Welding with Friction

A Welding Method Often Thought of as a Tool For Joining Large Parts is Finding New Uses

By: Larry Adams, senior editor at Welding Productivity

Friction stir welding (FSW) is often considered to work part-and-parcel with huge jobs: ship panels, railroad cars, massive structural applications. But, the uniqueness of the technology – speed, consistent quality, weld strength, costs – is drawing the attention of equipment manufacturers. PTG Industries, for instance, launched a new U.K.-based welding facility to explore the applications for friction welding and the joining of unique and challenging materials…

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