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Earth Day 2019: Why Friction Welding Is So Eco-Friendly

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

Posted by: Bob Besse on Apr 22, 2019 1:31:00 AM

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The year was 1970: the Boeing 747 had just completed its first commercial flight, IBM was preparing to shake up the tech world with the floppy disk and Americans were flooding the streets, calling for stricter environmental regulations.

Little did those grassroots activists know at the time, their calls for change would morph into Earth Day, an unofficial, eco-friendly holiday observed each year on April 22.

Technology and infrastructure have certainly grown over the past 49 years, but so has MTI's commitment to helping our environment.

PRESERVING OUR EARTH, ONE WELD AT A TIME

MTI's expertise, friction welding, is a green process itself. In many cases, friction welding reduces carbon footprints all the way down the supply chain because less material and energy is needed to meet its unique demands.

Each time an MTI friction welding machine operates, no objectionable smoke, fumes or gases are exhausted into the atmosphere, making it one of the most environmentally friendly welding processes in use today. Plus friction welding does not require consumables, flux, filler materials or shielding gases.

MTI's friction welding machines also give our customers' energy bills a break; they require less power to run than other conventional welding techniques.

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SAVING RESOURCES AND THE PLANET

Another significant environmental benefit of friction welding is the ability to achieve near-net shape parts.

For example, bladed disks, more commonly known as blisks, are one of MTI's specialties. The friction welding process allows us to avoid machining out billets to make these critical aerospace parts, meaning we save materials and resources with each weld.

Many of the parts MTI friction-welds for our customers have a direct, positive impact on our environment. Here are just a few examples:

  • Steel pistons that reduce CO2 emissions
  • Components for satellites that measure the Earth's temperature
  • Components for electric vehicles
  • Jet engine components to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon footprint
  • Aluminum driveshafts for fuel efficiency
  • Heat exchangers for electric vehicles 
  • Parts that enable lightweighing of vehicles, leading to better fuel efficiency 

Ready to explore how MTI's friction welding process can be an energy-saving move for your company? Explore our vast offerings at www.mtiwelding.com.

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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.