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.
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.
In the world of plastic staking, there are several different technologies to choose from. Common technologies include ultrasonic, thermal punch, hot air cold punch, and of course Extol’s InfraStake. Each of these technologies is appropriate for use in different situations, but today I’d like to spend some time discussing three applications where InfraStake is the best method for the job.
We wrote a white paper.
We often get asked how different staking technologies stack up against each other, so we decided to test it, and write a paper about it. We can’t share the whole paper with you just yet; it hasn’t been published yet. However, here is the abstract to pique your interest.