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Welding and assembly systems.

A&A ELECTRONIC DIE CO. DIV. U.S. STEEL RULE DIE CO.

Dielectric welding equipment for welding supported and unsupported EVA, PVC, PET, PETG films, urethane, and coated fabrics.

AIR HYDRAULICS CO., INC.

Heat-staking systems include standard presses from 1/4 to 8 tons with rigid frame and positive-locking depth-control stops with sensors to prevent overheating.

Hot-air staking systems use tightly controlled superheated hot air to melt studs and an air-cooled staking peen to cold-form heads. Cold-staking systems include pneumatic and hydraulic presses from 1/2 through 60 tons. Also automatic insertion systems for installing threaded female fasteners and studs.

AMPAK DIV. HEAT SEALING EQUIPMENT CO.

Jaw-type heat-sealing equipment for bag-making applications. SureSeal system handles PVC, PE, and other films from 0.0005- to 0.008-in. in thickness. Also equipment for blister forming and sealing of PVC, PET and PETG films; skin-packaging machinery from 18 x 24 in. to 36 x 72 in. card sizes; and Spirad heaters.

AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY INC.

ST40 40-kHz ultrasonic tube sealer adapts to most filling machines, seals over 80 tubes/min, and includes date-coding and trimming station.

APPLIED ULTRASONICS, INC.

Supplies ultrasonic horns, transducers, controls, and accessories, including retrofits for machines from other suppliers.

ARMAC INDUSTRIES, LTD.

Model 1216 blister sealer automatically feeds blisters into nesting trays, picks and places cards, provides a positive seal, and ejects the finished package. Camco six-position drive ensures index accuracy with smooth acceleration and deceleration. Toggle-activated seal head affords higher pressure for a more uniform seal. Cycle rates to 20 cpm.

ATLAS-VAC MACHINE DIV. PLANET PRODUCTS CORP.

Semi-automatic to fully automatic heat-sealing machines. Two sealing methods are used: 1) applying heat and pressure to the back of the lidding material or paperboard, and 2) applying heat and pressure to the face of the plastic material.

BIELOMATIK INC.

Hot-plate, electromagnetic induction, spin, and laser welding systems. Laser welding can achieve speeds to 32 ft/min.

BRANSON ULTRASONICS CORP.

Range of 20-kHz and 40-kHz ultrasonic systems with 150- to 3000-w power for most assemblies including welding, staking, spot welding, inserting, swaging and degating. Integrated welders and component systems available for automated lines. Ultrasonic horn manufacturing.

Advanced power supplies provide precise control of process variables and weld quality, reducing standard deviation and increasing Cpk index of welding. Major features include line/load regulation, electronic amplitude control, Autotune plus Memory (AT/M), and Auto Seek.

Current 900 Series microprocessor-controlled systems feature multiple welding modes such as time, energy, time/energy compensation, welding by distance (absolute, collapse, and ground detect activated) and continuous. Also ultrasonic trim knife and hand-held units.

Vibration welding equipment for parts from 6 sq in. to 48 x 20 in. Linear friction welding is effective on parts with complex geometry and resins (PP, nylon and PC) difficult to weld with ultrasonics. Hy-Line series linear vibration welders include Epic control with on-board computer for monitoring parameters and controlling machine functions.

Also orbital welding, a friction process that uses constant-velocity orbital motion to weld materials with as little as 30-mil part-to-part clearance; hot-plate welding, which is suitable for flat parts; and spin welding, suitable for circular parts. (See ad p. 323.)

BRYANT ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGIES

Infrared welding machines and systems for welding parts for strong hermetic seals. Systems work well with materials from very rigid, high-temperature advanced composites to low-modulus elastomers and are suited for joining dissimilar materials.

Impulse sealing machines accelerate the heating and cooling cycle and can use higher temperatures (up to 1200 F) because of simultaneous heating and cooling, which prevents thermal shock. Suitable for coextruded or multilayered high-performance engineering films.

