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Welding, bonding & assembly. (What to See at NPE 2003).

New approaches to joining plastic parts will attract attention at this NPE, where an array of new models of many types will be at work and several new suppliers will be on hand. About a dozen new welders will be displayed, most in the ultrasonic, laser, and infrared heating categories. In laser welding, options not available before in North America are being offered by Dukane, as well as by German suppliers, Laser Quipment and MS Plastic Welders.

Highly visible at this NPE are systems for joining automotive assemblies. A new vibration welder from Branson Ultrasonics will join reduced-density nylon 6 air-intake manifolds made with Trexel Corp.'s MuCell microcellular foam technology. Bielomatik will show a robotic cell for assembling automotive fuel tanks. And MS Plastic Welders will show an ultrasonic welder that integrates into a production cell for assembly of entire instrument panels.

A large spread of specialty joining equipment is also set to debut, including a Wegener butt welder that's said to be a breakthrough for combining sheets at right angles into boxes and tanks. And Leicester Process Technologies will display an overlap heat-welding system for joining roof membranes and geomembranes, as well as a hot-air welder for fabrics and tarpaulins.

Exhibitor Listings

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

ACCUSONICS INC.

Booth 9015

Supplies ultrasonic welding horns and fixtures.

AMUTEC

Booth 7144

(Exhibiting w/Ital-Plast)

Italian supplier is highlighting a new line of bag welders that have a servo motor, PLC control, and photocell inspection system. Can produce double-side-seal and bottom-seal bags and shaped sacks. Offers in-line and reel-to-reel systems.

ATF INC.

Booth 1225

Sells specialty, close-tolerance fastening systems.

ATl-AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 870

(Exhibiting w/Lectro Engineering)

Div. of Lectro Engineering newly offers custom equipment design and manufacturing services to plastics processors, an extension of its experience in other industries, such as circuit-board manufacture.

Wegener's new butt welder can fuse horizontal and vertical sheets into angled parts.

BIELOMATIK, INC.

Booth 412

Introducing K3220 vibration welding cell, which can join 2-meter-long parts and incorporates automatic load/unload stations. Also highlighting an automated assembly system for automotive fuel tanks. Will demonstrate laser welding of delicate parts.

BLUE CHIP ENGINEERED PRODUCTS INC.

Booth 10609

Supplies specialty fasteners.

BRANSON ULTRASONICS CORP.

Booth 2542

Broad capability in assembly systems is reflected in demonstrations of ultrasonic, vibration, hot-plate, spin, and laser equipment. Showing a new line of 111AM type laser welders operating in both simultaneous and wide-beam scanning modes. Also new is the high-power 2000, IW/IW ultrasonic unit with 6000w power unit permitting large-part welding at high speeds. Also to be shown is a three-headed sequencing mode performing multiple operations at high speed. New M624H vibration welder will join nylon 6 intake-manifold parts made with the MuCell process.

C.O.I.M. SPA

Booth 12527

Italian company offers Novacote adhesives and coatings for welding and sealing flexible plastics packaging.

DRADER INJECTIWELD INC.

Booth 9330

Supplies broad range of thermoplastic welding rods.

DUKANE

Booth 1462

Introducing a small, versatile vibration welder. Also showing upgraded ultrasonic generator, model DPC4PIus, and a new laser welder.

DYMAX CORP.

Booth 13510

Makes uv-curing adhesives for plastics. Also showing uv-curing equipment, including spot-wand, flood, and focused-beam lamps used in medical, electronics, and automotive applications.

H.W. ECKFIARDT CORR

Booth 11001 (Exhibiting w/Oetiker)

Distributes engineered fastener systems. Will display self-adhesive products, cable ties, sealed inserts, pop rivets, self-clenching studs, and various clamps.

EMHART FASTENING TEKNOLOGIES

Booth 7105

Supplies engineered plastic fastening devices for the automotive, construction, and appliance industries. Recently introduced a new universal tie strap fastener for use in wire harnesses.

EXTOL INC.

Booth 13038

Supplies infrared heat-joining equipment. Will display single-point, multi-point, and rotary single-point models.

FORWARD TECHNOLOGY

Booth 4549

Unveiling Swiss-made Rinco Dynamic ultrasonic welder that permits independent control of velocity and force throughout the welding cycle. It's offered in 20-kHz and 35-kHz versions. T-Slot fixing clamp speeds set-ups and changeovers. Also to be shown are vibration, hot-plate, and spin welders.

GENTEX CORP.

Booth 10734

Demonstrating laser-welding technology for joining clear, colored, and opaque parts. Clearweld process produces instant weld with no material deformation and is viable in applications ranging from micro-tubing to electronics packaging.

HERAEEUS NOBLELIGIn INC.

Booth 12943

Launching a high-intensity infrared-welding system that is said to significantly boost throughput. Also showing the KL100 module for heating, laminating, or embossing film webs.

HERRMANN ULTRASONICS INC.

Booth 126

Showing a new ultrasonic welder that is more cost-effective than the company's high-end units. Also demonstrating a new ultrasonic sealer for flexible stand-up pouches that is said to be a more precise and faster alternative to heat sealing.

KIEFEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 1850

Discussing a high-speed, hot-plate welding process for joining tubing and molded parts, especially medical bags. Also featuring a new air-supported contact (ASC) method for plastic riveting of automotive door parts.

LASS QUIPMENT

Booth 5696

German company is introducing to North America its diode laser-welding equipment. Products include QS series of scanner-based diode lasers and K line of contour-welding systems.

LEISTER PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 7340

Introducing an automatic hot-air welder for tarpaulins and coated fabrics. Welds seams 40 mm wide at up to 10 meters/mm. Also new is semi-automatic overlap welding system for roof membranes and geomembranes. System controls temperature and speed, freeing operators to focus on welding force.

LOCTTTE CORP.

Booth 13311

Will show light-curing adhesives, including epoxy, acrylic, polyurethane, and cyanoacrylate for medical, fiber-optic, and other industries.

LYCRO A-S

Booth 12451

Norwegian company specializes in spin and rotational welding equipment for joining sockets and connectors to PE, PP, and PVC sewer and drainage pipe.

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Booth 11335

Supplies ultrasonic welding and cutting equipment as well as heat-staking and spin, hot-plate, vibration, and laser-welding systems.

MILLER WELDMASTER

Booth 12548

Supplies rotary hot-air and hot-wedge welding equipment for joining and Sealing plastic parts, films, or fabrics.

MOTOMAN INC.

Booth 4375

Showing PX1850 jointed-arm robot capable of welding and handling operations.

MS PLASTIC WELDERS

Booth 13013

Automotive specialist is introducing a rotary, multi-station ultrasonic welding system for instrument panels. Showing for the first time in the U.S, the German parent company's laser-welding and cutting equipment. Also showing equipment that punches holes and welds brackets to bumper fascias.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES, DIV. OF ITW

Booth 1813

Displaying induction cap sealers used in conjunction with foil inner seals to provide tamper evidence, leak protection, and hermetic seals.

PMS SNC

Booth 13410

Italian company supplies specialized joining systems for disc top closures, spray-gun manufacture, and other applications.

PRECISION FASTENERS

Booth 11331

Presenting high-tensile fasteners, threaded inserts, threaded rods, washers, bolts, parallel keys, and other devices for joining plastics.

ROTALOC INTERNATIONAL LLC

Booth 13308

Introducing perforated, high-strength threaded inserts for plastic parts. This low-profile line includes male and female inserts.

SALDOFLEX

Booth 7144 (Exhibiting w/Ital-Plast)

Italian supplier of automatic hot-wire seal machines for films.

SONICS & MATERIALS INC.

Booth 1280

Showing new PLC-operated MX series vibration welder joining an automotive air-intake manifold. Also presenting a new 6000-w, 15-kHz ultrasonic welder for large PP and PE parts.

SONITEK CORP.

Booth 13525

Introducing Spectrum Slim-Line Series of linear actuators for heat staking. Has hydraulic speed control, post-cooling manifolds, and micro-adjustable positive stops. Demonstrating heat staking and part insertion in one operation. Also demonstrating the firm's ultrasonic welders.

STAPLA ULTRASONICS CORP.

Booth 142

Discussing K1 modular ultrasonic welder and specialty systems such as splice and spot welding equipment and a plastic tube sealer. Showing new dynamic-response controller for use with K and C series ultrasonic welders.

TAILORED LABEL PRODUCTS INC.

Booth 13407

Manufactures pressure-sensitive tapes and labels, and die-cut adhesives used to assemble plastics parts. Showing new 3M VHB (Very High Bond) adhesive system for hard-to-bond and unlike substrates. Applications include die-cut seals, gaskets, spacers, wear pads and sound dampeners.

TRI-STAR INDUSTRIES INC.

Booth 10232

Supplies threaded inserts, including brass, stainless steel, ultrasonic, and thermal types.

ULTRA SONIC SEAL CO.

Booth 4230

Demonstrating a new ultrasonic welder for joining a high-precision parts like valves for medical equipment. It uses an electric stepper motor instead of pneumatics to increase control over weld depth, significantly improving tolerances achieved.

ULTRASONICS FOR LESS

Booth 3106

Featuring cost-effective ultrasonic welders for welding and staking of plastics. Introducing a handheld, lightweight ultrasonic unit.

V. HIMARK (USA) INC.

Booth 13532

Providing information on Taiwanese parent company's welding and sealing equipment.

WEGENER NORTH AMERICA INC.

Booth 13412

Introducing a butt-welding system with capability for vertical (i.e., right-angled or corner) welding of PE, PP, PVC, and other sheet products to make shaped products like tanks.

YARDLEY PRODUCTS CORP.

Booth 11349

Supplies threaded inserts for plastic fastening, including products that can be molded-in, pressed-in, or inserted by ultrasonic or thermal methods.

ZENITH PRODUCTS DIV. PARKER HANNIFIN CORP.

Booth 5739

Exhibiting hot-melt adhesive pumps.
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