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Friction-stir welding was improved and enhanced by EADS for aerospace, and it is now being applied as the DeltaN FS® technology to other industrial applications.  Rather than the melting process of traditional welding, friction-stir welding intermixes metal in the areas to be joined – softening up material for fusing by mechanical pressure. 

 

EADS’ break-though is a design that puts the high revolutions on the welding tool’s pin, and zero revolutions on the tool’s shoulder.   This successful design has been endorsed by industrial robot-maker KUKA, along with Grenzebach Automation – a system integrator and process solutions provider. 

 

There’s more information about DeltaN FS® technology on EADS’ technology licensing website:

http://www.technology-licensing.com/etl/int/en/What-we-offer/Technologies-for-licensing/Metallics-and-related-manufacturing-technologies/DeltaN-system-for-friction-stir-welding.html