Scanning infrared technique melts only a microlayer of material on the surface of the area to be welded. Suitable for materials prone to degradation from high-heat exposure. (See data sheet p. 327.)

BYM ELECTRONICS INC.

Ultrasonic welders for low- to medium-power applications include 100-w, 40-kHz, or 50-kHz Gentle Touch systems for small, delicate parts. A 125-w, 40-kHz Model Shop 40 is for plastic model building, as is a 450-w system for medium-sized assembly applications. Also 900-w system for larger units. Horns and automatic assembly systems, and an ultrasonic analyzer for testing systems and horns.

CALLANAN CO.

RF sealing equipment from 0.9 to 60 kw includes appropriate generator and press best suited to application, along with production tooling. Builds equipment for fabricating medical disposables, clamshell and blister packaging, and for automotive-OEM and aftermarket.

CONVERGENT ENERGY

C[O.sub.2], Nd:YAG, and Nd:glass lasers and laser systems for industrial applications. Laser applications development center available for R&D work.

COSMOS ELECTRONIC MACHINE CORP.

RF heat-sealing equipment for vinyls, urethanes, PET, PETG and olefins from 1 kw to 50 kw. Options include computerized equipment and power control. Auxiliaries include turntables, indexers, material feeders and board loaders. Complete turnkey operations with in-house die facility for manufacturing heat-seal tooling.

DRADER INJECTIWELD INC.

Injectiweld is a one-hand operated extrusion welder for repair, prototyping, and fabrication work. Injectiweld preheats the surface with a hot metal tip and injects molten plastic immediately into the weld area. Because weld surface is not exposed to air, oxidation does not occur.

DUKANE CORP., ULTRASONICS DIV.

Ultrasonic welding equipment for thermoplastics and metal, and hot-plate, hot air/cold upset and spin-welding equipment utilizing welding, staking, inserting, spot welding and degating.

Equipment comes in 20 and 40 kHz with wattage levels from 200 to 3000 w. Systems can include generator, process controller, multiplexer capabilities, presses, thrusters, probes, hand-held probes, rotary tables, sound enclosures, and multiheads configured as standalone, integrated, or fully automated systems. Features include pulse-width modulation and linear ramp soft start, Auto-Trac tuning, overload protection, line/load regulation, universal voltage input, power factor correction, and heavy-duty construction.

Advanced Dynamic Process Control (DPC) systems include features like weld by time, distance, absolute distance, energy or peak power, sequencing, programmable amplitude, and control of force and velocity. Real-time data collection allows weld cycle graphing, analysis and interface with SPC packages.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)-designed acoustic horns and fixtures for all systems.

EMABOND SYSTEMS ASHLAND CHEMICAL INC.

Emabond process for electromagnetic welding uses inductive energy to create fusion bonds. System has a generator, water-cooled coils, and special magnetically active preforms, which are fitted between parts and heated electromagnetically by the generator and coils. Can weld most thermoplastics and is said to be effective in attaining reliable leak-proof, pressure-tight, and structural bonds. Handles large or irregular shapes.

ENERCON INDUSTRIES CORP.

Compak noncontact induction cap sealer system establishes a magnetic field that heats foil in a cap liner and creates a hermetic seal. System has "instant on" capability and automatic frequency control, which provide constant flux density. Various coil designs handle virtually any application. Design allows mounting of cap sealer directly over conveyor. Induction seals prevent product spillage and reduce spoilage.

FORWARD TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES

Automated plastic assembly and leak testing systems. Hot-plate welders provide high-strength, hermetic seals, high production rates and can weld unusual part geometries.

Ultrasonic equipment includes microprocessor-controlled bench welders (20, 30 and 40 kHz) with power ranging from 700 to 3000 w. Units weld using constant time, constant height, constant travel and constant energy; and are equipped with a head that levels to the part, as well as pretriggering, dynamic triggering, and electronic bottom stop. Ultrasonic probe systems for automated assembly systems requiring welding of large parts, multiple simultaneous welds, or welds at unusual angles.

