Friction welding machines are used for reliable joining of welded metal parts and for a variety of materials like steel, aluminum, ceramics, brass and copper. RECLAIM partner Harms&Wende (HWH) is specialised in the construction and development of such machines.

To meet the needs of present and future customers, HWH is shifting from pure supplier of technical equipment to a provider of complete (welding) solutions, which includes equipment leasing and rental. From the technical point of view this means that an extension of the lifetime of friction welding machines is essential to increasing their return on investment.

The demonstration case will concentrate on the areas of re-manufacturing and re-use of equipment as well as on the inspection, functional diagnosis and in-situ repair of damages.

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Expected technical improvements:

Methods and algorithms for current state analysis and lifetime prediction

based on existing data

Online monitoring of the machine state and predictive maintenance features

Machine design rules for better modularity and scalability

Machine adaptability to different welding tasks

Human machine interface visualisation and in-situ repair

including remote access and remote services

Re-configurable and modular control software architecture for on-line updates

Expected Outcomes

Less malfunction incidents

Reduced maintenance costs

(better location of root-cause)

Increased operational effectiveness

(due to predictive maintenance features)

Extended machinery lifetime

due to better adaptability and reliability


Safety and environment:

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Incident Reduction


Maintenance Cost Effectiveness:

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Cost Reduction


Expected Useful Lifetime:

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Years of lifetime extension