Friction Stir Welding Machines
Bond Technologies, Inc. is the only company focused exclusively on the design and construction of Friction Stir Welding machines and tooling.
The Bond team has been supplying FSW systems for more than a decade and has served customers throughout the world. Our designers more than 50 years combined experience in the design and construction of FSW systems.
In June, 2014 it was announced that Bond was establishing a working relationship with Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI).
Bond is now supplying the full line of MTI FSW machines as well as custom systems incorporated the latest advances in controls and process technology.
Friction Stir Welding machines, like the GG7 (above) and RM10 (above right), are used for research and development purposes by The Welding Institute, Brigham Young University, Idaho National Laboratory, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Spirit Aerosystems. BTI FSW machines are also used in production applications for electronics cooling in the automotive industry, fuel tanks, sputtering discs, axle assemblies, half-shafts, conductor rails, coil joining, deck plate joining, and other production items in various markets.
Please contact Bond Technologies for the best FSW solution for your application.
Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a solid-state joining process that creates extremely high-quality, high-strength joints with low distortion. A non-consumable spinning tool bit is inserted into a work piece. The rotation of the tool creates friction that heats the material to a plastic state. As the tool traverses the weld joint, it extrudes material in a distinctive flow pattern and forges the material in its wake. The resulting solid phase bond joins the two pieces into one.
The process uses no outside (filler) material, no shielding gases, and requires low energy input when compared to other welding processes. The solid phase bond between the two pieces is made solely of parent material. The grain structure in the weld zone is finer than that of the parent material and has similar strength, bending, and fatigue characteristics.
Advantages & Benefits of Friction Stir Welding