Spin welders seal circular-axis parts at speeds from 2400 to 16,000 rpms. Welding times are short and units easily fitted with rotary tables for high-speed production. Vibration welders offer welding control for large applications through eight adjustable pressure settings.

H/A INDUSTRIES

Hot-air/cold-stake machines from table-tops to fully automated systems include a handheld unit with a variety of stake-head shapes for low production. Applications include heater duct assemblies, trim work on instrument panels, automobile and truck door assemblies, rubber gimp assemblies on taillights and steering columns, quarter-trim panel assemblies, glove-box doors, and registers on cluster bezels. Builds assembly systems for any type of clip application. Sonic welding fixtures, including foam to ABS and PP, eliminate the need for glue.

An infrared system to replace hot-plate welding and eliminate the need to touch parts in order to get the plastic heated for bonding is in development.

HARWlL CORP.

Lightweight, low-cost hand tools for heat-sealing plastic film and bags in thicknesses from 1/4 to 10 mil. Sealing lengths extend from 7 to 36 in. Adjustable temperature controlled from 150-350 F.

HELLERBOND

Equipment, bonding agents, and technology for high-speed induction bonding. Welds achieved by magnetically generated heat produced when magnetic particles in the bonding agent are exposed to an RF field. Bonding agent is applied as a liquid, hot melt, die-cut film, molded gasket, ribbon, filament, or coextrusion. Welded bonds are achieved in TP polyester, PC, PP, HDPE, nylon, PPO/PPE blends, FEP fluoropolymer, ABS, PVC, and many TP elastomers. Accelerated curing of epoxy adhesive available for joining SMC and other thermosets.

Also heat-staking machines and complete custom impulse sealers.

HERRMANN ULTRASONICS INC.

CNC ultrasonic welders for sealing and joining fabrics, thin films, and thermoplastic parts. Systems for continuous web applications feature a new "micro-gap" controller and are available in 20 kHz for line speeds exceeding 600 ft/min. Standard systems for indexing in 35 kHz and 20 kHz outputs with 500- to 5000-watt configurations. Technology offers closed-loop, real-time frequency adjustment, proportional air-valve regulation, variable force control, and self-check diagnostics.

Welders can be calibrated for validation in ISO 9000 and FDA production environments.

HIGH FREQUENCY TECHNOLOGY CO.

RF high-frequency plastic welders/sealers from 1-kw to 75-kw output with pneumatic or hydraulic presses. Supplies premachined brass electrode/die rule and diemaking apparatus for in-house fabrication of RF heat-sealing dies/electrodes.

HILL MACHINERY CO.

Welding equipment includes hot-air cold staking, ultrasonic welding, hot-plate welding, vibration and spin welding.

INDUSTRIAL LASER SOURCE, INC.

Sealed C[O.sub.2] laser systems, laser tubes, and customized automated turnkey systems. Laser die cutting, sealing, welding, slitting, micro-drilling, high-speed engraving, removing selective materials, and kiss cutting. Precision, noncontact, sterile, no particle migration, tight tolerances, repeatable results. On-the-fly capability with high-speed machines. Processing suitable for PE, PP, and most polyols, films, etc. Specialty machines include bag-making machine to cut and seal, catheter drilling machine, filter cutting and sealing equipment, and high-speed laser die cutter and engraver.

ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

Welding equipment from Italian companies includes heat sealing for film (bag-making, wrapping); high-frequency welding for stationery, packaging, automotive parts, medical items, and inflatables; and ultrasonic welding for assembling molded and/or extruded parts.

KABAR MANUFACTURING CORP.

RF heat-sealing equipment for vinyls, urethanes, PET, PETG and olefins from 1 to 50 kw features options such as computerized equipment and power control. Material aids include turntables, indexers, material feeders and board loaders. Provides complete turnkey operations.

KAMWELD PRODUCTS CO., INC.

Hot-air welders for tack and hand welding thermoplastics, including high-temperature materials. Standard hand-held models require compressed air and 110-v a-c (350 to 900 w). Portable models have built-in air compressor. Units and electric heating elements are stainless steel.

