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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.  

Who to Go With

When entrusting someone with your aerospace components, it’s important to choose a contract welding partner who is:

  • NADCAP accredited and current
  • Globally present with facilities in the U.K. and U.S.
  • An expert in all four different types of friction welding technologies—Low Force, Rotary, Linear, and Stir.
  • Equipped with a full range of friction welding machines from .25 ton to 400-ton forge force
  • Knowledgeable with in depth aerospace program experience for commercial, military, and government applications
  • Ready to offer risk mitigation for production based upon your existing part process parameters.

We Have It Covered

MTI’s Contract Services covers all of these factors and more. Our know-how in machine building for aerospace parts ranging from engine components to landing gear parts, from rocket engine igniters to fuel containment vessels and more, is integrated into our Contract Service capabilities. This advantage provides better quality control and leverages our friction welding process expertise.

Why Friction Welding?

Friction welding is ideal for the aerospace industry because it's a solid-state joining process that creates a forged quality product. The result? We get stronger welds with a longer life than traditional welding techniques.

Friction welding also gives us the unique ability to join bimetallic or dissimilar metals for our aerospace partners.

Take copper and titanium, for example. Copper is a very soft metal while titanium is a hard metal. These differences in forgeability make breaking and peeling likely. However, using Rotary Friction Welding, MTI’s Contract Services played an integral role in the TIRS-02 program, a NASA initiative which uses thermal infrared sensors to measure the Earth’s temperature, by joining together these two dissimilar metals. 

We’ve also joined Inconel 718 to Inconel 100 for turboshafts along with several other bimetallic combinations.  

Quality Is at The Core of Our Ingenuity

We calibrate and maintain our machines to keep them at optimum performance so that your last welded part is of the same high quality as your first. To ensure safety and the highest weld quality, we can design and build tooling specific to your part. Plus, we can have your parts certified to meet your internal quality and production standards.

We also have a full staff of engineers, designers, process engineers, and metallurgists to support your program’s needs.  We regularly perform feasibility studies for our customers, such as a study to improve the quality of repair work to prolong part life expectancy on engine nose cowls.

MTI’s Risk Mitigation

MTI provides additional risk mitigation through part production support based upon your existing part process parameters, and we have the room to handle your order—no matter what size—with combined production facilities over 137,000 sq. feet total. From small aircraft rivets to 55-foot-long friction stir welds, MTI can handle all of your contract welding needs.

We’re the Friction Welding Experts

MTI has been in business for over 90 years and has 50-plus years of experience welding critical aerospace components. Our global presence with facilities in the U.K. and U.S. makes it easy to do business with us. 

We Know Your Business

Go with a partner who knows what it takes to bond quality parts for aerospace applications. 

MTI’s Contract Services solves difficult challenges daily. For customized parts, or the machines that make them, you can rely on us. Whether you’re designing helicopter rotor shafts, beveled gear assemblies, or anything in between—we can build a machine to make your part, make your part for you, or help you make your part even better. 

Want to learn more?

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* Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and automotive industries.

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