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Welding, bonding & assembly.

Systems integration and compact size will be central themes of welding exhibits at NPE, where a wide range of new products Hill be displayed. There are new developments in most welding categories but the focus is on laser, ultrasonic, and infrared heating technologies.

In ultrasonic welding, Sonics & Materials is introducing the new XPress welder, an integrated unit with a microprocessor-controlled power supply built into the press. This saves space by eliminating a separate control box and cuts cost. Similarly, Telsonic Ultrasonics Inc. is launching the new IPA 3503 self-contained ultrasonic welding system, which integrates the power supply, actuator, controller, and other elements. Such compactness facilitates integration of ultrasonic welding into automated manufacturing lines or into custom ultrasonic systems with multiple welding heads.

Dukane's new series of IQ ultrasonic welders has a digital power supply that is half the size of current models and an onboard ethernet connection that permits remote monitoring and troubleshooting. Dukane will also unveil a multipoint control system with special circuitry that doesn't allow the ultrasonics to be activated when there is movement in the stack. This safety feature reduces the chance for fatigue and premature failure. Branson Ultrasonics will unveil the 2000X Series with new capabilities such as enhanced communications, remote networking, increased power, and a digital power supply.

A special ultrasonic seam welder from Stapla Ultrasonics will debut at NPE. It bonds films such as OPET, PP, and PE that are less than 0.006 in. thick. In trials, the 20-kHz unit has welded films as thin as 0.001 in. The process can run continuously at up to 50 ft/min.

Extol Inc. is claiming higher productivity for its new Model 1524 servo-driven hot plate welder with programmed force and distance control. The high-speed welder boasts a 50% cycle time reduction versus typical pneumatic and hydraulic versions.

In laser welding, Leister Technologies LLC is launching the Novolas Basic AT, a simple, inexpensive, entry-level system that is not intended for stand-alone use but for integration into automated systems. Unlike other laser welders, it relies on the main automation cell controller rather than its own separate controller. LPKF Laser & Electronics is showing the new LW-Power RT, a stand-alone laser system with two-station rotary table for shorter cycles.

Also in the limelight are new infrared welding systems, including Branson's first of this type, the Model IR15V. Forward Technology is introducing the VHIR-1445, a vertical unit with hydraulic motion control. It joins parts up to 14 x 45 in. or multiple smaller parts. It boasts ultra-rigid construction that ensures part-to-part alignment as well as longer life for the infrared emitters and fast transitions between melting and welding steps for greater joint strength.

Exhibitor Listings

Includes welding, sealing, and bonding equipment plus adhesives, inserts, and fasteners. New developments appear in boldface type.

ABBEON CAL INC.

Booth 11305

Showing assortment of hot-air plastics welding tools from Forsthoff GmbH of Germany. Products include Quick-LE hand-held welder, in-line hot-air blowers, and automatic overlap welders.

ACCUSONICS, INC.

Booth 11028

Supplies tooling for welding equipment.

AISA AUTOMATION INDUSTRIELLE SA

Booth 9229

Manufactures laminate and plastic tube packaging machinery, including welding systems such as direct induction heating.

ALTECH APS CO. LTD.

Booth 7235

Japanese trading firm will introduce to the U.S. Bondeip-Universal, said to be the first water-based, anti-static urethane adhesive.

AMTECH ULTRASONICS

See Branson Ultrasonics Corp.

AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 1345

Division of Lectro Engineering supplies assembly systems such as automatic bolt-feed and insertion units and tack-welding machines.

AXIUM INC.

Booths 9249, 9252

Canadian firm supplies articulated-arm robots for assembly of gas tanks and more.

BIELOMATIK INC.

Booth 7913

Supplies a range of welding systems including hot-plate, vibration, ultrasonic, and laser.

BRANSON ULTRASONICS CORP.

Booth 2670

Introducing 2000X series ultrasonic welder with enhanced communications and increased power. Also new is a bench-top laser welder for lab use and automated systems. New spin welders include the servo-driven SW200 with precise orientation and the economical pneumatic SW150 system. New HV36 hotplate welder has a swivel-out fixture to assist loading. New X series vibration welder features heavier tooling and more power, while new M series has an elevator door for loading heavy parts.

CASSCO MACHINES

Booth 911

Introducing Cassco Command Center for control (via Canbus) of automated hot-stamping, heat staking, and assembly systems.

DRADER INJECTIWELD INC.

Booth 9795

Supplies hand-held welding equipment.

DUKANE CORP.

Booth 1462

Introducing IQ ultrasonic welders with compact digital power supply and onboard Ethernet connection for remote monitoring and troubleshooting. Also introducing multi-point control system with novel circuitry that prevents ultrasonic actuation while there is motion in the stack. New VWA 39000 vibration welder has advanced controls and handles automotive parts up to 72-in. long. New servo-driven spin welder has hydraulic speed control, part alignment within 0.01[degrees], and 6-in. stroke for deep parts.

