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MTI at IMTS 2016: Upgrading Your Controls Package

Topics: Upgrading Your Controls Package, Service & Spare Parts, MTI On The Road

Posted by: Bob Besse on Sep 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is going on right now (September 12-17, 2016 in Chicago, IL) and MTI is here! We’re in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricating & Lasers), Booth N-6014 and it’s great talking with colleagues in the manufacturing sector about our friction welding technologies. MTI representatives are here talking about how upgrading your controls package and service spare parts can benefit you.

Upgrading Your Controls Package

Historically, many manufacturers have been reluctant to change from the familiar machine control systems they have used for decades over fears of incurring high upgrade costs. Despite the escalating price of maintaining a DOS system versus the affordable advantages of a modern Windows driven machine, concerns over the initial cost of switching to new and enhanced control systems have kept old ones in place well past their effectiveness.

However, it is time to make the move. Today, it’s become more costly to maintain DOS-based machines than it is to upgrade. In some cases, it’s nearly impossible to find technicians to work on them. To keep your business up and running, an investment in upgraded controls technology needs to be made before machines fail. Otherwise, your company may find itself with lengthy downtimes and lost production.

5 Advantages of Upgrading

When you switch from DOS-based machines to Windows-driven ones, you’ll experience a number of advantages to bring you greater efficiency, and improved quality:

  1. Shorter scheduled downtime durations: Extended downtimes are a result of a machine relying on obsolete parts that are hard to find or no longer being manufactured. These critical control parts can be two to three times more expensive than modern parts, which will result in increased maintenance budgets.  With a Windows upgrade, part availability and cost become more manageable and affordable.
  2. Inventoried parts: Upgrading means access to increased inventory capacity.  MTI has inventories of reliable replacement parts available when you need them. No more scrounging, testing, or long waiting periods.  If your machine needs repairs, a reliable inventory means a faster fix and less machine down time.
  3. Improved weld process: With obsolete equipment, manufacturers operate on borrowed time. At any moment, there may be less than reliable output. MTI’s upgrade ensures reliability through the modernization of your equipment backed by a wide inventory of parts and highly skilled technicians.
  4. Full tracing and reporting functionality to meet requirements: A DOS friction welder has weld file portability via an outdated 5-1/4 floppy disk and a dot matrix printer. These make it difficult to readily share data in today’s network and cloud-based data exchange. With enhanced technology, you’ll have clear documentation of your manufacturing process, so you can stay in compliance with customer requirements.
  5. Expanded and integrated system messaging: Outdated DOS programing is incompatible with the new controls software such as MTI’s mWELD software and MTI Remote Access (MRA) monitoring system, which offers a pro-active approach to maintenance and utilizes the latest mWELD enhanced weld control features. With upgraded software you get clear system messaging that helps you pinpoint issues more quickly and efficiently.

Why MTI?

Because MTI is the OEM for your friction welder, we know your business, your equipment, and your needs. Our expert technicians will ensure that you get the right software package for your machine — fully integrating it, just as if it were a new machine. Plus, we’ll train your team, and provide a warranty on our work, so the change will be smooth and cost-effective for you and your business.

MTI Can Solve Your Problems

As a world leader in friction welding, MTI’s team of service experts can create an upgrade plan for you. In addition, we can provide ongoing maintenance packages, preventive care, and more. So your processes can stay current, and you can experience greater peace of mind.

MTI has used the friction welding process for near net shape manufacturing of parts since the start and has now proven the ability to produce quality parts by friction welding with additively manufactured parts. With these techniques among the several friction welding options applied by our expert engineers every day, MTI has the knowledge and know how to solve your manufacturing problems. We’ll build a machine that makes your part, we’ll make the part for you, or we’ll help you make the part even better.

Come by our Booth!

The IMTS is held every two years and is an opportunity for manufacturing technology companies to network with industry colleagues, demonstrate innovative and revered technologies, and development new business with companies from around the world. The MTI team is in Booth N-6014 in the North Building, B Hall (Fabricators & Lasers).

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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.