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Industrial Member Invitation

Mon, 17 September 2012

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty Park near Coventry is hosting a free showcasing event on Wednesday 24 October 2012 to introduce a new generation of rotary friction welding machines to industry. As a founder research partner of the MTC, TWI is pleased to announce to Industrial Members that this machinery will augment existing facilities at TWI’s Cambridge laboratories and will be available to TWI Industrial Members for research purposes.

The first of two new state-of-the-art tri-mode machines – rated at 125 tons and capable of operating in direct drive, inertia welding and hybrid welding modes – is already in place at the MTC.

The machines enable precise weld cycle programming and management through advanced software and hardware control techniques. The functionality allows the user to target a desired weld upset and provides the ability to manage overall part length, orientation and weld quality. The new capability enables a step change in product dimensional accuracy and consistency while maintaining the benefits of rotary friction welding as a proven, reliable, solid state welding process.

Industrial Members are warmly invited to attend the launch event so that they may gain an understanding of the capabilities and special features of the machines, and their potential. To discuss the opportunities presented by the event in terms of project work managed by TWI, please contact Dr Ian Norris.

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