Friction Welding

American Friction Welding (AFW) is a bi-metal friction welder of near-net-shape parts with the extreme expertise of welding different metals. The company uses direct-drive rotary friction welding to deliver high precision, full-strength penetration bonds in the most demanding applications and industries. Dramatic cost savings result by reducing the amount of working material, machining, and surface finishing needed to produce finished metal components.

Rotary friction and inertia welding are a solid-state process joining two metal objects by applying rotational motion and forging pressure to the objects. High temperatures generated by friction, transform the point of contact into a plasticized state. This area is known as the weld interface. The pressure is applied to forge a metallic bond between the atoms of the objects. The overall molecular integrity of the original objects remains intact due to the narrow heat-affected zone of this technology. Friction welding provides a complete cross-sectional bond without using fluxes or filler metal. Metal spin welding or rotary welding cycle times vary by metal type, shape, and weight.

We specialize in friction welding aluminum alloy, brass, bronze, copper, nickel, silver, steel alloy, carbon steel, stainless steel, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, and many other metal alloys. One object spins at a controlled rotating speed while the other is held stationary. Friction heats the dissimilar material where they contact. It is successful in bonding two different metals where conventional means may not work. It provides a high speed, lower-cost solution to join motor shafts, axle shafts, prop shafts, gear to shaft, disc to shaft, solid round to solid round, pipe to pipe, solid round to pipe, and many other dissimilar shapes. The joining process serves as an alternative method to brazing, electron beam, explosive, and butt welding methods.

Quality Assurance

Quality System Certification

AFW is ISO 9001:2015 Certified in the manufacture of custom friction welded assemblies and providing the services of material procurement, friction welding, CNC machining, and customized inventory programs. The company has a fully dedicated quality manager and quality department. Our dedication to quality is absolute and without compromise as we focus on delivering the highest-quality products and services available.

We emerged as the industry leader with a 100% customer satisfaction focus, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and processes, and a dedication to quality that is second to none. Every part we produce adheres to a Weld Procedure Specification (WPS) that dictates acceptable manufacturing tolerance parameters. Our welding centers equipped with advanced high precision controllers monitor every critical variable during the weld cycle to ensure product conformance. Each cycle is measured and data recorded for future parameter review. Our quality assurance team performs ultrasonic weld inspection on a minimum of 10% of all parts produced to ensure conformance and quality of working materials.

View our quality control and ISO 9001 certification.

Repeatable Welding

Repeatable Welding A climate-controlled facility delivers another level of consistency to our manufacturing process. Repeatable bonding relies on controlled conditions, which includes its environment. All working materials acclimate to operating ambient temperature before production and per approved WPS.

Reliable Manufacturing

Reliable Manufacturing Our full-time maintenance team manages over $200,000 of spare manufacturing equipment parts. They provide preventive and predictive maintenance, minimizing unscheduled downtime, and increasing the on-time delivery of your product.

Precision Tooling

Precision Tooling AFW’s on-site toolroom is staffed full-time and is responsible for all tooling used at our facility, which provides more control and accuracy over our manufacturing process. The immediate response to any tooling issues that may arise reduces production downtime and helps to ensure on-time delivery.

Engineering Design Solutions

Friction welding dates back to the mid-50s - 63 years ago. For 33 years of that, AFW serves as an advocate, standards contributor, and a driving force of industry development. The technology has evolved into a sound joining alternative providing design flexibility and cost savings across all manufacturing channels. Our engineering team is here to provide straightforward answers, guidance, and solutions. When friction welding is the solution - AFW is the company to trust!

Solutions for Manufacturing Engineers

Manufacturing Engineers

  • Increase Throughput
  • Save Machine Time
  • Reduce Material Waste
  • Maintain Quality

Production Solutions

Solutions for Design Engineers

Design Engineers

  • Combine Unique Shapes
  • Join Dissimilar Metals
  • Reduce Weight
  • Increase Part Strength

Design Solutions

Solutions for Purchasing Agents

Purchasing Agents

  • Diversify Your Sourcing
  • Reduce Lead Times
  • Eliminate Die Expenses
  • Buy Less Material

Sourcing Solutions

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American Friction Welding Continues to Grow With New Facility

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American Friction Welding (AFW) has moved into a new 63,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility...
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