Largest UK subcon friction welder
Our facility includes a Thompson friction welding machine offering a 150T forge force capability for joining components including drill pipe, pump shafts, valves and piston rods of up to 120mm diameter.
The machine's long bed means it can join components up to 12 metres in length with a minimum diameter of 50mm and a maximum diameter up to *110mm.
It features 100% in-process monitoring, external flash removal and is automated, with lifting crane for assistance. Compared with other welding methods, friction welding creates a full, homogeneous bond and 100% quality from first to last batch (unlike manual welding) and is fully repeatable.
* based on structural steel bar