Friction welding machine improves part finishing
Thompson Friction Welding
Friction welding machine
A new 1,500kN (150-tonf) friction welding machine, built by Thompson's engineering team in Halesowen, is designed for joining components such as axles, piston rods and drill pipes.
The machine features environment friendly, low-power-consumption drives and a linear track system for the more streamlined operation of the weld head unit.
This new technology, together with the inclusion of special forge clamps and an extended back-stop facility, is designed to further improve the weld quality and finishing of parts, according to Jayne Shimwell, manager of Thompson's subcontract friction welding service.
'More businesses are using our subcontract facility not only for friction welding components for small, medium or large production runs but also for development and research purposes,' she said.
The new equipment brings the total number of friction welding machines in the facility to 12.
The machines are capable of welding a range of components in varying diameters and lengths and in a variety of dissimilar materials, including stainless steel, carbon steel, copper and aluminium.
Thompson has also unveiled the first model in a new range of linear friction welding systems designed for use in the aerospace and power generation industries.
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