Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineered solutions and precision machining company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines, has announced that it is opening a 2,300 sq. ft. engineering office at 3401 Park Center Drive in north Dayton, conveniently located near both I-75 and I-70 for easy accessibility. This new location will house eight engineers to support Coldwater’s expanding business needs. The office will be equipped with new modular office furniture, and CAD workstations inclusive of state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software.
“With our growing business base in automotive, appliance and aerospace, this office will serve as a convenient hub for many of our customers,” said Tim McCaughey, president of Coldwater Machine, “and provide us access to all the talent in the Dayton area.”
In addition to this engineering office, Coldwater has a sales office in Troy, Mich., as well as its headquarters in Coldwater, which was recently expanded to a total of 132,500 sq. ft. of facility space.
Goal is to further develop Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding for Aerospace Alloy
Coldwater Machine Company announced that it is an industry partner participating in the LIFT Consortium’s Processing and Properties Database for Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding of Aerospace Materialstechnology project. This project, being led by Boeing and the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), will validate and further develop refill friction stir spot welding (RFSSW) using aerospace alloys. The outcome will be a standards database that includes process parameters and mechanical properties that help drive guidelines to provide product designers in the aerospace industry with the technical data to develop designs that can take advantage of RFSSW’s benefits.
“Coldwater is excited to bring our friction welding expertise and Spotmeld™ technology to this project, helping to drive the use of RFSSW, allowing the elimination of rivets in aerospace structures,” said Vice President of Sales, Dan Barry.
Coldwater is experienced in the rotary friction welding of a variety of dissimilar materials as well as friction spot joining of 1000-8000 series aluminum. Its contributing to this project by testing RFSSW and documenting the data for joining aluminum grades to eliminate rivets and drive better process control for joining lightweight materials. The project is expected to be complete by October 2018.
Existing single-point joining processes like resistance spot welding, laser welding and rivetingtechnologies needed to process lighter materials typically add weight or cost, result in low weld strength, or have porosity defects. Refill friction stir spot welding, such as Coldwater’s SpotMeld technology, overcomes these issues, providing superior joint strength with a production ready technology that can be delivered as an EOAT on a robotics-based solution or integrated to a wide variety of CNC solutions.
Our core business over the years has evolved from precision machining to providing dies, fixtures, and gages, and to providing turnkey automated systems for the Aerospace, Appliance and Automotive industries that include a wide range of flexible and agile metal forming and fabricating solutions.