Friction Welding Technology
Did you know that the amount of aluminum used in automotive manufacturing has increased from 100 pounds per vehicle in 1975, to over 300 pounds today? This trend is expected to exceed 500 pounds in the next decade. The more aluminum in use, the less steel is used. Overall this means our cars are going to become lighter and yet, with proper use of welding equipment in Georgia and other manufacturing states, more robust at the same time. Wait a minute, when you say aluminum, strength doesn’t exactly pop into mind, does it? With certain blends of aluminum, like those already used in aerospace technology, stronger alloys are making their way into the auto industry. The best minds in welding are bringing us better welding supplies every year. For the latest welding technology you can bring home, contact Sidney Lee Welding Supply in the Atlanta, GA region.
NEW TOYS FOR NEW TECH
As a welder, you know that different metals require different welding equipment. Some exciting new welding technology is just around the corner, with friction welding leading the way. Basically this kind of welding replaces the heat of a tungsten rod or welding gas flame with the fusing potential of sheer friction. Obviously, such an intense amount of force can only be produced by a machine, not by human hands. That would be like expecting a dull drill bit to join to a sheet of metal that you held in your hand. Companies like Mazda and Ford are already using these machines to manufacture cars for demanding consumers who want their cars to be fast, light, and also safe.
WELDING ON THE SPOT
Friction stir welding is shaking up the welding world, especially the automotive industry, where increasingly lighter weight metals are being utilized to create strong car frames. This kind of weld is accomplished without ever making either metal reach its full melting point.
Frictional stir spot welding is a variation of this method that works even better for the robotic assembly lines like those used in automotive factories. It combines plunge, stir, and retraction mechanisms to weld strong metal joints. Companies like Boeing have developed this welding technology for metals like titanium and strong aluminum alloys. The next edge in welding equipment research is all about how to weld high-strength aluminum to high-strength steel for the lightweight, super strong vehicles of the future. Stay in the loop with all the welding news by keeping in touch with Sidney Lee Welding Supply at our convenient locations in Atlanta, Macon, Douglasville, Hampton, or Conyers, Georgia.