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Has the pace of product launch become too fast?

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.

New Concentrator and Reflector for InfraStake

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.

Comparing plastic staking technologies

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.

When to use hot-plate welding

When considering the common plastics joining methods for assembling a new product, in the mix of options should be hot-plate welding. This low-force method of heating and bonding plastic parts has been around a long time. Contemporary machinery and tooling provide users with exceptional control and consistent weld results.

Extol and CEMAS reach distributor agreement

EXTOL, INC. AND CEMAS ELETTRA REACH DISTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT CEMAS ELETTRA will be sole distributor for InfraStake in Europe and South America Zeeland, Michigan: Extol is pleased to announce that CEMAS has been appointed as the sole distributor of Extol’s InfraStake...

When should I use InfraStake?

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.

Comparing plastic staking technologies TEASER

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.

Delivering strong customer value

The production process flow is critical to the overall success and goal of a company. At Extol, our Project Management team strives to approach a given task in a productive and efficient manner through fully utilizing their resources and skills from start to finish to deliver a strong customer value.

Is it really better to give than to receive?

Normally you are given plastics joining expertise and words of wisdom to solve your plastics assembly problems when you read our blog. This post is more on topic with the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both holidays revolve around giving and receiving. Thanksgiving often involves partaking in a lovingly prepared meal and sharing thoughts about why we are thankful and giving thanks to those we love and are grateful for. Christmas is a time for gift-giving and sharing good times together. Well… since we are plastic geeks and enjoy the technical side of life, that leads us to look to the scientific side of giving and answering the question, “Is it really better to give than to receive?”

Extol, Inc. Announces Divestiture of ErgoStation Product Line

ZEELAND, MI October 27, 2016 — Precise Mold & Plate acquires ErgoStation® product line to expand its portfolio of tooling solutions.
Extol today announced the divestiture of its ErgoStation line of height-adjustable workstations and machine bases. The divestiture is consistent with Extol’s strategy to focus the organization on processes and products that improve the way plastic products are made for its customers.

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