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Friction welding solutions for the Automotive industry

From our early days working for Studebaker Automotive to today, our extensive experience in automotive welding solutions is evident in the enormous variety of parts our machines produce. Those applications include stabilizer bars, engine valves, pistons, drive shafts, transmission gears, turbochargers, bumper shocks, suspension components, steering components, water pumps, axles, air bag inflators, camshafts, U-joints, and so many more. Friction welding may be fully integrated into automated production lines to handle this industry’s high volume demands.

How MTI is making a difference in the Automotive Manufacturing industry

To help meet changing global requirements for emission standards, auto manufacturers realized the aluminum piston had to be replaced with a newly designed and developed stronger steel piston. In developing their new revolutionary Monosteel® piston, Federal-Mogul knew it needed welding expertise to make it successful, so they turned to MTI.

Our rotary friction welding solutions addressed all design, production, and performance concerns for the Monosteel piston. It soon became the industry market leader, winning the PACE Award from Automotive News while continuing to excel at meeting new U.S. emission regulations.

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Why friction welding is vital for Automotive applications

Demand for automotive airbag inflators has stimulated the increase in the number of friction welders manufactured for the automotive industry since the 1980s. That’s because advantages such as a full-penetration weld, as well as its narrow heat-affected zone have made friction welding a key method for joining fully-loaded airbag inflators. The dramatic increase in the volume of friction welding applications and equipment continues to this day. Successful material combinations include aluminum, low carbon steel, and stainless steel alloys.

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Eyes of an Engineer: Part 1
Eyes of an Engineer: Part 1

How can you leverage your engineering skills with friction welding? Meet three of our engineers, and learn what they love about working at MTI.

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5 Ways Friction Welding Has Helped the Oil & Gas Industry
5 Ways Friction Welding Has Helped the Oil & Gas Industry

Friction welding offers critical benefits to the oil and gas industry – and MTI is leading the way in designing unique solutions for the industry!

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Rotary, Linear, and Friction Stir Welding Differences
Rotary, Linear, and Friction Stir Welding Differences

When it comes to friction welding, what’s the difference between rotary, linear, and friction stir welding processes? MTI explains.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Friction Stir Welding
Whiteboard Wednesday: Friction Stir Welding

MTI’s Dan Adams outlines the friction stir welding process and its applications in this installment of the Whiteboard Wednesday video series.

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