Standard tips and tools for tack welding or welding with round or triangular rods and flat strips, and a heating device for bending sheets.

KF SYSTEMS

Air-operated heat-sealing and welding units with electrically controlled dwell time available in pressure ranges from 1/2 to 10 tons. Presses have thermostatic control; heated heads range from 2 x 4 in. to 20 x 30 in.

KIEFEL TECHNOLOGIES

Contact welding, high-frequency (RF) heating-sealing, and combination RF/contact sealing machines include double-shuttle tables for small-scale production of blister packs, folded boxes, videocassette cases and holders. Equipped with an automatic shuttle-table system and max. welding areas of 900 x 1300 mm (RF) and 400 x 700 mm (contact-heat). Two-, four- and six-station turntables are for small- to medium-scale production (RF and contact-heat) and can be used in semi-automated or fully automated production in combination with thermoforming.

Indexing machines for large-scale production of blister packs and videocassette cases with a max. welding area of 610 x 670 mm. RF and contact-heat indexing machines with sheet inserter for production of folded boxes. Used in RF embossing for PVC and thermocontact embossing for PET or PP. Contact-heat indexing machines for production of disposable liquid packs in sizes from 3 to 20 liters with automatic material unwind, hole punch for filling tubes, automatic tube feed, crosscutter and stacking device.

KOLBUS AMERICA, INC. COLPITT RF DIV.

Offers Colpitt RF welding systems include 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-station turntable models and in-line automated systems. Complete turnkey engineering services.

KVT TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Hot-plate, ultrasonic, and spin welders; and hot-air/cold-staking machines. Specializes in systems for plastic fuel tanks and other automotive applications.

LARAMY PRODUCTS CO., INC.

High-speed hot-gas welders feature six interchangeable "located-heat" elements with welding temperatures of 450 to 1150 F. Wattages are 250 to 750 with heat concentrated at tips for easy barrel handling. Also portable air compressors, extra-long barrels for high-heat applications, and a wide variety of tip configurations. Nitrogen-saving units reportedly can cut nitrogen consumption by 50%. Also equipment to bend and weld thermoplastic sheets for fabricating tanks, hoods, etc., along with contact welders for pipe.

LEPEL CORP.

Solid-state sealing systems from low-volume manual production to high-volume, automatic packaging. Sealing sizes from 5 mm diam. closures to 160 mm.

Induction heating power supplies and work-handling systems for bonding, and induction cap-sealing systems for hermetically sealing foil laminate membranes to plastic and glass containers.

BRIAN LYTTLE, INC.

Sur-Bon hot-wire seamer can join most thermoplastics and trim waste in widths from 12 to 75 in. Engel line of heat-cutting and heat-sealing units from small handheld units to large slitting and sealing models.

MASTER APPLIANCE CORP.

Heavy-duty, industrial-quality heat guns feature a universal motor for high-speed performance, die-cast aluminum housing, externally replaceable carbon brushes, nonslip adjustable stand, off-cool-hot switch, reinforced mica-insulated ceramic heating element, and 6 ft. cordset. Models are 120 v, UL-listed and CSA-certified.

MASTERSONICS, INC.

Ultrasonic welding equipment and related tooling includes a standard 20-kHz welding press with power supplies from 350 to 1200 w. Hand-held model or tabletop press available with a 100-w power supply, thruster capabilities, and 50 kHz. A 20-kHz handgun is standard. Rotary indexer available with multiple stations. Also spin-welding equipment.

NATIONAL INSTRUMENT CO.

Thermal-impulse sealers for thermoplastic film. Sealing lengths to 24 in., producing 2-mm-wide flat seals.

OLSEN MANUFACTURING CO.

Spin welders from bench-type models to free-standing machines that weld up to 24-in.-diam. parts. Welders have dual palm buttons for safety when initiating weld cycle and a solid-state programmable controller. Basic spin welder is modular and can be incorporated into automated lines.

ORBITFORM INC.

