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Let us help you solve a problem. We strive to find manufacturing methods that
reduce your unit costs and help add value to your final product. One method
that we believe you can benefit from is Friction Welding.
The process of Friction Welding has been utilized in the United
States and Europe for over 50 years. Although well known to some,
in general it has been
a very well-kept secret. Once people completely understand the process, its
benefits quickly become evident. One particular benefit
is the ability to weld dissimilar materials.
Pierce Industries in Rochester, NY, offers solutions using a form
of friction welding known as Inertia Welding. Inertia Welding provides
benefits of repeatability
and consistent upset length (overall length) over standard direct drive friction
welding systems. This is extremely important when welding is required on
both ends of the work piece as in the manufacturing of fuser and
for the Photocopier Business. For a further description of the inertia welding
process, see More about Inertia Welding.
We can be called on to do feasibility models that rate the value
of this process compared to other methods. You
can discuss your needs
with our application engineers who have 10+ years of experience in providing
the best value in delivering products manufactured completely to customer
- Ability to weld dissimilar materials (weld-able
process allows the joining of dissimilar metals that traditional
welding does not.
- Lead times reduced: process is at least twice (and up to 100
times) as fast as other welding techniques.
- Cut raw material costs with bi-metal applications: use expensive
materials only where they are necessary.
- Reduces machining labor: which in turn increases capacity and
reduces perishable tooling costs.
- Wide range of part shapes: Friction welders are versatile enough
to join a wide range of part shapes, materials and sizes.
- Forged quality: with a 100% butt joint weld through the contact
- Solidification defects do not occur: e.g. gas
porosity, segregation or slag inclusions.
- Powder metal components: can be welded to other powder
metals, forgings, castings or wrought material.
- Eliminates human error: with the machine-controlled
process the weld quality is independent of operator
skill or aptitude.
- Ecologically clean: no objectionable smoke, fumes,
or gases are generated that need to be exhausted.
- Low Power requirements: are as much as 20% of that
required of conventional welding processes.
- Superior strength in critical areas: with full
- High production runs can be accomplished.
- Minimal set-up for prototype and short runs.
More about Friction Welding
Friction Welding is a process by which parts are loaded into the
welder, one attached to the rotating spindle and one held stationary.
Based on the materials, parameters are set for rotational speed,
axial weld force, and time cycle to achieve the maximum weld strength
and desired upset length.
Pierce Industries utilizes Inertia Welding, a sub-category of Friction
Welding. With Inertia Welding, the time parameter is removed and
replaced by a flywheel with a predetermined mass. This difference
is significant in controlling the overall upset or overall length
of components after weld. The kinetic energy stored in the rotating
flywheel is dissipated as heat through friction at the weld interface
as the flywheel speed decreases. An increase in friction welding
force (forge force) may be applied before rotation stops.
Clean, strong, full interface weld—Every
- Military Fuses
- Business machines
- Fuser Rollers
- Glosser Rollers
- Laminating Rollers
- Pressure Rollers
- Golf Clubs
- Hand Tools
- Piston Rods for HVAC compressors, garden equipment, heavy equipment
A MAJOR COST SAVINGS is
possible because engineers can design bimetallic parts that use
expensive materials only where needed. Expensive
forgings and castings can be replaced with less expensive forgings
welded to bar stock, tubes, plates and the like.
Metal combinations such as aluminum to steel, copper to aluminum,
titanium to copper, and nickel alloys to steel, not normally
considered compatible can be joined by inertia welding. All metallic
materials which are forgeable can be inertia welded, including
automotive valve alloys, tool steel, alloy steels and titanium.
In addition, many castings, powder metals and metal matrix composites
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