American Friction Welding installs Thompson machine

January 12, 2010

American Friction Welding has added a Thompson automated friction welding system to its Brookfield, Wis., facility after securing a six-year contract to produce a range of thermocouple components.

The model 15 is being used to join three parts in a two-stage operation. Thompson integrated a series of automated component loading and unloading features so that AFW could undertake the friction welding process on a single system instead of considering other options that involved two machines.

Thompson, Clinton Township, Mich., produces rotary friction welding machines for customers in the aerospace, automotive, construction machine, and oil and gas exploration sectors.

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