Manufacturing Efficiency

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Is Your Design Worth a Second Look?

When you have a fabrication need that’s outside your regular realm of business, we encourage you to talk to us at AFW about our turn key supply chain management services. No matter what the...
Posted October 22, 2018

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Ask Us About Our Turn Key Solutions

When you have a fabrication need that’s outside your regular realm of business, we encourage you to talk to us at AFW about our supply chain management services. No matter what the challenge, we...
Posted June 21, 2018

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Amazing but True... Even on Small Lot Sizes

It’s hard to believe, but too good not to share so you can utilize for your organization’s own gain. We are always amazed at the huge cost savings that can be had using friction welding, even on...
Posted May 5, 2017

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Lot Size and Cost Savings

Is there an optimal lot size that makes a compelling case for a part to be considered as a friction weldment? This is a question we hear often and there are a couple of factors to consider. In....
Posted February 6, 2017

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Cost Reduction & Efficiency Gains

Find new methods to produce legacy parts. Have you been tasked with efforts to spearhead these types of activities within your company? When I talk to manufacturing engineers and supply chain...
Posted October 27, 2016

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How to Reduce Your Environmental Impact in Manufacturing

Conserving Resources Shrinks Environmental Impact Friction welding offers improved efficiency in part fabrication. Recent news about international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...
Posted April 22, 2016

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Increase CNC Machining Efficiency

Innovation on the Shop Floor What if a shop manager can solve the near-net conundrum? The payoff will be improved CNC machining throughput and reduced material expense. In many cases, Friction...
Posted April 12, 2016

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Friction Welding Insurance

Risk Reduction Risk Reduction through Redundancy makes sense, doesn’t it? For those of us in manufacturing, keeping production flowing is a basic responsibility. Even so, did you know that not...
Posted June 5, 2015

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How to Friction Weld Thin-wall Tubes for Pressure Containment

Manufacturing Challenge for Metal Part Fabricators Several years ago, an industrial manufacturer of electric utility components was experiencing fallout with its cylinder fabrication process...
Posted May 18, 2015

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What Are Your Alternatives for Pump Impeller Fabrication?

Reduce Material Waste and Machine Time in Your Pump Impeller Operations Were you with us when we examined the case for Bi-Metal pump shafts? The evidence is conclusive that bi-metal pump shafts...
Posted April 21, 2015

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How to Optimize Pump Impeller Fabrication

Near-Net Shapes Reduce Metal Costs Further with Greater Volume Let’s take another look at opportunities to improve pump impeller fabrication methods. Our previous exploration of this...
Posted March 29, 2015

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How to Cut Pump Shaft Costs with Bi-Metal Design

Significant Savings Claim for Friction Welded, Bi-Metal Pump Shaft Blanks There is an AFW circulating that claims dramatic savings for manufacturers who use friction-welded, bi-metal pump shafts...
Posted March 26, 2015

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The Challenge of Launching New Product Ideas

Avoid These 5 Pitfalls in Manufacturing Change...
Posted March 26, 2015

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A Service Center Like No Other for Metal Part Fabricators

Friction Welded Net Shapes Reduce Your Lead-Time...
Posted February 17, 2015

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Changing to Friction Welding Process Takes Courage

Friction Welding is Revolutionary for Many Do you have the courage? I ask because friction welding often entails technical changes in operations and cultural changes for company staff. Friction...
Posted April 28, 2013

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