Friction Welding – Economical Welding has been around for years, and is one of the best kept secrets in the Metal Fabricating Industry. The method reduces time, energy use and toxic byproducts of conventional welding processes. Friction Welding involves a rotating tool, generating the precise amount of friction for the materials intended to be joined. This rotation heats the materials to a state that allows them to join, marry or bond together without any need for fillers, gas or flux, thereby eliminating toxic fumes that could potentially cause dangerous health issues in humans. This process not only leaves the air cleaner, but also requires less power to operate, thus creating less of a carbon footprint.
Conventional Welding is an important occupation, engaged in by as much as 2.0 percent of the working population of industrialized countries. The most widely used types of welding are stick or arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, plasma arc, shielded-metal arc, submerged arc, electro slag, flux-cored, metal inert gas and tungsten inert gas. The conventional welding environment is very complex with various processes that emit numerous gases and particulate components. Fumes from the use of flux are oxidized on contact with the air and form small particles of different complexes of metal oxides. Inhaling these fumes can cause short and/or long term health complications.
Economical Welding AND Green Welding
Friction Welding eliminates the standard air pollution (absence of smoke), water pollution (absence of fumes) and soil pollution (absence of fluxes) caused by standard welding with fluxes. Basically, Friction Welding is a “Green Manufacturing Process” and as clean as rubbing your hands together to generate heat or warmth.
Friction Welding also utilizes less power consumption by working under electric and hydraulic motors. Not only eco-friendly, Friction Welding is a fast process that can be easily automated. Spinweld production lots run from 50 parts per month to 50,000 parts per month. Thereby, production rate is high compared to other welding processes. With a higher production rate, the cost of friction welding each component will be reduced.
As long as you have one cylindrical part, Friction Welding could be for your application. Large quantities to run — Friction Welding can reduce your costs and maintain consistent parts. Spinweld offers you 12 Friction Welding machines to run your production job, and CNC capabilities. And, we have over 45 years of experience to back it up.
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Keep watch for next month as we share friction welding capabilities of joining similar and dissimilar materials together with equal strength to the lessor material used!