Rods task for Thompson machine

A Thompson friction welding machine has been chosen by a Scandinavian manufacturer to produce hydraulic cylinder rods for mining and construction equipment. Hydroline, based in Vuorela, Finland, whose customers include John Deere and SMC, are using a Thompson PR5 model to join rods ranging from 38-120mm in diameter and up to 4m in length.

The machine is equipped with a number of features including a new, easy-adjust manual backstop, two-jaw chuck with load orientation and centring clamp. A single tool, dual axis flash removal system and a flash removal conveyor have been added as well as an enhanced HMI remote access function and quick change, non-marking tooling.