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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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How Can Low Force Friction Welding Improve The Automotive Industry?

Posted by Constanza Lengerich on Mar 2, 2021 8:09:34 AM

Topics: Automotive, Low Force Friction Welding, Frequently Asked Questions

In many ways, the Automotive industry is one of the most diverse and unique industries that MTI serves. Though the projects don't involve sending spacecraft into orbit like some of our Aerospace jobs, the demands of this ever-changing industry keep us on our toes and inspire us to keep thinking ahead.

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Friction Welding for Electric Vehicles

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 8, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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

Long before the word "Tesla" spurred any thoughts beyond the iconic inventor of the 1800s, companies around the world were relying on friction welding to join their parts.  But just as automotive technology has shifted throughout the decades, friction welding has followed right along, aligning with the demands of the modern consumer and commercial vehicle market.

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Friction Welding Integration in Automated Manufacturing Process

Posted by Kevin Grewe on Apr 14, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Automotive, Automation

The future of integration is now. What do I mean by that? I mean, we have seen many examples of how friction welding is seamlessly integrated into an automated manufacturing process. A number of our customers are already working with us and integrating friction welding technology into their production process. Based on their successes, it is the right time to take advantage of this innovative process that leads to (1) process repeatability, (2) improved cycle time, (3) increased production volume, and (4) cost savings.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Helps the Automotive Industry

Posted by Kevin Grewe on Apr 14, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Automotive, Bi-Metallic

The solid state, forged quality bonded joint offered by friction welding has made it an ideal manufacturing process for the automotive industry. With the ability to create highly durable, customized components for everything from commercial to personal use vehicles, friction welding helps Tier One manufacturers design flexible solutions to ever-changing challenges of the automotive industry.

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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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How Friction Welding Helps Achieve Lightweighting in Aerospace & Automotive Industries

Posted by Bob Besse on Jun 21, 2019 9:02:22 AM

Topics: Manufacturing Services, News, Automotive, Astrospace

When it comes to aerospace and automotive applications, bigger isn't always better.  In fact, companies invest a lot of time and money into figuring out how to trim the weight of their critical parts.

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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 Build Axle Machine for Leading Truck Manufacturer

Posted by Bob Besse on May 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM

Topics: News, Automotive, Axle Machine

Kingswinford, UK – MTI Welding Technologies, Ltd. is building a state-of-the-art friction welding machine for a leading truck manufacturer in Europe.

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3 Ways MTI's Newest Double Axle Machine Improves Axle Production

Posted by Bob Besse on Jul 25, 2017 10:36:05 AM

Topics: Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Axle Machine

Leveraging the latest in advanced rotary friction welding technology, MTI’s newest double axle machine increases efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness in axle production. 

Here are the three things you need to know about MTI’s latest double axle machine:  

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MTI at IMTS 2016: Double-Ended Rotary Axle Machine

Posted by Bob Besse on Sep 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive, Direct Drive Friction Welding, Axle Machine, MTI On The Road

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. Specifically, MTI representatives are talking about our newest machine we’ve introduced: the double-ended rotary axle machine.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Friction Welding Part 3

Posted by Dan Adams on Feb 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Whiteboard Wednesday, Rotary Friction Welding, Automotive




You may not realize it, but friction welded parts are part of your everyday life.  A good example of an everyday application of friction welding can be found in a component used with automobile air bag inflators. This component is found in steering , wheels, glove boxes, dash boards, seats, and side panels, and since every car needs air bags, this component has a very high volume demand. The tricky part is that, due to the intricacy of the specific component shown in the video, it could not be made from a single piece.

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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.