Thermuform thermoplastic forming and staking equipment, heat-staking machinery, assembly systems, staking presses; and forming, fastening and assembly systems.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Foiler induction capsealing systems are air-cooled generator designed for heating a foil inner seal to the mouth or opening of plastic containers. System comes in 2- and 4-kw versions and is adaptable to all sealing lines. Sealing capability of over 300 ft/min handles closures and shapes of all kinds.

RADIO FREQUENCY CO., INC.

Induction machines provide localized heating for plastic forming, coating, and foil sealing. Fully automated, turnkey, or manual-handling systems from 1 to 300 kw and 450 kHz to 5 mHz. Dielectric systems feature conveyorized Macrowave process for heating and drying resins and parts. Automated or manual systems from 1 to 200 kw and 12-120 mHz.

RADYNE CORP.

RF heat-sealing equipment from a small foot-operated machine to a side-to-side tray machine with a 100-ton press. Machines include foot welders, side-to-side trays (manual and automatic), two-tier motorized tray machines, rotary turntables of 4, 6 and 8 stations, and in-line roll-feeding equipment. All generators incorporate a solid-state arc sensor unit with optional accessories.

Dielectric welding systems from 1 to 100 kw (up to 180 sq. in. of welded area at a single 10 sec. cycle). Systems include dielectric generator and press with all associated tooling and automation.

SEELYE INC.

Hot-air thermoplastic welding equipment features a cooled barrel for operator safety.

SENCORP SYSTEMS, INC.

Laboratory heat sealers and formers; high-frequency sealers; and in-line and turntable systems for stationery and office supplies, medical devices, blister sealing, inflatables, and other plastic-to-plastic heat-sealing.

SERVICE TECTONICS, INC.

Fusion-bonding machine features accessible side platens for easy tooling changes. Hot-air staking machine in various sizes with available tooling.

SERVPAK CORP.

Table-top heat-sealers seal precut heat-sealable lids or films on a roll onto rigid or semi-rigid containers. Manually operated systems for low-volume production and pneumatically operated systems for lab applications. Special units designed to fit inside lab hoods for medical applications.

SONIC EASE, INC.

Ultrasonic horns and tooling equipment. Complete systems can include index tables, shuttles, hot stamping, pad printing, automatic loading and unloading, spin welding, heat sealing, and automatic insertion.

SONICS & MATERIALS, INC.

Ultrasonic welders in 15, 20, and 40 kHz frequency. Electropress model features what is reportedly the only electric motor drive stand for welding high-precision, close-tolerance assemblies. Product line includes hand-held, benchtop, rotary, and slimline actuator models. PC Card graphical interface allows for the design of ultrasonic horns.

Spin welders for assembling cylindrically shaped thermoplastic parts that may also require significant tooling relief.

Vibration welders for assembling large and irregularly shaped parts. Model EH 5000 offers a powerful drive mechanism, small footprint, and a large lift table.

Computer-controlled hot-plate welders offer high-strength welding capabilities and hermetic sealing.

SONOBOND ULTRASONICS, INC.

Ultrasonic assembly equipment for welding, staking, inserting and degating. Welders include conventional 20 kHz systems with power levels from 800 to 3000 w; and 35 kHz systems from 400 to 900 w for small precision parts; and a small 70-kHz, 90-w unit for small parts.

Sureweld 20 and 35 equipped with a built-in leveling fixture in the base and a 'T' slot and toe clamps to secure fixtures. Units have a rectangular support column for extra rigidity.

Line of equipment for cutting and sealing films and fabrics includes an ultrasonic "sewing" machine, slitters, and a hand-held cutter.

S.P. INDUSTRIES

RF heat-sealing and thermal heat-sealing equipment and accessories. RF heat sealers available from 4 through 30 kw. Accessories include side-to-side shuttles, rotary and in-line indexers, and heated platens. Current Monitor uses current, not time, to control welding cycle and prevents under- and over-welded parts.

