MTI Delivers North America's First and Only Linear Friction Welder of Full-Size Development Parts to LIFT Research Center in Detroit
Weighing 122,000 pounds (61 metric tons) – roughly the same weight as a Boeing 737 – the LF35-75 has the largest tooling envelope of any linear friction welder in the world, allowing for the production of the largest full-scale parts available.
SOUTH BEND, IN - Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) has shipped North Americas first linear friction welder capable of full sized part development to the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) facility in Detroit where it will contribute to cutting edge lightweighting research in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
"This is the only machine of its kind in the world, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities this machine brings moving forward," said MTI President and CEO Dan Adams. "Our North American customers in the aerospace, automotive, defense, rail, and mining industries have been looking for a machine that is capable of full-scale parts. Previously, these customers would have to travel all the way to Europe. But now, they have access to this technology right here in Detroit."
"Deploying a machine such as this linear friction welder will increase our light-weighting research and development exponentially," said Nigel Francis, CEO and executive director, LIFT. "We are thrilled to have MTI as a partner and thankful for their willingness to develop and deliver such an impressive piece of equipment for us here in Detroit."
In order to best serve North American customers, MTI and LIFT will have shared capacity of the machine.
MTI, a world leader in friction welding technologies, will run and maintain the machine at LIFTs facility in Detroit. MTI will also complete customer directed work on the machine and support any programs that LIFT has moving forward.
LIFT, one of the founding members of Manufacturing USA, is a public-private partnership designed to help develop and deploy advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to better prepare the workforce of today and tomorrow.
MTI has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, Low Force Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies. In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines to Boeing, GE, Rolls- Royce, Pratt and Whitney, Federal Mogul, and many of their tier one suppliers. A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 185 people in their South Bend, United Kingdom, and Slovakia locations.
For more information on MTI and its family of world-class friction welding technologies, visit www.mtiwelding.com.