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Top 10 Reasons to Consider Friction Welding

Topics: Why Friction Welding

Posted by: Bob Besse on Dec 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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Friction welding is a truly innovative process. In fact, it is not really welding at all, but actually a forging process that uses force and motion to create a solid-state bond.  Friction welding offers a number of joining and welding solutions that can help you make smart design decisions.

At MTI, we're opening up all-new possibilities when it comes to solving tough engineering challenges. Wondering if friction welding can meet your demands? Here are ten great reasons to consider it:

  1. Friction welding allows dissimilar metals to be joined — including some combinations that are otherwise considered incompatible or unweldable.
  2. The process is at least twice— and up to 100 times—as fast as traditional fusion welding techniques.
  3. Friction welding machinery is versatile enough to join a wide range of part geometries, materials, and sizes.
  4. Joint preparation techniques are less critical. That's because machined, saw cut, and even sheared surfaces are weldable with friction processes.
  5. Resulting joints are of forged quality, with a 100% butt joint weld through the contact area.
  6. The machine-controlled process eliminates human error, and the resulting weld quality is the same no matter what the skill or experience level of the operator. So your results are consistent.
  7. Friction welding is environmentally friendly! No smoke, fumes, or gases are emitted, and no exhaust systems are required. 
  8. No consumables are used. No flux, no filler material, no shielding gases.
  9. Power requirements are as low as 20% of those required by conventional welding processes.
  10. Materials aren't melted through the friction welding process. That means there are no solidification defects — like gas porosity, segregation, or slag inclusions — in the end product.

PUT US TO THE TEST

Need to join aluminum to steel? Or copper to aluminum? MTI can do that, and more. Need a 50-foot-long weld along an aluminum panel? Working with uniquely complex part geometries? We can pull that off, too — from automobiles to rocket boosters, and beyond.

In fact, we'll make your part, build a machine to make your part, or help you make your part even better. Just let us know what you need, and we'll help determine the best solution for you. 

To learn more about friction welding, visit our website or watch how friction welding can be put to work for you. 

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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.