Friction Stir Welding

Friction Stir Welding is an innovative solid-state joining technology. This technology plays an increasingly important role in the industrial manufacturing for various sectors such as: aerospace, railway, automotive, shipbuilding, energy, defense...

Friction Stir Welding FSW provides the main advantages in industrial manufacturing:

  • High welding speed
  • Economic process
  • High mechanical characteristic
  • Heterogeneous welding in various materials (Aluminium, copper, light alloys ...)
  • High-thickness welding up to 100mm in one pass

TRA-C industrie is the European Leader for the FSW design, manufacturing and assembly equipment. We extend our expertise all over Europe with these skills in the FSW technology.

  • Engineering and industrialization of the FSW process
  • Tests and adjustments with our industrial means
  • Specific machines and tools development
  • Manufacturing parts with our facilities
  • Turn-key installation and assistance for production ramp-up
  • Training on site released by our expert teams

The FSW technology limits defects linked to long manufacturing cycles and high labour costs.

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Friction Stir Welding Research & Development

As the 1st French company to have developed FSW for serial production, our R&D focuses on industrial applications of FSW through design and prototype testing.

Our researcher team is qualified in researching and exploring the best solutions for our customers when applying Friction Stir Welding in both Homogenous welding with multiple materials: Aluminum, Steel, Copper, Titanium, etc. and Heterogeneous welding in various conditions like Al/Al (2XXX/7XXX, 7XXX/6XXX…), Al/Steel, Al/Cu, Al/Mg.

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Friction Stir Welding Machines

We design, develop and build custom-made machines alongside specific tools to add in values. At the moment, TRA-C industrie is capable of providing different types of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines with position and force control, centralized and automatic lubrication along with other specific features :

  • Table machines Serie TS for R&D applications.
  • Gantry machines Series LM-A and LM-B with Numeric Controller and Touch screen for serial industrial applications.
  • Moving gantry machines Serie LM-C with Numeric Controller (CNC) and Touch screen for big size applications.
  • Robot machines are fully automatic machines, providing high efficiency and accuracy.

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Friction Stir Welding Services

For customers looking for sub-contracting solutions using FSW technology and taking best advantages of this innovative trend, TRA-C industries have the capacity to provide the services with the best quality. We can support customers with the whole manufacturing cycle, using FSW techniques :

  • Design and manufacture of specific tooling, assembly jigs and industrial products.
  • Integration of robotic tooling for assembly, welding, handling…
  • Design and manufacture of specific conditioning production lines, equipment, processes and solutions to maximize productivity.
  • Training

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