A Cost-Effective Manufacturing Process
American Friction Welding (AFW) is a leading producer of friction welded components for the automotive industry. Our ability to weld parts of dissimilar metals, grades, thicknesses, and shapes makes our welding process the perfect solution in automotive production.
Bonding near-net-shapes reduces material and machining time substantially, saving tremendous overall cost. The solid-state welding process creates a full-strength, cross-sectional bond eliminating air or porosity in the weld. Minimal surface preparation is required of parts as oils and impurities are displaced in the excess weld material, called flash. Friction welding does not use filler metals, making the bond as strong as the parent materials. The overall molecular integrity of the metal remains intact due to the narrow heat-affected zone of this welding technology. All of these factors result in high-strength welds standing up to the most demanding applications.
Automotive Friction Welding for:
- Drive Shafts
- Steering Shafts
- Suspension Components
- Tie Rods
Material Types: castings, forgings, billets, bar stock, pipe, and plate
Metal Constructions: aluminum, brass, bronze, carbon steel, copper, high-speed steel, Incoloy, Inconel, molybdenum, Monel, nickel, silver, stainless steel, steel, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, Waspaloy, and many others. View our Friction Welding Dissimilar Metals Chart.
Rotary Friction Welding Service:
- North America’s largest friction welder
- 14 high-precision, computer-controlled friction welding centers
- 30+ years of vast friction welding experience
- 63,000 square foot, climate-controlled ISO 9001:2015 certified facility
- AWS C6.1 and C6.2
- ISO 15620
- ASME IX
Other Services: Product Design and Development, Material Procurement, Flash Removal, Weld Testing, Precision Machining, Finishing, Special Processes, and Inventory Management
Certifications and Capabilities: ISO 9001:2015 Certified, ERP System (Vantage by EPICOR), Corrective / Preventative Action Program, Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS), and Internal Quality Audit Program
Other Industries Served: Aerospace,
Food and Beverage,
Oil and Gas,
Power Generation, and