Products
and references

Products and references

Automotive 

Friction stir welded coolers stay sealed

Automotive

 

Coolers for electric cars (PHEV):

  • first automated manufacturing cell with FSW, machining, pressure testing
  • mass production of coolers with 200.000 parts per year on each line
  • in summer 2019 we put a second similar line in operation, due to the great demand

 

Battery pack structures for electric-cars (BEV)

  • as friction stir welding causes less distortion than other welding methods, it very suitable for the production of battery pack structures 
  • we are welding assemblies made of several different aluminium extrusions

 

Tailor Welded Blanks (TWB) for Audi and Mercedes:

  • our friction stir welded TWB for the Audi R8 was the first structural application of FSW in Europe, besides being the world’s first aluminium TWB
  • friction stir welding is repeateble, making it ideal for series production
  • for the Mercedes SL we manufacture the first three-part friction stir welded TWB in a mass-produced vehicle

 

Main floor of the Mercedes SL:

  • extremely thin-walled profiles
  • nevertheless high stability owing to special geometry 

Energy and environment

Environmentally friendly aluminium welding

Energy and environment

 

  • friction stir welding of a perforated sheet with visible welding seam
  • no rework necessary 

Research

Shape the future with RIFTEC

Research

 

  • We regularly attend various industry events, where we make captivating presentations 
  • We are involved in youth development and committee work
  • We actively participate in project-related committees, thus promoting research

Food industry

Pore-free seams

Food industry

Drying trays:

  • absolutely defectfree seam surface
  • ultra thinwalled extrusion profiles
  • must withstand high mechanical stresses
  • complete RIFTEC module including material procurement, manufacturing, surface treatment and add-ons; weight optimisation
  • highvolume series production

 

Food slicers:

  • combination of sheet and profile
  • strictest standards of hygiene 
  • absolutely free of gaps 

Aerospace

Friction stir welding for the most exacting demands

Aerospace

 

  • high-strength aluminium profiles up to 700 MPa parent metal strength
  • at the time the only friction stir welded component in the A400M and first FSW series-produced Airbus component 

Machine and plant engineering

Friction stir welding of ‘Made in Germany’ quality

Machine and plant engineering

  • high penetration depth
  • hollow profile as a welded construction
  • even high-strength alloys can be friction stir welded 

Medical technology

High-vacuum-tight joints 

Medical technology

 

  • aluminium-steel joints
  • high-vacuum-tight joint of sheet aluminium with a stainless steel ring
  • various construction designs 
  • security related
  • mass production for already 15 years 

Transport industry

A flying start with ultra-thin-walled profiles

Transport industry

 

Railway vehicle construction:

  • certified to DIN EN 15085-2 CL1
  • extremely stringent surface demands with seam in full view
  • very precise contours because of special assembly situation

 

Vehicle construction:

  • especially thin-walled yet strong aluminium hollow extrusions
  • can be used as floor section or separating wall
  • vast weight reduction for the climate protection