Amdale adds Friction Stir Welding to Manufacturing Portfolio

Precision engineering has played a vital role in the growth of the global automotive industry. Vehicle manufacturers look to the precision engineering sector for innovative, modern and low weight components in order to develop more advanced and fuel efficient products.

At Amdale, we pride ourselves on our commitment to offering up-to-date manufacturing techniques that are fast, efficient, environmentally friendly and cost- effective for our customers.

Engineering for the Future

The recent development for producing machined stir welded copper/aluminium parts for KERS and electric cars has been a major new project for Amdale. Engineering for the future is something Amdale are strong supporters of and invest heavily in the latest technology in order to be at the forefront of precision engineering which we can deliver to our valued customers.

The principle behind the joining process of Friction Stir Welding is solid state fusion which produces strong welds of high quality at a fraction of the price of traditional techniques.  Welded metals can also include unlikely pairs such as aluminium and copper, and difficult to weld materials such as magnesium, zinc, steels and titanium, aluminium and aluminium alloys. 

Demands are increasingly being made on fabricators to produce stronger and lighter products that are more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, quicker and cost efficient.  The FSW process addresses this, and is becoming the process of choice for manufacturing lightweight transport structures such as boats, trains, and aeroplanes.

Despite being a relatively new technology the benefits of FSW means it can be used in a number of different scenarios, including safety-critical items such as fuel tanks on spacecraft.

Experienced Precision Engineers

Amdale have gained valuable experience providing machined stir welded components for the automotive sector for the use within electric car technology. This is something that Amdale are excited to be involved with and look forward to the future of automotive engineering.