EXTOL INC.

Booth 10163

Introducing Model 1524 servo-driven hot-plate welder with programmed force and distance control and high speed that reportedly cuts cycle time by 50%.

FANUC ROBOTICS AMERICA INC.

Booth 9620

Will host automation integrator JR Automation, demonstrating heat staking.

FORWARD TECHNOLOGY

Booth 3063

Rolling out Model VHIR-1445 infrared welder with hydraulic vertical motion control for joining parts up to 14 x 45 in. It boasts longer IR emitter life and fast transition between melting and welding steps for greater joint strength. Also introducing Model DLVW-2020 servo-driven linear vibration welder for joining parts up to 20 x 20 in.

GIMA S.P.A.

Booth 4394

Italian firm's Molding Automation Div. provides systems for assembling plastic parts immediately after molding.

GENTEX CORP.

Booth 10646

Showcasing colorable Clearweld compounds that contain infrared-absorbing additives for laser welding.

HARDEN INDUSTRIES LTD.

Booth 7245

Chinese firm supplies plastic welding guns.

HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT INC.

Booth 10543

Showing infrared heaters for non-contact thermal welding.

HERRMANN ULTRASONICS INC.

Booth 3115

Supplies CNC ultrasonic welders.

IMG PLASTEC CO., LTD.

Booth 8228

German firm supplies a side-seal system for making handle bags.

JR AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Exhibiting with Fanuc Automation)

Booth 9620

Offers automated heat-staking and welding machines.

KIEFEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 1415

Supplies hot-plate, high-frequency, and ultrasonic welders as well as ASC riveters.

KVT TECHNOLOGIES (Exhibiting with Branson Ultrasonics)

Booth 2070

Supplies flexible workcell systems for automotive fuel-tank manufacturing.

LEISTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC

Booth 6358

Showcasing Globo (or sphere) laser welding system that welds 3D parts without need for clamping systems. Introducing Novolas Basic AT laser-welding system suitable for integrating into automated systems.

LPKF LASER & ELECTRONICS

Booth 10919

Introducing compact LQ-Power RT stand-alone laser-welding system with rotary table.

MOTOMAN INC.

Booth 6352

Supplies robots and integrated robotic systems for plastics welding.

MS PLASTIC WELDERS INC.

Booth 9516

Supplies ultrasonic, hot-air, and laser welding systems, mainly for automotive.

NINGBO FANGLI GROUP

Booth 7231

Chinese supplier of hot-plate welding machines for PE and PP pipe.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 935

Showing induction cap sealing with foil inner liners.

PLASTIC WELDING TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 9916

Introducing mini extrusion welder that weighs just 7 lb.

PRECISION FASTENERS INC.

Booth 11135

Offers ISO/TS 16949 certified threaded inserts.

PROLAS GMBH

Booth 9852

Offers "Handlaser" mobile laser system for manual welding.

RINCO ULTRASONICS

Booth 5489

Makes ultrasonic welders (20 to 70 kHz).

SEELYE INC. (Exhibiting with Abbeon Cal)

Booth 11305

Live demonstration of portable hot-air welding equipment.

SONICS & MATERIALS INC.

Booth 1332

Launching 30-kHz ultrasonic welder with built-in generator. Also new are 30-kHz ultrasonic power supplies and stacks up to 1000W. New feature on 1595 ultrasonic press allows distance welding for large-part assembly.

SONOTRONIC, INC.

Booth 4381

New North American subsidiary of German supplier is discussing hot-plate and laser-welding machines. Specializes in ultrasonics for auto parts.

STAPLA ULTRASONICS CORP.

Booth 821

Unveiling 20-kHz ultrasonic system for continuous welding of thin films of OPET, PP, and PE at up to 50 ft/min. Also new is 35-kHz compact ultrasonic actuator for automated systems.

TELSONIC ULTRASONICS INC.

Booth 4584

Introducing IPA 3503 compact ultrasonic actuator with integrated power supply. Also showing new ultrasonic punching unit to punch and emboss in one cycle at one station.

TRI-STAR INDUSTRIES

Booth 10427

Showing threaded inserts, compression limiters, and screw-machine products.

ULTRA SONIC SEAL CO.

Booth 9448

Introducing P201 and P202 ultrasonic welding presses with one-piece base and three new power supplies for 20- and 40-kHz units.

V. HIMARK USA INC.

Booth 10262

Featuring double-sided tape and heat-activated adhesives.

WEGENER WELDING LLC

Booth 9064

Showing recently introduced PSM 10 manual butt welder and ExWeld Mini-SHF extrusion welder.

YARDLEY INSERTS

Booth 11209

Manufactures threaded inserts.
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Title Annotation:What to See at NPE 2006
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