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Bond products meet the needs
of specific industrial and research applications.

Many industries have products that are characterized by a typical size range, such as for commercial cargo trailers, or by a typical product shape, such as for cryogenic fuel tanks for rockets. In response to these common features, Bond has developed welding systems to accommodate the needs of some specific applications.

Applications for Bond products may be organized by specific industries, as follows.

Bond Applications by Industry

Automotive

Bond has several products that are specific to the manufacture of assemblies for automotive applications. Of course, many others are possible.

  • Battery Trays
  • Small Power Modules, Cold Plates, and other Heat Exchangers
  • Tailored Blanks
  • Fastener and Spot Welding Replacement

Research and Development

Bond has produced advanced manufacturing equipment for many research institutions worldwide. We continue to expand our product offering to make cutting-edge research possible.

Shipbuilding

FSW makes possible edge welding of aluminum extrusions to form integrally stiffened panels. These panels are ideal for decks, hulls, bulkheads, floors, and helicopter landing platforms, to name a few examples.

Aerospace

Aerospace is a broad application area for advanced manufacturing processes. Bond’s Special Purpose systems have been used in the manufacture of cryogenic fuel tanks, our LS Series machines are used to produce integrally stiffened, structural panels, and our refill friction stir spot welding systems are used for weight reduction by replacing rivets and other fasteners.

Rail Cars

FSW of complex aluminum extrusions and plate materials for the manufacture of rail cars has been exploited worldwide. Bond’s GG Series, G Series, and LS Series machines are each well suited to the manufacture of rail cars due to the large work envelopes that are possible. Each system can be employed for specific areas of the product, such as for the outer shell or for interior decks, as needed.

Electronics

Friction stir welding offers a cost-effective alternative to vacuum brazing for the closure of heat exchangers and cold plates for power electronics applications. Bond produces small, high-productivity welding systems for the production of these and other electronics applications.

Engineered Materials

Novel, custom engineered material can be produced on Bond’s Friction Extrusion system. Developed in recent years, the FE system has the needed power and precise controls for producing friction-extruded materials of sufficient size to be useful for a variety of industrial applications.

Consumer Products

Exploitation of friction-based metals processing in consumer products has been limited. One big exception is Apple’s use of FSW for building iMac computers. In spite of this, there certainly are opportunities.

Let Bond Technologies help you find the best FSW application for your company.

For customer service questions related to your existing FSW machine by Bond Technologies, call us directly at +1 (574) 327-6730.