spending requirements in 2021 and beyond.
If you have any additional questions about machine refurbishments, controls upgrades, Manufacturing Services or SPARTAN, contact us to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable sales engineers.