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Worlds largest linear friction welder arrives Tuesday morning in Detroit

Linear friction welder weighs 122,000 pounds

The linear friction welder weighs 122,000 pounds. (WDIV)
The linear friction welder weighs 122,000 pounds. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The world's largest linear friction welder is arriving Tuesday morning in Detroit.

The welder weighs 122,000 pounds, or 61 metric tons, which is about the same weight as a Boeing 737 airplane.

The welder is expected to be delivered around 10:30 a.m. to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

The LF24-75 has the largest tooling envelope of any linear friction welder in the world, allowing for the production of the largest full-scale parts available, officials said.

Experts said it will bring the same linear friction welding technology used in aerospace to achieve light-weighting blisks and Integrally Bladed Rotors to aircraft engines and the automotive industry.