Ashberry UK Ltd - Specialists in Friction Welding
ASHBERRY UK Ltd., located in Hoar Cross, England, is a business
specializing in Friction Welding Machines, and the Friction Welding
Process and Technology.
The company was formed in the early eighties to provide a support
service to existing users of Friction Welding Machines, which have
been supplied by a number of manufacturers.
initially concentrated in the area of machine servicing,
Installation, Commissioning, and modification of machines to the
latest standards and control systems, re – tooling for new
components, re – sitting of equipment and the training of both
operators and maintenance personnel.
Ashberry quickly became established as a major provider of service
to users of Friction Welding Machines throughout the world, and at
times of overload have provided Test, Installation & Commissioning
support to other Friction Welding Machine Manufacturers.
All of the key Ashberry personnel and Associates have worked with
Friction Welding for two decades and have considerable expertise in
the Friction Welding Process, Machine Design, Metallurgy,
Hydraulics, Electronic Control Systems and Project Management, and
are used to dealing with a wide variety of customers and cultures
Ashberry recognised that there was an increasing need within a
variety of industries for competitively priced Friction Welding
Machines, which led to a new phase of expansion.
Ashberry now offer a wide range of second hand and re manufactured
Friction Welding Machines.
Re manufactured Friction Welding Machines
re-manufactured friction welding machines are completely stripped to
base level, all of the working surfaces are brought to the ordinal drawing tolerance.
The machines are then rebuilt, and any special customers requirements are
incorporated as are the latest improvements where applicable.
Invariable Hydraulic Systems and Electronic Control Equipment are provided, the
Ashberry PLC standard is Telemechanique / Modicon which would have a Xycom style
industrial terminal built into the control desk to provide the operator with an
easy to use visual display, which display’s machine status, machine parameters and a fault finding facility.
Whilst Telemechanique / Modicon are the Ashberry Standards, Ashbery are prepared
to discuss & fit other control systems, for example :- Allen Bradley SLC7 or a
Siemens Plc system to suit the customers requirements.
Friction welding is “a method for making welds in which one component is
moved relative to and in pressure contact with the mating component to produce
heat at the faying surfaces, the weld being completed by the application of a
forge force during or after the cessation of relative motion.” (BS 6223:1982).
It is a completely mechanical solid-phase process in which head generated by
friction is used to create the ideal conditions for a high-integrity welded
joint between similar and dissimilar metals, and even thermoplastics.
In its simplest form friction welding involves holding two components in axial
One component is rotated and either one is advanced into pressure
contact with the other.
A light, ‘first’ frictional load is applied to minimise initial
torque and smooth surface imperfections. A higher, ‘second’
frictional load is then applied to increase the temperature of the
faying surfaces until they reach a plastic state at which both the
coefficient of friction and the interfacial temperature are
stabilised. The weld zone temperature is always stabilised at a
point below the melting point of the metals so that they can never
become over-heated using this process.
During this heating phase, softened material begins to extrude in
response to the applied pressure creating an annular upset. Because
pressure must be maintained at the predetermined level, relative
axial movement results and a predictable amount of material (called
‘burn-off’) is extruded. The rate of ‘burn-off’ is generally
uniform. Surface contaminants not previously removed by mechanical
action are by this means also expressed from the interface.
Heat is conducted away from the interfacial area to metal behind the
faying surfaces to impart adequate ‘deep ductility’ for forging of
the components to take place.
At the optimum moment, the rotating component is brought to a
controlled stop. Bonding can now take place by the application of a
The original axial load is either maintained or increased, hot
working to joint to form a homogeneous full-surface, full-diameter
Ashberry Friction Welding
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Friction welding offers unique opportunities to reduce both material costs and
manufacturing costs of components without any compromise of quality and
reliability. In fact, friction welding can mean an improvement of quality and
reliability in many applications where standards of performance and safety are
It does this by offering a way of making high-integrity welds that is efficient,
economical and capable of a high degree of automation and high volumes of
production and by creating new opportunities to re-specify both the materials
and the forms from which a component may be made.
World Beating Process
Friction Welding is widely accepted as a competitive and effective process which
is a valid and proven alternative to complex forging and CO2 / fusion and
flash-butt / resistance welding techniques.
From Axle cases to anodes and drill pipe to twist drills, friction welding has
proved itself a world beating industrial process. Today, it is used in a
tremendous variety of applications in every industry. Companies of major
international standing, including Ford, General Mosators, Rolls Royce and Fiat
have exploited the opportunities offered by Friction Welding – using Thompson
In the oil industry, friction welding is the preferred technique used by Hughes
Tool Co and Mannesmann, to weld API drill pipe. In the automotive industry,
virtually every important manufacturer in the world has adopted the process as
standard for the production of axle housings. Many automotive industry
applications are on safety-critical components, such as friction-welded steering
In the hydraulics industry, all of the main manufacturers use friction welding
for the production of cylinders and pistons, for example as incorporated in
J.C.B’s earth moving equipment. In every instance, the decision to adopt
friction welding technology has resulted in substantial benefits.
The process has a proven capability to inspire manufacturing and valve
engineering decisions, such as flexible manufacturing systems, with significant
potential for radical changes in product concepts.
ASHBERRY FRICTION WELDING maintains an on-going close relationship with all
users of Thompson machines, and provides a comprehensive after-sales service
consisting of installation, technical advice, servicing and maintenance
documentation and support, service back-up and full spares supply.
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