Extol and CEMAS have reached an agreement that appoints Extol as the sole distributor of CEMAS’s exceptional vibration and hybrid vibration welding machines in the United States and Canada. Effective today, customers in the US and Canada will be able to purchase from CEMAS’s wide selection of vibration welding machines through Extol. In addition, Extol will build and provide tooling, stock and supply spare parts, and offer service and support.
Integration Support is a separate division of Extol that is devoted to supporting integrators. This dedicated team works with machine builders to create an integration package that will meet the end‑user’s specific needs. When it is time to purchase the integration components, the Integration Support team carefully assembles the package and supports the customer as they integrate the technology into the machine they are building.
We all love options – colors, cars, hobbies, music, and of course our favorite, plastic welding!
Let’s talk about a few of the differences between vibration and hot plate welding that may help in discerning when to choose one over the other. Ah, but first we should briefly review the two welding processes.
Extol Launches New InfraStake Module and Software That Reduce Lifetime Operating Cost and Provide Full Quality Assurance
Extol, Inc. has again improved the way plastic products are made by launching the new IS32 InfraStake module and InfraStake Integration Software. This infrared (IR) staking product is designed specifically to stake plastic parts in automotive interiors and door panels. It also works well with other common staking applications, such as electronics and automotive lighting.
Extol has developed a new software package that controls the InfraStake process. The InfraStake Integration Software comes free with every integration package to ensure consistency across every integration of the InfraStake technology. The new IS32 module, paired with the InfraStake Integration Software, provides full quality assurance and strong stake joints by monitoring crucial process variables and graphing them for easy interpretation.
We often get the question, “How do you measure temperature during the InfraStake process?” The answer is, we don’t. There are a few reasons why not, but first, let’s clarify what this question is really getting at: How does the InfraStake process confirm quality results? Furthermore, can monitoring temperature during the InfraStake process guarantee a good part?
The new IS32 InfraStake module is Extol’s latest development in InfraStake technology. In combination with the new InfraStake Integration Software, the new module reduces lifetime operating costs by reducing maintenance. Numerous improvements have been made which work together to make the process more time efficient and less expensive for customers.
Being a capital equipment and tooling supplier in the plastics industry, we know that equipment is ordered at just the right time and sometimes, past the optimal time. Each industry has its nuances with product life cycles and new product launches and we strive to understand them. As we monitor how industries perform, we put processes and systems in place to support these rhythms. We use historical data to plan accordingly and align our staff to best support our customer’s expectations.
Two components are used to focus the infrared energy in an InfraStake module, the reflector and the concentrator. The reflector is positioned behind the infrared lamp and directs the energy downward. The concentrator collects the energy and redirects it at the plastic boss, focusing it.
Several thermoplastic staking technologies are available in the manufacturing industry. With many options to choose from, it is necessary to understand which processes are capable of achieving desired results. Hot air, ultrasonic, and InfraStake® were evaluated on cycle time, joint strength, strength repeatability, equipment cost, and operation cost to discern process capability. Each process has strengths and weaknesses, and recognizing each helps to determine which technology will produce the desired result in a specific application.