Manufacturing Technology Inc

1702 W Washington St
South Bend,  IN  46628-2061

United States
574-233-9490
  • Booth: 2049

Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) offers contract friction welding, machine build and process/application development for rotary, linear and low-force friction welding. MTI is strategically located in South Bend, Indiana, a central location for customers in a variety of industries.

Providing customized friction welding solutions for a wide range of applications--including bimetals, exotic alloys, and additive materials--MTI is Nadcap-accredited for welding, ISO-certified and ITAR-registered. 

With over 117,000 square feet of production space at its contract friction welding facility, MTI’s value-added offerings include: pre and post-weld processing, a full metallurgy lab and a team of engineers with more than 300 years of combined friction welding experience.

MTI is also the only company to have developed, designed and manufactured low-force friction welding machines in production today.

Stop by the MTI booth and chat with our friction welding experts to learn more. 


 Press Releases

  • SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The friction welding experts at Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) are helping welcome the next generation of American space travel and preparing to launch NASA astronauts on missions to deep space through the world’s only exploration-class space systems: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft and the Exploration Ground Systems that launch these vehicles.   

    “It’s humbling to be a part of this group and a part of this program,” says MTI President and CEO Dan Adams. “We think about our journey as a small business in 1926 serving Studebaker. And now, we get to serve some of the titans of industry.”

    MTI is partnering with Aerojet Rocketdyne to return Americans to the moon and send astronauts to Mars in the early 2030s. 

    "It's neat to think that a city of just over 100,000 people can help NASA explore a planet that has never before been touched by a human," Adams says.

    MTI played a key role in the future of deep space exploration by inertia-welding the powerhead main injectors for the RS-25 engines.  In the 1980s, MTI welded the powerhead main injector on the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME,) which was used on all 135 Space Shuttle flights.

    The South Bend-based company has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies.  In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines to Boeing, GE, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Pratt and Whitney, Federal Mogul and many of their tier one suppliers.  A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 185 people at its South Bend, United Kingdom, and Slovakia locations.

    With suppliers in all 50 states, NASA’s journey to deep space is a national effort. 2019 marks the final integration and testing of the rocket and spacecraft leading up to the first integrated launch to the moon late next year.

    Aerospace companies across the country are helping to meet NASA’s visionary plan and contribute to America’s unmatched legacy in space.

    For more information on MTI and its family of world-class friction welding technologies, visit www.mtiwelding.com.

    Twitter: @mtiwelding

  • SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Continuing its longtime dedication to excellence, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) has renewed its AS9100 certification, a key quality indicator for companies working in the aerospace and defense industries.

    The certification ensures MTI’s friction welding machines, contract friction welding services and all other design processes are aligned with the strict standards for air and space travel.

    “NQA are delighted to award Manufacturing Technology, Inc with renewed certification to AS9100," says Jon Cross, National Sales and Marketing Manager at NQA USA. "The team have shown impressive dedication to providing quality products and services to the aerospace and defense industries and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them in the future.”

    The certification covers both MTI’s machine build location on Washington Street and its 117,000-square-foot Manufacturing Services building on Sheridan Street. MTI's UK location also holds this certification.

    “This renewed AS9100 certification tells customers our welds can be used in some of the most advanced machines in the world," says MTI President and CEO Dan Adams. "We are committed to a high level of quality every day and this is proof of that."

    ABOUT AS9100

    AS9100 is the quality management standard specific to the aerospace industry but it also includes the ISO 9001 standard verbatim. Consequently, any company registered to AS9100 also meets the requirements of ISO 9001. In addition, this standard includes additional requirements specific to the unique requirements of the aerospace industry. First published in May 1997 by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) as AS9000, the AS standard has evolved to AS9100 Rev. D and is recognized by all major Aerospace OEMs.

    ABOUT MTI
    MTI has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies.  In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines for aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and military applications.  A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 185 people in their South Bend and United Kingdom locations.

    For more information on MTI and its family of world-class friction welding technologies, visit www.mtiwelding.com.

  • SOUTH BEND, Ind - Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) today announced that the company has finalized the purchase of a 117,000 square foot building located on Sheridan Street in South Bend. The new facility will more than double the size of the company’s growing Manufacturing Services division, which designs, develops and produces friction-welded parts for the aerospace, automotive and medical device industries. The building was formerly owned by the Mohawk Door division of Masonite International Corporation.

    “This purchase allows MTI to expand our contract manufacturing capabilities,” said Mike Laiman, Business Unit Manager for Manufacturing Services. “With 122,000 square feet of open production space, MTI is now well-positioned for the capacity needs of our high-volume customers.”

    In addition to the cost of the building, MTI will be investing over $1 million in site renovations and improvements immediately, with an estimated additional $2 million to be spent over the next three years on new technology development and additional equipment installation.

    The City of South Bend and State of Indiana both assisted with the development. Machines and equipment used in Manufacturing Services will be combined at the new building from two MTI locations on Washington Street and Sample Street in South Bend. This allows for greater machine production floor space at MTI’s Washington Street location, while the leased facility on Sample will be vacated. Renovations are expected to last several months, with the move in of equipment occurring in stages throughout 2016.

    MTI has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies. In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines to Boeing, GE, Rolls- Royce, Pratt and Whitney, Federal Mogul, and many of their tier one suppliers. A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 180 people in their South Bend, United Kingdom, and China locations.

 Products

  • Low Force Friction Welding
    MTI’s low force friction welding process uses an external energy source to raise the interface temperature of the two parts being joined, thereby reducing the process forces required to make a solid-state weld compared to traditional friction welding....

  • Using our friction welding and solid-state joining know-how, MTI has developed, designed, and manufactured low force friction welding machines that are operating in industry today. The low force process uses an external energy source to raise the interface temperature of the two parts being joined, thereby reducing the process forces required to make a solid-state weld compared to traditional friction welding.  The process applies to both linear and rotary friction welding.  Benefits include tighter welding tolerances, better part fatigue performance, and improved flash geometry. 
  • The LF35-75 Linear Friction Welder
    Ideal for Blisks, Integrally Bladed Rotors (IBR), and aircraft engines, MTI’s LF35-75 has the largest tooling envelope of any linear friction welder in the world, allowing for the production of the largest full-scale parts available....

  • Ideal for Blisks, Integrally Bladed Rotors (IBR), and aircraft engines, MTI’s LF35-75 has the largest tooling envelope of any linear friction welder in the world, allowing for the production of the largest full-scale parts available.  A main advantage of the LF35-75 is the ability to join near net shape parts, which reduces the amount of machining and material needed, allowing aerospace companies to improve their buy-to-fly ratio.  The LF35-75 is available for full-sized part development at the LIFT facility in Detroit, MI.

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