SPIROL INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Line of engineered fasteners and assembly equipment includes pin and insert installation equipment; electro-presses, vibratory parts-feeder equipment and systems; and low-cost assembly equipment for installation of inserts into thermoplastics by heat transfer. Heat-insert drivers enable easy and repeatable setups and provide greater in-process control. Preset, repeatable air pressure and temperature settings ensure uniform insert installation and maximum insert performance. Model HM drivers are for low-volume and prototype installations and Model HP drivers are for semi-automatic installations. HP drivers also adaptable for simultaneous installation of multiple inserts. Model HA drivers suitable for high-volume automated installations.

STRAUB DESIGN CO.

Automatic assembly machines for plastic parts, systems integration including feeding, location, welding, marking, hot stamping, taping, and assembly.

TAMPO TOOL, INC.

High-speed automation systems for assembly and ultrasonic welding include rotary indexing, in-line walking beams, inline and over/under indexing carousels, synchronous and nonsynchronous pallet-transfer and continuous automation systems.

TAUMEL ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS

Orbital head-forming machines can substitute for ultrasonic welding or heat staking. Cold form up to 5/8-in.-diam. pins, studs, posts, shafts, or bushings (round or rectangular). Infinitely adjustable forming pressure protects delicate components.

THERMEX THERMATRON INC.

High-frequency dielectric heat-sealing equipment from 1 to 100 kw for welding, heat sealing, embossing, and die cutting supported and unsupported vinyls. Harmonic-free units are frequency stabilized. Accessories include board feeders, indexers, inserters, shuttles, turntables, temperature-controlled platens and tools, dies, and fixtures.

TOOLTEX INC.

Automated and stand-alone ultrasonic welding systems.

Also hot-plate welders, spin welders, heat-staking equipment, hot-air cold-staking systems, induction welding and insertion systems, and vibration welders and fixtures.

ULTRA SONIC SEAL CO.

Ultrasonic welding equipment in 15-, 20- and 40-kHz. Also tooling for welding, staking, forming, spot welding, inserting, tube sealing, and continuous film sealing. Equipment ranges from small hand-held units to large automated systems. Welding can be continuous, timed, depth-controlled, or microprocessor-controlled with q-c functions.

Spin-welding equipment in low-, medium-, high-torque settings for small to large round parts; vibration welding for large parts, and hot-plate welding for irregular-shaped parts.

USF MACHINE SYSTEMS, INC.

High-efficiency RF heat-sealing equipment from 1 to 200 kw for sealing and embossing PVC films and coated fabrics. Also thermal contact welding of films. Ultrasonic welding of various films using a platen press design with work area up to 13 x 27 in.

VALAD ELECTRIC HEATING CO.

Electric-impulse heat sealers with 14- and 18-in. jaws, manual heat sealers with 6-in. jaws, heat-sealing irons with heat controls, and heating elements for specialized sealing.

VERTROD CORP.

Semi-automatic thermal-impulse heat sealers for films, foams, fabrics and laminates. Sealing capacity from 4 to 240 in. and seal widths from 1/8 to 4 in. Sealers can be integrated into automatic packaging systems. Units can seal contours in open or closed, symmetrical or irregular shapes.

WEGENER NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Hot-air hand-welding systems for rigid sheet and pipe fabrication; hot-air hand welders and automatic welders for industrial fabrics and single-ply roofing systems; and hot-air extrusion welders for rigid sheet and pipe fabrication. Also sheet butt welding and bending machinery.

ZED INDUSTRIES

Blister heat-sealing machines with platen/seal area sizes from 10 x 10 in. to 25 x 50 in. Line of equipment from entry-level lab/test units to fully automated, computer controlled production systems; rotary format sealers; in-line sealers; shuttle sealers; and special units, which heat seal and trim/die cut. Seal and trim machines to 200 tons with platen areas from 8 x 10 in. to 60 x 72 in.

Complete in-line, form/fill/seal units with platen areas from 5 x 7 in. to 25 x 40 in. for hardware, pharmaceutical, medical, electronics, and toy applications.
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