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The Friction Welding Dictionary

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 2, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Friction Welding, Manufacturing Services, News, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Low Force Friction Welding

The world of friction welding is vast -- and so is the vocabulary used to describe it! We've compiled a list of the most commonly used friction welding terms -- from machine components to MTI's processes -- to help you grow your engineering mind!

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Understanding Weld Development

Posted by Dan Adams on Dec 9, 2020 10:07:51 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding, Aerospace

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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What is Plug Welding and How Can It Help the Aerospace Industry?

Posted by Timothy Jennings on Aug 24, 2020 9:31:30 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace

When you think of friction welding, you likely imagine a highly engineered machine bringing two materials together and performing a solid-state weld using either a rotary, linear or stir motion.

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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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Which Friction Welding Technology Is Best For Your Next Aerospace Project?

Posted by Bob Besse on Dec 17, 2019 10:37:08 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Linear Friction Welding, Friction Stir Welding, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Low Force Friction Welding, Astrospace

Friction welding is not a one-size-fits-all process — that's what makes it such a versatile joining method.  It's just as effective for joining components that you can fit in the palm of your hand as it is for joining parts that require a crane to move from one place to another.

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MTI Rotary Friction Welders Helping Support Aerospace Companies at UK Research Center

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 18, 2019 10:02:49 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive

GLASGOW Two MTI-built rotary friction welding machines have found a new and purposeful home at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), which specializes in innovative manufacturing technologies, metal forming and forging research.

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North America's First Linear Friction Welder for Full-Sized Part Development Now Operational in Detroit

Posted by Bob Besse on May 22, 2019 11:46:16 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Automotive


DETROIT – The first and only linear friction welder capable of full-sized part development in North America is now fully operational and ready for project work at LIFT - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a national manufacturing innovation facility operated by the American Lightweight Materials Innovation Institute, in Detroit.

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Will it Join: Steel and Inconel

Posted by Bob Besse on May 21, 2019 3:07:46 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Automotive, Bi-Metallic

Steel and Inconel: they look similar, but metallurgically speaking, they’re two very different materials. They melt at different temperatures, they have different densities and their forgeabilities vary greatly.

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MTI To Return as Exhibitor at Space Tech Expo

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 26, 2019 9:02:00 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

South Bend, Ind. - Recently recognized for its role in high-profile space missions, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) is gearing up to showcase its friction welding expertise to some of the biggest aerospace influencers in the nation.

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Why Friction Welding Is So Eco-Friendly

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

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

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

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Will it Join: Copper and Aluminum

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 21, 2019 4:19:52 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Bi-Metallic

Friction Welding has become the premier choice for companies looking to join dissimilar metals.  Because Friction Welding is a solid-state joining process that does not require melting, it allows for the bonding of two metals, such as Copper and Aluminum, that may be impossible to join with more traditional welding techniques.

With fusion welding processes like MIG and TIG welding, it can be challenging to join dissimilar metals because they often differ substantially in composition and physical, mechanical and metallurgical properties.

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MTI exhibits at popular trade show, announces show appearances for 2019

Posted by Bob Besse on Mar 6, 2019 9:23:17 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

Tom Budd, MTI Friction Welding Solutions Manager, poses in the MTI booth at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, California

More companies than ever now understand the benefits of Friction Welding, thanks to MTI's recent appearance at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.

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MTI Playing Role in Future Moon, Mars Missions

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 13, 2019 9:50:37 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace, Astrospace

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The friction welding experts at Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) are helping welcome the next generation of American space travel and preparing to launch NASA astronauts on missions to deep space through the world’s only exploration-class space systems: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft and the Exploration Ground Systems that launch these vehicles.   

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MTI Celebrates Renewal of AS9100 Certification

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 11, 2019 12:53:12 PM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Continuing its longtime dedication to excellence, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) has renewed its AS9100 certification, a key quality indicator for companies working in the aerospace and defense industries.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Bob Besse on Aug 17, 2018 11:05:06 AM

Topics: Aerospace

For four decades, MTI has been a global leader in friction welding technology — a forging technique that offers many advantages over traditional, fusion welding. With the ability to create super-strong bonds of virtually any size, friction welding is uniquely capable of serving a broad spectrum of industries.

One industry in which we are constantly innovating, is that of aerospace. With changing priorities and advancing technologies that create more demanding joining applications, MTI is continually adapting the rotary and linear friction welding processes to meet the demands of aerospace engineers and manufacturers .

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MTI Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Welding

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 18, 2017 8:24:26 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Aerospace

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jim Hoffman (Chief Metallurgist and Quality Assurance), Sherri Lotter (Inside Sales Coordinator), Zach Danko (Process Engineer), Jordan Walser (Process Engineer), Jacob Smith (Production Manager), Gabe Hostetter (Process Engineer).

SOUTH BEND, IN - To demonstrate a continued commitment to quality, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) announces that they have been successful in achieving Nadcap accreditation for welding at their Sheridan Street location. 

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What to Look for in an Aerospace Partner

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 12, 2017 9:02:59 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, Aerospace

When a 261 metric ton airplane lands or a medivac helicopter is headed to the hospital—that is no time for a critical component to fail.

MTI understands this. That’s why we’re NADCAP* accredited. Our aerospace partners like GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and Honeywell trust the quality of MTI’s welded parts.  

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Near Net Shape with Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Dan Adams on Jul 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Linear Friction Welding, Aerospace, Near Net Shape



Two buzz words in the manufacturing industry today are near net shape manufacturing and additive manufacturing. Both terms are manufacturing processes that save time and money when producing parts.

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MTI Ships 2-Story-Tall Jet Engine Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on May 8, 2015 2:58:00 PM

Topics: News, Linear Friction Welding, Aerospace

Manufacturing Technology, Inc., has shipped the world’s largest capacity linear friction welding machine, to Pratt & Whitney’s world-class Middletown facility in Connecticut. The machine will be used to friction-weld critical aircraft engine components to support Pratt & Whitney’s most advanced military programs and next generation product family.

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Manufacturing Technology, Inc. awarded Aerospace contract worth approximately $25 million

Posted by Bob Besse on Apr 6, 2015 9:39:00 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding

One of the world’s largest aerospace companies has awarded Manufacturing Technology, Inc., a contract worth approximately $25 million for three aerospace Rotary Friction Welding (RFW) machines to be developed and built in South Bend over a twoyear period. One of the machines being built will be the world’s largest Rotary Friction Welder, with inertia capacity twice that of any other machine on the planet. This contract, along with other recent orders, has resulted in the hiring of six new employees with an additional 11 open positions at the company’s South Bend location.

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Manufacturing Technology, Inc., Builds World’s Most Advanced Rotary Friction Welding Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Feb 27, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Topics: News, Aerospace, Rotary Friction Welding

A state of the art Rotary Friction Welding (RFW) machine developed and built by South Bend based Manufacturing Technology Inc., is leaving Michiana to begin a 4,000 mile journey to the United Kingdom. The final destination is the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a research facility for new manufacturing techniques that bridges the technology readiness gap between development in academia and execution in industry. The machine is designed for research and development on jet engine components for companies like Rolls Royce, General Electric, and Pratt and Whitney.

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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.